Fairytale Prompt #4 – The Princess’ Head


Over dinner you were unusually quiet

Puzzled I ask, ‘What is it my love?

What bothers you this night?’


Your eyes narrow, I’ve seen that look before

The evil you manifest seeping through.

‘The princess has grown up.’


‘Growing up happens my love

We all grow up, we cannot stop that.’

‘We can,’ you say ‘If she is not living.’


‘She is a threat, she will undermine my kingdom

I want her head, and I want it now

You’ll bring me her head, on a platter or else.’


Or else is not where I want to go

I must act at once, a plan formats.

I grab my sword; tuck the platter under my arm.


Beautiful princesses are a risk,

Every year so it seems another emerges

All dealt with in the same swift manner.


This princess is the former Kings daughter

A red haired spoilt wench with a silver spoon

A woman child with many admirers.


The princess’s chambers are easy to enter

The guard, lackadaisically on guard

Are little competition, eliminated, disposed of.


The princess sleeps, the blinds drawn,

I see her outline within her bed

She has no idea of her impending doom.


My sword is drawn, I raise it to strike

I feel the steel slide between my ribs

My heart ripped apart, the princess’ laugh.


In the days that follow my love receives her platter

My head laid out tastefully, a small note in my ear

‘Your platter madam, don’t come knocking again.’


Written for: http://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/fairytale-prompt-4/



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28 Responses to Fairytale Prompt #4 – The Princess’ Head

  1. That is a visual, a note in your ear.. Glad the princess escaped 🙂 and yet another interesting story by our resident story teller ~ smiles

  2. phylor says:

    A new take on someone’s head on a platter! I love the note in the ear. Good triumphs? Great story!

  3. Ooooh Michael this is deliciously wicked

  4. Hehe unexpected ending well done x

  5. RoSy says:

    Oooooooooh my!

  6. PookyH says:

    This is the most sinister fairytale I’ve ever read. I LOVE it!

  7. Lyn says:

    The requester of platter heads had better watch herself 😀

  8. JackieP says:

    Something tells me that the red headed princess is well on her way of becoming the reining evil queen. Great story Michael. I especially liked the note in the ear. 😉

  9. Anja says:

    I believe the Grimm Brothers would quite enjoy this one.

  10. Oh I love this, Michael. A twist and turn in this stake alright. Nicely done!!

  11. Bastet says:

    Ouch…what a turn of the tables…someone more wicked than the wicked Queen. Loved it and it made me smile!

  12. What darkness weaves from fairy tales like those of the Brother’s Grimm. Wickedly done, yet I enjoyed reading.

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