Day 96: Fairytales

Today’s task is for me to rewrite a fairytale.

The fairytale I’m choosing to rewrite is The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid lived underwater with her mother, father (the sea king), and her five older sisters. Whenever a mermaid turned fifteen, they were allowed to swim to the surface for the first time to glimpse the world above, and when her sisters turned fifteen, they had all visited the upper world. When they returned they told stories to Ariel about the humans that lived above. Ariel listened and longed for her turn to visit the upper world.

When Ariel turned fifteen, she swam to the surface and witnessed the birthday celebration of a handsome prince on a ship. A raging tempest occurred and Ariel saved the prince from drowning.

Ariel returned home and told her mother everything she had seen. The Queen encouraged Ariel to investigate the storm further as there had not been a storm in their kingdom in over 200 years. Ariel recruited her sisters and some of her friends and to help her in her investigation.

Through their investigation, they uncovered that it had been Ursula the sea witch who had orchestrated the storm as a ploy to trap Ariel into falling in love with the Prince. They also discovered that Ursula had used this same ploy to trick 100s of girls into giving up their voices to the evil sea witch, for men they barely knew.

Ariel and her sisters took everything they had learnt to their father, the King, who was able to imprison Ursula for 1,000 years.

Ariel soon realised that she loved investigating and created the first ever police academy in her kingdom. She used her passion and skills to bring justice and peace of mind to her people.

The end.

Thank you for reading.

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s day to all.

In honour of International Women’s day, I’m posting my top 5 quotes from women who inspire me.

5)“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” Alice Walker

4)“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

3) “Surround yourself with people and things that inspire. Learn everything you can.” Jameela Jamil

2) “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” Queen Elizabeth I

1)“Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right.” Michelle Obama

Thank you for reading.

Day 19: Great Minds

I once knew a woman with a great mind. She thought of things that no one else could see. She looked at every situation and could tell you how that came to be and where it would most likely lead, and rarely was she wrong. Her abilities not only stopped with situations but went to people too, she could tell you how a person felt by just looking at them. She had no special powers, all she did was pay attention. Whilst everyone else was worrying about their own issues and problems, she was paying attention, observing people.

She was a midwife by trade, and she excelled in her field. She knew which herds and plants could ease the pain of childbirth. Of all the babes of high birth born in the town, this great minded woman was the one that bought them into this world. 20 years she had been practising her trade and not once had she lost a baby. This woman’s mind worked better than all in the town, it was an honour just to converse with her.

Not all in the town were in favour of her great mind, some began to conspire against her. They were jealous of the monopoly that she held in the midwifery trade. They were jealous of her success and fame. So the conspirators plotted a great plot, one that was known to so many across the country. They accused her of witch craft. The town’s people were quick to believe the lies and to accept that only the devil could gift a woman with a great mind, when in fact her gift was from God. They sought to investigate this claim through drowning. They tied her legs and hands together and dropped her in the river. This simple test would once and for all prove if she were a witch. If she were to drown she was human, but if she were to survive she would be burnt at the stake as a witch. With hands and legs tied she could not swim, and after a few minutes she drowned.

This woman with the great mind, I knew no more.

Thank you for reading.

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