Mother Hulda (Part Three)

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I’m afraid that you won’t believe me, but I shall have to tell you anyway.

You’d probably find it easier to believe that 457 was a mermaid, or that the well was a giant jug of liquor, or that the moon is made of cheese before you believe that 457 didn’t die.

Because she didn’t.

Naturally, the ugly task master found that she was drowning and saved her, but I’m afraid that when he came back and saw her pale form sinking in the abyss, that he didn’t care at all.

So, 457 learned how to swim, then? I’m afraid not.

What happened is so unusual, that I thought about changing the story a little bit. Twisting reality with the lie of Queen Queensbury’s attractive son who decided to tour the dress factory and found the poor 457 could have been more appealing. But I’m afraid that the true story is much more…riveting. Well, I don’t know how to…well, enough of this prattle! 457 turned into a frog!

There’s no way around it! 457 was looking at herself in the water, wondering how it was that she could breathe under water and feel the sun and so forth, when it started raining! Imagine that! Raining 1000 feet into a well! But it was, and the unfortunate girl caught a glimpse of herself in a raindrop…what a fright she had! She had always been a little slimy and dirty, but she had NEVER been green! That was certainly a first. And her pale little nose now that once stuck up like a bent wire was just two holes now. And my! How bumpy she was. I’m afraid 457 spoiled it for you…but she wasn’t a frog, exactly…she was a toad!

Now, it wasn’t such a bad thing to be a toad, for 457. Firstly, because she didn’t know what a toad was, and secondly, because she could move around easier than when she had been all stiff and skinny.

Just as 457 was admiring her new appearance (and forgetting all about her mission of finding the thread), she heard a voice:

    Shake me, toad of the world above,

    Shake me of this heavy load.

    I know you’ve got many things to do,

  but my burden’s so heavy, I need a

    helper or two!

  TO BE CONTINUED…

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A Brief Interlude ~The Author Strikes Again~ Ashenpuddle

Hehe.

You weren’t expecting me, were you?

Well, here I am. Those of you who have been keeping up with the story, and especially those of you who haven’t, are probably baffled over Ashenpuddle Part 12. 

Yes, it was confusing, and all that I want to do now is to clear things up a bit.

Let’s start then:

1) If you recall, Ashenpuddle had been thrown in jail by Snow White, he seems to be very evil. The wicked Grimhilde who is also in jail, seems not to be so evil after all

2)Ashenpuddle had been writing in past tense for some time until part 10  , when she suddenly changed the story to present tense.

3) Ashenpuddle still is very coy about the fact that she is married to a prince (Prince Charming). She thinks that she is very unworthy, and she gives a rather embarrassing entry in her journal in part 11, afraid that by doodling her husband’s name, and adding “plus wife” (e.g. Charming Wife) she over-stepped her bounds as a simple and humble wife by accidentally calling herself charming.

4) Ash. does very well at confusing us all, especially when the story twists, and she claims that her comrade prisoner turns into a massive crow, and opens the lock with her beak. This raises a lot of questions, all of which I will not address now. The most interesting thing to note, however, is that Grimhilde is usually portrayed with a crow, not as a crow/human transformer.

5)Ash. is caught by Snow White.

6) Snow White wants Ash.’s heart.

7) A woodsman comes with a box to carry her heart in (note that the woodsman is not hesitant with his box as many fairy tale fans may have supposed.)

8) The woodsman tells Ash. to get in the box, to which Ash. replies she would not fit.

9) THE WOODSMAN DROPS THE BOX as Snow White rushes at Ash.

10)Snow White trips over the box and disappears.

11) Ash. has an original idea and decides that if SHE jumped in the box too, she might be able to get home.

12)And things didn’t happen so well.

Thank you for bearing with me through all this…

if you’re a brave reader, you won’t desert me now.