Happily Ever After

Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers.

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“Mama, that doesn’t look like happy ever after.”

Ella’s deflated voice was another bitter reminder of our disastrous vacation. My precocious daughter had been so excited to see a real castle. I should have known better. How could a six-year old see past her Disney-colored glasses at the beauty of this twelfth century wonder? I looked up in awe and imagined an idyllic Camelot, my own unachievable idea of happily ever after.

Time for a change.

I knelt next to her and pressed my hand to her heart. “Sweetie, happily ever after isn’t in a castle. It’s in here.”

23 thoughts on “Happily Ever After

  1. Disney’s vision really is pernicious, isn’t it? I had my five grandchildren, and my two daughters staying recently, and we all watched Rapunzel. I looked at them during the film, and it honestly appeared as though they were being programmed, minds in neutral, critical faculties switched off. Quite chilling.
    Your story pointing out that Disney is sometimes wrong is timely!
    Oops, I’m ranting! Sorry!
    It’s a well written story. I enjoyed it. It flows really well, and I like the construction. And it’s an original take on the prompt – always a plus!

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