nevillehunt avatar

by

The story goes like this. Stroppy dark fairy, miffed at not being asked to the party for the newborn princess Aurora, curses the child. Aurora has to wait 16 years for the prick though. She falls down dead, but in reality is in a very deep sleep.

Simultaneously, mum, dad, courtiers and other flunkies fall asleep too... you know, like suspended animation, because the good fairy, the lilac one, manages to get them a reprieve.

100 years later, the love-seeking handsome prince turns up, kisses Aurora, who wakes. She’s 116 and a fashion pariah, but boy, can she dance!

11 comments add one below

  • avatar

    Christopher 6 months ago

    Haha! You definitely have an interesting take on fairy tales. Didn't you do some of these a year or two ago? Not this but some other fairy tales? It might not have been you but I think it was.

  • avatar

    Neville Hunt 6 months ago

    Thanks Christopher. Yes, I think it was me and four of them were different takes on that same Sleeping Beauty tale, all equally daft.

  • avatar

    Neville Hunt 6 months ago

    The ballet, performed by the Royal Ballet at a screen near you (well actually Christopher would have to go to Atlanta for his nearest one) was terrific. What was particularly wonderful was that the scheduled principal ballerina had injured herself and at the very last moment a (mere) soloist, took over the lead role of Princess Aurora. This Japanese member of the Royal Ballet, Fuji Kaneko, switched roles a few hours before the performance and danced Aurora beautifully and skilfully. Brava! 💐

  • avatar

    Neville Hunt 6 months ago

    NOT Fuji, but Fumi Kaneko. Bloody autocorrect strikes yet again... and yet again Neville fails to copy-check before posting!🥴

  • avatar

    Christopher 6 months ago

    It's funny. Atlanta is only a couple of hours drive from here and I've never been there. I hear the crime is atrocious there so maybe that's for the better.

  • avatar

    Neville Hunt 6 months ago

    Having just looked at the map I reckon that must mean you’re based somewhere around or between or east of Birmingham or Montgomery. The nearest other cinema to you that shows the Royal Opera House live productions is Houston, and that must be a long drive. It all reminds me of Me and Bobby McGee somehow.

  • avatar

    Christopher 6 months ago

    Haha! Yeah, I'm about 40 minutes Northeast of Montgomery. And that reminds me of Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses." ("About 45 minutes southeast of Thibodaux, Louisiana.")

  • avatar

    Neville Hunt 6 months ago

    Alligator-baiter, eh? That sounds real scary to this English country boy!

    Btw, Christopher, do they pronounce your state capital Montgomery (as it’s spelt) or ‘Muntgummery’ as we Brits might say for some crazy reason few people know?

  • avatar

    Drew Martyn 6 months ago

    Love it, Neville :) especially that last sentence.

  • avatar

    Christopher 6 months ago

    The latter, Neville, as if it were spelled with U's instead of O's. There's a coastal town in Mississippi called Biloxi that's pronounced as "Buluxi." If you ever hear someone pronounce it like it's written you know they've never been there.

  • avatar

    Christopher 6 months ago

    Oh, and you haven't lived if you haven't driven on a road that has a sign that says "Caution - Alligator Crossing." There was one of those signs about 500 yards from some apartments I used to live in.

Join the conversation

Sign up or Sign in to leave a comment on this drabble.