Fairytales

Fairytales are back in fashion and here at Alfie Dog Fiction we have many short stories bringing you a modern take on the traditional fairytale. As with the original fairytales these are principally stories for adults.

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A Fairy Godmother Calls – Cath Delaney

1540 words Fairytale

Jean firmly does not believe in Fairies, Ghosts or anything supernatural. But when a disembodied voice visits her and reminds her of past events, she is thrown into confusion. A long walk with her dog, Sam, is required to clear her head. But the voice has other ideas...

 

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“Lovely day, isn’t it?” Jean almost dropped the plates she was putting in the sink. Who on earth could that be? A quick glance at the glass kitchen door confirmed there was no unexpected visitor. As she looked round, Jean frowned. She could have sworn she’d heard a voice. But she was quite alone in the house and the lane at the end of the garden path was quiet this early on a Sunday morning. ‘I’m hearing things, I must be getting old and daft,’ Jean decided, shaking her head. And she had indeed just been thinking what a lovely day it was. Winter had come early but it was sunny and crisp, with frost on the branches and hedgerows.

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A Laughing Matter – Edward Ahern

3100 word Fairytale

An older couple accommodates the presence of death.

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Alan watched the drool sliding from the right side of her mouth. The side of her face whose creases had been gently smoothed out by the stroke. Judith’s right profile was two decades younger than her left. Alan remembered making love to her right profile. He had pulled a metal and plastic chair next to the bed so he could read to her and wipe away the drool. Alan made a ritual of waiting until the drool had slid down to the corner of her jaw and beaded into an almost drip before blotting up the saliva from the droplet to the corner of her mouth.

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A Real Upanddowner – Joel Kaye

2800 words Fairytale

A severe man’s dilemma is resolved by the urgings of a mysterious voice, while an innkeeper has a lucky escape courtesy of the same. Meanwhile, a chauffeur comes to know his master better and a seaman tells tales for money. But what of the woman who hides indoors?

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Very soon the motorcar would appear in the village street. Now it was gliding through the trees which led down from the Grange. In the front compartment, gloved and uniformed, sat the Chauffeur, Burwill. The passenger, Mr Jonswain, was certainly not looking out from the deep and shady rear of the long-bonneted vehicle. If the Embarrassment was in his thoughts he showed no sign. Unlike everyone else, he had not been there to see it. Mr Jonswain never took up invitations to village affairs. Out of deference to his mother’s sense of their elevated status, he honoured the family’s position at village occasions only in absentia.

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A Sister’s Diary – Linda Lewis

3000 words Romance / Humour / Fairytale

This light-hearted story is a modern retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella, told through diary entries written by one of the ugly sisters.

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Monday 24th June The day Mother told us she was getting married again, I was very upset, especially when it meant gaining another sister, but it’s actually worked out rather well. In our old house, I had to share a bedroom with Gloria. We don’t exactly see eye to eye, so that wasn’t much fun. My step father already had a daughter, Lucinda her name is, so when we moved in with them, I assumed she’d be keeping her room. After all, this has been her home for twenty years, AND she was here first, but Mother had other ideas.

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Au Cabaret – Joel Kaye

900 words Humour / Fairytale

The story takes the notion that some people’s behaviour is a spectacle to others to an absurd extreme. M. Ouragan, Artiste of Outrage, delivers his crafted performance in the Restaurant au Chateau d’Oblong, but the attention of his appreciative audience is distracted by the unforeseen actions of a usurper.

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M. Ouragan has taken exception to the Hungarian Salad. He sends it sailing across the restaurant through the conveniently open kitchen door to pass the nose of the sous chef. “It is a marinade of the gutter!” Ouragan erupts. The offending dish crashes and slithers down the kitchen wall even as Trepan, the old waiter, still stands with the kitchen door half-open.

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Between Times – Henry Mitchell

7 5* Reviews on Amazon

88,000 word novel Folk / Fairytale

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Author royalties from the sale of this book in 2016 will be donated to Saluda Community Land Trust.

The second book in the Benjamin Drum Trilogy - Spanning three continents and half a century, this is the second in the series of books charting Benjamin Drum’s life. Between Times traces the lives and wanderings of the families along Sorrow Creek in mythical Marshall County, North Carolina.

Fans of The Summer Boy will delight to recognize some familiar characters and discover new ones to love among other mountains where Drum grows up and the Laurel remains as elusive and hidden as it is real and powerful.

Read reviews HERE

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Blood Will Out – Edward Ahern

2500 words Fairytale

A royal Elizabeth is compelled to  use her skills as a witch to ensure that her son becomes king.

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Elizabeth stared down at him. Prince Hendrick was no shorter than the average noble of the time, but his eyes leveled at her décolletage. He was the latest in a series of suitors who had met Elizabeth and left her unwed. Hendrick’s rehearsed speech abandoned him. “Ah, Princess Elizabeth, it is my great honor to stare into your- eyes. The reports of your-beauty have preceded our meeting. We, er, I hope that we may become good friends and share many things, uhm activities, together.” The rest of his speech was lost in tongue tangle and he abruptly concluded. “I thank you again for welcoming me.”

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Doctor Cancer – John Malone

1250 words Fairytale

A man reluctantly takes his wife to see a soapie star who plays a surgeon. He lives in a mansion high on a hill. They enter a frightening fairytale.

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“Why can’t you be more like Doctor Cancer?” my wife says, pushing me away. “Doctor Cancer? What sort of name is that?” “It’s not his real name. It’s what others call him. He’s a tv doctor. Cuts away cancers. All sorts of cancers but mainly breast cancers.” “A soapie surgeon! What does he do with them? The cut off breasts, I mean? Mount them on his wall as trophies?” “That’s disgusting. No. He’s nothing like that. He’s caring, compassionate.” “Until he gets the money.”

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Fairy Tale – Henry Mitchell

ftcover3300 word Fairytale / Literary Fiction

Clara was coming home at last. Everyone had gone now. Only the old house still waited for her.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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Little pink tabs stuck out from the edges of pages awaiting signatures. The lawyer, a courteous old gentleman who reminded Clara of a photograph she had seen of Alfred Hitchcock, flipped the pages, explaining each necessity as his pudgy, impeccably manicured finger pointed out the line for signing. The surviving sister, a tall scrawny woman with her gray hair screwed into a tight ball on the back of her head, had already signed. Now it was Clara's turn. When they were done, the lawyer congratulated Clara on owning her own mountain. She corrected him, "I don't own a whole mountain, just the tip of one, and a rather small one at that."

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Gavin the Afternoon Angler – Christine Genovese

6000 word Fairytale

This is a modern fairy tale based loosely on Grimm’s story, ‘The Fisherman and his Wife.’

When Gavin discovers some fraudulent goings-on at the museum where he works, his wife decides to use the information to get out of their dismal lodgings and improve their life-style.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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When Gavin woke up at the usual time of 1pm he was pleasantly surprised to see an oblique band of golden sunshine creeping in over the bedroom windowsill. It beckoned him out into the so-called garden – a minuscule pit of a plot next to the steps that led down from street level to the door of their basement flat. It was paved with uneven flagstones, and a few straggly weeds struggled up between them. In the far corner, however, there was a leggy buddleia, and as this was late June the sun was high enough to touch it for a few hours around midday.

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Half Past Three – Alice Parrant

1900 words Fairytale

Bored and frustrated, Lacie isn't sure how she'll fill up a sunny afternoon on her own, but following a chance encounter with a rabbit hole, she is suddenly transported to a place she will never forget.

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“Please, Elsie, I want to play with you now,” Lacie tugged at her older sister’s dress. “Stop it,” Elsie snapped. “I have to call Sarah. Her boyfriend has dumped her and she’s really upset.” “But...” “But nothing. Tell you what, I’ll stop talking at half past three and then we’ll have a little party. Just us two.” She disappeared into her room and returned with a small alarm clock which she thrust into Lacie’s hands.

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Happily Ever After – Edward Ahern

2100 words Fairytale

A dark humor piece about what the fairy tale prince and princess are really like.

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He stared past the observant servants until he caught her eye, then winked. 'Blanche, let’s do something different today.' 'Like what, Fürstie? We thirst for nothing.' He scratched his silk leggings. 'No really, this rut of ours, even our royal rutting, is excruciatingly pleasant but so predictable. Let’s do something different.' He waved at the satin draperies. 'Everything is sumptuous, but it’s like eating only desserts. Don’t you ever get an urge for a bologna sandwich?' Blanche tossed her hair. It was perhaps even more golden than Fürst’s, and somewhat longer. 'No, first off, we have all our needs splendidly attended to, and then we have each other, all day, every day, forever.'

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Hell’s Fairy – Angela Pickering

1600 words Fairytale

Barbara is justifiably proud of her mothering skills. Her son is a charming young man. So much so that he has attracted the attention of a distraught mother from Fairyland who needs help with her own boy, Alphonse, who wants to be a Hell's Angel.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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The room chilled suddenly and then brightened as if filled with cold winter sunshine. Barbara raised her head from her book, senses alert. Something strange had entered her space, bringing with it the scent of forests damp after unexpected rainfall, something alien. Eyes wide, she gazed around the study. Everything seemed normal, despite the messages she was receiving from her pounding heart. Her desk was as it should be; the computer humming, work on her latest book progressing nicely, everything in its proper place. A cup of tea was cooling next to a plate of her favourite chocolate biscuits on the coffee table.

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If You Think the Fairies Did It… – Caroline Scott Collins

1700 words Fairytale / Humour

The fairyfolk are part of the everyday English language, but who would have thought their influence spreads from their parallel world?

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Joan was lazily browsing the apps on her iPad, when suddenly she noticed a new icon. I wonder what that is. It must have installed when the software last updated. The icon was rather curious. It was the first time Joan had ever seen an animated icon. This one had a fairy on it and it sparkled. Curious, she opened it. The ‘application loading’ circle looked a bit like the usual numberless clock, lighting up the dashes that replaced the numbers as it swept round in an anticlockwise direction. She could also see a haze of glitter sparkling in the air above it. She watched it go around several times and suddenly a tiny firework exploded like a dandelion seed-head and the application opened – fairies.elf.

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Just Desserts – Allison Symes

930 word Fairytale

Snow White's story is told from the viewpoint of the embittered stepmother.

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I stop running - finally - and rest under this ancient fruit tree. The bark of the tree is gnarled and it is uncomfortable to lean against but I must make do. Oh the humiliation of being forced to run for my life by angry dwarfs! If ever there were a species I thought I could outrun it was them, but I only just escaped thanks to the underground river I knew about. That was about the only thing I got right - always have a spare escape route.

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Laurel Falls – Henry Mitchell

final-front-cover-small-copy79,000 word novel Fairytale / Fantasy

The third book in the Benjamin Drum Trilogy - Laurel Falls, the third book in the Benjamin Drum trilogy, brings the wandering protagonist home to find himself at last, and a new generation takes up his quest for the Real. Some familiar characters and a few fresh faces throng together to complicate and resolve Drum's journey. Love prevails and unity is restored, but not without some spell-binding and spell-breaking trials and errors. Secrets are bared and riddles solved, but on the last page, the High Balsams, mountains mysterious and alluring, still loom constant over all. Is this really the end, or another beginning?

For the paperback of this book, please visit your local Amazon store HERE.

 

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Little Hans and the Chestnut Pony – Mark Scott

3100 words Fairy story Children 9 - 11 years

Little Hans has two older stepbrothers who are very mean, always telling him how dumb he is.  The three try to save Princess Valentina from a wicked witch’s evil spell.  Little Hans is helped by a magical chestnut pony.  Guess who saves the princess, and how.

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ONCE UPON A TIME many years ago a rich man named Magnus married the beautiful Annalisa.  They had a son—Little Hans.  Everyone was happy as can be until Annalisa died in a carriage accident, leaving Little Hans with his father.  The wealthy Magnus soon married again, but this time to the vain and greedy Dagmar, who already had two sons of her own—Bruno and Rolf.  When Magnus unexpectedly died, his widow continued to live lavishly in his splendid house with the three boys.  She spoiled her own sons rotten, but never spoiled Little Hans.  She and her sons treated Little Hans like a stable boy.  In fact, Hans took care of the horses, but was not allowed to have a horse of his own.

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Make a Wish – Edward Ahern

2100 words Children 7+ / Feel Good Fiction / Fairytale / Ghost story

This is a ghostly tale of George and Anaea,two schoolchildren who encounter the spirit of a dead woman teacher. They discover that her spirit is trapped in the schoolhouse because of her love for a still living teacher, and cleverly reunite the spirit with the man who still loves her.

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Once, not long ago at all, a fourth grade boy and girl were kept after school. George, named for his father and grandfather, and Anaea, named for a butterfly, fidgeted at their desks. Anaea’s nickname was Nea. George had no nickname except for the secret one that Nea called him. Mr. Kuhne, their teacher, was usually kind to them. But they had helped each other during a quiz, and he really had no choice. He was sitting in front of them, typing on his lap top computer, when the principal’s office paged him and he stepped out of the classroom.

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Modern Times – Linda Lewis

1000 word Fairytale

A modern, humorous,  take on the story of Snow White, written as a series of letters between a concerned neighbour and the local Social Services Department.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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To whom it may concern Social Services Department. 1st February Dear Sirs I’m worried about my neighbours. They’re all very old and have nobody to take care of them. Could somebody please call on them and make sure they’re OK? I would do it myself, but I’m eighty one. I can hardly manage my own housework. Their address is Cavern Cottage at the end of Cherry Tree Lane. Yours, a worried neighbour Letitia Hartley (Mrs).

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Playback – Jacqui Pack

2080 words Fairytale / Fantasy

Piper Elinham has learnt all she can about the family business and wants to prove to her father she can make it on her own.  In America, however, she’s finding that her appearance is causing her problems.  For one thing, prospective employers aren’t taking her seriously.  Fortunately, Piper is more than capable of looking out for herself  - as the Mayor of Woodruff is about to discover.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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Inside, the diner looked exactly like the ones you see in the movies. Glass fronted, door at one side, a row of tables with those built in padded seats along the window and a polished counter stretching all the way along the room. There was even a television mounted high on the wall. It was hardly welcoming, though to be honest, it didn’t have to be. Having spent the last eight hours hitching I was glad just to see furniture. The place was pretty much empty. I walked to the counter and ordered a coffee. There was the usual moment of hesitation from the waitress, too young to be travelling alone, quickly replaced by not my problem, and she handed over the change without speaking, before moving away.

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Princess Isabella and the Tale of the Three Wishes – Rosemary J. Kind

2500 words Fairytale / Humour

Isabella is not like other princesses, she has a successful career, but seems to have missed out on the happy ever after. After a long absence, her fairy godmother arrives on the scene, but can she be trusted to get things right?

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. She had buck teeth and thick-lensed glasses, but she was a beautiful princess none the less. Isabella had tried to find her prince charming, but it hadn’t gone well, so she booked herself on a city break to Nice. Normally, fairy godmothers aren’t the sort of people you see much of. They appear occasionally for birthdays and Christmases. Generally they’re conspicuous by their absence. You can imagine Isabella’s surprise as she sat enjoying a glass of wine in the sunshine, when who should arrive, but her fairy godmother, a tall, elegant woman, who oozed brisk efficiency.

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Rumplestiltskin’s Secret – Iris Woodbury

8400 words Fairytale

In the midst of famine, a strange little man offers Queen Beitiris a magical choice. ‘Sacrifice your first born or your people will starve.’  Thinking she makes an empty bargain, the queen agrees to the stranger’s terms and prosperity is returned to her people. All her prayers are answered, including her wish for a child…

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Beitiris ached as the weight of the water-skin cut into her sun-burned neck. She grasped the rough leather strap and swung the heavy bag from her shoulder. “Might as well lighten the load with a little drink,” she thought. The cool water refreshed her parched lips, and she looked ahead to the horizon. The sun was low in the sky, casting ominous shadows forward of the tall towers in her city. At a brisk pace she’d be within its walls in just a few hours.

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Sasha and the Golden Eagle – Mark Scott

1700 word Fairy story Children 6 - 10 years

Sasha is a boy hunter who feels mean and shoots a golden eagle.  Sorry for what he’s done, Sasha, his mother and sister try to save the bird.  The eagle teaches Sasha a lesson he never forgets.

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ONCE UPON A TIME many years ago a boy named Sasha lived in a thick, dark forest in a moss-covered log hut with his mother, Marfa, and his big sister, Zoya.  Sasha lived his whole life in the forest, never seeing the mountains, prairies, rivers, or seas. One spring morning Sasha woke up, ate his breakfast of porridge and goat’s milk, grabbed his bow and arrow, and left his forest hut.  He was a hunter.  That’s how he fed his family.  He hunted rabbits, deer, birds, squirrels, and the monstrous, dangerous tusked boar.  “Maybe I’ll get some rabbits today,” he thought to himself, “or even the giant boar!”

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Silver Slipper on Lone Pine Ridge – Rosemary Sturge

2000 words Fairytale

Ella sure would like to go to the dance in McIntyre's barn, but she hasn't got a dress, and anyway, how's she gonna get there? The ol' hoss ain't young no more, and the buggy won't hold all her relations - but that's afore she meets up with the mysterious Chippewa woman...

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‘Come’n get it!’ The call was faint. I was picking huckleberries. I looked up, squinting back the way I’d come, towards the cabin, shading my eyes against the fierce Montana sun. Had I heard a voice or not? Prob’ly Carrie, my step-sister. Who might have grub ready, or she might not. If I went trampin’ back with my half-filled pail, and I’d only imagined that call, there’d be trouble. Surely Carrie wouldn’t do it just to fool me? Been caught out plenty times by the tricks my two step-sisters’d played. Still and all, the trouble would be worse if Carrie had called.

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Strange Eyes – Joel Kaye

4100 words Fairytale / General Fiction

A match has been made for Rose, the beautiful daughter of the Bellevilles, with dour village schoolmaster, Arthur Todd.  Nothing can stand in the way of a dull marriage until the cobbler, a strange and taciturn newcomer, interrupts the wedding, and a confession comes from the least expected source.

This story is included in the collection Thrice Upon a Time

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“So they sent the child away because he had strange eyes, and he was never heard of again.” ~~~ The stranger in the village, when asked where he came from answered in his silent way with a gesture to the hills on the horizon, and they let him be, because he had indeed been seen coming from that direction with his cobbler’s tools, and as a cobbler he was welcome. So they let him stay in the falling down cottage that the bargee had long ago abandoned. Mostly, he worked at patching up and re-soling the village boots and shoes. They had little call for new shoes. They were not wealthy people, nor were there the kinds of celebration for which new shoes were always ordered.

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