February 18, 2017

2017 Love-a-Thon: Once Upon A (Mad Libs) Time

The Love-a-Thon is an annual event that has been running since 2012, and it's continued to grow in the five years since then. It's meant to encourage positivity, form and strengthen relationships and to just be a whole lot of fun. This year, I'm co-hosting with Cee of The Novel HermitKristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy! (P.S. If you're only discovering this event today, please know that you're still welcome to sign up to be a part of it!)

I was really excited when Mel said that she wanted to bring back the Mad Libs challenge, but with a fairytale twist. In case you're not aware, Mad Libs is when you're given a list of words to come up with. When you're done, you insert those words into a pre-made template (in our case, a fairytale written by Mel) and usually wind up with a funny result! It's always a wacky and whimsical sort of affair, and I'm pretty darn pleased with the fairytale that came out of my word choices. Can't wait to check out everyone else's!

P.S. If you want to be entered in the giveaway for this challenge, please link us to your post for the challenge over at The Daily Prophecy. Don't fret if you're not awake yet, as the linky will be open through February 20!

Once upon a time, on a far away island, there lived a smart warrior princess. She lived alone in a bookstore, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful fingers, and she was known for its shiny red bouncy ball, the only thing she had left of her parents. 

Alas, the king of the country became jealous and wanted to own this bouncy ball. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide.

After singing around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon a valley. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold. She looked at her with sorrow and said: "I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago, I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my flute back. Here is a magical slice of pizza, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You have twenty-five days to return before the stalk withers." 

She followed the instructions given to her, and lo and behold, a beanstalk grew and grew and grew all the way up to the clouds. After an exhausting climb, she saw a huge castle. She walked to the door and knocked. A low voice said: 'Fee-fi-fo-fum, who dares to come and enter my house?" She was not afraid and said: "My name is Jamie and I've come to collect an item." 

The door made a ringing sound when she opened it, and revealed a large kitchen filled with golden clocks. She stepped inside and walked towards the spiraling staircase, where a figure moved, cloaked in darkness. 

"Who are you? Step in to the light, so I can see your face."

The beast growled angry. "Why did you come here? I just want to be left alone." 

Still, she moved and stood in front of it. There were three horns on his head, and hair all over his face and his mouth was filled with large teeth. He wore a panda onesie.

"What happened to you?" She reached out to touch one of the horns, but the beast flinched. "Many years ago I was cursed by a witch. I have one year left to dance so I can break the spell, but I'm not brave enough."

"If you give me the flute, I will help you."

In keeping her promise, she and the beast worked for a few hours and that afternoon, the beast transformed into an ordinary older guy. "I can't wait to return to my job as tailor in the normal world. Can I come with you?" 

Together, they climbed down the beanstalk, carrying the instrument for the old lady. The moment she saw the guy and her beloved instrument, she started to weep.

"My husband, you have returned!" They hugged and looked at her.

"We have to tell you something," the old lady said. "You are our child. We were separated after the curse, but now we are reunited!" From that day, the three of them lived together in the forest, happily ever after.

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