Maleficient's Monologue


Magpie Tale #22

Glistening. Just kissed by the morning dew. Perfect.

"Ah...here is a plump and juicy red tomato," said Maleficient, The Evil Stepmother - The Queen of Qarakash.

"Who does she think I am - but a goddess? That goody-two-shoes slip of a princess! Have I not been the last word on beauty? Behold, mirror...my reign shall be forever, as foretold."

"This time around, my bewitching stepdaughter will not simply choke on a stupid apple. Only for it to dislodge and free her from the Sleeping Death. I will weave a spell over the loveliest of tomatoes and she will bite into its summer drenched goodness. Its riveting juice with its lethal poison will trickle down her slender throat and kill her from within. That wretched Prince Charming will watch her cringe in pain and agony for a year before she succumbs to ...now, let's see - A Really Gruesome Eternal Death."

"I will have my revenge for seventy three years of ridicule."

And the mirror kept its peace, silence and crack, as it always had after the Queen of Qarakash returned from her last excrutiating journey outside the palace walls. For since then, so many new beauties have replaced Maleficient's and Snow White's place as the fairest in the land - Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana, Juliette Binoche, Angelina Jolie, Zhang Ziyi and Aishwarya Rai, just to name a few.

27 comments:

  1. Wow!
    Each time on this magpie thingy.. I am either at loss or pleasantly surprised at your entry.. C'est étonnant...to relate Maleficient, Snow White with Audrey Hepburn et al...

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  2. ha. nicely done, and love you you carried it forward making it modern...with a tewist of tomato...nice magpie!

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  3. Merci beaucoup, Saudara Wan Sharif. C'est beau de vous voir ici...I do so love these challenging projects!

    And Brian, I just loved your nostalgic piece - as always, thank you for dropping by!

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  4. I liked this modern take on the old queen's evil ways....and yes there will always be more beauties! So give it up queenie!
    nice!

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  5. Thanks Suz, when I saw the plump juicy tomatoes...the idea of an evil witch who can't let go just came up! And slowly evolved into Maleficient...

    Thanks again Suz!

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  6. The folks at Disney may have a new lead character ... nice writing!

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  7. nicely done- especially since tomatoes used to be considered poisonous! Clever you!

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  8. A new look at an old tale. You did a good job creating the evil queen.

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  9. Zounds! But, of course, death by tomato. Clever crafting.

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  10. An interesting take on the prompt. Enjoyed the read!

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  11. Love your take on the prompt - twisting the evil Queen into modern history....she will never find rest....bkm

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  12. What a fun tale -- I love the evil stepmother using a tomato instead of an apple.

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  13. Dear Helen, feel free to introduce me to the folks at Disney!

    Thanks Kathew ! I have to check that out. Tomatoes ? Poisonous?

    Thanks Linda, don't you think Evil Queens are so essential - What would Ugly Betty, Glee and Spanish soap operas be without them?

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  14. Dear Tumblewords, How lovely - death by poetry...Thank you.

    Dear Maire,
    Thank you for dropping by!

    Dear dear bkm and soundoffreedom,
    I always enjoy your visit and kind words.

    Thanks Karen! Tomatoes are so much more devious, aren't they?

    Dear Catalyst,
    I loved your magus! Can I borrow him sometime?

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  15. Wow! You took, you reworked and you conquered. :)

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  16. I like your take on the tomato. Good story.

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  17. Dear RA - thanks! Just bits and pieces of the past working together.

    Glad you liked it Sue, do drop by again...

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  18. Maleficient's tomato! Scary!

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  19. All enchantment after all..the young tomato grows old..withers on the vine..alas cruel fate!

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  20. Dear Gabi, I loved yours more. My hubby and I go through the spontaneity issue sometimes. Thank you for being here.

    Thanks Lyn and Jingle for your lovely comments.

    And Willow, most of all - thank you for allowing us the world of Magpie Tales.

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  21. Truly enjoyed your tale. Magnificent Magpie! :-)

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  22. Thank you Carrie. As you can see, I love your blog and simply loved your Magpie No 22!

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  23. And who could resist a tomato? Watch out, beauties!

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