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.