A Faulty Fairytale


Once upon a time, in a spiral galaxy far off the beaten track, was a small planetary system orbiting a single star.  In this system was a small planet called, Pinto.  It was inhabited by beings who called themselves, people, one people being a person.  The planet and everything on it was in black and white, because everyone on the planet was colorblind.  Well, almost everyone.

Alice Artois was born with sparkling blue eyes, red hair and a kind of olive-colored skin. Alice Artois was stunning in color, but her parents never saw her that way.  Mores the pity.  Mores was the pity of the entire planet–something akin to a capital city in our neck of the woods.  The Artois family lived in Mores, in their black and white world as did everyone else, except Alice who saw everything in remarkable kodak color.

The Artois family was afraid for Alice.  Obviously she was different–unable to see everything in black and white–they were afraid the pity police would come and take her away.  Which they did. The Artois family never saw Alice again.  No one ever saw her again until she managed to escape prison in the land of snow and black ice.  Alice was told by the one other prisoner that there was a place of color on the planet.  A place where anyone and everyone could see in vibrant kodak color. So, Alice and fellow prisoner, Andrew Bean, escaped and became reluctant partners in search of the place of color.

Alice and Andrew headed straight for the warmer regions of Pinto, rationalizing that color meant warmth.  It didn’t take them long at all to reach the place of color.  Surprisingly, there was no one else around to admire the green field, the green grass, the green trees.  Andrew saw it and was in tears.  Alice wished everyone on Pinto could see in color.  She wished so hard, she had a stupendously, outrageously, brilliant kodak moment which she shared with Andrew.

Days later, after parting from Alice Artois, Andrew journeyed all over Pinto sharing that kodak moment with the people.  The people were so overwhelmed by the colors that some, not all, wanted to name the planet after him, and after arriving at a compromise, the people decided to call it Pinto Bean.   Andrew turned down the offer because he didn’t want the publicity–after all he was an escaped prisoner.  It wasn’t until years later that the planet was finally renamed, Artois, and Andrew Bean sued the pity of Mores, claiming the people originally wanted to name the planet after him.  Andrew lost, and earned the reputation for being a spoil sport.

No one ever saw Alice Artois, until years after escaping prison, the school system in Punki had several children enrolled with red hair, sparkling blue eyes and a kind of olive-colored skin. They were born with the gift of seeing color.  The majority of the children on the planet were able to see in color, and all because of Alice Artois and that kodak moment she shared with Andrew Bean.

Now some of you might be wondering about that kodak moment–was it something of an intimate nature or was it sorcery passed to Alice by an unknown entity living in the green place (formerly known as the place of color), and she, in turn, passed a smidgen of the magic to Andrew so that he might go forth and heal the people that they might see in living color? You’re correct if you said the second thing.

Did everyone concerned live happily ever after?  Hell no.  Andrew Bean went on to be the official spoil sport of Pinto and everyone and his brother avoided him like the plague.   Alice Artois married and had a whole lot of screaming brats, and, after the last was born, Alice escaped her home life and went to the green place and remained there as sorceress at large, sharing a lovely cottage with the unknown entity.   And the Artois family–Alice’s parents–died from the plague while Alice was in prison.

The planet Artois, once known as Pinto, was sucked into a black hole created by its Sun collapsing in on itself.  That didn’t happen until 500 years after all this fairytale nonsense took place.  The planet’s legacy does live on…whenever you pick up a can or bag of dried pinto beans, remember the planet that once only saw black and white and, the black hole that  consumed it–growing, consuming everything in its path, and it’s heading your way…

Once More With Feeling #22 @ Cognitive Reflection
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Word Count:  750

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When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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12 comments on “A Faulty Fairytale
  1. Kate Loveton says:

    You’ve got some brain, Sister Grime! This is a tale worthy of the Sisters Grime. 😀 A very colorful tale…

    Really, I loved the humor, the imagination, the whole shebang. Good job!

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. You’re very kind. It was not my best effort. You and Zheng are the only ones who like it. Both of you are very loyal. I’m still unwell. Don’t know if I can do Stephanie’s challenge or even TiV.. Pop goes the what a creepy thing he was–is excellent. Lucy

      • Kate Loveton says:

        I’m really sorry to hear you still aren’t well. I keep hoping you’ll soon turn the corner. I don’t say this to flatter you, but you are very creative. You have a way of looking at things that is very unique and interesting, and always entertaining.

        Feel better soon.

      • Lucy says:

        Here comes another weird one. In about 5 minutes. Lucy

      • Kate Loveton says:

        I’m going to go looking for it – then I’m going to bed. Late here, and I’m about to crash! But first I’ll settle for a little late, night weirdness from my favorite Grime lady.

      • Lucy says:

        Okay–published. What corner to I have to turn–a few tricks, what? I’m confused. Elucidate,. Now I have to write something for TiV. You already took my favorite, Pop goes the Weirdo. I know, how about a wooden boy by the name of Pinocchio comes to life minus the cricket. Lucy .

      • Kate Loveton says:

        I so wanted to do my own spin on the ventriloquist dummy, but that damned Twilight Zone beat me to it by decades!

        Bad girl, you know I meant I hoped you turned the corner from bad health to good. Although that can be a tricky proposition…

  2. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, This is a cute story – Did Alice finish her life in obscurity? Did she open a colorful boutique and become filthy rich? I do like your story Lucy, you have a very colorful imagination which is now in Technicolor! Have a good week! Nan 🙂 P.S. Green is my favorite color!

    • Lucy says:

      Green is my favorite color, too. This story was written during a fever. It took hours to write it because I kept falling asleep. Not my best effort, Nan. Alice lived in obscurity but the unknown entity was a guy and they lived happily ever after with occasional trips to France and New Jersey. Thanks for the support and coming by. Lucy

  3. moi says:

    Wow, what a great story of the imagination, I assume the picture was the area that was full of colour? I love Alice’s full name, it is a pity she had a load of screaming brats.

    • Lucy says:

      She left the brats and lives in the green place with the unknown entity. Yes, the picture was the place of color and the green place. You actually like it? I was really sick when I wrote it. I would wake up and write a little then go back to sleep. I’m surprised it’s even coherent. Lucy

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