Once Upon A Time

fairy tale pic

fairy tale pic (Photo credit: Kjirstin)

In a land in which no one ever expects to reside, there were two little girls, born just days apart. One called The Empress, and one called La Princesa. The two girls didn’t live close to each other, and each was busy with the business of their kingdoms, learning to talk, and eat, pester their respective older brothers, and throw royal panties out the tower window.

One day, the beat in The Empress’s brain began to count out a new and unusual rhythm.  Not long after, La Princesa’s brain also began keeping a new rhythm. Suddenly, each kingdom was regularly experiencing strange and terrible lightning storms. Healers were called and many potions were tried, but still, the storms persisted. La Princesa’s mother and The Empress’s mother each sent carrier pigeons with messages for the new world, called The Internet, hoping to find others who had battled these storms and defeated them; or at least knew how to protect their families while the storms raged.

Many Queens formed a Great Alliance, loaning each other shields of understanding and swords of knowledge. Many only stayed for a time, but the most weather beaten grew powerful and remained, through storms and strange beats, through potions that offered relief and those that were poison, helping each other to laugh and dance, when they were rooted, shin deep in muck.

Image of a letter sent by carrier pigeon

Image of a letter sent by carrier pigeon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Empress’s Queen and La Princesa’s Queen began noticing they were sending out very similar messages. Soon, they began sending messages directly to each other, in addition to the ones they were sending and reading from the other Queens of The Great Internet. La Princesa and The Empress had both begun their lives small but mighty.  Years passed, they remained small, but each began having periods of weakness, succumbing to the vapors as if the castle mice were stealing their feasts. Queen Empress and Queen Princesa realized not all of the other Queens with stormy kingdoms had such enchanted mice. They compared tales of storms and threats and events and spells, and the crumbling walls and general disrepair of their castles, moats leaking sewage into their grand halls. Potions and Healers and Seers were exhausting their riches. They whispered prayers carried by the wind. Still, their golden girls’ spirits were powerful.

Each Queen traveled to new seers, seeking answers and resolution. The Empress met a powerful seer, who offered answers, though no resolution.  La Princesa’s Queen continues the quest. As the two Queens formed a stronger bond, and their pigeons knew the way to each kingdom without thought, La Princesa and Empress began to recognize the birds from each other’s lands. With their Queens’ help, they began sending messages to each other.

Each girl learned she had much in common with the other. Neither girl was bothered by asking or answering the same questions several times. Neither girl used unkind words about the other.  All the kingdoms around were struck by a terrible storm, and the carrier pigeons couldn’t fly. La Princesa worried about The Empress, and The Empress worried about La Princesa.

One day, a special dove brought a great gift for La Princesa. It was a colorful drawing– rendered by The Empress– of the two friends and told the tale of their friendship. This treasure was so special La Princesa couldn’t speak, but her smile…her smile brightened her sleepy eyes and the gloomy day, casting a glow over the Queen’s eyes, making them leak in that way she hated! but she couldn’t see the cracks of the castle walls or the dusty cornices. She saw the pink streaks behind the gray clouds, and the miracle of the bird’s wings against the sky as he soared back towards the land of The Empress.

Fairy Tale ...

Fairy Tale … (Photo credit: lapidim)


      1. Your writing is a true gift, how can one blog entry say so much about this life? I’m still tearing up reading it. There have been many unexpected blessings along the way. I’m so glad to include you and La Princesa among them.


        1. You know I feel the same about you and The Empress. It’s friendship that is the gift.
          I’m glad you like this piece, and that it made sense in a positive way. I wrote it to share the story of The Empress and La Princesa, but also for all of the “queens.” It’s hard to express this world and this life, because it often feels so surreal.


  1. THIS needs to be illustrated and published in a “Little Golden Book” format for Mothers to read to little girls EVERYWHERE. It is wonderful and wonderfully written – a true pleasure to read on *many* levels.

    You already KNOW how wordy I can get, so let me keep my compliments to this:
    any thought that you have about how good or clever or [fill in thoughts you may barely dare allow yourself to think, lest you consider yourself conceited or grandiose] about this or that section or turn of phrase — TRUST IT.

    My BEST compliment — I wish I had written it! ::very big grin::
    (no need to respond – just take it IN)

    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
    – ADD Coaching Field co-founder –
    (blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore and ADDerWorld – dot com!)
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”


    1. By the way, I know you’re part of the Great Alliance from your own perspective, both personal and professional, feel free to link this where it might be appropriate, just let me know 🙂


      1. Thank you 🙂 I will look into that!

        I’m a bit long in the tooth, which leaves me woefully behind the times in understanding epublishing–and self publishing as something other than vanity press. 🙂


  2. Literally LOL’d at Weather Beaten Queens.:D

    From one to another, I love you, and all of the other Queens, and this story is just lovely. It really should be a children’s book. ❤


  3. See…now there you are getting all poetic and making people cry. I think I’m a more WTF type. Like this a lot. I did a fairytale post on the wife’s blog, and found that same lead pic. The whole fairytale style was fun to do, as I see you already discovered.


    1. Thanks coyotero. 🙂 I’m normally much more of a meh/wtf kind of gal too, but there are moments…

      Funny that we would be drawn to the same pic. Great minds, great minds…

      I’m going to look for your fairytale on shimmy-shark, as soon as I can keep my internet connection for more than 3 minutes!


    1. Thank you! and you’re welcome.
      This one was for all the med needs moms, struggling to make sense and connections on this very isolating journey.

      I’m happy I noticed you commenting on Caitlin’s (Broadside) blog, that’s how I found you. 🙂


      1. Really? Was it you finding me or me finding you first? lol Because I think I was already following you! 😉 Whichever, it so doesn’t matter because now i’m so happy. 😀


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