A cursed young woman seeks the aid of a queen who walks through dreams to reach a sister trapped in eternal sleep.
Music: “Painful Memories (loop)” by Albert Fernandez
[Video Description: “Diamond Dreamt of Rose” Trailer. Duration, 46 seconds. Music, “Song Painful Memories (loop)” by Albert Fernandez. Digital drawing. A young woman facing and looking forward, from shoulders up. She wears a cloak that is fastened by a cloak pin attached to a brooch made of a gemstone shaped like a red rose with two leaves. Rose leaves extend down from the top of frame, and lie along the bottom of frame. At bottom of frame is the outline of a woman in right profile who is lying down with a hand lying on her stomach. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A cursed young woman seeks the aid of a queen who walks through dreams to reach a sister trapped in eternal sleep.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “‘Turn back,’ the queen said. ‘I want no curses in my kingdom.’ Clara explained as quickly as she could. ‘I am not the only one who is cursed. ‘My sister. My husband.’ ‘And it was one who cursed you all?’ Clara nodded. ‘He taunted me. He told me that what I love would become what he loves. And what he loves best is treasure.’” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and turns gray, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”]
Welcome to Year 9 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.
Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION
The Wheel of Fiction landed on Revisitation. And this time…I decided to go way back. In the early years of Storyfeather, I wrote my own versions of the well-known fairy tales, including “Sleeping Beauty” and “Snow White and Rose Red.” And I had a plan to have the various characters’ paths cross. After all, many of them are on quests to break the curses that derailed their lives. In this story, I revisit my version of the Snow White character, Clara, whose plan is to gain an audience with a monarch who frequently falls into an enchanted sleep…from which she can enter almost anyone’s dreams.
Milestone: This is story number 450.
[Video Description: Duration, 7 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, Music, Challenge, Draw!!!, Traveler. The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction V4” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is the date of the spin, 6/16/2022. At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on REVISITATION. As the wheel stops spinning, a sparkling rose appears at the center of the wheel.]
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