I cheated this week: I wanted to read a fairy tale, so I found a diamond in my Deal Me In deck of cards and dealt it to myself.
collected by the brothers Grimm
Uncharacteristically for the stereotype the Grimms have earned themselves, nobody in this story is murdered, dismembered, or fed the flesh of their near relatives.
A beautiful, hard-working, badly used girl drops her spindle into the well. Scolded by her Wicked Stepmother, she throws herself into the well after it. She finds herself in a beautiful land. After showing kindness to bread and apples, she goes to work as a maid for a frightening-looking old woman (Mother Holle). She works well, and is given a reward when she leaves to return home.
Her ugly, lazy, pampered step-sister jumps down the well, hoping to get the same reward. Her bad behavior wins her a punishment, instead. Surprisingly, agony doesn’t seem to be involved.
I’ve read longer versions of this bare-bones story, but I like this shorter one best. It focuses of the characters of the two girls, while the longer ones make it about how they appeal to men.
So happy I dealt this one to myself!
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about somebody cheating at cards.