Short Story, Talitha's Curse, Writing

Talitha’s Curse; Installment One

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Prologue

Joyas. Joyas is a land in a faraway kingdom in a faraway place. She is a vast land swallowed by incomparable beauty coating every inch of her domain; from the individual grain of sand found on the outskirts of her lovely beach; to the colorful petal belonging to the unique flowers in her forest. From the snow on her mountain high, to even the deepest part of the ocean filled with creatures surrounding her.

As her name implies, Joyas is enriched with a strange joy found no where else. The culture is cheerful and welcoming, and her people are ever friendly. The natural food grown there is sweet and the animals are only native to their habitats in Joyas. And sadness and gloominess are unheard of.

It’s not that sadness isn’t felt by the people of Joyas, its that it isn’t allowed. Gloom was permanently banned during the reign of King Davion Philippon and his queen, Serenity Philippon. Though in the writing of the decree, he banned “the feeling of gloominess”, it is incorrect to say that a feeling could be banned. So rather, it was the people who carried the feeling who ended up tossed from the kingdom, never to gain entrance again.

King Davion had earned the trust of the civilians throughout years of humble and joyful service. With his playful, yet firm hand, he eventually won the favor of those who visited or engaged in business with Joyas too, leading to his immense popularity and ultimately, his power. Davion Philippon was by far the most favored king Joyas ever had; and his queen, Serenity, was just as favored.

There was just something special about their smiles when in public, or the way that they handled the people of Joyas with more understanding and gentleness than their ancestors had. No one knew for sure what it was, but nevertheless, all who knew them loved them and followed them willingly and without question.

So when it was announced that Queen Serenity would have a child, and that she wished for it to be completely free of gloom; everyone supported their idea of banning the influence of the unwanted feeling by deleting the carriers from the kingdom. It was agreed upon by all that banning gloomy persons was the most sensible way to protect the future heir.

Well, agreed upon by all except for one incompetent fairy.

One- A Curse is Caused

Standing at the sink, I sighed and scrubbed the dishes that were plied high as a mountain. With soap suds sloshing in every direction, I was anxious for the girls to get home with the cheese I had sent them to get for dinner. Looking at the clock again for the hundredth time, I huffed at the hour hand. Almost seven.

Another late dinner; I rolled my eyes. This was becoming a regular occurrence, maybe I should just stop sending them to the store.

I had only a cup of coffee for breakfast, because I had slept in, unintentionally of course. Then I had been forced to skip lunch to get a quilting order finished on time, and now my sisters were late for dinner; was I destined to starve to death?

Of course, I could have used my fairy powers to make myself something to eat, or to finish the quilt by magic, but I usually like to refrain from using powers unless absolutely necessary. Being a fairy in Joyas was once a normalcy and enjoyable, but that was back before Talitha was banned.

Shivers ran down my spine at the sound of her name on my tongue. That fairy was a mystery who had once been my friend, even though she had been gloomier than the gloomiest of all gloomies. She was perfectly harmless and had one of the kindest hearts I’d ever known, she was just not one to smile often.

When King Davion outlawed gloom and they forced her to leave Joyas, something snapped within her and her actions of defense led to her to abusing her power; therefore, giving fairies a bad reputation.

Huffing and unintentionally slamming a plate down into the sink, a huge splash of water and soap came up and slapped me in the face. Caught completely off guard and trying not to explode at myself for such a mess, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath.

Why had this day gone so bad? I had done my best to be cheery this morning but Cecil and Cicili had been at each other’s throats for who knows why. Then, when I finally couldn’t take it anymore and blew up at them, telling them to take their fairy grumblings to some place far away, they suddenly became best friends and ganged up on me and I ended up with a torn wing.

The day only went downhill from there, with me spilling things while I walked, running into the door because I forgot to open it, and I even ruined my favorite book by spilling laundry soap on it. And now I couldn’t even wash dishes without mishap.

Reaching for a towel next to the sink, I wiped the suds and water off my face and then began drying the dishes, willing myself to remain calm. I was drying the last dish, which happened to be my favorite tea cup, when Cecil and Cicili burst in loudly and scared me dreadfully. I dropped my teacup and stared silently at the shattered pieces scattered about the floor. I needed to go to bed and just end this miserable day.

“Oh dear Cecilia! That’s your favorite teacup! Here I’ll fix it!”

Cicili reached down and mended all of the pieces back together with her special touch of magic. She handed the fully restored teacup to me with a smile and said, “There you are! Now let us tell you the wonderful news that we heard from the dairy lady!”

I ignored her enthusiasm and set my teacup into the cupboard. After closing the door, ensuring that my teacup was out of harm’s way, I asked for the cheese and all but yanked it out of Cecil’s hand. I carried the block of sharp cheddar to my work space on the counter and began shredding it, uninterested in the town gossip.

“Queen Serenity had her baby!” Cicili beamed and I stopped shredding, suddenly interested.

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Come back next Monday for the next installment!

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