|By Vivian L. Danielson (Vivian) on Tuesday, January 21, 2003 - 01:15 pm:|
Dust-up in Fairyland
In today’s Fairyland, fairy dust meant for good deeds is rationed and good deeds are meager at best. As the Fairy Godmother tells her worker fairies, “we can’t ever squander fairy dust as we did with Cinderella centuries ago.” No surprise when one of several nasty creatures exiled to the Dark Side of Fairyland steals a shipment of dust being donated from one struggling colony to an even needier one.
Delia, a bumbling, dreamy-girl fairy, interrupts the heist and vows to complete the delivery. Instead, she stops in a garden owned by Sue, an aging hippie, and meets Gunther and Leopold, gnomes frozen in stone (most of the time) by a spell. Devious Leopold, really a fallen fairy king, tricks Delia into lifting the spell and seizes the fairy dust. The Fairy Godmother and others launch recovery missions, but the gnomes prevail, and prevail, and prevail again…
Leopold invades the garden next door, where there’s no critters or chaos, but General Curmudgeon doesn’t want ugly gnomes in his tidy garden. Leopold retaliates by planting a love potion in the general’s drink, and in Sue’s herb tea, in hopes he’ll move in with her. Next, Leopold sets out to conquer Fairyland, ignoring Gunther’s warnings about power, madness, and the curse that befell them centuries ago.
Fairyland, meanwhile, has no option but to send Delia to Transylvania to seek help from the Ielles, the powerful and capricious protectors of dreamy-girl fairies. This time Delia makes it to her destination. She gets an audience with Zarina, the youngest of the Ielle sisters, but makes a mess of things and is forced to return to Fairyland with nothing. What’s worse, Zarina comes to Fairyland to pay homage to Leopold and to grant his requests. The wily gnome smells a rat and, instead of asking for more powers, he asks to be handsome again, and he asks Zarina to marry him. A queen with awesome powers can’t hurt, right?
Zarina agrees to marry her now handsome King Leopold, but this story ain’t over. He was a stone gnome for centuries, out of the loop too long. She’s a modern, liberated woman with a career and a sense of social justice. Yes, Delia got her dust back in time to help her needy fairy sisters, but King Leopold got more than he ever bargained for on the domestic front (as did the General). In today’s Fairyland, as in the real world, Happily Ever After doesn’t come easy.
|By Vivian L. Danielson (Vivian) on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 04:27 pm:|
Dust-up in Fairyland
A bumbling, dreamy-girl fairy loses valuable dust meant for good deeds to devious gnomes who use their newly gained powers to toy with humans and terrorize Fairyland creatures. The hapless fairy vows to redeem herself and get the dust back, even after learning that one of the gnomes is a fallen fairy king intent on conquering Fairyland.
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