Daily Prompt Once Upon a Time Tell us about something that happened to you in real life last week — but write it in the style of a fairy tale.
Once upon a time, not long ago or far away, lived a beautiful Australian shepherd named Princess Mindy T. Dog. She was what they call “tri-colored” meaning her fur was mostly black with white and brown. Princess Mindy wasn’t young any more, and she was kind of fat, but she was a very happy dog with beautiful brown eyes that would melt anyone’s heart. She loved three things. She loved cookies. She loved sleeping on the sofa. She loved going for walks with her human. And, her human loved her very much so she always made sure Princess Mindy had (little) cookies, a soft velvety cover on the sofa and the chance to go on walks.
One winter afternoon, Princess Mindy, her human, and Lord Dusty, her adopted dog brother — a big black dog with some Labrador retriever, some Great Dane, some Doberman and some other mysterious ingredients — went for a walk. It wasn’t a very pretty day. The sky was gray and the air was cold. Not bitter cold, but still cold. The Vast Monster of Snow was spread across the land. The cloudy light and the reflection from the snow made it difficult to see. The human remembered long ago having yellow goggles to ski in light like this. Still, they were able to see some moose tracks, bunny tracks and dog tracks in the snow. But, as Princess Mindy walked across the Vast Monster of Snow, bits of him clung to the fur between her toes.
“Please don’t do that!” said Princess Mindy to the Vast Monster of Snow. “That hurts my feet!”
“As if I cared,” said the Vast Monster of Snow. “The sun will be out any day now and melt me. If I put bits of myself between your toes maybe it will be safe a little longer.”
“That’s ridiculous!” said Princess Mindy. “You’re going to be here a while, I’m sure. More of you will fall, too. It’s only January! There’s no reason to stick bits of yourself to me. I’ll pull you out with my teeth, anyway.”
After they’d walked for a while, the ice balls were hurting Mindy’s pads, but she really wanted to go on the walk. She just stopped more often, cleaned the ice out from between her toes then ran to catch up with Lord Dusty and her human. The thing is, every time she stopped, more of the Vast Monster of Snow stuck to her fluffy curly fur. Finally, the walk became misery for Princess Mindy because the Snow Monster would not leave her alone.
“Human!” Princess Mindy called out telepathically. “Stop! The Vast Monster of Snow keeps attacking me!”
“Poor baby,” said the human. She and Lord Dusty immediately turned around. Realizing how bad things were getting for Princess Mindy they rushed back to where Princess Mindy had stopped under a tree. “Come on, sweet thing,” the human said to Princess Mindy, putting the leash on Mindy’s collar. “We’ll walk home on the street. That will show the Vast Monster of Snow a thing or two!” Princess Mindy followed behind Lord Dusty the rest of the way which wasn’t far.
When Princess Mindy, Lord Dusty and the human arrived home, the first thing the human did was get all the ice and snow out from between Princess Mindy’s toes. Then Princess Mindy’s human clipped the fur around Princess Mindy’s toe pads and clipped Princess Mindy’s nails so it would be more difficult for the Vast Monster of Snow to hide bits of himself in the sweet dog’s feet. Princess Mindy hated all of this, but within minutes she forgot all about it because her human gave her a cookie.
From then on, Princess Mindy, Lord Dusty and their human lived happily ever after.