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Rapunzel, A Different Kind of Fairy Tale ~ fiction by Marie A Bailey

Well what have we here? A funky fable from everyone’s favorite Florida fabulist, Marie Bailey?! Yes indeedy, and you can thank The Disappointed Housewife by following.

The Disappointed Housewife

Once upon a time, a child was born with long, silky blond hair. In fact, she came out of the womb, not head first, but hair first. The doctors and nurses and her parents were both fascinated and repulsed by the sight of the bloody blond hair that lay pooled on the hospital bed. A nurse came toward the infant with scissors but the mother stopped her. “No,” she said. “Let the hair stay. I will wash it myself.” She looked up at her husband whose face was a pale shade of gray. “We will call her Rapunzel,” she said and her husband dutifully nodded.

They had all expected Rapunzel’s hair to fall out and then regrow slowly, normally. But the hair stayed and it continued to grow until, by the time Rapunzel was walking, her hair followed behind her like a princess’s wedding train. And by then the whole…

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6 comments on “Rapunzel, A Different Kind of Fairy Tale ~ fiction by Marie A Bailey

  1. Woebegone but Hopeful
    January 19, 2018

    Thoroughly enjoyed this modern take on the old tale. Reminded me of some of Thurber’s fables.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 19, 2018

      Good comparison. There’s a lot of humor in the understated voice, I think.

      • Woebegone but Hopeful
        January 19, 2018

        A good understated narrative always packs a punch.

  2. Luanne
    January 19, 2018

    I wrote on Marie’s wall, but wanted to say here that this is so timely in a world of Mama Junes and the rest of them.

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