Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

From the perspective of Bashful the Dwarf


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“Don’t you say that again Grumpy. She is the sweetest creature I have ever seen!” said Bashful with a look of indignation that made the remaining six burst out into amused laughter. He turned a shade of red making his already rosy face blush all the more.

“Now, now… don’t make fun of Bashful here, we all know he has a soft corner for her” Doc admonished the rest of them but burst into a chuckle as soon as he had uttered the words making everyone once again roll in laughter.

“Whatever you say, we are not safe with her around. What if her evil step mother comes back? She has already tried killing her once and now that she is with us, I am sure she will try again. And then what about us? What will happen to us?” Grumpy disapproved of her presence and left no stone unturned to make his displeasure known.

“Can we go home now please? Let’s see if she has lived up to her side of the deal and cleaned the house and kept our food ready. If she has, I can go sleep almost immediately” said Sleepy letting out a yawn that was accentuated by a powerful sneeze from Sneezy.

And so they set on their journey down the mountains, towards the tiny cottage nestled in the woods on the banks of a gurgling brook and surrounded by the most beautiful flower garden in the entire country side. 

“Can you smell that?” exclaimed Dopey as they neared the cottage. The flavours of an onion soup engulfed their senses making Happy burst out in laughter.

Snow White had kept her side of the deal; their cottage was spic and span, their beds had been made, the laundry done and the socks mended. If that wasn't enough, bowls of steaming hot onion soup sat waiting on the dining table.

Everything else forgotten, they welcomed her in their midst and from then on considered her as a part of their family. Even Grumpy found his disapproval fading away once he had tasted the delicious soup and found his socks looking as good as new.

A week went by but Snow White still seemed to be in the danger that had brought her to them.

“Don’t ever open the door to anyone till we return” Bashful heard the Doc tell her everyday making him worry about her safety.

“The sweet little thing that she is, it is easy to fool her” he thought, looking at Snow White with ardent admiration.

There had already been two instances when the Evil Queen disguised as a scarf seller and a comb seller had made her open the door. The scarf seller had tried to strangle her while the comb seller had tried to poison her with a poisonous comb. Both the times they had reached in time to revive her but had known if their hunch was right, Snow White’s life was still in danger. The Evil Queen, they thought would do anything to destroy their little beauty.

“Should I stay back? Oh what if something happens to her today? I cannot take it anymore” thought Bashful unable to keep his feelings to himself. He had slowly started to fall in love with his beautiful Snow White.

“Bashful, come with us, we are already getting late” called out Doc, raising a brow. He had begun to realize that the shy and sweet dwarf was falling in love.

“I need to speak to him soon. We cannot fall in love with humans, he needs to understand that” thought Doc as they walked towards the mountains.

Bashful turned around, taking one last look at the cottage and Snow White who stood outside waving out. His heart told him that something dreadfully wrong was about to happen.

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“Something is wrong” panicked Bashful as they came down the mountain. He had been fervently waiting to get to the rock from where they could get a glimpse of the cottage. Once they had gotten there he had quickly perched himself up and peered in the direction of the cottage.

“There is no smoke coming out of the chimney, something must have happened to Snow White” he yelled, quickly getting down and scampering towards their house. The rest followed, the absence of smoke had worried them too.

The silence that enveloped the house was a sign that confirmed his greatest worry. Bashful ran into the house, almost tripping over Snow White’s lifeless form.

“Oh, what happened to her? What has the evil mother done to her?” he cried out holding Snow White in a tight hug as he rocked her, tears flowing incessantly down his cheeks.

“Do something, please don’t let anything happen to my Snow White” he yelled, making it more than evident to everyone present what his true feelings for her were. But for once, nobody made fun, they all stood in silence as Doc and Grumpy tried to revive her; but all their efforts were in vain. She had fallen into a magical sleep. Till they did not know the source of her sleep, it would be impossible to revive her.

“Where are you taking her? Why don’t you try some more? We all know magic don’t we? Can’t we do something?” Bashful looked from one to the other with a pleading look. Their hearts went out to him but they knew there was not much they could do.

He watched them place her in a glass coffin. She looked as radiant and beautiful as ever he thought, gazing at his love, her pure white skin, rose coloured lips and hair that seemed to be made from ebony. Every single day he placed a flower on the coffin which was now kept outside in their flower garden. The most mesmerizing flower among all the flowers, he said to the others, sitting by her side everyday  and night despite the snow that had set in, wondering if there was something he could do to wake her up and bring her back into their life. Into his life.

“Will it work if I kissed her?” Bashful charged into the house one day.

“What?” the remaining six called out in unison.

“You know, like what they say about Sleeping Beauty. She was woken up by the Prince who loved her. I love Snow White, maybe my kiss could wake her up too” he said looking happy and eager for the first time in over a week.

“Bash, it’s time we sat and had a little chat” said Doc, gently making Bashful sit next to him and silently motioning the rest to leave them alone.

“As much as we all love Snow White, she is a human and we are dwarfs. We cannot forget that fundamental fact”

For a long time Bashful stayed silent, finally nodding his head as tears fell down onto the floor.
“I know it is not easy-”
“Doc, you have to come out there. There is a young man who has come!” yelled Dopey from outside the window.

Wondering who it could be Doc walked out, leaving Bashful to control the emotions that were now pouring out. In the snow covered garden outside, was a handsome young man, leaning over Snow White and looking at her with a gaze full of love.

“Who are you, young man?” asked Doc, walking over to the Coffin and placing a protective arm over it.
“I am the Prince of the Kingdom that lies to the north of the Woods. I was going down this path on my way for a hunting expedition when I chanced upon this coffin. Who is she? She is so beautiful, I have fallen in love with her” said the young man.

Doc looked at the Prince for a long moment. He seemed to be a good and kindhearted man and his eyes were brimming in love for their Snow White. He couldn't keep her with them forever; her evil step mother would always be a threat for her, alive or sleeping. Thinking of all aspects, Doc took his decision.

“She is Snow White my Lord, the princess of the Kingdom that lies to the south of these woods…” and he narrated the entire tale.

“I shall take her with me and get the best possible medical help to revive her” said the Prince, ordering his Guards to pick the coffin and carry it back to their Kingdom.

Just as the guards picked her up, one of them stumbled, making Snow White lurch and almost fall out of the coffin. With the sudden jerk, a piece of apple flew out of her mouth, waking her up.

Overjoyed, the Prince stepped forwards and helped Snow White out of the coffin while Doc narrated the entire tale to her as the rest of the Dwarfs danced in happiness.

Thanking them all, Snow White hugged and kissed them and asked “Where is Bashful?”

Before anyone could speak, Doc replied “He had to go into the mountains”

“Oh I wish I could have bid him goodbye” she said, looking coyly at the Prince with whom she had fallen in love the moment she had set her eyes on him.

“Why didn't you let her meet Bashful?” Grumpy asked Doc as they waved at the Prince and Snow White who had now mounted his horse.

“He wasn't in a state to meet her. There was no point in letting her know his true feelings” said Doc.
“Will he get over it?” asked Sneezy.

“Oh yes, he surely will. We are dwarfs, we can’t really fall in love with Humans” said Doc.

Engrossed in conversation no one noticed the lone figure that stood at the window watching Snow White fade away into the Woods. Nobody noticed the knife in his right hand slashing his left wrist creating a trail of blood red blots all over the pure white snow on the window sill.  

32 comments:

  1. Right. so it's like a "twisted" Disney Romcom. Interesting, Seeta. I had thought it would be a different twist. But liked this too :)

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  2. A very "realistic" twist, might I add. Just like how you like it. And us too :)

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    1. while I think a Dwarf would have feelings, killing himself might really not be that realist no? :) I some how prefer writing stories I can believe in.. even if they are fictitious, I should believe it can happen, only then can I convince the reader I think...

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  3. Well agree with Sid on all counts. Another one of your gems. And I think you should write your own versions of all fairy tales.

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    1. Thanks Jaibala :) Well, there is nothing that comes to mind, if it does, will pen another one

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  4. Poor Bashful :( You have done justice to your story, Seeta. Though the ending was not what I expected, I liked the grown-up twist you have given the entire tale :)

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    1. Yeah, I felt rather sad for him too :( let me know what you thought the ending would be, always helps to get a different perspective :)

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  5. That was quite a lovely little take on the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves story that we are all well aware of Seeta. And I have to agree with the multiple comments that you could probably write a series of these epic stories 'retold' from your perspective.

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    1. Thanks Jairam, whenever I come across another tale which I think I can pick up, I shall

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  6. Ahhh I feel so sad for Bashful...But yes loved what you did with the tale...I love how you weave stories Seeta, I really really do!

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    1. Thanks Naba, that means quite a bit to me

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  7. I love your fiction! :D
    I feel so bad for Bashful.. sigh!
    but your twist adds perspective to the existing story and "what ifs" are always fun!

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    1. There you got it.. it was a "What if?" that triggered this thought of

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  8. Like the others I feel bad for Bashful. Interesting twist to the much-loved tale.

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    1. Thanks Rachna, I do too, to be frank

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  9. aahhhh this is scary and sad. What if we had read this imagine!

    Richa

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    1. Nah, that is not possible. Fairy tales will always remain lovely dovey and deservedly so. I think childhood is the only time when we can see life through rose rimmed glasses and be happy about it no?

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  10. The tragedies we unknowingly seed! That was an interesting twist, Seeta.

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    1. I actually thought it wasn't a twist you know, that everyone would also think the way I did, that Bashful would not really get Snow White..the ending was more of a show of the intensity of his love....

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    2. Ah! I meant the way you twisted the original tale and not a 'twist in the tail...err...tale' :)

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    3. yeah, I wondered what it would be like if one of the Dwarfs had fallen for her and it turned up on my blog :)

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  11. Oh no.. why have we become such people that we cant see ...

    Bikram's

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    1. Well sometimes we can, but just because we can, we cannot accept everything as it is right?

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  12. Aww...why did you have to kill him?

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    1. I know it was rather sad but that was my way of expressing the intensity of his love. Frankly I do not know how intense these magical characters can be but somewhere I felt their emotions would run deep and I wanted to bring that out.

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  13. That is an interesting view point to narrate the story from - and yes, it is highly plausible. You seem to excel in give non fairy tale like endings to fairy tales.

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    1. Finally someone agrees that it is plausible :) I do not think I am comfortable with fairy tale endings anymore, if you notice, there usually is a hint if realism in all my tales

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  14. Very interesting Seeta. But I also want to ask you, why did you have to kill him?

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    1. Thanks Jas, was about to hop over to your Gremlin post when I saw all these comments. Just responded to Purba above... lemme know what you think about it :)

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  15. Aww. Tragic end for poor Bashful.
    I love all the Disney Princesses & had never really thought of these alternate/parallel stories before reading your Posts-
    1st Prince Charming didn't get Cinderella. Now I learnt of this Dwarf's love for Snow White :)

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  16. Hmm...I never understood the concept of fairy tales where Prince falls for Princess just by her beauty. Sigh.

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  17. That seems not so fairy tailish any more :) Very much real and steeped in our current times.

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