The Other Side of the Story

The normal high school student, Raven, needs to analyse the famous fairy tale of Snow White. Thinking this as easy, she soon uncovers the truth about the perfect Snow White, and realizes it is much deeper, raw and tragic than the story we all know so "well".

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5. Story Time

 

What I had read didn’t make sense. Not any of it. My eyebrows furrowed with frustration. When I was halfway through the first page, I got so confused and had to start again. Suddenly I felt really warm, so I removed my long sleeved blue shirt and threw it on my cold wooden floor, landing softly on the boards.

Once upon a time, in the small village of Vercorin, Switzerland, lived a King and Queen. The Queen called Ravenna, had been born into a royal family, though not the central one, and at the age of ten she had been decided to marry the future King, when the existing rulers passed away. This happened when they were both the mere age of twenty-two years old. The King, by the name of James the third, took the power he had received with a stern hand. He did not want to disappoint the country, or harm the reputation of his legacy. 

Ravenna loved him deeply, and could not have been happier when she birthed their first son, Charles. James was distant, but loved his son dearly, though not giving his wife much attention. The Queen brushed this off, and knew he was stressed and had no time for intimacy. 

Ravenna's maiden Snow White, had always been faithful to her, and never disobeyed orders. Her lips were red as blood, her skin white as snow, and her hair black as ebony. The Queen always noticed her for her beautiful, yet simple looks, but never thought much of it. Ravenna herself had dark auburn hair, green eyes, and an elegant structure. 

Several years later, the Queen birthed the King's second child, a little baby girl. Rosa.  She loved and cared for her children tenderly, even when she had many things to do.

Ravenna had always had a passion for gardening, so when her children were a bit older, she played with them in the in the orchard, where she spent most of her time. 

When she needed to be alone, or sort out her thoughts, she would ask the help to take care of Charles and Rosa for her. 

- End of chapter one.

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This looked very interesting, although I couldn't quite place where the story was going. Why were they telling me about the Queen? Wasn’t the story about Snow White? I told myself I would read more the next day, since it was already getting late, and I had to get some sleep.

I stayed up thinking about the story. What was the truth about Snow White? Wasn’t the Queen her evil step-mother? I couldn’t answer the questions growing from my curiosity. Then I slowly drifted into the world of dreams.

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