Maleficent - The Mistress of All Evil?

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Why did Maleficent bestow her 'gift' on Princess Briar Rose? Some believe there is a reason for everything, but no one has asked for one in the case of Maleficent, the mistress of all evil, as that's what she was regarded as. There is a time to blame. There is a time to curse. There is a time to find out the truth of Maleficent.

A different take on the story of Sleeping Beauty, giving a reason for Maleficent's 'evil.'

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5. Maleficent's Gift

 


 

   "Well, well," Maleficent's grin stretched, showing her glimmering, glowing teeth, "Stefan you have laid out a glittering specimen." Stefan stood up with a face of fury.

   "One which you are not welcome to. And as for your kind-"

   "I meant the child, Stefan," Maleficent walked slowly over to the cot and leaned over, looking inside, "Such golden hair, such red lips, such difference to ours... so Stefan," Maleficent turned to the King, "What brings you and the gentry down to the South?"

   "The North land's growing infertility proved a threat to our life. And despite knowing and hearing of your kind, Maleficent," Maleficent graciously bowed, then rose, "We felt no fear in descending to the South." Maleficent laughed and the Raven sitting on her staid squawked. From behind, a soldier rose and ran toward Maleficent with a sword, but Maleficent used her staff with a swift turn to throw the soldier back, up and out of the door. Maleficent then cal my turned back round to Stefan and sighed.

  "I see your army still represents an organised rabble, along with your three pixies," Maleficent gestured to the three fairies crouching behind the chest, and noticed the blue fairy's face scrunched into a little face of anger, "As for the christening," Maleficent continued, "I was quite distressed at not receiving an invitation." Stefan used his stare in an attempt to pierce Maleficent.

  "How so?" Maleficent remained unphased and frowned, stroking the Raven perched on her staff." At that, the Princess began to whimper and cry, and with a glowing green hand, Maleficent began to sing.

   "I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream, 

I know you, that look in your eyes is so, familiar a gleam, 

And I know, it's true that visions are seldom all they seem, 

But if I know you, I know what you'll do,

You'll love me at once, the way you did once, upon a dream."

   The child's cries stopped, and Maleficent continued to Stefan.

  "Dearest Stefan, are we enemies? Loathers of each other?" Stefan did not want to reply.

  "Our ancestors-"

  "Are dead, dear Stefan. Let this be a new start for our land, which together we can replenish. With this child, we can bind together, and become of that a large force." Stefan eyed Maleficent, uncertain what to think.

  "You were not wanted Maleficent!" The green fairy piped waving her wand to no effect. Maleficent gasped with horror and stuttered.

​   "I what, not wanted? Oh, what an awkward situation," Maleficent turned away from the fairies, and focused again trying to convince Stefan, "Dear Stefan, I get so lonely in my castle, let us bond, without a pixie present," Maleficent again sensed the fairies frown, "Come, come, our parents would not want their decisions to affect ours." Queen Leah whispered something to Stefan with a straight face, and Stefan then nodded, causing a worried look on Leah's face.

  "To show I bear no ill will," Maleficent stepped up to the cot, "I shall bestow a gift on the child," The fairies looked worried, but Stefan ignored them, as Maleficent continued her gift, "Listen well, all of you! The Princess shall indeed grow with grace, beloved by all who know her. Her hair will grow gold, and her lips as red as the rose... but," Stefan looked up and Queen Leah looked worried as Maleficent rose both hands, green light flowing out of her fingertips, "Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel, and fall into a dark sleep like DEATH!" The green light dispersed around the cot as Queen Leah screamed and ran over to it, "The curse will last until the end of days... only the opposite emotion to mine can change the it." The fairies gasped as Maleficent cackled, and the green light surrounding the cot stopped Leah from holding her child.

  "Seize that creature!" Stefan stood up and pointed to Maleficent, but her departure had already started, and green light began to consume her.

   "Stand back you fools! Count the years Stefan! Count her years!" Cackling, the green light swirled into a ball around Maleficent's face, and she disappeared, the Raven leaving with her.

 

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