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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10. Privy to a Prick

 


 

   Briar Rose walked forward looking at the spindle's, and questioned what they were.

   "All girls must know how to weave," Maleficent said, "It is a beautiful skill. Pick one. Any one. Have it, as a gift."

   "Such an intricate and different device," Briar Rose walked up to the one in the middle, which happened to be a light brown wood. The spindle seemed to jet out toward her, as metal planks spat out from it's sides, "How do you use it?"

   "Have you not seen one before?"

   "No." 

   "No? Oh my child. Take it back to your parents, and show them."

   "I can show my father."

   "Would he know how to use it?"

   "No. But he is all I have left." Maleficent walked forward, so the Spindle was inbetween her and Briar Rose.

   "Then take this. As a gift." Briar Rose gazed at Maleficent's bright eyes, not fully knowing the power and evil within. Briar Rose then looked down at the spindle, and in her uncertainty Maleficent used another enchantment.

   "Hair the colour of gold. The prophecy young and old. Lips that bring the rose shame. The tale told again and again. Raise your hand, before the spindle goes. Give me your finger, sweet Briar Rose." Briar Rose looked again at the spindle, and gasped with glee.

   "This one calls to me. It speaks my name!" Maleficent raised her hands and smiled.

   "Then this is your gift." Briar Rose smiled, and lifted her finger, and raised it above the spindle of the spinning wheel. 

   "Touch it child. It is yours." Briar Rose smiled, and as she lowered her finger to touch the spindle, Maleficent's eyes squinted at the sharp point of it. With one sharp movement Briar Rose lowered her finger, and Maleficent sighed with malice as she heard the girl gasp, and the spindle nestle into the flesh on her finger. 

 

   Then, a strong wind blew, throwing back the Princess's golden hair as green light swirled around her finger. The light gathered, and several faint jagged edges, faced Briar Rose's direction. She screamed but Maleficent did not move, as the Princess could not, due to the enchantment on her finger. The green mist further gathered, and all jagged pieces shot out at Briar Rose, poisoning her in the stomach. With a scream she stumbled back, barely balancing, as the grip on her finger was released, and the green faded away. Maleficent laughed as Briar Rose panted, gasping and stumbling back.

   "What is it child? Many who use a spindle are privy to the prick of the needle."

   "What is this magic, please help me!" Briar Rose stumbled back further, and Maleficent continued to advance.

   "From the moment you were born I felt like ripping you apart, that simpering voice and golden hair! Your innocence sickens me. How you will overthrow me and become ruler of the south leads me only to feel disgust and hatred, disgusting wretch!"

   "Why had you planned this for me? Why this fate?"

   "Your father felt he had you safe, but your father is the cruel tyrant that murdered my family, and a weak man."

   "My father is no tyrant."

   "Oh no?" Maleficent leaned into Briar Rose face, "Genocide, my people slaughtered by his thirst for blood and war. The very essence of my people drained and thrown away because of one man's sickening thirst!" Briar Rose gasped and choked as Maleficent laughed.

   "You shall not succeed. We are many, you are few."

   "We, Princess? Your father will be disjointed and depressed by your sleeping, and will have no objection to me ripping out his beating heart and soul!"

   "No!" Briar Rose grabbed Maleficent's wrist, and her hand began to glow. At this, Maleficent screamed and threw the Princess back flat on the floor, her golden hair sprawled over the dark of the dirt. Briar Rose gasped again once more, and Maleficent grimaced at the child.

   "Your purity sickens me child. And it is your purity that will bring me back my kingdom." When Maleficent had finished speaking, she realised that the forest did no longer glow and saw a dark cloud overtake the Sun. All because Briar Rose's gasping had stopped, and she lay with her eyes closed, peacefully. Princess Briar Rose was no more.

 

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