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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11. Sleeping Beauty

 


 

   Briar Rose lay in the highest room of the tallest tower of Stefan's castle. The kingdom wept and in their despair did fight and hate each other, while the Princess lay dead above them. Stefan's grief was more than he had felt when Leah died, and never did smile again. While lying in the tower, Briar Rose's father sat with his sleeping beauty always, and the fairies watched over her, after finding her in the forest. Greith often sat with Stefan, as he regularly asked what was to become of his kingdom. Knowing it would only be death, Greith did not tell Stefan, and in his grief Stefan did not argue. The tyrant had been tamed, and Maleficent sat safely in her castle, laughing and content, as she planned to wipe out Stefan, with no resistance. She believed Stefan would not fight back, at the grief of losing his precious Briar Rose. She also laid another curse on the girl, that no harm would come to her when she (what she thought) slept, so the Princess's beauty would be preserved, as well as Stefan's suffering. Like any other day, Stefan held his daughters peaceful hands, weeping in front of the large window with closed curtains, with Greith sitting by his side.

   "Such peace, and stillness," Stefan said, as Greith was silent, "Her purity is still untouched even in sleep."

   "Yes, sire." Stefan fell to his knee's and turned to Greith.

   "Tell me Greith, what is to become of my kingdom and me? What is to become of Briar Rose? Is she to sleep forever?"

   "That I cannot answer, Sire. I can only share your sadness." Stefan stood up, and began to walk out of the room, Greith took a knife from his belt. He took a deep breath, and walked up to the Princess until he was standing over her chest. He then raised the knife, and took a deep breath.

   "For your father, Princess, for your father." He held the knife still, just as disaster struck. Stefan turned round.

   "Greith," Stefan saw the knife and Greith, and gasped with horror, "No!" Greith took a deep breath and screamed, plunging the knife. Just before it hit Briar Rose, Greith stopped, and gasped. Stefan stared on, as Greith let out a shrill shriek. Greith fell to the floor, taking the knife with him, as well as he one lodged in his heart, thrown by Stefan to protect his daughter. Greith lay on the floor, panting, blood slowly spreading over the sparkling marble floor. Stefan ran over to him, and grabbed him by the scruff of the neck.

   "Did she send you? That wretch Maleficent!" 

   "I have no love for Maleficent," Greith said defiantly, "I serve you. Not your daughter."

   "By serving me, you serve her! In life and sleep!"

   "No, sire, no. You do not understand. Kill her now! Kill her… or she will lead to your destruction." Before Stefan could question this prediction, Greith sighed for the final time, and died. Stefan than turned to Briar Rose, and hugged her tightly, weeping. After a minute or so, he stopped and looked up. His head was close to hers, and he realised he felt not heartbeat, or any breath from her. He listened again for her heart. He tried to feel for her breath. Nothing. It dawned on him that Briar Rose was not asleep, but in fact dead. At that moment, he screamed, and wept more. When he finished, he decided he had to destroy Maleficent, and spurred by his anger and hate, knew nothing could stand in his way.

 

   He got up and ran out, leaving Briar Rose alone. What he did not notice was that Briar Rose's once golden hair, was slowly turning to the colour of Stefan's, a dark, dead brown. 

 

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