Drabble: The Blacksmith Goes to the Ball by Nicole J. LeBoeuf

by specklit

They left me behind. Good enough to forge their swords, not good enough to wield one. So they say.

But tonight a stranger will ride onto the field to aid them, her shield bearing the device of a gourd on a vine. Let them think their lives saved by a mysterious ally from a distant kingdom. They will never know it was I.

My fairy godmother’s warning whispers in memory: “But you must be home by midnight, Iron Elle. Heavens help you if you’re caught in battle with the smithy cat for a horse and a pumpkin for a shield.”

Author’s Note: Cinderella plus swords equals Mulan. It’s basic fairy tale arithmetic.

3 Responses to “Drabble: The Blacksmith Goes to the Ball by Nicole J. LeBoeuf”

  1. Creative twist on the old Cinderella classic. I liked it very much.

  2. Tragatar says:

    Ha! This is funny.

    But in a sense it’s a good beginning, making me wonder about a full story that would measure up or transcend it.

  3. Robert Dawson says:

    I love it!

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