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In Magical Mayhem DRUSILLA AND THE BEAR is simply a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales. East of the Sun, West of the Moon. What I did to make it differ (besides making it a bit longer) is use the vulnerableness, innocence and petulance of Drusilla from Joss Whedon’s Buffy to remake the thought pattern of a rather insipid heroine. The editor who is not my mother but a good friend said good things about it. Here’s the opening paragraph:
Part One: The Deal
It has been said that a man in want of a fortune would be hard pressed to find one. However, a man with a handsome marriageable daughter may fall into a fortune without knowing he was in want for one. This story is less about fortune and more about the handsome marriageable daughter. After all, the daughter’s story is far more interesting than that of a poor turnip farmer- which is what her father was- and we all know turnip farmers are about as entertaining as…well, turnips.
In Two and Twenty Dark Tales I imagined what the rhyme Ring Around the Rosy was really about. A lot of people believe that the rhyme is relevant to the black plague but that is a common misconception. There are a few folklorist theories about but none that I could latch on to for this retelling. I focused on hitting the main bits of the rhyme while having fun with the story. Here is the first bit of the story:
There is blood on my hands.
I have no idea how it got there, or why I woke up on a bench in the park near my house. I stand and shove my hands in my pockets. I have to remember what happened last night. I need to get home and wash my hands. The blood is dry. It flakes if I rub my hands together, but not all of it is coming off. It’s under my nails. It’s embedded in the cracks on my hands.