She’d just hit the top step outside the Palace when the bell tolled midnight.

Tingles raced from the tips of her slippered toes to the top of her elegantly coiffed hair, each strike reversing the magic as she hurtled down the stairs, slipping as her extremities numbed.

Supple, warm skin cooled and greyed, sagging over flesh that began to collapse with decay. Blonde locks fell limp by her cheeks, her breathing laboured.

As the twelfth bell rang out into the music filled night, the magic that had animated Zombirella once more gave out, her body slumping to the frost-laden ground.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

I love the descriptions in this, Emily, the reversal from the elegant princess just goes that one step further. I wonder if the prince will want to marry her when he discovers the truth, I don’t like to think what may happen when he tries to put the glass slipper onto her foot!

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

Wow! So spooky.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
7 months ago

So funny that we both rewrote our own versions of Cinderella. Please read my “If My….”

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
7 months ago

What a great fractured fairy tale, Emily. Love the name ‘Zombirella’. And that 3rd paragraph… so brilliantly descriptive. Loved it!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Wow, what an interesting twist on the Cinderella story! I also wonder if the prince would still marry her if he found out who she really was. I agree with Linda, your descriptions are brilliant! Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

Zombirella is exciting and a must-see in the cinema. So spooky twist of Cinderella. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Emily O'Leary
7 months ago

You’re welcome, Emily.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
7 months ago

Rather spooky and now I can’t stop chuckling at the image in my head. Very different from the fairytales my mother read me as a tot! I love the name and I think the ugly step-sisters have been out-uglied! Well done, Emily; I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
7 months ago

Aw. Not even a pumpkin to ride home on?

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

Oh, the consequences of going to those fancy palace balls, Emily! After having read your well written story illustrating their sinister effects, I have decided to stop attending them.

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