When my ridiculously good-looking parents produced stunning progenies, they expected it’d be the same with me. Instead, my mother had only to gaze at my distorted features and my club foot and abandoning me was her logical action.

The one who found me looked beyond my aspect, then judged me clever when I grasped her finger. She loved me as I grew up and introduced me to those who taught me my trade. Loneliness was my constant companion on that burning mountain but word of my craft went far and wide. Heroes wore my armours and wielded my weaponry, royalty displayed my delicate jewels. Then, I discovered my powers, the magic within me, how I could infuse every object I created with it.

I should have been satisfied with this, if not happy even. Instead I was constantly seething with fury. My adoptive mother advised me to forgive, told me that often family is not determined by blood but by choice and love. I didn’t listen.

I’d always known about my blood family, the most important people in creation. When one of my blood brothers came to ask me to craft a present for our mother, the Queen, the time had come to show them all. They’d beg me to come back, to be part of my real family.

It took me so long to fashion the intricate golden throne, yet I was proud of the result. I went to deliver it, fighting hard to stifle my giggles as I was imagining what was about to happen.

I didn’t have to wait long…

My mother majestically swept by, without a look at my sooty visage, and sat on the throne. My father beamed his appreciation. He beckoned to her but my rage was all-consuming. As a result, she couldn’t get up, with her conceited posterior forever glued to her throne!

My father begged me to undo the spell and free his Queen. He promised love and beauty in the bride he’d give me. And, the fool that I was, I accepted, but that’s another story…

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

Wow, Greene, what a gripping read! Abandonment, magic powers and the ultimate revenge! The ending leaves me with hope that this will be continued. I always enjoy your stories, you never disappoint, and this is one of your best.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Oh, Greene, I love this story for its humour, personalised telling and freshness. Is this a new version of the blacksmith god Hephaestus?
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
27 days ago

I love this powerful story, Greene, with all the spicy ingredients you have thrown into the pot. I didn’t know the story about Hephaestus, but realize that it’s fascinating.Thanks for enlightening and entertaining me and have a prosperous 2023!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
10 days ago

Hello, Greene. I may be late to give my feedback on your very humble yet lovely masterpiece, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love how your story flows. It is so dramatic, moving, and humorous. That’s the best revenge that a woman and her children could offer for his father’s… Read more »

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