“NO!” croaked through my throat as her botoxed face came disarmingly closer.

“Leave me alone!” I shuddered as her elongated false eyelashes fluttered a breeze.

“Get away!” I cronked as her ridiculously plumped up lips puckered. But she kissed me. Wam! Bam! I imploded. My skin felt tight. My limbs stretched painfully. The greenness of my skin paled to a creamy white. Hair sprouted on my once glossy skin before I fainted.

Screaming awake, I accused her, “Look what you have done! You have turned me back into a Prince when I was so happy being a frog. As a frog, I lived a life of ease away from worries and responsibilities. It was so cool and relaxing at the bottom of this pond where I had real friends rather than being flattered as a Prince.”

Contemptuously, she looked into the pond, “Mr. Frog,  I mean Mr. Prince, I mean Prince, you are disillusioned. Your pond is slick with oil, oxygen deprived and swimming with litter. Insecticides and pesticides poison its aquatic creatures. Stop shirking your princely duties and marry me. I need you to prevent my Father from marrying me off to this antique, this fossil of an old geezer.” 

Sighing, the Prince looked around. He saw an angry autistic sky skunked with smoke. He heard the heavy buzz of machinery. His skin felt made raw with pollutants. The nauseous smell of exhaust fumes dirtied the air. Flies buzzing over a deluge of litter probably tasted foul. His pond reeked and was contaminated with rubbish. “You are right; I have neglected my Princely duties for far too long. I will be the Prince of Clean Up. Because you had the audacity to kiss me, I will save you from marriage to the old geezer. No, I will not marry you! Marry for love! You will be my business partner as you barge through life and accomplish things. The world needs someone with a passion who gets things done! ”

With these words, they shook hands. The Prince hopped away forgetting he was a human again!

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    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 month ago

    I enjoyed it so much, Margarida. I love how the Prince enjoyed being a frog but later realized that he neglected his Princely duty. Your fairytale is a different story of the Prince Frog that I recently read. It is is a nature lover Prince Frog and I like it. Well done. 

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


    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    1 month ago

    This is such a fun retelling of The Frog Prince, Margarida. I love the independence of your princess, though if I were the prince I’d be telling her to lose the Botox and false lashes. Can I just ask what ‘cronking’ is, or is it a typo. I couldn’t quite decide. Great fun anyway!

    1 month ago

    What a hilarious romp of a story, Margarida! Like Carrie, I’ve never heard of the word “cronked”, but the sound of it sure fits the story. What does it mean?

    Deborah Goulding
    Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
    1 month ago

    I like how you retell a story from another point of view. It makes you think of how the frog felt. You take it to another level! Well done, Margarida! I hope they can make a difference cleaning up every mess they encounter.

    Melissa Taggart
    Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
    23 days ago

    Fantastic retelling, Margarida. The Botox and fake lashes were hilarious additions to this story!

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