Once Upon a Time

I can never resist a contest, especially one asking for 200 words or less. A few weeks ago, Powell’s Books asked for fairy tales in 50 words or less, beginning “Once upon a time…” Here was my response:

“Once upon a time…”

“Oh Mom, must you always start out that way?”

“What would you prefer, my child?”

“Just cut to the chase.”

“Okay. There was a little girl. Broke into a house. Ate porridge. Broke chair. Fell asleep in bed. Bears returned. Were angry. Girl fled. The end.”

“Thanks Mom”

“Sleep tight.”

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