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TITLE: The Youngest, Greatest, Fairy Magician Warrior Takes on Cinderella
By Jenny Fulton
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“… Zoe Allen will be the Fairy Godmother...”
Success! The youngest, greatest, fairy magician warrior knew the importance of this role could not be underestimated. With the new-found power to turn animals into people, she would have a much greater chance of defeating the evil elf, Dargon. Maybe, if she worked hard enough, she would learn how to turn him into a mouse!
“Zoe, for the tenth time: start reading through the script and marking your lines. I know you can really thrive in this role, if you just put your mind to it.”
“OK, Mrs. Montgomery. I’ll do my best. The fate of the universe depends upon it, you know.”
Mrs. Montgomery smiled slightly. “I don’t know about the entire universe, but the rest of your classmates are certainly depending on you.”
Zoe looked around with wide, solemn eyes. The instructor of magicians, in her manifest wisdom, was right, of course. They were all depending on her. Their very lives, their…
Thus began the age of the 5th grade play rehearsals. All things considered, it was a relatively uneventful age, if you don’t count the scenes with the Fairy Godmother.
“Fear not, Cinderella. It is I, your Greatest, Most Powerful, Ultimate Fairy Magician Godmother! I will rescue you from this life of drudgery. Together, we will take on those evil witches you live with and rid the world of such cruelty, once and for all!”
“Cut! Zoe, once again, that is not even close to what the script says. Here, read it word for word, and try to get it memorized.”
The fairy magician warrior looked disdainfully upon the uninspired words. How was magic to be accomplished with such dreary utterances.
“Read them, or let Sandra take your place.”
There was nothing to be done. The dismal deed must be performed if she was ever going to gain the power she sought.
“Don’t cry, Cinderella. It is I, your Fairy Godmother. I will help you get to the ball.”
The day of the performance finally arrived. Eager, young thespians gathered behind a handmade cardboard backdrop while the audience filed in.
“Are you ready, Zoe?”
Zoe looked out at the audience and her mind froze. Seconds later, it thawed in a spiraling torrent.
The whole kingdom had turned out to witness this ultimate battle between good and evil. All of them. Hundreds of thousands of them! There were so many! They were counting on her! Their lives depended upon her! She had to… she must…
“Zoe? Are you OK?”
Zoe didn’t respond. What if she failed?
What if she was unable to turn the mice into the mighty steads that were needed to take the fair maiden across the country so that she could warn the prince of Dargon’s imminent advancement. What if she turned the pumpkin into a turtle and the maiden couldn’t warn the prince in time? Was she strong enough to take on the dark elf alone?
The show began. Actors entered and exited the stage area, but Zoe never moved. At some point, she felt a hand on her shoulder and turned to see her teacher looking down upon her with kind, understanding eyes.
“It’s a little different playing pretend in front of a large audience, isn’t it?”
Zoe nodded. “What if I mess up?”
“Well, let’s see now, what would the youngest, greatest, fairy magician warrior do?”
Zoe stood up straighter and took a deep breath. Her petrified face turned resolute. “She wouldn’t let anything hinder her from the quest she was on!”
“OK then, just be that girl. Be the youngest, greatest, fairy magician warrior. Right now. You’re on.”
The Greatest, Most Powerful, Ultimate Fairy Magician Warrior Godmother swooped down from the sky!
“Fear not, Cinderella! It is I, your Fairy Magician Godmother! I have arrived to assist you in your dire predicament!”
A genuinely surprised Cinderella said her lines and the show went on.
It may not have been the most seamlessly executed production, but from that moment on, it certainly ranked among the most interesting.
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