Zoe’s Fairy Tale

Written as part of Friday Fictioneers, which offers the image as inspiration to write a fiction in 100 words (or less) AND Midweek Wordle #6 at A Prompt Each Day, which offers a set of ten word as inspiration, from which I’ve selected five, AND 3 Word Wednesday #435 which offers the words Aloof, Temporary and Whole as inspiration for a post AND ABC Wednesday Round 16, where the theme is the letter Z, AND Blog-a-Rhythm Wordy Wednesday, where the prompt is “Her Fairy Tale”. Photo by Stephen Baum. Word Count: 100.

Zoe’s Fairy Tale

“We’d meet in the old tunnels near the factory. There, we’d sit on the steps as the sunlight warmed our necks, and talk till nightfall. He’d always hold my hand, and walk back with me the whole way.”

Zoe zipped her dress. Her adopted daughter Paula was aloof, playing Farmville.

“But mom, that was years ago. He might have changed.”

Zoe laughed.

“I can tell, honey. His eyes smiled when he asked. The love never faded. Only our dreams turned temporarily in different directions.”

Paula shrugged. She wondered if this was her single mom’s way to begin her fairy tale again.

(© 8th July 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

110 thoughts on “Zoe’s Fairy Tale”

    • Oh. Real-life fairy tale of course. 🙂 Just the daughter wasn’t paying much attention to her mom recollecting their childhood. 😀 Thanks, Kimberly Lynne. 🙂

  1. This is such a delightful read 🙂 I believe that if a person believes in dreams or fairy-tales.. then he has the potential to make his own dreams come true.
    Cause in order to achieve… you need to believe 😀

  2. Don’t we all dream about our own fairytale once in awhile? I wish Zoe’s come true and take her to the right direction. 🙂

    • We do. 🙂 So it’s wonderful when we feel like we’ve got a second chance at an old fairy-tale getting a happy ending. 🙂 I hope Zoe’s does as well. Glad you liked the story, SSJ. :mrgreen:

  3. Into each life some fairy tales occur? Do they come true? No.. but that doesn’t matter.
    Thanks for your creative thoughts!
    Wil, ABCW Team

  4. I also hope this fairy tale has a happy ending. Probably one day the daughter will try to tell her children things and they won’t listen either. What goes around, comes around as they say. Well done, Vinay. 🙂 — Suzanne

  5. Maybe he is the hero she needs to seek after meeting the big-bad-wolf to complete the fairy-tale. Nice characters…the mom’s hope and the daughter’s skepticism comes through.

  6. Hoping that dreams are fulfilled is a good start Glad this is a fairy tale as dreams can be made to happen and much more in such tales! Eyes can certainly detect the tell-tale signs. Great prose Vinay! Prose is a whiff of freshness from the usual verses!


    • It can come true, Kaykuala Hank. I certainly hope Zoe’s does. 🙂 I write one verse and one story each week. For that whiff of freshness of course. 😀 Glad you liked it.

  7. This has a very realistic feel to it…a little wishful thinking on mom’s part, and the cynicism of adolescence on her daughter’s. Great job!

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