Senryu : a cracked fairytale

cracked facade festering
fairytale’s so bad ending
seven years curve round

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Ok, it was one of those parties. I sat in a chair and it shot me through a chimney into a weird teal mushroom world. I swear I did not take anything. Ever since I’ve been studying for my final wizard’s exam, I’ve been clean. Did not even touch the blue potion set out on the table.

Then striding out of the forest, a weird girl with a bloody knife grins at me. “Hi, I’m Alice.” she giggles. Trust me, it’s not a nice giggle.

I immediately start casting a spell to call forth a sword when her cat lifts it’s head. The sword starts to shimmer into existence.

OMG! that is the biggest rat I’ve ever seen. My focus lost, the sword disappears. To hell with this, I pull my derringer from my thigh holster. Sometimes old school is best, I think as I shoot that damn rat still wriggling from the eerie cat’s mouth. The cat drops the mouse and grins at me. Slowly the cat disappears until only the freaky grin sways in front of me.

“Now look what you’ve done!” Alice shrieked.

I point my pistol at her, “Alice, I swear I’m in no mood. I have a final tomorrow so get out of my way”

She glares, taking a step towards me.

Problem is it’s very bad manners to kill someone at a party and I’m not sure if I’m actually in another part of the house or not. It was a wizard’s party, after all. Doesn’t mean I want to be stabbed through the chest by a crazy. So, you know, I shoot her … politely … in the knee and walk out through the Cheshire’s grin.

—-   The End —-


Mindlovemisery Menagerie’s title prompts suggests using one of these titles to “fashion a poem or story around”

  • A Fairytale with a Very Bad End
  • The Scarlet Temple
  • Shadow Puppet
  • An Unavoidable Encounter
  • Cracked Facade
  • I is an Illusion
  • Famished: An Unrelenting Silence
  • Festering Roots
  • 7 Years
  • Ineffable

since I’m using the 5-7-5 form, had to truncate the Fairytale title a tad but did manage to curl in 3 and 1/2 titles.  It’s fun.   Now I have to come up with a picture but fell asleep and my nap lasted 8 hours instead of a couple sooo running out of time to make my midnight deadline.  Flinging up my senryu and will try to come up with a pic later.

Second Life photo taken by M. LaFreniere, avatar Leia Firelyte.  Most people who have been doing Second Life for awhile have more than one avatar to try out different “personalities”.  Kayla is my main avi and I spend 90% of my time as Kayla. Leia was going to be my wildgirl.  Problem is I’m not that wild so she ended up going back to school to study magic with the occasional gun-toting adventure.  She became a sort of a cross between Lara Croft and a Harry Potter college student.

and if you’re into Firefly (the series), you will recognize a couple of references to dialogue in the show — and yeah, it’s intentional.  I love Firefly.  Anyone who doesn’t catch them — you have to watch the show!