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Sleeping Beauty

The click of heels matched the leaking faucet. Scowling, Aurora wrenched the cold tap anti-clockwise and cursed as the drip continued to splattered into the sink below.

“For fucks sake!” She turned her back on the traitorous sink. “Does anything in this flat work?”

Boyfriend’s head remained slumped, the rest of him sprawled across the settee as commentators screamed over the rugby.

Aurora glanced at her watch and then the suitcases by the door. The taxi was late. She turned her attention back to the boyfriend.

“Dam.” she muttered, striding over and straightening his blankets. “You’re supposed to look asleep!”


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Adrian says

    Hehe 🙂
    A nice twist. I did a critical essay on different tellings of Sleeping Beauty for my MA.
    Anne Sexton’s poem is amazing.

    • Thank you, those are all elements I was hoping to hit so it’s brilliant to hear that I have. 😀
      I’m thinking about doing a collection of 100 word fairy tales along these lines. Just trying to decide which one to do next.

  2. The subtly of the twist is delightfully understated. I always felt that she had a darker side than other princess characters! The updated version of Aurora is sleek and dangerous, which is an intriguing combination.

    • I’m really happy that this is the impression the character gave you and thank you for the lovely comment. I’m thinking of perhaps doing a short run of fairy-tale style stories like this piece in the future.

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