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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 Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. 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’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  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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