I've been reading many fairy tales recently, and find them very inspirational. I like the simplicity of the characters, the brevity of the prose and the way everything tastes like a mandarin orange. Note: the word "bossy" here is not meant to sound negative. Bossy was an adjective that was frequently used to describe my personality when I was a small child. Some of us need to feel in control.
Two sisters, part one There were once two sisters who shared the same hair and eyes. In fact, they were almost identical, and traded sweaters depending on their mood. They lived in a cabin deep in the middle of the forest, and though the one would have preferred the beach, she enjoyed the constant smell of fir and that whenever it snowed it looked like Christmas Day. This sister ate salty snacks, like popcorn with fresh herbs and oils and smoked meat that she would occasionally purchase from the butcher in the town nearby. The other sister preferred fruit, coffee, and chocolate as dark as the earth.
One of the sisters, the one who liked the saltiness of the sand and her snacks, was quieter than her twin. She dressed herself in ink and scarves, and stayed inside playing spools of thread while her sister assembled stones to build a pathway from the gate to the front door.
They rode bikes together when it was warm outside and this is when they got along the best.
When it stormed, they were both afraid, and the held hands under the afghan blanket their mother had left them before she went to study rocks in Burma.
The bossy sister, the one who loved the trees and the crinkles in shortbread, told the other sister what to do whenever they faced frustration. They often argued, with sparks of blue and green bursting between the two like fireworks. The beach-loving sister would go to bed angrily, quietly, until the next morning when she awoke to her sibling making olive oil and orange pancakes, and she immediately forgave her. Through her bites, she still felt woefully misunderstood.
...to be continued!!