|old english papers r fun
||[Apr. 6th, 2006|10:54 pm]
i vaguely remember writing this at midnight the day b4 it was due...|
Once upon a time there was a beautiful girl whose name was Adelaide Blanche Celestine. Her real mother, Esmeralda, died when Adelaide was a child. Adelaide’s father, Ford, remarried an evil woman, Darice. Darice was a very greedy evil woman, who wanted all of Ford’s money. The only way to get his money was for him to die. Ford was planning to go out one evening when Darice cut the brakes on his car. Luckily Ford didn’t bring Adelaide. He thought it would be too risky, for it was very stormy outside. The father died that night and Darice got the money. Adelaide grieved and insisted her father be buried next to her mother’s grave.
Darice decided to take in Adelaide even thought she had two daughters of her own, and she despised Adelaide with all of her cold black heart of ice. Adelaide was despised for her beautiful looks and pleasant attitude toward life. Anyone who met Adelaide instantly liked her, except for her own stepmother and step sisters. They made her do all the work of the house because they despised her so much. Adelaide did it without one complaint. Her attitude towards her work angered Darice and her daughters even more, and so they made her work twice as hard.
One day Darice went to the mall and bought gifts for her daughters. Then she had to stop by their school, for her daughters weren’t beautiful or smart. Darice found an old moldy stick on the ground and she picked it up. She gave her daughters their gifts and looked at Adelaide. She laughed cruelly and asked Adelaide if she would like a gift. Adelaide was about to respond when Darice whipped the stick at her. Adelaide picked it up and walked away from the roars of laughter coming from her step sisters and step mother. She looked at the stick and thought she saw a hint of gold. She walked to her parents’ graves and planted the stick there. She didn’t really expect anything to happen, but placed the stick there upon instinct.
The next day while Adelaide was cleanin the fireplace, her stepsisters came home talking loudly about a winter homecoming at their school. Her elder step sister, Georgiana, said a king and queen would be voted for and elected there. Her other step sister, Harriett, said that every girl in the town would be there. Adelaide asked if she could go and the step sisters laughed uncontrollably. Adelaide ran to her parents’ grave, seeking aide. When she got there she was taken aback by a large golden tree that had grown there.
She stared at the tree in awe. She was trying to figure out how the tree got there when Darice called her into the house. Darice told her that if she was able to clean and mop the whole house, clean the fireplace, and pick all the grain from the field, the she could go to the dance. Adelaide was elated for she felt she could accomplish these tasks in the six hours she had until the dance. Little did she realize that her step sisters would ruin her chances of going to the dance, for they called her every five minutes so she could help them get ready. By the time Adelaide was able to begin her jobs, the dance had started. She ran to her golden tree and began to cry.
“I wish I could go to the ball!” she cried, “I wish my jobs were done, and I had a beautiful dress with beautiful glass slippers! It isn’t fair!” She had been crying for several minutes before she realized she had been wearing a beautiful silver dress with gorgeous glass slippers on her feet. Her hair was beautifully done and she had sterling silver rings on each finger. She looked to the sky and saw what she thought was a massive cloud moving towards her, but after watching it she realized it moved much to fast to be a cloud. It turned out to be a large flock of doves. The doves began to pick the grain and clean the house. They cleaned the fireplace and did the dishes. Adelaide was in such
shock and could not believe what was happening.
A dove then landed on a branch of the tree. He began to talk, and Adelaide was in such awe that she couldn’t scream from the fear she felt inside. The dove told her that all this magic would wear off by midnight, and if she wasn’t back by then, the magic will have worn off and she would be in her old rags. Adelaide gratefully thanked the dove, promised to be back by midnight, and ran off to the dance in a carriage also provided by the tree.
Adelaide arrived at the dance and stunned everyone. The king was already elected and saw Adelaide. He was speechless, for her beauty was blinding. Her beauty was so great that it seemed as if a halo of light surrounded her, causing her to glow. The ground beneath her seemed to turn to a cloud, as if the ground already there wasn’t good enough for her to walk upon. She was the most beautiful thing to walk upon earth. She was more beautiful than Aphrodite, and more desired then Persephone. Every boy wanted to marry Adelaide, and every girl envied her. The voting for the queen was to take place, and the elected king refused to accept any girl as his queen except Adelaide. The students agreed reluctantly. Adelaide danced with the king all night. The king wanting to know her name whispered softly in her ear, “What is the name of the most beautiful creature on earth?”
Adelaide, looked around confusedly and asked, “Do you mean me?”
The king smiled and said, “Of course I mean you! You are by far the most stunningly beautiful girl I have seen in my whole life, and I would like to know your name.”
Adelaide, blushing slightly, spoke her name, “Adelaide Blanche Celestine.”
The King commented on her beautiful name and danced the night away with her. He insisted he go with her everywhere in case another man tried to steal her away from him. They walked outside and through the school’s garden. The prince picked a rose and gave it to Adelaide. They sat on a bench and talked for hours. The king interested in Adelaide’s shoes, picked one up and studied it. Then after he was satisfied, set it down on the ground.
The king looked at his watch and stated, “Wow it is already so late. In ten seconds the clock chimes will strike, indicating the start of a new day!”
“You mean it is almost midnight! I have to go! I had a lovely time with you and hope to see you again someday!” and she began running. In the rush to leave she forgot the shoe the king had taken earlier.
“Wait! I do not even remember your name! You left your shoe! Please come back! I love you!” the king shouted hopelessly.
The next day Georgiana and Harriett were angrily watching television. The events of the dance were on the news. They talked of an unnamed girl of great beauty who had been there and stole the king’s heart. They told viewers that her name was forgotten, and the only clue to who she was, was a glass shoe left behind in the school garden.
Adelaide, who had thought she would never see the king again, became elated with joy. The newscaster continued with the story by saying that every girl in the town was to come to the school and try on the shoe. Adelaide went, even after her step sisters complained endlessly. Darice knew Adelaide wasn’t the girl from the dance, and knew Adelaide would embarrass herself even more if she had gone to the school and tried the shoe on in front of everyone. She explained this concept to her two daughters, and all three laughed wickedly and maliciously.
The four women had been standing in line for hours waiting to try on the shoe. The crowd of girls wanting to marry the king seemed never-ending. His best friend was trying the shoe on all the women and finally had gotten to Georgiana. She tried to fit on the shoe but her big toe wouldn’t fit. She insisted it was her shoe and excused herself to go to the bathroom, saying it wouldn’t fit because her feet were dirty. When she reached the bathroom she took a knife and slit off her big toe. She came back her foot fit. A dove then flew in and whispered something to the king’s friend. He took the shoe and sent Georgiana on her way.
Next Harriet was allowed to try on the shoe. Her hideous heel was in the way so she too slipped into the bathroom. She took her sister’s knife and slit off her heel. Then when she returned, the shoe fit. The dove screeched about excitedly and Harriet too was sent on her way.
Now it was Adelaide’s turn to try on her own shoe. she slipped her foot in the shoe and it fit perfectly. No one would believe that this girl in rags was the beautiful girl from the dance and demanded more proof. Silently Adelaide pulled out the matching glass shoe. The whole crowd gasped. The gym was then silent with awe. The king came in and proclaimed, “I love you more than Artemis loves hunting, or Narcissus loves himself. Marry me, and I will love you more than you could ever imagine!”
“But you do not even know my name. How can you love someone and not know their name?” Adelaide questioned.
The king retorted, “Who cares? A name is meaningless. Let your name be Venus for you are the loveliest thing to walk the earth, let it be Athena for you are the wisest person I know, or let it be Eurydice, for I will go to the underworld to rescue you.”
Adelaide, touched by his comment, simply stated, “Adelaide Blanche Celestine, what’s yours?”
The King chuckled and replied, “Irvin Jasper Kassidy. Now can you marry me?”
“Yes!” exclaimed Adelaide, “Let us get ready right now!” Adelaide ran to the tree and asked for the prettiest dress, even more beautiful than the one she had worn the night before. She asked for her hair to be done up like before, and asked for a new pair of glass shoes, for her old ones were now covered with blood. In several minutes she was clothed in a beautiful white and silver dress, and had all the jewelry a girl could ask for.
She met Irvin in the beautiful garden of the school, and there they were married. They lived together as happy as Zeus and Hera on Mount Olympus. They had one son, Lalo, and one daughter, Mabella.