The Emerald slippers.
In a small English town in the late eighteen century, lived a joyful teenager girl named Elly. She and her mother lived in a small shoe shop they inherited from Ellys grandfather. The business wasnt prosperous, but that seemed not to bother the small family.
Elly was a peppy teen with golden blond hair. She had blue eyes and a smile that made your troubles disappear. She always looked tired in the mornings and people used to call her sleepyhead. When going to downtown, Elly was always accompanied by her little dog, ducky.
Elly dressed like all the other town maidens with the exception of her shiny green ballet slippers. There wasnt a single day she wore a different pair of shoes. No matter if she played all day long or if it was muddy, the green slippers always looked spotless.
The whole town loved Elly. It was common seeing her at the downtown market at noon buying groceries for her mother. Although they were poor, Elly always managed getting extra food from the merchants by performing tiptoe dancing for them. Elly danced like a professional and she always did it happily.
Every time people asked why she always wore dancing slippers, she said it was a gift from her Grandfather. When someone asked where she learned to dance like that, she answered her slippers were magic. When People heard her fantastic respond they smiled back or caressed her hair.
However not all was happiness. In the town lived an orphan about Ellys age named Annie. The girl didnt sleep on the streets, but at the local church. She had long straight purple hair done into a waist long braid. Annies left eye was always covered by her hair.
Annie observed Elly from far when she performed for the merchants. Elly dancing skills and happiness was something she wanted. She usually spied Elly hid in the dark alley at the other side of the street. During night at the church, Annie plotted against the joyful girl.
The green slippers must be magical. No one can dance like she does. Annie pondered.
One day, Ellys mom volunteered helping raising funds for the church. The volunteers had to travel for two days to nearby towns for donations. When Annie learned about Ellys mother, she insisted not going.
That night, Annie went to the small shoe shop. She forced a window with a large knife she took from the churchs kitchen and entered. In silence, she sneaked in looking for Elly. Then she found a room lit apparently by candle light. The door was half opened and she peeked in.
Inside the room was Elly. She was dancing alone while ducky slept in a corner. Elly slippers shined like two bright candles as she danced grandiose. Annie couldnt understand why Elly was dancing although it was past midnight. Finally she sneered and entered the room with the knife on her hand.
Hey! Who are you and what are you doing here! Elly asked surprised, but she didnt stop dancing.
I knew it, Miss joyful feet! Now I want your magic slippers. Annie told Elly who hadnt stopped. Stop dancing and give them to me!
I cant stop
Not until sunrise. Elly replies. Grandpa warned never to touch these magic slippers, but I disobeyed him and I got trapped.
Ducky woke up and started barking at the intruder. The small white dog approached Annie, but the jealous girl picked him up after biting her leg. Annie orders again Elly to surrender the beautiful slippers to her.
Please dont hurt, ducky! I would gladly give them to you, but they are attached to my legs! Elly said worried to the explosive teenager.
Annie threw Ducky away and the white fur dog went hiding bellow the bed. She then jumped over Elly grasping the knife in her hand. With an insane look, she stared at Elly as the curse girl moved her legs lying down on the floor.
I hate how you make everyone happy. I will skin off the slippers from your legs and all will admire me. The magic slippers will be mine and Ill be the best dancer of this place! Annie stated as she raised the sharp blade over her head.
Elly remained freeze in fright as she looked at the knife pointing at her. Annie grabbed one of Ellys feet with her free hand. Then the slipper jumped off Ellys foot and engulfed Annies hand. As the laces wrapped on Annies forearm, the other slipper jumped to her other arm making her drop the knife.
Annie stood up as she looked terrified at her trapped hands. The slippers started glowing and moving by themselves. They changed from bright green to ruby red. Then the magic red slippers made her stand on her palms and started dancing.
Make them stop! I beg you! TAKE THEM OFF! Annie implored in panic.
Im sorry. Elly said feeling bad for Annie.
Annie jumped out the window breaking it. She headed to the forest dancing upside-down as she shouted desperate for help. That was the last time anyone saw Annie in town.
The next afternoon Ellys mother and the rest of the congregation returned. She was very happy to find her daughter was free from the curse. She hugged Elly for a long while as she cried of joy.
Elly was also very happy for all, but she couldnt stop feeling bad for Annie. Elly continued entertaining the downtown merchants as she always did. Unfortunately, without the magic slippers, she couldnt dance as beautiful as she used to do.
As days passed by, Elly discovered something positive from being cursed to dance every night until sunrise. All that dancing became hours of practice for her. Those five years Elly was cursed gave her an important improvement in her dancing skills, enough to be admitted a year later at the Royal Academy of Dancing.
About Annie, no one was really sure what happened to her, but for some years a legend grew about mysterious cries heard inside the forest. Cries of desperation and sorrow imploring for help every single night.
This story needs a prequel: How Elly got stuck with those shoes in the first place.
I thought about it, but it would be redundant. We already know she is trapped and would be a 2 page story at the most. No thanks.
I have to agree with Persona22 this story has very good writing and deserves a prequel explaining how Elly ended up cursed with those shoes, and Persona22 has a point when he says that this story is kinda short.
Yeah, I see your point.
But you have to admit that this story is kind of short as well...
But you have to admit that this story is kind of short as well...
How would Annie look some years later?
Pretty nice story here, keep it up.
God I love this story ^^
wow! a lovely fairytale. This can wipe the floor with Little mermaid and red riding hood any day!
Well, The little mermaid doesn't even has legs and Red riding hood can't even recognize her own grandma from a wolf!
Por eso es que yo prefiero el Reggaeton al Ballet.