Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Fairy tale

It was not like anything that he had expected.

It was real. Reality was not what he had expected. He had not expected that reality would be like a fairy tale. The fairy tale that had come out of nowhere. The new age fairytale.

* * *

When he was a child, he did not believe in fairy tales. They were for the others. Those who believed easily. Those who believed in the tales and adventures his father told him at night.

When his father told him those stories at night before he went to sleep, he always doubted. Doubted if any of it was possible, if any of it really happened, if it could have ever happened. But he never asked or questioned. He just doubted. And as each night the stories unfolded, his disbelief grew.

But he loved the stories. He loved the stories because they were not reality. And reality was not real. And reality was not a fairy tale.

* * *

And today he was faced with a ‘real’ fairy tale. The fairy tale of ‘his’ life. The fairy tale that was about to enter his life and sweep him away. And he knew that he was on the brink of this fairy tale. The threshold that he was about to cross, and move in to the land that he doubted when he was a child. That he doubted till five minutes ago.

It was not like anything that he had expected.


18 comments:

:..M..: said...

:) It's exactly the place where I'm standing at. Au contraire, I do believe an amount of fairytales can be reality, but never did I think it would enter mine. And now, I'm at the threshold of it myself.

Great writing, as usual. :)

Jessica said...

We go through a time in our lives were for the most part we forget about fairytales, then we slowly wakeup and begin to write our own....wonderful piece.

Akshay said...

All stories seem very far away till they happen to you.

Garrison Steelle said...

Everything that is not an immediate part of our own reality is a fairy tale, no? Then it becomes real and we act surprised. :)

-G

Phal said...

I always believe in fairy tales. they're the greatest adventures after life itself. as always, was at the edge of my seat. and as always, thanking you for your writing. Happy Christmas.
Phal.

Cori said...

Mr. Steelle said it for me... maybe were in the same fairy tale eh?

Gifted writing! Lovely to read!

Ubermensch said...

different though style remains entrenched...what spurred you to spill this???

Havokinthemind said...

The thought struck me sometime ago... our recollections of our life/ the reality/ the universe and everything else (with due apologies to Douglas Adams) is often tainted by our preconceived notions... and then something happens to shake these notions, and we exchange them for others...

Miss Qt said...

I've never believed in fairy tales either but I did love the stories too. Hopefully, I'll be as lucky as this guy! ;-)

. : A : . said...

:..M..: - At the threshold? Hope it is something wonderful for you!

Jessica, Akshay, Havokinthemind - Agree with you.

Garrison Steelle - :-) Yes, nice thought. We do act surprised!

Phal - Merry Christmas to you too! Glad you enjoyed. Thanks.

Cori - Thanks a lot for your lovely words.

ubermensch - It started off with the first sentence, which was sparked off by a song I was listening to (which had nothing to do with fairy tales!) and then I just let my writing take control!

Queen Mo - You will be lucky! Just hang in there.

Ariel said...

>>But he loved the stories. He loved the stories because they were not reality. And reality was not real.<<

I like how you forcefully "hint" at transcendence here. We're all looking for a higher, truer "story."

monochrome said...

But fairy tales are but a reflection of reality, an exaggeration perhaps but containing the very elements we all strive and search for..no?

On another note have linked you...hope you dont mind. I've become too much of a regular reader of what you write!

. : A : . said...

Ariel - Thanks. Agree with you completely, we're all looking for a higher, truer "story."

monochrome - Yes, fairy tales do contain the elements that we strive and search for. Thanks for linking up (have done the same). I don't mind at all. Look forward to having you around! :-)

livinghigh said...

i guess, the easiest fairy tales are those that you realise after simply sitting back on an arm chair and looking out of the window, at the sky... congratulations are due for that - and yes, merry christmas, dude ;-)

. : A : . said...

livinghigh - Thanks and Merry Christmas to you too!

Ubermensch said...

thank you.

sneha said...

thts the most difficult to do. to cross the threshold from false reality to a real fairy tale. wht happened thn?

. : A : . said...

Ubermensch - You're welcome!

sneha - Yes it is. It could go either way from here.