Author Note * This short story was written for a flash fiction writing contest with the prompt:
She noticed a hint of movement beneath the starlit trees. But, that was nothing compared to the trail of blood that led out of them. And there were seven bodies left behind. He was afraid to move. The knife might come out of his stomach. Fortunately, the song he was humming provided the power to keep him alive. Then moonlight glinted on antlers in the trees.
I didn't win, but I like how the story unfolded.
By Sonya Rhen
The Tragedy of Snow White
Snow crunched under hooves following the trail of blood, vivid in the moonlight.
She froze in place.
Minutes passed and she detected no other movement.
The hooves continued to the clearing where the humming grew louder.
They had been her friends, had taken care of her.
She zeroed in on the humming to a familiar figure behind a boulder.
She nuzzled his face. His eyes opened staring glassily at her.
The humming stopped.
She lowered her antlers.
A thundering sound broke through the trees as a reindeer and sleigh emerged.
Snow felt the ache in her muscles from straining to outrun them.
She plunged on for the next hill.
She refused to let one more person die because of her.
She turned to face her opponent, while shielding her beloved.
She reared up as the evil queen sent an arrow into her hide.
The queen’s huntsman raised his sword to take off her head, but Snow knew it was too late.
“No!” came a cry from her back as a blade flew past her and into the heart of the huntsman.
Snow crumpled to the ground with the prince beside her.
“I’m sorry, my love.”
His hand came up from his bleeding stomach and pulled her in for true love’s final kiss.
About The Author
Sonya Rhen is an author of science fiction, poetry and other fiction books. She was born, raised and still resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. She also shares her home with two dogs, two cats and a lonely catfish.
She tries to add humor to her writing whenever she can. “Space Tripping With the Shredded Orphans” is her debut novel and the first book in her ‘Shredded Orphans’ series. For more information, visit Sonya’s website at http://sonyarhen.wordpress.com