Dream Big, The Fairy Tale, and Butterfly Kisses, 3 x 100-Word Stories on a Cinderella Theme

Queen Maria, Wooden carved door at Bran Castle

Dream Big, The Fairy Tale, and Butterfly Kisses are three 100-Word stories on a Cinderella theme written in three genres.

Dream Big

She’d stuck to her dream. That’s what Cinderella was about, pure heart.

She missed the duckie sniggers and the foster child label. She had her gown on, and in this ballroom full of possibilities a heart she could connect with was awaiting.

She bloomed, poised atop the stairwell. She had one shot and made it count. Against the mask’s itch, against the pull of the seam underneath her bosom.

Cinderella came alive at that masquerade the moment she understood that she was worth more than hand-me-downs and solitude, that she was as worthy of fulfilling her dreams as everyone else.

fairy tale Cinderella Theme, Queen Maria, Wooden carved door at Bran Castle
Queen Maria, Wooden carved door at Bran Castle

The Fairy Tale

It had taken her breath away, the Cinderella dress in the Fairytale Rental. Mom had shrunk at its musty scent and demanded Little Red’s cape. And a wicker-basket. Lice-free guaranteed and marked down. She’d won Best Costume for Dress-up Day, thanks to Mom’s magic wand that turned any pumpkin into a princess.

Still, she was a Cinderella at heart.

So for her Hen Party, she’d rented it. A full grown-up Cinderella dress fitted net stockings, a mask, and a crown.

Bibbidi-bobbidi-BANG!

A young woman’s body was found among the restaurant’s trash. ‘This Cinderella had missed her carriage,’ morning headlines read.

Rasnov Fortress

Butterfly Kisses

Most saw a butterfly flutter by, a spring breeze flirting with a gardener’s seedlings and blooms.

The raw shoots, knowing that they can’t handle its force, had released it towards the sky. Take it; it’s all but a flutter of dreams. Yet the trees, ready to forget a winter of bare mementos, had opened their buds for it, like candid arms.

And something else altogether caught its flicker. A chiffon scarf from the gardener’s knobby fist. A reminder of her soft confidence, her honesty, and her life – puff, gone!  

To have your butterfly kisses one last time,’ he wished.

Copyright © Patricia Furstenberg. All Rights Reserved.

Kinda pink rose poetry
Kinda pink rose poetry

You can read other 100-word stories on my blog here.

My latest book, Transylvania’s History A to Z:

Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories

“I would recommend this book to all fans of history and historical fiction, as this is a fantastic combination of both.”

(Bonnie Reads and Writes)

For more 100-word stories, stay tuned.

Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-Word Story

When wind howls around Oratea Fortress, echoes from the 13th century swirl around fir trees and tumbled down walls.

When wind howls around Oratea Fortress, echoes from the 13th century swirl around fir trees and tumbled down walls.

Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-Word Story
Oratea Fortress, rising atop Saxon’s Hill

Located near the charming Rucăr Bran Corridor, Oratea Fortress echoes back in history to the 13th century, year 1212, when the Teutonic Knights arrived, as invited by King Andrew III of Hungary, to settle in Burzenland, Țara Bârsei, and below and protect this eastern land against Cumans’ attacks.

Stone upon stone still stands where Oratea Fortress once rose tall, and the wind still echoes of past battles, and of laughter, and whispers of love.

For what is wind, but the amassed power of words long ago uttered?

Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-word Story

They’d arrived. And settled. New souls on old land. Forced smiles, calling one another a little too loud, laughing too much. Living with intent, their purposeful reputation preceding them.

Rising a chapel (a place to lie down for their last sleep), ahead of the fortress they ought to build. And protect. Stashing memories in the sacred foundation.

Till their time would come, days are filled with battles, laced with life. On this new land, rich in new shades. new sounds. new hopes.

Besides protecting it, ought they mingle with the locals? Besides fighting off ruffians, ought they live a little?

Copyright © Patricia Furstenberg. All Rights Reserved.

The unique beauty of each 100-word story is in the way the words are strung together, each one a gem, and in the spaces left between the words, and between sentences. So much can be told with little words. It is a challenge for the writer, and a thrill for the reader (I hope), as each time the tale is read a new detail springs to mind.

Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories

“I would recommend this book to all fans of history and historical fiction, as this is a fantastic combination of both.”

(Bonnie Reads and Writes)

Copyright © Patricia Furstenberg. All Rights Reserved.

Corvin Castle, Window Slits and Telling Rocks, 100-Word Story

Hunedoara Fortress view through a gap in the wall

We return to Corvin Castle only to gaze at its window slits and telling rocks in a 100-word story.

When you ventured through an old place, have you ever thought, if only these walls could speak… Would you be prepared to listen to their tales? For receiving, upon asking, can be a dangerous game.

Listen, then. Who tells this story?

I remember the riverbed, my forever home. The steam floating above, ghosts of her removed children.

Rattled among my kin, I reach the destination in one piece, save for a chip on my face. A bare place, and inhospitable for many more snowy seasons. I hide – a mere illusion – and envy the crows, free with the wind.

The day I’m laid to rest, wedged among others, above is as dark as below. It’s over.

A crow’s call jolts me. Fresh breeze cools my hot cheek. A  widow’s open. I’m a stone in its jamb. Bright sky smiles down.

Copyright © Patricia Furstenberg. All Rights Reserved.

Corvin Castle, Window Slits and Telling Rocks, 100-Word Story, a lone rocky slit window
Corvin Castle, a lone rocky slit window
Hunedoara Fortress close-up view of rocky towers and outside walls
Hunedoara Fortress close-up view of rocky towers and outside walls
Corvin Castle, Window Slits and Telling Rocks, 100-Word Story - view of stony towers

The unique beauty of each 100-word story is in the way the words are strung together, each one a gem, and in the spaces left between the words, and between sentences. So much can be told with little words. It is a challenge for the writer, and a thrill for the reader (I hope), as each time the tale is read a new detail springs to mind.

I had fun writing 100-word stories for my latest book, Transylvania’s History A to Z:

Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories

“I would recommend this book to all fans of history and historical fiction, as this is a fantastic combination of both.”

(Bonnie Reads and Writes)

Memorable September 11 Book Quotes, 9/11 #NeverForget

September 11 book quotes, 9/11

A bouquet of September 11 Book Quotes on the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the 11 September terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, because this was a tragedy that pulled our world apart, and brought us all together. 9/11 #NeverForget

“And then, on September 11, the world fractured. It’s beyond my skill as a writer to capture that day and the days that would follow…”

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama

“she was a bookkeeper for the Port Authority, one week shy of her sixtieth birthday. She had limped down about one thousand steps from the 73rd floor, hobbled by fallen arches, a bad leg from having been hit by a car several months earlier, and assorted maladies. An office manager and others had helped Josephine to get this far…”

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11, by Mitchell Zuckoff

“It was as if real life had been canceled for the day.”

Who Do You Love, Jennifer Weiner

“The significance of the date of September 11th, 9/11, was seared into the nation’s collective memory, altering the way those affected looked at the calendar and even clocks.”

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 , Garrett M. Graff

“It says in the Qur’an that the taking of a single life destroys a universe, and there was evidence in front of me- twenty-seven hundred universes shattered in a few moments. Universes of family, of children, of friends.”

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

“I resented being connected to those monsters in any way. I hated that this […] cloth on my head made me look like I was complicit in that shit. I was just as terrified of the terrorists as everyone else. My life was as shaken up as everyone else’s. My heart broke for all the victims, just like everyone else’s.”

Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam, Yasmine Mohammed

“About five floors up from the top . . . you have about fifty people with their faces pressed against the window trying to breathe.”

102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, Jim Dwyer, Kevin Flynn

“Standing out there in the dark, I felt many different things. One of them was pride in my fellow Americans, ordinary people who rose to the moment, knowing it was their last. One was humility, for I was alive and untouched by the horrors of that day, free to continue my happy life as a husband and father and writer.”

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog, John Grogan

“Two days after the tragic events of 9/11, I found myself anxious, upset, and desperately in need of the color green.”

Mad About Hue: A Memoir in Living Color, Eleyne-Mari Sharp

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”

Love Is the Higher Law, David Levithan

“I was fresh out of College on September 11. Woke up early and went to vote. I was working for a Taxi company in New York so I didn’t want to be too late to work. Mornings were good for tips, nights better. I had my first customer in the back when traffic became still. We were near Times Square. Suddenly CNN ‘Breaking News’ was showing on all the big TV screens all over the buildings. And they were all broadcasting the same image, over and over again. The Twin Towers…”

Silent Heroes, Patricia Furstenberg

Have you read any books that depict the events of September 11, 2001? Do you know other relevant book quotes?

First Book Review for Transylvania’s History A to Z

Transylvania book travel time

First review for my latest book, Transylvania’s History A to Z, comes from lovely Bonnie of Bonnie Reads and Writes.

“Transylvania’s History A to Z by Patricia Furstenberg is a wonderful combination of stories, photos, history, and legends about Transylvania, Romania.”

Bonnie Reads and Writes

– writes Bonnie, and she put a huge smile on my face. I am ever so grateful to Bonnie for choosing to read my new book and write a review!

Do click on the link below and read her thoughts:

Self-Published Saturday: September 4, 2021/Transylvania’s History A to Z

Thank you for reading 🙂