January 18, 2014

January 18th, 2014 StoryStarter prompt: Broken dreams have a way of building the perfect life when no one is paying attention...

Alice opened the mailbox to find a letter without a stamp and no return address. "Strange," she said quietly. She turned the envelope over in her hands and an odd tingle settled over her skin. She took a deep breath and slid her fingernail under the flap. Removing the embossed invitation, she read the words and gasped.

Surely someone must be playing a trick on her. She glanced around, but of course, she saw nothing out of the ordinary.

Alice's little stone cottage sat far back in the woods and she'd allowed herself to become a bit of a hermit since Peter had died six years ago. At forty-two, Alice had no desire to start over again. She'd met her one and only soul-mate and had accepted the fact that she would not likely be meeting another anytime soon, if ever. She was okay with that. Dating was too much work. She had better things to do with her time than to worry about finding herself a new man.

So who had left the invitation in her mailbox? A personal request for her presence at the gala to be held at the castle for all of the eligible women in the kingdom. "It has to be a hoax. I'm too old for this nonsense," she scoffed.

Alice wandered back up her long lane toward the house and pushed open the front door to go inside. She nearly fainted dead away when a tiny human with wings fluttered about her kitchen. "My stars! Who, or should I say, what, are you?"

"I'm your fairy godmother, dear. I'm here to make your dreams come true," she informed Alice.

"Of course you are," Alice laughed and shook her head. "Dreams are for fools who don't believe in reality. My dreams were broken a long time ago, I'm afraid."

"Broken dreams have a way of building the perfect life when no one is paying attention," her fairy godmother told her.

And then...the alarm sounded, jolting Alice from the crazy dream.

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Lori L. Clark

Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with three rescue dogs. When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to strike, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and save dogs. Email Lori at

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