Saturday, 23 June 2012

Gretel's Grouse

He rammed his head and cracked one of those cellophane licorice windows open. The gingerbread walls were crumbling at the scaffolding. He struggled to elbow one of the beams, but the chain around his limbs allowed for little movement.

Gretchen, a pedophile cannibalistic witch of the west, was preparing a new feast of plum cherry clafoutis with vanilla whipped cream. Muttering complicated incantations through cavity-eaten teeth, she skimmed through new dessert specials to fatten him up before the big sacrifice.

But where the heck was Gretel?

Gretel seduced Gretchen’s sharp tongue with a bowl of the previous kid’s leg in caramelized apples for dinner. The witch's lenient eyes rolled to the top of her head and she began to sleep, alternating snores with grizzly whistles.

So the sister managed to tiptoe into the hay barn the night before, promising the fattened elder sibling of a way out.

“Her life lies within the bugs on her bed!” discovered Gretel. “Tomorrow night it is. I’ll just fog up the bedpost and fumigate her to death,” she laughed.

But with peach melbas, pistachio macarons, lime-curd meringues and mango mascarpones on Gretchen’s menu for the week, Gretel had a slight change of heart.

She continued poaching pears of perfection as ideas kept brewing in her head. With Hansel on the back burner, she knew she could create magic on a plate. 

Chuckling at her new idea she gave Gretchen a wry smile.

Cause the next season's title of ‘Junior MasterChef Australia’ was going to be hers.

* For 3WW


  1. commented on my post, omniscient. I read the one you suggested. Thanks.

    I like to keep my writings short...keeps the mystakses to a minimum...ha.

    Check out another piece I wrote for Trifecta:

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  2. Hey Dave,

    Thanks for your note.
    I checked your link :) You're right! Sometimes short pieces can just sum it all up.

    You've a nice one too :)


  3. I love these different takes on old fairy tales. I wrote a couple a while back and they are so much fun.

  4. @Mojo: Yep! They're so much fun. I always wonder how the stories would adapt to a more contemporary world :)
    Thanks for stopping by :D

  5. interesting take on Hansel and Gretel.

  6. @Sheilagh: Thanks for visiting. I love doing the li'l ol' dark twist to popular tales. In fact this was an inspiration from some of the original pieces which are pretty dark...

  7. Yes, this one is very 'Grimm's Brothers', those are the only ones we read to our children, creepy is so much better. :)This was fun to read and I love the menu here.

    Sorry that I came by so late...I kept writing this week...hopefully, I'm see you tomorrow for TTW!

  8. @Archna: Teehee. I love the Grimm Brothers :) They're oh-so mystical on the surface, but have some really sinistre shades if you look deeper!
    Oh I can't wait to see the new words on TWW. I'll be looking out for yours :) Have a lovely one!

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