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Once upon a time, in a cottage in the forest, with only one road leading to it, lived a woodcutter named Frederick. Frederick lived with his daughter, Gwendolin, but he found her frequent misbehaviour quite annoying. Eventually, he advised her to go out along the road to seek her fortune and adventure, mainly to get rid of her. He gave her one piece of advice before she left: "Beware of people claiming to be your long-lost relative!". Frederick said this kind of scam had hurt him once, but Gwendolin thought the advice was a bit odd, and dismissed it.
So she set off. Not long after, while travelling during the night, she accidentally ran into a cave. It was so dark that she couldn't see a thing, but she did hear a voice calling out. "Who's there?" she asked. "It's me!" said the voice, and turned the lights on to reveal a giant, and they were standing in an electric-powered cave. Gwendolin was quite a large girl, and the giant was quite a small giant, so they were about the same size. "You smell of cheese," said the giant.
"What are you doing in this cave?" asked Gwendolin. "The King set up a competition for caves, with a monetary prize going to the best cave," explained the giant, who was named Tom. "Although," he added, "I think the King just entered me into the competition to get rid of me, I think he found me annoying."
Gwendolin and Tom chatted for a while, bonding over the fact they had both been effectively sent away by people who found them annoying, and it emerged that there were in fact 11 other people the King had also entered into this competition, and who were scattered around in different locations. "Let us find the other 11 and go to the King to demand the prize!" suggested Tom. Gwendolin thought this was a great idea, and off they went.
The light of dawn greeted them as they exited the cave, and showed they were in fact in part of the King's garden. It was rather a large garden, and all the 12 locations the King had sent people to were in this garden. The walked through the garden, looking for the other locations. After a while, they stopped by a well for a rest. While resting, they talked, and Tom revealed that he was in fact her long-lost relative! He took off his shoes, which were high platform shoes, to show he was only disguised as a giant, and was in fact a slightly smaller than average human! Filled with vigour at their happy reunion, they set off once more.
As they walked, Gwendolin started catching a slight whiff of a funny smell. It wasn't a cheese smell, as Tom had claimed to smell earlier, but a kind of animal smell. Gwendolin dismissed it as pure fancy, but then she began to notice how hairy Tom's arms were. In fact, they almost weren't shaped like normal arms at all, and they didn't seem to end in a normal hand. Tom seemed to have fewer than the usual number of fingers, and they looked short and stubby and were set together almost more like a paw than a hand. She asked Tom about it, but he just muttered something noncommittal and moved on in the conversation. As she inspected his hands, she saw Tom was wearing a ring with a dragon carving on it.
At this point, they came upon a dungeon. As they drew closer, they heard a screeching sound from within. They entered to find a man chained to a post, imprisoned. He was the source of the screeching, but he stopped when he saw them and introduced himself as George, one of the other 11 people in the competition. "This is where they sent the other 11 of us," he moaned, "but all of them died except for me." Gwendolin and Tom freed George, and he joined them on their quest to go and claim the competition's prize from the King.
However, when they arrived, the King saw Tom's dragon ring and exclaimed "that ring is cursed, we must perform a marriage this day or the kingdom will turn to shadow!" He stated that Tom and Gwendolin must marry, and bustled everyone into the church. As he was about to perform the vows, it came up that Tom and Gwendolin were in fact related…
"No, they are NOT!" yelled Frederick as he burst into the church. "But how do you know?" asked the King. "I'll tell you," said Frederick. "A long time ago, I was wandering through the forest when I came to a tower. I entered the tower and found a beautiful lady asleep in it. I kissed her, which woke her up, and it turns out she was the queen of the kingdom, Isabelle, and had been under s sleeping curse, which I had broken with my kiss. She had been cursed by a dragon, in fact, the same dragon who made that ring! She feared for her life with the dragon as her enemy, but I managed to escort her back to the castle and the King, and I stayed there for a while with them. As time passed, I grew closer to the queen, and we began to care for each other, and one day, as we were walking through a meadow alone together, our mutual passion overcame us. We discarded our clothing and began grappling amorously in the soft grass of the meadow. As we were near finished our business, a wolf came rushing out from some nearby trees, and attacked us! I quickly separated from the queen and urged her to run for her life. She bolted away across the meadow with such haste she left her clothes behind. I, also nude, started fighting the wolf to give her time to escape. I did not manage to win, but I did manage to escape, eventually managing to run off, with my skin intact (though not my modesty). 9 months later, the queen gave birth to you, Gwendolin, and so shamed was he by an illegitimate child, he sent you away to live with me, your father. So, I know you two are not related, because the wolf that attacked us that day is standing here before us now, taking the name TOM!"
A gasp filled the room. Everyone stood still, frozen into inaction by the shock of the revelation. "This wedding clearly cannot go ahead," said Frederick.
"It MUST!" cried another voice. They all turned to see Julie, Frederick's wife and Gwendolin's stepmother, charging into the church. "Gwendolin is so annoying and badly behaved, we simply must get rid of her," Julie stated. They all sat down to talk it over and decide what was to be done. Eventually the King tired of this, and pulled out a machine gun. "EVERYONE UP AGAINST THE WALL!" he yelled. "I'M NOT LETTING THIS STAND IN THE WAY OF MY KINGDOM. THIS WEDDING MUST HAPPEN!"
But just then, just as they were about to start their vows for the second or third time, they heard a terrible screeching from outside. It was so loud they could not concentrate or proceed with the wedding. So, they all went out to investigate. It was George – he had snuck out while they were all talking! Having lured them all out of the church with the screeching, George pulled the dragon ring off Tom's finger and put it on his own. Suddenly, he was transformed. Standing before them was none other than Queen Isabelle! "It was the dragon who put me in that dungeon and turned me into a man," she explained angrily, "and the man-curse could only be broken by wearing the dragon's ring! I had to step in at this point, to stop my daughter from marrying this beast. I knew him as I'd seen him the day he attacked Frederick and I and interrupted our pleasant excursion!"
So she knew that her visitor had been a monster all along.
ALTERNATIVE ENDINGS (The ones other players had):
1. And she (Gwendolin) kept her father's advice in mind from that day onward.
2. And the parents (Frederick and Queen Isabelle) were reunited with their long-lost child (Gwendolin).
3. The king fulfilled his side of the bargain (gave Tom the prize from the cave "competition") and everyone was happy.
4. Every day he saw the result of his disobedience, and wept. (??? Could be "she", and possibly the King forces Gwendolin get married to Tom and then end with this, given she was sent away for bad behaviour originally and then also didn't follow her father's advice).
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- Kara SUnited States
- Oh my gawd, this had my sister and I in tears! So many questions -- where had Queen Isabelle been from the time she gave birth to being cursed? And man, Frederick sure "managed" a lot. Thank you for sharing!
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