True Love

It had taken him a long time, he had journeyed across three continents over 10 years in his quest, but now, finally, his search had come to an end. He had found her, and he would never let her go.

There was still the minor matter of reaching her of course, for she was inside a large castle, with burly guards standing watch over the huge iron gate.

He tried the direct approach first, walking up to the guards and demanding to see her in person. But they just picked him up by the seat of his pants, and threw him away like a fishing net.

He could have walked away then, but he knew that she was the one. He would go against the entire world to make her his own.

So he waited, and watched, keeping tabs on the rotation of guards. He then circumnavigated the castle slowly, looking for any chinks in its security that he could exploit to his advantage. And it was then that he saw it. An unguarded window, almost entirely covered with shrubs, with roses almost as beautiful as the one who was inside. Almost, but not quite.

He now took his position outside the castle gates, and waited for the night patiently.

It was a cloudy night, thankfully, and the moon could not manage to peep through the dense clouds despite its best efforts. “It is an omen,” he thought to himself as he jogged silently up to the window, “we are meant to be together, and the universe is conspiring to make it happen.”

Within minutes, he had removed the panes of the window using some tools that he had brought with him, and just like that, he was in.

He found himself in a small room, dark, and more importantly, empty. He made his way across the room and slowly opening its door, peeped out to take his bearings. It was then that he discovered that he was in the great hall of the castle.

He started looking around….and suddenly, his eyes froze. It was her, asleep on the golden bed in the center of the hall, with a tiny beam of moonlight illuminating only her and her bed, as if it had battled the clouds only to reach her. “Much like me,” he laughed to himself.

Descriptions of her beauty did not do her justice. Waif-like figure, long, lustrous, golden hair, porcelain skin, and a face that could make even the Garden of Eden green with envy. And she was lying there, asleep, waiting just for him to come and wake her.

Not able to contain himself any longer, he walked up to her with measured steps, bent down, and kissed her full on the lips.

There was a huge cacophonous sound, as if the skies had burst, and suddenly, her eyes opened, and she saw him for the first time.

Hearing the disturbance, the king, queen and numerous courtiers and sentries rushed to the hall, but froze in their places with shock when they saw the miracle that was unfolding right before their eyes.

On the golden bed, Sleeping Beauty was finally awake after years of sleep.

Sleeping Beauty turned towards her rescuer, and with awe and love in her eyes, said, “You must be my one true love, for the wicked witch who cursed me said that only true love’s kiss could wake me up.”

“I too have fallen under your spell, my princess. Allow me to introduce myself, I am Rumpelstiltskin,” he said, thanking his fairy godmother, the wicked witch, for fooling the royal family so that he could finally get his hands on a first-born princess.


Written in response to the Thursday Photo Prompt – Window at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the photo given above.





About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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24 Responses to True Love

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Thanks, Anurag …that was a really unexpected twist at the end there 🙂

  2. What a clever story. I was hooked and enjoyed the surprise ending!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Great story, lots of tension, I was imagining who/what could be more beautiful than a rose. Love the ending too!

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    What a nasty twist at the end – poor Sleeping Beauty to wake up to that news!!

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  6. Michael says:

    Great tale Anuragh, loved the twist at the end.

  7. What a surprising end! 🙂 I love your story!

  8. Neat twist at the end there!

  9. James says:

    That is a wonderful fairy tale mash up. Rumpelstiltskin finally wins.

    • He deserved to, didn’t he, having worked so hard, tirelessly, for so long, to achieve his objective.

      • James says:

        Gee, I don’t know. Someone wholly evil can work hard to achieve an evil goal. Not sure I’d say they “deserved” to succeed.

      • And to that I say, we never did know why Rumpelstiltskin needed that first-born princess, did we? Maybe he needed her to save the world, or the life of a loved one. We’ve only heard one side of the story, that of the Royals, and we know how credible THEY are! But for genuine evil, absolutely agree with you 🙂

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