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Literary Lion – Not So Merry

Here is a story I’ve written for Literary Lion, hosted by Laura at I Smith Words. Laura has interrogated Literary Lion and he has delivered the following word for the prompt – “merry”. Now we have up to 400 words to write our story.

My story is pretty mad even for me this week, so don’t be expecting a clever plot :-).


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Not So Merry

Merry wasn’t. Merry, that is. Not living up to his name. In fact he’d change his name to “Grumpy” if that weren’t already taken.

Few people are aware that the Seven Dwarfs line-up has changed over the years. Merry was an original. Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Merry, Bashful, Sneezy and Myxomatosis.

“Merry” was deemed too confusing (given “Happy”). “Myxomatosis” was a non-starter. They were quickly replaced.

All the other dwarfs had made good lives for themselves. New stories, repeats, remakes – they were living the high life. Merry had nothing. A dank bedsit, no job… was it any wonder he wasn’t merry?

Even his showbiz friends had made it big. Okay, so Bambi had a drinking problem and Snow White had spent six years working in a meth lab to fund her crack habit, but she’d cleaned up her act and it had only helped her career in the long run.

What did poor Merry have?

Nothing. Zip. Nada.

Poor, poor Merry.

It came as no surprise when one day he snapped, strapped his shovel to his back and smashed his way into the studio, swinging his pick axe left and right. Chaos ensued.

Puff trampled the Ice Queen in his panicked attempt to escape. Cruella tripped over a Dalmation and took a shovel blow to the head. Road Runner ran into a wall. Visiting super-villain Ming the Merciless, Lord of the Universe, Destroyer of Worlds had an embarrassing panic attack in the corner.

In the end it took the concerted efforts of Alice, Aslan and the entire cast of “The Wizard of Oz” to bring him down.

And so now Merry lives in a padded cell, pumped full of exciting pharmaceuticals. And thanks to those pharmaceuticals, Merry finally is. Merry.


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  1. July 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I am glad it all worked out for Merry… I was shocked to hear of Snow White’s past! Enjoyed!


    • July 12, 2015 at 8:19 am

      The secret lives of the celebrities – I would never have guessed it of Snow. The fame went to her head, I expect 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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  3. July 11, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    And they all lived happily (merrily?) ever after. Print the legend.


    • July 12, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Well, Road Runner suffered some nose damage after hitting the wall, but he’s okay now. I don’t think Ming’s reputation will ever recover, though 😦


  4. gentlestitches
    July 12, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Ah good ol pharmaceuticals? 😀


  5. July 12, 2015 at 2:01 am

    This actually sounds more exciting than the plots of most Disney stories. Definitely better than those princess movies…


    • July 12, 2015 at 8:25 am

      It could be a blockbuster! I think I’ll give Spielberg first refusal.


  6. July 12, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I don’t know whether to call that a happy ending or not. Wow, I didn’t know all that info about the stars, especially Snow White. You really have the inside info, Ali. Hilarious and well done. 😀


    • July 12, 2015 at 8:26 am

      It’s quite startling to learn about the stars’ private lives sometimes. You just never know!
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  7. July 12, 2015 at 9:13 am

    So glad that Merry eventually found his true personality, although the means to that end were perhaps a little controversial. I presume that Hollywood is now functioning as usual? A great read,Ali.


    • July 12, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Hollywood is up and running again! Whether that’s a good or a bad thing…

      Liked by 1 person

  8. July 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Haha, another great take on my prompt, thank you! I knew it was going to be good right from the first line… “Merry wasn’t. Merry, that is.”

    I fear this might be the truth behind all those happy characters…


    • July 14, 2015 at 6:44 am

      You never know what’s behind the celebrity façade 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for hosting.

      Liked by 1 person

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