Pointy-Toed Shoes

This week the prompt is: “An involuntary gasp of shock escaped my lips when I opened the shoebox and saw the pointy-toed shoes…”

An involuntary gasp of shock escaped my lips when I opened the shoebox and saw the pointy-toed shoes.  It could only mean one thing, she was dead and now it was my turn to carry on the legacy. I took the shoes from the box and slipped them on, a perfect fit! It was only then that I noticed the envelope. I tore it open –

“Dear Pip, please read this letter BEFORE you place the slippers on your feet. You have these shoes because I failed to follow these instructions. If you do not wish a similar fate, you won’t make the same mistake. Good luck. Love, Glenda.”
Thus I began the fight for my life.

Word count:  100
Written for  Saturday Centus

19 responses to “Pointy-Toed Shoes

  1. Wow, this was an excellent take on the wizard of oz with the prompt. This was really, really very well written. Loved it!!

  2. Wonderful! Such a great twist to the well-known tale. Mine is here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/saturday-centus-32/

  3. A new angle for sure…guess the shoes were dead right for someone….

  4. What a creative twist! Loved it. 🙂

  5. Lovely !! loved the ending 😀

  6. I am grinning widely. This was really fun, creative and devious.
    I just couldn’t work with this pointy toed shoe prompt myself. xo

  7. I had a time writing a story from this pompt. This was just seamless! ~Ames

  8. Great job! Love the Oz theme with Glenda.

  9. Will you be a good witch, or an evil one?

    And why don’t we ever read the directions first?

  10. Ah, she was such a GOOD witch!!

  11. great job with the prompt, could really lead to a whole story worth reading

  12. The Oz story in another tale! It was just a great prompt wasn’t it!

  13. A truly unique take on the prompt….loved the hint of adventure in the story…well written!!

  14. This is wonderful with a fantastic twist. So that’s how Glenda got stuck in Munchkin Land? You are great!

    Thanks and Namaste……….cj

  15. You guys! This is an amazing week of SC’s.

    And to think my simple little mind was thinking elf shoes because of the holiday. Instead so many of you crafted absolutely creative masterpieces…like this one.

    Wow. What amazing writing.

    Just. W.O.W!

  16. Sunday, January 9th, 2011
    I am very late with my comments on these SC-texts for week 32.
    This wa a fun take on the prompt. Many have interpreted it as a nog to the Wizard of Oz because one of the characters in this text is named ‘Glenda’. But the other character’s name is ‘Pip’. Was that Dorothy’s nick-name?
    The most important point in this little intrigue is that the person who opened the shoe-box did not read the instructions first before putting them on her feet. But what really is happening here? The letter does not say a specific instructions or warnings against putting them on. It is a little unclear here. But maybe you are vague on purpose. Or maybe you just had to cut out a sentence that would have made it clearer. (Happens to my SC-texts all the time.)
    The old movie, The Wizard of Oz, with Judy Garlin playing Dorothy and singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” is a film that I have seen several times. So I should understand the connection here, if there is a connection…
    Nice text, even if I don’t understand it completely.
    The sentence that says alot is the last one: ‘Thus I began my fight for my life’.
    In fairy tales there is sometimes this motif of someone taking over another person’s role or job – for life. There’s this story about a soldier guarding the house of a witch who has cast a spell on him to keep him there, and he is not relieved of his duties until someone new comes and kills him and takes his over role/job as guard, until the next one comes, and the next one…etc.
    Is is something like that?
    What was it that she should have doen to break the spell? Burn the shoes?
    Best wishes,
    Anna’s SC wk 32

    • Wow, had to go back and re-read what I wrote! 🙂
      Yes, I was thinking of Oz – like a different version of the story that included a new character. One would need to read the letter to understand the warning – but no room in the SC to add the letter. . .
      Thanks for adding a link to your post! : )

  17. Sorry about the typos and the words in the wrong order:
    ‘…and takes his over role/job until…’ should be ‘and takes over his role/job until…’

    Anna’s SC wk 32

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