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Friday, May 6, 2011

Flash Fiction Friday 5-6-11: "Once Upon a Time...."

(Source image: "Bedtime Reading" by Valery Bareta)

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty”. Hmm. Well, I sure as hell haven't got anything better to do tonight, so I might as well give this a shot.

A bit slow to start, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Always wanted to read a hot fairy tale.

Hmm. Intriguing. Interesting concept, at least.

They did what? How awful. This cannot be turning me on. Et tu, nipples? Et tu, cunt? Traitors.

Oh. Oh my. I think I'm glad I wore a nightie to bed and not anything more substantial. Makes for easier access. Mmmmm. Ohhh, that feels good. Mmm, delicious.....fingers.....wetness.....oh yes. Nice slow strokes.

Hell of a situation. Why isn't she running away? I mean, granted, she's a bad girl, but....wait, what? Did I really just SAY that? Am I getting off on her pain?

Ouch. Ohh, yes. Like that. Punish her. Make her beg like the nasty slut she is. Ohhh. Ohhh yesssss. Oh gods, yes. More. Harder.  Ohhh, ohhh, ohhh, OHHHH, OHHHHH.........

The book crashed, unheard and unheeded, to the floor.

Your challenge for today was to use the picture above and write a flash fiction of 160-185 words. Additionally, I provided a key phrase I wanted to see used somewhere in the submission:

"...unheard and unheeded..."

Nobody's checking word counts, or for the key phrase, but you're only cheating yourself if you break the rules. Unless you're doing it to earn a spanking (in which case, see me after class).

Special Bonus Director's Commentary Track:

When I was with Melissa, years ago, one of the things we experimented with was reading erotic stories together. It was a fantastic idea and we read a lot of stuff that turned both of us on. One of those, however, was Anne Rice's "Sleeping Beauty" series (The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty; Beauty's Punishment; Beauty's Release), a decidedly adult fairy-tale series with extreme sadomasochism and bondage in it. And some of the stuff in it turned my stomach, mostly because of the humiliation and degradation involved for the characters. I don't mind the idea of S&M, or mixing pain with pleasure -- though it's really not high on my list of fun stuff -- but when the people in the story are being treated like filth, humiliated and tortured and broken, I just don't get how someone can find that erotic. We read only part of the first book before deciding it wasn't doing anything for either of us and changing to something else. I did read the rest of the series eventually, mostly to find out if it got any better, but didn't enjoy the rest of book one or books two and three any more than I had previously.

When I saw this picture, out of nowhere came my memories of those stories, and I knew I wanted to write about her experiences with same. Maybe she liked the pain, the humiliation; maybe she felt a kinship with the Beauty of the tales. Maybe she wanted in her secret heart to be tormented and hurt like the ones in there. It isn't my cup of tea, but the books sold fairly well, so who's to say that someone else might not really get off on those tales? Your mileage may vary. That's part of the fun in relationships, discovering what turns someone else on. How boring it would be if we all liked the same things, eh? 

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Check back here on Monday for the next challenge! And if you have any photos or artwork you'd like to see in a future challenge, please send them my way. 

-- PB


Word said...

Ah Panser! I read those books when they first came out. Our local library lost 5 sets... After the first few chapters, I had the same reaction you did. BDSM is one thing, but to me humiliation is not sexy.

However, your story was a delight. I think everyone has had a 'traitorous' moment when we can't believe something odd turned us on. Sometimes it's a word, a story, a picture or... a smell. (chocolate/cinnamon/male...)

Anonymous said...

I tried to read that series of books once.
I have liked some of Anne Rice's stuff, but not that one. Didn't keep reading to see either.

Naughty Lexi said...

Pretty much my feelings on the subject; so I'll take that as whatever the reverse of recommendation is for the books. But I too know the... joy? sorrow? I don't know, anyway, I know whatever feeling it is that is to be turned on by something you don't really want to be turned on by. Interesting take on that subject too.

singedwingangel said...

BDSM yes, humiliation no not even close. Interesting take on the photo I must say. There have been several times that something aroused me that I would never have thought to be arousing. Our bodies are traitors deep down aren't they

France said...

I didn't know about these books from Anne Rice. Gosh I got to get out more!! I'll borrow them at my library and see what it's all about.

But I like your story, trying to walk into a girl's shoes. ;)

The Panserbjørne said...

Wordwytch: I'm glad I was able to salvage something out of that. I think this rather pleasant story is the one good thing I got from those books. :) Thanks!

Pocket Rockettz: I'm quite fond of the Vampire Chronicles, but the Beauty books...ugh, no thanks. Never again.

Lexi: I think it's both joy AND sorrow, isn't it? Remember Callahan's Law, though: "shared pain is lessened, shared joy increased." I'm trying to think, though, if I've ever been turned on by something I thought I shouldn't be. Strange....

singedwingangel: Hey, a new visitor. Welcome! Like I said to Lexi, I'm actually trying to figure out if I've ever had my body turn traitor on me like this. I don't think so. Glad you liked the tale!

France: She wrote them under the name "A.N. Roquelaure", so you may need to look under that first, but they're probably shelved with her regular stuff. I'll be interested to see what you think. And I'm glad you thought my women's take was a good one. I'm never quite sure I can write female characters well.

-- PB

Max said...

Yes, I've read some of the Anne Rice "Beauty" books, and they were also too much for me. That was a number of years ago, and I wonder if my opinion has changed in the intervening time....

Great take on this pic. Happy FFF!

Cheeky Minx said...

It never ceases to amaze me how the right words can ignite the flesh.

Great piece...

Advizor54 said...

I've never been an Anne Rice fan so I had NO idea what your story was about. I'm glad you added the commentary. :-)

My sister and brother both loved the Beauty series, so now I'm a bit worried about them. :-p