If you still haven't heard of Emily White's cross-genre twisted fairytale blogging contest over at Stepping Into Fantasy, head on over there for the scoop and links to the other entries. But in the meantime, I hope you enjoy my entry, written by me (obviously):
One prick, and my life stills, given o’er to slumber. But I awake into a strange new world – they call me “goddess”, my body transformed, my limbs, once waiflike, now hard and strong. “They” are my people. A man, Palaemon, is their king, and when he touches me he touches my very soul. We share an enemy. The creatures rain down in strange ships, bug-eyed and buzzing, bearing chains, smelling of death. I drive them from the lands, fighting their razor-sharp light with the fire of a thousand suns. Palaemon drowns them in the waters, prisoners in their metal houses. “My” people become “our” people, and we usher in a new dawn to the sound of my name: “Au-ro-RA!” Their king is my king, his hand sure, his lips soft, and my eyes open to a cold bed, a haggard prince, castle walls crumbling around my ears.
Be sure to check out the other entries, and check back at Emily's site in the next few days for her pick of the top five and your chance to vote for your favorite.