Tale Weaver Fairytales: Shanna Transforming #taleweaver #fairytales #fiction #amwriting

Thanks to MindsLiveMisery’sMenageria for hosting Tale Weaver Fairytales prompt. This week we are retelling: The Ugly Duckling. 



“Fatty fat. You’re so fat you break the ice,” the popular boys and pretty girls taunted her. Shanna ignored them, or at least tried. 

Every year at school the snow would melt  in spring and the melting snow would pool, causing small lakes of water.As the temperature dropped over night, the pools of water would freeze on top. 

The children played a mean game. The kids who were not chubby, could walk on the ice without breaking it.But the chubby kids such as Shanna, would carefully, walk on the ice, only to have the ice top break like glass; the popular boys and girls teased her endlessly. 

In the spring, the children played  another game, called spin-the-bottle, on the grassy and now dry field. 

None of the boys wanted to kiss Shanna. They only kissed the pretty girls; the thin ones. The boys insisted they only give Shanna a kiss on the cheek, which was all she was allowed to give them. No boy wanted to kiss a fat girl or have her kiss them on the lips. 


Years later, Shanna was all grown up and finishing her History degree. Her friends and her went to their favourite pub, The Blue Whale, whenever they were able. 

One day, two of her guy friends brought a a guy named Wren with them. Shanna had admired Wren from some of her History classes. He was hot; built but appeared studious with sexy glasses he wore at times. 

Wren and Shanna easily fell into conversation. He was fun, smart, and in touch with what was going on in the world. 

When Shanna’s girl friends dared her to kiss Wren, sparks sizzled and Shanna and Wren couldn’t stop kissing. Her friends tactfully wandered off when the kissing went on longer than they wanted to see. 

At university, Wren and Shanna kept running into each other. They talked and Wren often asked where Shanna and her friends were going to dance, so he could go there with his friends at the same time. 

A smile was always on Shanna’s lips as she began to date Wren; he made her day brighter and made her happy. She felt cared for with Wren.

The boys on the university hockey team stared at Shanna as she passed their table in the cafeteria. Many of them thought she was pretty. Her large eyes were stunning and her body curvacious but athletic; she was often in the gym when they were. 

Shanna didn’t talk at the gym and she maintained a serious expression, concentrating on her weight-lifting. 

Presently, Shanna’s  lips were full-on smiling. The hockey guys who liked her, had never seen her look smile like this before. Her eyes sparkled. Shanna was all the more attractive because she was genuinly happy. 

The girls who followed the hockey team around were sick with jealousy, wondering what certain hockey players saw in Shanna. 

But when Shanna’s stunning gaze turned the hockey team’s way, she looked past them to Wren. 

He smiled at Shann softly, her placed saved at a seat beside him. Wren bought her yogurt and and cut-up fruit for lunch. He knew Shanna’s eating habits well.

Shanna thought back to the days the boys and skinny pretty girls called her fat and how the boys would only let her kiss their cheek. 

Times had changed. Shanna knew of several guys who would like more than a kiss from her now; yet she cared only for Wren. 

Shanna had wisely, claimed the best guy for herself; the one who liked her especially, when she ate as much ice cream as she wanted to eat. 


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

14 thoughts on “Tale Weaver Fairytales: Shanna Transforming #taleweaver #fairytales #fiction #amwriting

  1. Michael July 23, 2016 / 5:55 am

    Lovely Mandi, great take on the ugly duckling tale..thanks so much for contributing to this weeks Tale Weaver/Fairy Tale…

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    • mandibelle16 July 23, 2016 / 5:58 am

      Hi Michael. Thanks very much. I’m happy you liked. I’m going to try to whenever I can to participate. I’ve been reading all these reworked Fairytales from various blogger’s and they’re fabulous. So happy I found the prompt and could try it out.

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      • Michael July 23, 2016 / 6:00 am

        Every Thursday is a Tale Weaver and one Thursday each month is a fairy Tale prompt..please fell free to join in…it would be wonderful having you drop by each week.

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      • mandibelle16 July 23, 2016 / 6:02 am

        Awesome. Thanks for the invite and the information Michael 🙂

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  2. Copper Cranes July 23, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Mandi, a wonderful retelling of “The Ugly Duckling”. You nailed it, it’s what on the inside that counts. We should all be so lucky to be loved for who we really are, and not for the superficial shell. A lovely write! Please enjoy your weekend, take care. ~ Mia

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  3. clcouch123 July 23, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    A man who likes her when she eats ice cream. Keep him! I like your re-telling of the tale. We worship “too thin,” which I think often looks like too-ill. More importantly, the time in life offers resolve and change. And a journey toward self-appreciation. We need this modern take. Thank you, Mandy!

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