The twisted fairy tale of Rapunzel

Rey Cordell, Student

There were once a man and woman who had long in vain wished for a child. These people had windows in the back of their house where a nice garden could be seen. The garden belonged to the enchanted who was dreaded by the town. 

 One day the woman craved for the rampion- Rapunzel, she had her husband sneakily go and fetch some. He came back with the rampion and she made herself a salad of it and ate it greedily. It tasted like nothing she has ever tried before. The next day she longed for it three times as much.  

 Her husband refused to go a second time, so this time she went. As she climbed over the fence separating her and the rampion the enchantress was standing over her. “How dare you” she said angrily, “how dare you descend into my garden and steal from me? You shall suffer”. 

  “Please I will do anything,” said the housewife, “I longed for your rampion dearly”. The enchantress then said “Your price is your first born child”. In less than a week a miracle had happened, the house wife had gotten pregnant. The enchantress appeared at once and took the child away. 

 She named the little girl Rapunzel. Rapunzel had long blond hair like the sun. The enchantress kept her away locked in the tower which lay in a forest. The next day she was singing peacefully as the king’s son had strolled past. After he heard Rapunzel sing he could not stop thinking about how charming her singing was.  

 The next day he hid behind a bush while the enchantress went to go into the tower. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!”. And to the enchantress’ command Rapunzel let down her long hair for the enchantress to climb up on. The king’s son thought if she can get up the tower that way so can I.

 Later that evening when the enchantress left the king’s son yelled “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair” and sure enough that’s what she did. At first Rapunzel was scared until the son began to talk to her like a friend and told her that his heart had been so stirred that he had to see her. Then as Rapunzel lost her fear he asked her to marry him. 

 She squealed yes and pleaded for him to take her away. “I will willingly go away with you, but I do not know how to get down,” she said. The prince and Rapunzel devised a plan so she could run far away with him.  

 Rapunzel foolishly told her mom and in anger the enchantress sent her away into a desert. Later that night the king’s son ascended and he screamed the phrase that would only sabotage him. As he yelled for Rapunzel to let down her hair the enchantress let down a long yarn very similar to Rapunzel’s hair. As he climbed into the tower the enchantress yelled at him and pushed him back out the window where he fell into thorns and pierced his eyes. 

 Without any vision the prince had roamed for months and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel had settled. As he got there she squealed as she recognized him, luckily after drought it had rained and the prince’s vision had come back. The prince saw Rapunzel had twins that were roughly 2 months, until he realized those were his daughters.

 In excitement they returned back to the village where the king lived and settled there. They had a big house with a nice pool beside the kingdom. Rapunzel was a stay at home mom where she would swim with the kids most of the day. Unfortunately, one of the twins drowned while Rapunzel was doing laundry and Rapunzel then died from a heart attack. As the prince got home he cried in despair with his first born child left. The prince never found another princess like Rapunzel and found himself caring for his only daughter with his mom.