Her wish finally came true. She was younger and beautiful again. The most beautiful woman in the whole kingdom. There was just one snag – she lost her memory. Completely. She stood there, in the middle of a forest, her precious truth-saying mirror lying in the grass, not remembering her name, her identity, her purpose in life. She has forgotten what to do with her hands and feet. She has forgotten her mother tongue. Her brain was one big blank slate with nothing left apart from the simplest impulses and reactions.
Hunger. Fear. Pain. Keeping her balance to stand upright. Cold shadows. Sunlight on her arms. Everything new and strange as if she was standing on an alien planet and experiencing completely new feelings for the first time in her life. Suddenly she felt a pricking sensation on the nape of her head. She turned – another instinctive reaction. A small girl dressed in white with big opalescent wings of a giant butterfly was standing nearby, observing her with a casual, cheeky smirk. Any other human would say that the face of the child was cruel and mean but she couldn’t know that much. She has forgotten how to read people’s facial expressions. All she was able to do was to copy the smile. It seemed weird but somehow right.
“Are you happy now, my queen?” asked the girl, smiling wider and showing tiny, white, pointy teeth, belonging rather to an animal’s mouth than to that of a human. Not getting an answer she cocked her head to one side. She would look cute indeed if only her face were less predatory.
” Do you understand me at all, my queen? You have forgotten how to talk, haven’t you? If you can’t answer I guess I am right, don’t bother, I’m just checking the effectiveness of my spell. I would love to get Snow White see you in your current state, though – I bet she would laugh her pretty head off and kiss my both cheeks for such a fine piece of magical work. Bye for now and just in case, never make a deal with a fairy again. You are definitely not smart enough.”
The child disappeared in a flash of shimmering light. The scene left her totally perplexed. She did hear the words and they somehow sounded familiar but she didn’t understand their meaning. Now she faced another, far more urgent puzzle. How to move a leg?