Friday, October 27, 2017

Don't lose your head


"But she just has to notice me", said the most unpleasant smelling, grungy looking troll that ever lived under Penscott bridge. The frog sitting in the bulrushes downstream of Brentrix just laughed and said, "don't lose your head over this one even if she is 'La Princessa', she's most certainly not your type and will break your heart".

This scenario played out at least 3 times a week for years for the love struck troll as he watched his lady fair approach the wooden bridge, which had been home to Brentrix for over a century. La Princessa had been fair of face at one time and most certainly still was as cold as ice. She was far more than haughty and had no time for commoners, much less a decrepit, old, wart infested wreck such as Brentrix who lived under the oldest bridge in her father's kingdom. She had even put to task a palace guard to accompany her on her walks to make sure that no one would bother or touch her as she went about her life in the "me, me, me zone".

La Princessa was so preoccupied thinking only of herself that she never even acknowledged the troll as he stood with his slimy green hand extended with gifts. Each time she passed him, he had something beautiful for her, albeit flowers, a collage of twigs and leaves or even a squishy soft pillow made from moss and bird down. The troll was lovesick and she was, well you get the picture. Her palace guard would always shout at the troll to step aside and push him out of the way.

Each time the troll was rejected, his stream mate the frog, tried to talk the lovesick troll into facing the reality of the situation, which was that, the love he sought would never be. Brentrix always sighed and stared into the sky seeing what only his lovesick heart let him see. Even after the hundreds of rejections, the tenacious troll kept watch daily, waiting for the object of his affection to use the bridge to get to the village down the lane. Poor dear, he just wouldn't hear the truth.

Brentrix had never been in love before or since. Oh, he had called on several female trolls through the years and even had a goblin interested in him in his youth but nothing serious ever came of any of these encounters. He had long ago given up thinking that he would, could or should be with anyone but 'La Princessa'.

His lack of physical beauty was made more clear to him when the water quality of the stream had improved and he actually saw his reflection in the water on a warm spring afternoon 19 years ago. Of course this shocking fact had set him back a little at the time but he had put it out of his thoughts. Either that or he never saw his ugliness as an obstacle.

Both the Princess and Brentrix had become more set in their ways as they aged. She wanted nothing to burst her bubble of self absorption and he wanted nothing more than for her to accept his love. Thus this situation escalated on a particularly lovely October afternoon.  Brentix had been down the lane where he purchased a small and sturdy green pumpkin. He felt sure that if he painted his image on the green pumpkin that 'La Princessa' would have to see how much he loved her and certainly fall in love with him. He worked all morning and created what he thought was a gift so unusual and striking that it most certainly would be accepted.

But heart motive was not enough to sway the 'La Princessa' or for that matter her guard who, just as Brentrix stepped forward to hand her the pumpkin, drew his sword and swiftly separated Brentrix from his head. The pumpkin fell with a plop as did the severed head of the troll.

The frog gasped and began to croak and moan. "Poor Brentrix, I warned him not to lose his head, but noooooooooooooo, he wouldn't listen". The frog hopped away in tears for the troll he had always loved, the Princess and her guard resumed their stroll to the village and the head of Brentrix slowly and unceremoniously rolled off the bridge and splashed into the stream.

This of course should be the end of this tale, but it is not.

Not long after the beheading, a fair maiden also traversed this woodland path. She happened upon the pumpkin and was delighted by what she saw. "I just love the wisdom and warmth in this face. I must take it with me and cherish it".

And so she did.

Moral of this story, well there is none.

Life sucks.
Sometimes you make a wrong move and lose your head.
But picking up a green pumpkin could be a good thing.
Then again what do we know.

GK and Brentrix

What's not to love?

*****We do in fact know that poor Brentrix had nothing to do with the wonderful pumpkin painting. That is the doing of GereaKaye my lovely and talented granddaughter who will next fall be traversing her own path to a degree in Art and Psychology.

We collaborated on this project for Magaly's October Heart Bits.  Wouldn't have missed this fun October playtime for anything. Thanks Ms. Magaly for the adventure.

Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda and the very talented GereaKaye


24 comments:

  1. Hahahaha....love your story...LOVE Brentrix's portrait...and especally love your down to earth attitude XXX

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    1. Thanks Gina. But of course we're down to earth, only way to be. xoxo Oma Linda

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  2. My goodness, how lucky your children & grands are to have a lady who can spin such a yarn - you should write books for children & GK could illustrate!

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    1. Mrs. Shoes, funny that you said that about us and kids books. We are in process of doing just that. A whole fantasy series based on some of my former stories and GK has done some amazing paintings. We work well together and I am truly blessed. Thanks for visiting us. xoxo Oma Linda

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    1. Hey, it's great that you visited. Thanks so much, xoxo Oma Linda

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  4. Hopefully Bentrix will be more loved and admired in his new home.

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    1. To be perfectly honest. Poor Brentrix succumbed to a moldy end before Halloween even arrived. Thanks for the visit and the comment, xoxo Oma Linda

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  5. I absolutely love, love, love this!! ❤️ Thank you so much for the laughs and giggles!! ❤️

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment. It is our pleasure to make you laugh. xoxo Oma Linda

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  6. I read this a couple of times, and said "La Princessa"! aloud. Some people are just a waste of flesh, poor troll (and poorer frog). Love the morality that isn't there. And I adore that you and GK created something together. Do let her know that I'm completely in love with her art (and where she's taking it). What else can a heart ask for? Nothing more.


    Thanks a bunch for adding your dual love to my October's Heart-Bits!

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    1. Magaly, you are more than kind. We had a blast creating this piece for your October Heart bits. As for GK's art, I need to PM some her other art pieces. It's that old nut/tree thing (the nut didn't fall far from the tree). She is so dark, so wonderful. I know you will love it.

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  7. Powerful and beautiful! Loved this story, such intrigue ..and I am totally smitten and in love with this green pumpkin head, what a gorgeous being! Such sweet photos too! Wonderful visiting your magical world again! have a beautiful wkd
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you for your visit, lovely comment and well wishes. xoxo Oma Linda

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  8. Oma Linda!!! I miss you! I miss your stories!!! Poor Brentrix!!! I love the pictures of GK and Brentrix!!! I agree, what's not to love!!!! Big Hugs to the entire family, including fur babies!!!

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    1. Sweet Stacy, I miss you too. We'll accept your wonderful warm wishes, hugs and kindness. xoxo Oma Linda

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  9. Oma! I love this story. I love that you and GK collaborated on it. Poor Brentrix and froggie. I even kinda feel sorry for La Princessa that she was so cold in her heart she didn't see what was before her. Thanks for sharing this!

    And thanks for your sweet comment on my post.
    love & blessings
    ~*~

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment. There are many La Princessas in life and it was easy to craft a negative image that we see daily in life. Also easy to write about a "blinded to reality" soul. Many of those models as well. xoxo Oma Linda

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  10. Loved this story though regretted poor Bentrix's beheading. Still, happy his green pumpkin creation ended up with such a beauty as GK. You both did a great job with this tale. You have been missed lady, hope this means you are back again.

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    1. Thanks, I'm super glad you liked yet another fantasy tale from Casa de Cuckoo. I appreciate your saying I've been missed. I have missed being here in the blogosphere and hope to contribute again. xoxo Oma Linda

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  11. What a beautiful and heartwarming story, Oma Linda! And true, what's not to love? Your images are stunning.

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    1. Thanks for your very warm comment. I appreciate it so much. xoxo Oma Linda

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  12. Oh, poor Brentrix!

    Your granddaughter did a splendid job with the pumpkin! Best of luck to her as she studies for her degree!

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  13. This was ever so sweet...and sad! What a wonderful collaboration! You got a super grandkid there, too!

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