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Grimhilde

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
Furniture smarter than me? No thanks! A new retelling of an old favourite. -- (260 words).

Submitted: March 26, 2019

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Submitted: March 26, 2019

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Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

Queen Grimhilde stared at her reflection in the high-tech Huawei mirror, a birthday present from her irritating step-daughter, Snow White.

She inspected the image, waited for the customary transformation, the life-affirming voice-over.

“Hey, mum,” Snow had said, “it's a great mirror! Put it in beauty mode and your eyes will sparkle, your face will thin, your skin will glow! No more moles and freckles!“

Grimhilde's sudden glare was so much water off a duck's back. Snow had continued wittering on. Like some crazed infomercial.

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Truth to tell, it had been good for a while. The magic mirror had done wonders for her self-esteem. But unknown to the Queen, an overnight software update had rebirthed the mirror.

Huawei had been under such pressure. Allegations that it was an espionage-front for the Chinese Communist Party. In desperation the company had embraced traditional, pre-revolution cultural values. Marxist modernism no more! Welcome Confucianism! Welcome Taoism! The new corporate mantras!

The mirror had overnight transmogrified into Huawei’s mutant spawn.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

Grimhilde's morning question got an unexpected response.

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What is beauty?” the mirror chanted to the chimes of mountain bells, before answering itself. 

Diversion. Vanity. Impediment to enlightenment. A wandering from the Tao .. .“

The Evil Queen raised a convenient axe and smashed the loquacious mirror to a thousand shards.

Then off she strode, axe in hand, in search of Snow White!


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