While Sleeping Beauty Slept

by Linda Lowe

The eggs boiled dry, the coffee too. The pipes froze soon after the heat went, but the walls took years to crumble. No one was awake to pick up the phone, or to answer the door, or to pay the bills. The mailman wondered what happened, the paper boy went off to school. The ants burrowed away to livelier houses, the roaches flourished as roaches will, and the rats gnawed their way to the curb. While the briar hedge guarding the castle grew deeper and stronger each year, a fairy tale sky, ablaze with stars, made light of it all.


Linda Lowe's stories and poems have appeared in Misfit Magazine, BOMBFIRE, A Story in 100 Words, Beatnik Cowboy, and others.