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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 06:52 am
Title: Little White Tail (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, AU: Other (Fairytale) & Sharing a bed)
Summary/Preview: Those who see the Little White Tail will be granted a wish
Content notes: Dark, as all good fairytales should be

Once upon a time, there were three sisters. The eldest, Mami, had hair as yellow as gold, the second, Homura, had hair as black as ebony, and the youngest, Kyouko, had hair as red as fire. Although they had no mother or father, the three of them lived very happily together in a pretty little house.

Near their house there was a big lake. Although the waters were clear, no beasts dared to drink from the lake, and around the lake no birds sang. Even though the lake was quiet and lonely, it was still a beautiful place.

The three girls were curious creatures, and so one day, the eldest said to the other two, “I would like to go to the lake, and sit there and admire its beauty.”

“Yes,” the second sister agreed. “It is a good place to sit and read.”

“Me too,” said the third sister. “It is a great place to have a picnic!”

So agreed, the three sisters took their books and a picnic, and went to sit by the lake and admire the view. But no sooner had they settled themselves when a witch arose from the water. The lake was enchanted, and the evil witch Oktavia lived in its depths. From her home deep under the water, she saw the three sisters and could not abide them sitting by her lake.

“I will kidnap the three of you and make you my servants!” she declared. So said, the witch Oktavia dragged the three sisters to the depths of the lake.

Oh how they suffered! The witch made them clean her abode every day, and fed them nothing but scraps. Every night, they were forced to share a single bed, where they only had a thin measly sheet to cover them. For the witch’s heart had been overcome with grief, and she now no longer knew how to treat human beings.

The three sisters however found the nights were the best, for although they were squashed and uncomfortable they were at leisure to talk. They often huddled together for warmth, and clung tight to each other as they made plan after plan on how to escape.

And many plans they did try! While making meals, Mami baked many delicious cakes, and all the sugar made the witch tired and sleepy. While cleaning the house, Homura polished and sharpened the witch's many swords until they were all gleaming and sharp. And Kyouko countered all the witch had to say with such wit and vigour that the witch could not stand to be in the same room as the sisters.

But however much they were left alone, the three of them could not find a way out. So they became sadder and sadder, and despaired of ever seeing their home again.

That was when they saw the little white creature.

He was the most adorable little thing, with white fur and a little white tail that was all fluffy. All the sisters took turns calling out to him, but at first he would not reply.

Finally, when Mami offered him a slice of cake, he spoke to them. “I am Kyuubey,” he said, for of course he was a magical creature to be able to visit a house under the lake, and so possessed the power of speech. “Why are the three of you here?”

The three of them recounted their sad story. When the story was done, the creature said, “It is just as well I was passing by, for I can grant wishes.”

The girls were so happy that they clapped their hands and bounced happily on their bed. “I would like to wish for all of us to go home!” cried Mami.

But the creature shook his head. “The witch has laid an enchantment upon this lake that I cannot break. You must find a way around the enchantment before I can send you home.”

The three sisters were disappointed. But they had studied their books, and came up with a way around the witch’s magic.

“We will all make wishes,” Mami told the creature. “I wish to be able to find my way home, no matter how lost I am.”

“Your wish has surpassed entropy,” said the creature, and magicked a roll of ribbon. When thrown upon the ground, it would unwind in the direction of her home.

“I wish to stop any attack that the witch may throw at us,” said Homura.

The creature gave her a shield. It would pause any attack directed at the shield until the bearer moved out of the way.

“I wish to distract the witch so we would have enough time to get away,” said Kyouko.

The creature gave her a pendant. It would create many illusions of whoever wore it.

The three sisters were pleased with their gifts, and thanked the creature.

“I must go now,” Kyuubey said. “I wish you all the best with your escape.”

The girls decided to make their escape without any further delay. Mami threw down her ribbon, and it unrolled along the lake bed. They followed it all the way to the entrance of the witch’s house, where the lake water was too frightened to come in.

“How will we make it through without drowning?” Mami wondered.

It turns out that Homura’s shield was a wonderous thing as well. For when the girls stepped out of the house and the lake water tried to drown them, Homura was able to block the water with her shield. Within its protection, the three girls walked to the surface of the lake.

But this use of magic did not go unnoticed by the witch Oktavia. As soon as the girls stepped out of the lake, the water churned and grumbled, much as it had when Oktavia first snatched them from the lakeside.

Kyouko grabbed her pendant. “I will deal with her!” And she created copies of herself that she sent down to the witch’s house.

When the witch perceived that the house was quiet, she went to look for the girls. “Where are you?” she asked.

“I am here,” said the clone in the dining room.

Oktavia went to the dining room and saw what she thought was Kyouko. As she desired to know where the other girls were, she called out again, “Where are you?”

“I am here,” said the clone in the kitchen.

Oktavia went to the kitchen, thinking that it was Mami, but was surprised to find another Kyouko. “Where are you?” she called.

“I am here,” said the clone in the library.

When Oktavia saw the third clone, she perceived the magic that created it, and flew into a rage. She rushed to the surface of the lake, and flew high enough above it that the girls could hear her, though they were some distance away.

“I took you into the lake to protect you from the creature called Kyuubey!” she shrieked. “But now you have cursed yourselves, and you will become witches like me! May you live to regret it!” With that, she sank back down into the depths of her lake.

The three girls were very sad, for they did not want to become witches. “It might be better if we died,” said Mami.

“I do not wish to die,” said Homura.

“There must be some other way,” Kyouko insisted. “Are there not good fairies? We could speak to them.”

“I have read about them. We could talk to them,” Homura agreed.

“But there are bad fairies as well,” said Mami.

“I read about a fairy called Madoka. They say she is both pretty and kind.”

“Let’s go find her!” said Kyouko.

So the three girls set off to find the magic girl called Madoka, who was known throughout the land for her kindness. Surely she would know a way to save them from turning into witches.

But it was a long and treacherous road to Madoka, and the three girls had to use the gifts that Kyuubey had given them many times along the way. Sometimes, it saved their lives. Other times they used it in aid of others. The boons they had obtained from grateful kingdoms were many – Mami now bore a magic musket that would replicate itself when fired, Homura had learned the alchemy of making explosives, and Kyouko had obtained a magic spear that would grow to any length the bearer wished. When they finally met Madoka, they had many stories to tell her.

The good fairy was moved by their story. “The three of you have shown much bravery!” she exclaimed. “The gifts from Kyuubey, however, poisoned, have been used by you well.”

The three girls were abashed at the praise.

“It seems that a fitting reward would be to undo Kyuubey’s magic. However, his magic has done you as much good as it had evil. Do you really want to give up your gifts?”

“If we will become witches, we all have to die,” said Mami.

“I’ve learned with kindness comes naïveté. Courage becomes foolhardiness. And dedication has no reward,” said Homura.

“But there are things still worth fighting for,” said Kyouko.

So Madoka tried to undo Kyuubey’s magic, but it was beyond her power.

“I cannot undo the spell, but I can soften it. I can bear your burden for you so that you do not become witches,” said Madoka. “All of you, even Oktavia in her lonely lake. I will not let your hope end in despair!”

And with that cry the witches created by Kyuubey found that they could feel good things again, and were no longer inclined to be wicked. The girls were so grateful to Madoka that they swore to enter her service, and help her in any way she wanted. Oktavia too was so grateful to Madoka that she left her lake to offer her fealty as well.

So all the five girls lived happily ever after, and had many adventures to the end of their days.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Wow, I love this! It really is very fairytale-like both in plot and style!