ORIGINAL FAIRY TALES AND THEIR NOT-SO-HAPPY ENDINGS ♛ Rapunzel (Persinette)

The tale goes that there was a girl of fairy decent. She was quite lovely, with onyx coloured skin and hair the color of polished gold. She was an orphan, and it’s said she was found in a Parsley patch by an older woman as an infant. She was named Persinette because of such fact. The Foster Mother was called Gothelle, and different variations have described her as everything from a Nyn to a Boreal to an Alf of some years. But whatever the race she is always described as a Mage; Gothelle placed Persinette in a tower with no doors and only one window, where she raised the girl. Depending on the region and the race ascribed to Gothelle her intentions for this can be benign or malevolent. The child, being of fairy parentage, grew ever more lovely as she aged, and was well cared for in the tower, such that she never though it to be akin to a prison. Her hair was never cut, though Gothelle made sure it was kept clean and brushed. On the eve of her 13th birthday, Persinette’s psionic powers began to take shape and she discovered the ability to control her hair. She could change it’s shape, it’s density and even it’s length. She could use it as she would extra limbs and hands. As teenagers do, she began to sneak out at night. She accomplished this by forming her hair into functional wings and flitting out the window.

It was during one of these outings that she met a young Princess (in some versions it’s a Prince) who heard her singing and became enamored with her. She showed her where she lived and he began to visit regularly. This continued until one evening when Gothelle came to brush Persinette’s hair and discovered that she had a particular kind of illness about her. Gothelle is enraged by the tryst and cruelly cuts Persinette’s hair off, banishing her from the tower and dooming her to a life wandering the wilderness. She uses then the cut hair to lure Persinette’s lover into the tower where a trap is sprung. She declared that he (or she) would never see the one they love again and cast them out the window of the tower and toward the sharp rocks and thorns below. However, Persinette arrived and saved her love before they met their deadly fate. She had used her control over her hair to will it into growing long again and had then flown on her golden wings back to the tower, where she caught the Princess as she fell towards her doom. She rebuked her Foster Mother for her cruelty, and after slaying Gothelle, left with her love to marry them and live freely in the castle for the rest of her days.

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