Taliaschild, the sequel to Taliasman, continues the tale of what happens after Talia returns to Queen Vina’s palace. In Taliasman, Merda gets her comeuppance and is sent away in disgrace. In Taliaschild, we begin with a peek into Merda’s perspective. How does it feel to be cast as the villain? Take a look, and thank you for visiting for Sunday Snippets. This scene depicts Merda working some of her forbidden magic.
The glowing green calyx hugs the narrow-tipped rosebud, each sepal enclosing the promise of blooms to come. I shiver with the effort to draw up pure, iron will from roots underground and earth pulsating with life. The bud glistens with dewdrops, and I tilt the palm of my hand. My elbow rises in an elastic tug-of-war with the élan teeming underneath my feet.
Cartilage pops in the wrinkled joint of my thumb, and a backlash of channeled energy knocks me onto the ground. The rose withers in the hot summer sun, and I grit my teeth. Collecting the edges of my traveling cloak, I thrust my hand toward the plant in a crackle of will.
The green husks of the calyx lengthen, retract, and peel backward to reveal the tight-lipped inner blossom.
Taliaschild, a Beyond Fairytales adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” with references to Frozen
Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.
Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.
Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.
Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:
“Go to Kira. She needs you.”
Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?
Born to a destitute woodworker who wanted a son to carry on the family business, Talia grew up with one phrase on her lips: “If I had been born a boy.” If she had been born a boy, she would have been cherished, supported, and launched into the world with her father’s legacy. As only a worthless girl, she toils all day long to earn her handful of inferior grain.
Far away in the heavenly palace, Queen Vina receives a mysterious coin necklace from Nicodemus, teller of stories. Compelled by the throbbing heartbeat, she scours the earth to come across Talia, enslaved to a family who never wanted her. Rather than admit her motives, Vina purchases the girl with a sack full of gold. Furious, betrayed, and homesick, Talia endeavors to share her misery with the entire palace. Vina, afraid to confess her love, allows herself to become trapped in the role of brutal slave owner.
Talia, bred to expect nothing but misery, faces the first choice of her life. Will she accept love, even if it comes from an unlikely source? Or will she reject the one who offers her everything?
A Beyond Fairytales Adaptation of Our Lady’s Child
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