TITLE: After the Mirror
GENRE: MG Adventure
“Snow White sucks!”
As soon as the words left her mouth Melody wished she could take them back. Snatch them out of the air before they were heard, but it was too late, and all she could do was watch in horror as Snow White flinched, the hurt clearly visible in her wide, brown eyes.
“How dare you say that to your mother!” The King strode forward, his voice echoing in the sudden, embarrassed silence that had descended upon the crowded ballroom. He stopped in front of Melody, his usually gentle, blue eyes now icy cold as he stared down at her. “Go to your room!”
Melody turned and fled, trying to hide the tears that sprang to her eyes. She didn’t care about the room full of party guests left standing with their mouths open in shock, or even about the red-faced rage of her father. No, it was only her mother’s face she could see. Snow White’s stricken face looking even paler than usual against her long black hair - so sad, so hurt, and all because of her.
She ran up the grand staircase to the family’s private wing, but passed the door to her own bedroom, carrying on instead to the end of the hallway where she ducked under a tapestry hanging on the wall and climbed the narrow, spiral staircase hidden behind. Reaching the room at the top, she slumped onto the floor and finally let the tears fall freely from her eyes.