Fairy Tale

By Roi Marc P. Labasan
Spoken Word

Hey, I’m really sorry to tell you this, but you will never be the fairest, you will never eat a cursed apple, and you will never ever be kissed by some random bastard prince for you to cheat death.

You will never fall into an eternal sleep after you hurt yourself with a spindle. You will never have a prince armed with “the sword of truth” and “shield of virtue” to fight a dragon for you. And a kiss will never ever awake you from an eternal coma. If you’re dying, go get a doctor, not a creepy prince.

You will never have a fairy godmother to dress you up, provide you elegant things from a garden, and make a golden carriage from a pumpkin. You will never be sought by a prince after leaving a glass slipper because of your clumsiness, and you will never ever be queen after you attend some shitty ball and dance with a prince named Charming.

You will never be a mermaid princess bestowed with legs by some crazy female octopus. You’ll never meet a guy named Eric who will battle that octopus for you, and you will never ever fall in love in just three days, for god’s sake!

You will never meet a beast with living “things” as his servants. You’ll never be saved by the huntsman ordered to kill you. You will never ever marry an evil hairy creature who hates Christmas, and accept a rose as a gift from him. A monster will always be a monster.

Lastly, you will never be a girl with magical blond hair and be locked up in a tower; you’ll never meet a good thief nowadays and will never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever have a happily ever after.

When your death is near, you’ll realize that humans don’t even fear death after all. For the real fear of us humans is to realize that after all the years of existence, we have never really lived. So wake up and quit your fucked-up fantasies because life is not a goddamn Disney fairy tale.

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Editors and Contributors

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Eric Gerard H. Nebran is an educator and illustrator from General Santos City. He is currently a PhD Comparative Literature student at the University of the Philippines–Diliman. His research interests include orality, history, and literary productions of his hometown.

Jude Ortega is the author of the short story collection Seekers of Spirits (University of the Philippines Press, 2018). He studied political science at Notre Dame of Marbel University in South Cotabato and currently divides his time between Senator Ninoy Aquino and Isulan, both in Sultan Kudarat.

CONTRIBUTORS

Zaira Mae Calub is a graduating student at Mindanao State University in General Santos City taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education (major in English). She is also the literary editor of The Papyrus, the official student publication of the College of Education.

Renaizza Sheen D. Fuentebella is a fourth year Bachelor of Secondary Education (major in English) student at Mindanao State University in General Santos City.

Jeffriel Buan grew up in Polomolok, South Cotabato, and is currently taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education (major in English).

For the past twenty years, Nilyn Gamuza Pacariem has been serving as a Filipino teacher at Guinsang-an National High School in Sto. Niño, South Cotabato. One of her Hiligaynon flash fictions won a Peter’s Prize in 2016, and one of her Hiligaynon poems won the same prize in 2017.

Luis B. Bahay Jr. is a graduate of Mindanao State University in General Santos City and a licensed professional teacher. He is serving as a kagawad of the Sangguniang Kabataan and working part-time as a tutor in a private learning center in Tampakan, South Cotabato, his hometown.

A resident of Cotabato Province, Roi Marc P. Labasan grew up in Kidapawan City and is currently an AB Psychology student at the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan.

Niccah T. Carillo grew up in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, and is currently a Humanities and Social Sciences student at Lagao National High School in General Santos City.