Family Secrets: Evan Jamison



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May 23, 2012

Name: Evan Anthony Jamison

Age: 18

Career: Interior Design Intern at Bridgeman and Long Architectural Firm in Downtown New Bolden

Several thoughts flew through Evan’s mind at once. Leslie’s smile when he got accepted into school, picking out her prom dress, telling him the news.  It had never been his intention to hide this, he was proud of her and what they had done. Everything he was doing now, was to prove that he was ready and worthy to provide for her. He hadn’t done enough it seemed.

Evan realized almost not soon enough that tonight really was an evening to remember and this was merely the finale. He had always meant to tell them sooner but never got the chance. His thoughts were interrupted by Mrs. Jackson’s heaping sobs.

“Janine, please come in…we’ll sort this whole mess out.” Regina came quickly down the steps. As expected his mother would come in and supervise, they would get answers, Mrs. Franklin would explain the non sense. She had to help him understand how he had suddenly lost everything.

“She had decided to come here after all, she even stopped to pick up a present. I felt that Evan should have it.” Janine placed the small box wrapped in gold paper into Evan’s tingling hand. His fingers were numb, his mind blank. A knee – jerk reaction forced his hand from his side as he gripped the small box and held it like the time bomb he assumed it was.

“Tell us what happened to Leslie, Janine,” his father’s voice sounded like a thunder-clap amidst the storm brewing in his head. He half-listened half remembered a text he’d received only a few moments earlier before bedlam erupted in the hallway and chaos reigned in the study. Leslie had mentioned she had a surprise for him, a text message much like the one he’d received five months earlier.

Evan  would never get the chance to tell his parents, that they were going to be grandparents, in a way he felt they’d deserved. He found that lately, he never had a chance to tell them anything. His mother who now lived in the far distant reaches of her own mind, was mechanically moving through life either at work, or barricaded in the upstairs bathroom. An occurrence which coincided with him finding her bawling her eyes out in front of the fireplace in the study. He had just left Leslie and had decided that he would tell both of his parents, regardless of the outcome.

The Jamison’s were a proud family, they would band together and help him through the fear and the nerves. It had been a little after midnight. He had just parked his car behind his dad’s black BMW and walked into the house when he heard a soft muttering coming from the family room. The lights had been off except for the warm glow of the firelight and he could hear his mother’s voice. She was talking in hushed tones as if she was speaking with someone but no one was around. Evan tiptoed slowly to the family room, the moonlight casting menacing shadows against the wall which looked mint green against the pale blue of the moon.

“What can I do? What can I do?” his mother muttered to herself and rocked beneath the blush silk bathrobe. She was almost chanting it, in the hushed tones of a crazy woman. She seemed possessed not just with the question, but by whatever caused her to ask it.

“Mom are you alright?” Evan asked abandoning his troubles to take on his mother’s. He’d often wished that night could’ve be different. That he’d shared his burden with her instead of harboring not only his secrets but hers as well. His mother, hair matted to one side of her head, face puffy and waterlogged beneath the cascade of tears that had danced down her cheeks. Her eyes were glazed and her voice sounded as if she’d been chain-smoking acid.

She looked up at him as if he were a stranger and that was how he felt. He’d never seen his mother that way before. Unraveled sobbing to herself, the faint smell of wine lingering on her breath as he leaned closer to hear her murmurings. Muttering nonsensical sounds to no one of any importance. He had gently placed his hand on her cheek and she broke beneath his touch, heaving hard sobs which threatened to break their silence.

They never spoke of that night and Evan never had another chance to share his news. The next day his mother decided to throw him a giant graduation party. Which ended in the study where he, his mother and father and a weeping Mrs. Jackson were now circled together raw and exposed.

“What were you two thinking?” Eric said vehemently.

Evan looked to his mother to aid him, they shared a moment that night. When he dared to hide his sins for the sake of helping her hide her own. Yet, when he looked at his mother all he saw was the broken shell of a woman. She was lost in shock…or  grief…..or  insanity. He knew now that the woman seated in the arm-chair by the firelight truly was a stranger, even in the sense of this tragedy she sat glazed and dazed with a simpleton’s smile on her face.

She giggled.

Jamison Family:Prologue

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May 23, 2012   11:45 am

The sun shone brightly on the middle home of Blossom Circle in the quiet town of New Bolden, USA. The rays bounced off of the copper colored brick that made up the Jamison home. The resident’s from inside shuffled quietly through the halls each starting on their separate tasks for the day. Today would be full of family, food and friends. The Jamison’s could afford such a lavish gathering and today would be cause for such an outpouring of funds because the eldest child Evan, fresh from high school has been accepted into college at Coulter university and was offered a full scholarship.

Regina, matriarch of the shuffling family scurries from her bedroom and quickly heads downstairs to start on breakfast, a busying tasks to settle her nerves and stave off the restless feeling that is growing in the pit of her stomach, sleepless nights have begun to take their toll on her and the increasing dependence she has on her sleeping medication is starting to affect her behavior.  After starting the coffee pot she scurries upstairs to the master bathroom where she finds her solace, a  newly refilled prescription of Cymbalta. After quickly washing the tiny blue and yellow pill down, she quickly goes down to the study to check on the final details of the party with the caterer.

Hearing the final door close; Ivy, the youngest of the Jamison clan with packed bag and coat in arm heads down the trellis of her bedroom window and hides in the bushes. Their she waits as her father washes the car, frantically checking her cell phone for the latest text from Hassan.

Receiving a phone call on his cell, Eric heads into the house abandoning the task of washing his car for another time. The number is from his attorney, filled with slight panic he heads for the study only to find his wife in the office correcting the caterer on the menu. She’s changed it four times since the party planning began, and he can’t help but notice how erratic she’s been for the past few months. Briefly, he envisions the broken look on Regina’s face when the doctor informed them of her miscarriage. He wished more than anything that he could have erased her grief and eased her pain. She had been so distant before news of her pregnancy, and after, it had been as if he’d found the woman he’d married again. Now she was always locking herself in a room, shutting herself off from everyone including him. He smiles at his wife, quickly noting the distant look in her eye and heads for the bedroom. Passing his son Evan in the hallway, Eric enters the bedroom and locks the door.

Evan bounds down the stairs, his mind is racing as he prepares for work grabbing the packed lunch his mom left him on the counter. His only thought being finishing up in time to check on Leslie before he has to come home for the graduation party. Leslie missed graduation, too sick to show up, they had to mail her diploma home. A ping of guilt runs through him as he thinks about how pale she looked the last time he was there, tear stained cheeks and pleading fearful eyes implored him to help her through her madness.

He made the resolve to rescue her from her turmoil vowing to set things right and picking up as many extra hours as possible. Driving toward downtown New Bolden he appreciated his father’s connections. Though a career as an artists would yield minor dividends a career as an exclusive interior decorator could turn out to be most profitable. His father always knew the most economical decision to make. Though he never did spend much time asking what his children were interested in. Eric Jamison was not one for fostering their dreams but took special care to nurture their potential, especially if they could make money at it. So when Evan decided on that career path, he made a phone call to the HR rep for the Bridgeman and Long Architectural Firm and schmoozed his son’s way into a paid internship. Luckily for him, he was very good at the job.

Family Secrets: Jamison Family



What you are about to read is  a collection of tales about the resident’s in the seemingly peaceful town of New Bolden, USA. This town like many others has a rich history built upon life changing moments that define it as a shining city of prominence and influence. The town’s residents are some of the hard working elite as well as some of the harder working middle – class. The nature of the town itself is much less important than the nature of it’s residents which you will see shortly have much insight to offer on the inner workings of their city. Though a beacon of hope for some, others in the lush suburban city will tell you that appearances may be deceiving. Each of the town’s members has a secret a dark shadow that could threaten the livelihoods by all affected. What would it be like to be a fly on the wall in another’s home, what secrets does your family hold? Join us now for an evening in the lives of another family, and watch as their secrets unfold.

Tonight we will be joining the Jamison family for a celebratory dinner. Parents Regina and Eric are pleased to be sending eldest son Evan to Coulter University, a local but prestigious university just outside of town. An event which took weeks to plan even enlisted the help of the youngest child Ivy. Though on the outside the Jamison’s appear to be content moving seamlessly around each other’s lives never once really aware of the chaos boiling beneath the surface. Each dinner guests this evening is another weight added to the heavy cloud of conspiracy looming in the home.

We are Wicked in July!!!

wickedThis month we’re reading Wicked, written by author Gregory Maguire. It follows the life and historical demise of the infamous Wicked Witch of the West. The story is set in the a new version of Oz far from the warm and fuzzy rendition we’re used to. Originally published in 1995, the book is now a full series. I had only heard of the musical first. As a student at a performing arts school, “Defy Gravity” and Idina Menzel were my only references to the character of “Elfaba”. That being said i must now admit i have also never seen the full musical but I have captured scenes of it off on Youtube.

The series has been on my To Read list since 2005, and finally a full decade later I canIdina-Wicked-2 say i’ve cracked the spine of a borrowed copy from a co-worker. I will be adding the musical to my must watch list but for now let’s get to the book. “Wicked”, is nothing like it’s L. Frank Bean’s, “Wizard of Oz” and is in fact more like a prequel to the adventure of Dorothy and Friends. Our protagonist is, Elfaba the so-called “Wicked” witch in a time of civil unrest in Oz. The heroes we love, like Glinda and even the Wizard are given darker overturns as the novel challenges you to pick a side.

The opening scene brings us in the midst of a conversation between Dorothy and friends on their familiar voyage through the woods during “The Wizard of Oz”. Elfaba is concealed in a tree spying as they quite explicitly gossip about her origins. This mature adaptation of a childhood classic definitely lays the foundations for readers to quickly abandon memories of Judy Garland cradling her frightened Cairn Terrier , (yes that’s the specific breed of dog TOTO was.) and places you in the ruby red slippers of one of fiction’s greatest villains.

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For more on the Wicked Witch of the West, check out the full article on our Origins blog!

Character Profile – Once Upon A Time – Rumpelstiltskin/ Mr. Gold – Robert Carlyle

Name: Robert Carlyle

Character on Once Upon A Time: Rumpelstiltskin/ Mr. Gold

Debut Season: Season 1 Episode 1

A Scottish actor, born in Maryhill, Glasgow, he is known for a variety of roles in films such as Trainspotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela’s Ashes, The 51st State, and 28 Weeks Later. In addition to his film work, he is also known for his roles in the television shows Hamish Macbeth, Stargate Universe and Once Upon A Time.  Robert Carlyle has repeatedly amazed audiences with his chameleon-like ability to inhabit a range of characters. Before playing a homeless man, he went to live in the Waterloo area of London where the film was set. For a role as a bus driver, he passed the test for a PCV license in a Glasgow Leyland Atlantean bus.

Carlyle broke into the international eye in Danny Boyle’s 1996 film, Trainspotting. However it was his role in The Full Monty that brought him fully into the spotlight. The film won both box-office millions and Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Carlyle himself won the BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance.  Other notable works include Antonia Bird’s Priest, with Tom Wilkinson, and the Emmy-nominated television movie Hitler: The Rise of Evil, in the title role of Hitler. In 2005 Carlyle was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Human Trafficking, and he starred as Dr. Nicholas Rush on the SyFy series SGU Stargate Universe, a performance for which he won the 2010 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Carlyle recently completed production on the independent film California Solo.

Grimm Origins: TheThree Snake Leaves

By: Neenia O.

“Whilst he thus gazed before him, he saw a snake creep out of a corner of the vault and approach the dead body.”

This week’s  quote comes from the tale of the Three Snake Leaves.

The story starts off with poor man who is dealing with the harsh reality of the fact that he was no longer able to provide for his young son. The man son soon comes to him and says, “Dear father, things go so badly with us that I am a burden to you. I would rather go away and see how I can earn my bread.” The young man’s father gives him his blessing and even though full of sorrow the young man leaves. During the time of his departure there was a war going on, so the young man “took service” with the king of his land, and joined the fight. There came a point during the war where comrades lay dead on both sides, and even the leader of the young man’s troops had been killed. Many have prepared to flee, but the young man stepped up and spoke to them, “We will not let our fatherland be ruined!” The other men heard his words and followed and the war was won in their favor.

When his king learned the victory was thanks to the young man, he became favored in his eyes and “he raised him above all the others, gave him great treasures, and made him the first in the kingdom.” The king had a daughter that many desired, but because of her strange request none had taken her hand. See the princess “had made a vow to take no one as her lord and husband who did not promise to let himself be buried alive with her if she died first. ‘ If he loves me with all his heart,’ said she, ‘of what use will life be to him afterwards?’ On her side she would do the same, and if he died first, would go down to the grave with him.” However even after hearing this, the young man who led the kingdom to victory still wished to wed her and he asked the king for her hand. The king asked the young man, “But dost thou know what thou must promise?” said the King. ‘I must be buried with her,’ he replied, ‘if I outlive her, but my love is so great that I do not mind the danger.’ Then the King consented, and the wedding was solemnized with great splendor.”

For years they lived happily in the kingdom, but as time passed the young Queen became severely ill and soon died. “The young King remembered what he had been obliged to promise, and was horrified at having to lie down alive in the grave, but there was no escape. The King had placed sentries at all the gates, and it was not possible to avoid his fate. When the day came when the corpse was to be buried, he was taken down into the royal vault with it and then the door was shut and bolted.”

By the young Queen’s coffin there was a table, and on it were four candles, four loaves of bread, and four bottles of wine. Once the young man/king’s provisions came to an end, he would die of hunger. He ate and drank only the minimum each day, but he knew that death was still approaching. “Whilst he thus gazed before him, he saw a snake creep out of a corner of the vault and approach the dead body. And as he thought it came to gnaw at it, he drew his sword and said, ‘As long as I live, thou shalt not touch her,’ and hewed the snake in three pieces.” After some more time had passed a second snake slithered out of the hole, baring three leaves in its mouth. The second snake took the three chopped up pieces of the first snake and laid them together (in their right order), and placed a leaf on each of the three pieces of the first snake. “Immediately the severed parts joined themselves together, the snake moved, and became alive again, and both of them hastened away together.” After witnessing this, the young king began to wonder if this would also work on a human being. He quickly picked up the discarded leaves and placed them on his queen, one on each eye, and the third on her mouth. “And hardly had he done this than the blood stirred in her veins, rose into her pale face, and coloured it again. Then she drew breath, opened her eyes, and said, ‘Ah, God, where am I?’ ‘Thou art with me, dear wife,’ he answered, and told her how everything had happened, and how he had brought her back again to life.”

After allowing her to regain some of her strength, the young king and his queen went to the gates and alerted the guards to her recovery. This stirred so much commotion that the king came down to see for himself. The king was so happy to find both alive and well. “The young King, however, took the three snake-leaves with him, gave them to a servant and said, ‘Keep them for me carefully, and carry them constantly about thee; who knows in what trouble they may yet be of service to us!’ ”

Sadly a change had taken place in the young Queen’s heart, “after she had been restored to life, it seemed as if all love for her husband had gone out of her heart.” After some time, the young king planned a voyage for him and his queen, to visit his father. While at sea, she conceived a wicked plan with the skipper, and one night after the young King was asleep, “she called in the skipper and seized the sleeper by the head, and the skipper took him by the feet, and thus they threw him down into the sea. When the shameful deed was done, she said, ‘Now let us return home, and say that he died on the way. I will extol and praise thee so to my father that he will marry me to thee, and make thee the heir to his crown.’ But the faithful servant who had seen all that they did, unseen by them, unfastened a little boat from the ship, got into it, sailed after his master, and let the traitors go on their way. He fished up the dead body, and by the help of the three snake-leaves, which he carried about with him, and laid on the eyes and mouth, he fortunately brought the young King back to life.”

The young king and his servant rowed with all their strength, “and their little boat flew so swiftly that they reached the old King before the others did.” The older king was shocked see them return alone. “When he learnt the wickedness of his daughter he said, ‘I cannot believe that she has behaved so ill, but the truth will soon come to light,’ and bade both go into a secret chamber and keep themselves hidden from every one. Soon afterwards the great ship came sailing in, and the godless woman appeared before her father with a troubled countenance. He said, ‘Why dost thou come back alone? Where is thy husband?’” The young queen told her farther a tale of how the younger king became ill and died, and if weren’t for the skipper’s assistance “it would have gone ill with me. He was present at his death, and can tell you all.” Her father replied, “I will make the dead alive again,” and he opened the chamber, and allowed the two to come out. When the young queen saw her husband, she was taken aback, and fell to her knees and begged for leniency. “The King said, ‘There is no mercy. He was ready to die with thee and restored thee to life again, but thou hast murdered him in his sleep, and shalt receive the reward that thou deservest.’ Then she was placed with her accomplice in a ship which had been pierced with holes, and sent out to sea, where they soon sank amid the waves.”


Origins — Sleeping Beauty


By: Noel Bleu

Sleeping Beauty is the tale of a young maiden who fell under a magical spell after being cursed by an evil fairy. The basic story line starts at the christening of a king and queen’s long-wished-for child. They rejoice and celebrate their child’s birth; seven fairies are invited to be godmothers to the infant princess. At the banquet back at the palace, the fairies seat themselves with a golden casket containing golden jeweled utensils laid before them. However; a wicked fairy who was overlooked, having been within a certain tower for many years and thought to be either dead or enchanted enters and is offered a seating, but not a golden casket since only seven were made. The fairies then offer their gifts of beauty, wit, grace, dance, song and ability of musical instruments. The old fairy then places the princess under an enchantment as her gift: the princess will prick her hand on a spindle and die. One last fairy has yet to give her gift and uses it to partially reverse the wicked fairy’s curse, proclaiming that the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep for 100 years and be awoken by a king’s son.

The title sleeping beauty is from the French title “La Belle au bois dormant” meaning  “The Beauty sleeping in the wood” by Charles Perraultor and the story “Little Briar Rose” of German origin by the Brothers Grimm. It is a classic fairytale involving a beautiful princess, enchantment of sleep, and a handsome prince. Written as an original literary tale, it was first published by Charles Perrault in “Histoires ou contes du temps passé” in 1697.

Sleeping Beauty’s earliest influence apparently comes from “Perceforest,” a French romance first printed in 1528. While not a Sleeping Beauty tale, Perceforest contains many elements similar to the later Sleeping Beauty tales.

The basic elements of Perrault’s narrative are in two parts. Some folklorists believe that they were originally separate tales, but became one afterward in the Grimm’s’ version, and were joined together by Basile, and Perrault following him.

The next known version of the tale came from Giambattista Basile’s “Sun, Moon, and Talia” also known more formally “asIl Pentamerone, Day 5, Tale 5” (1636). This is the tale which is thought to have influenced Perrault’s Sleeping Beaut. Perrault included his version, the first to use Sleeping Beauty as a title.

After the curse was cast the king forbids spinning on spinning-wheels or spindles, or the possession of one, throughout the kingdom, upon pain of death. When the princess is fifteen or sixteen and her parents are away on pleasure bent, she wanders through the palace rooms going up and down and then chances upon an old woman who is spinning with her distaff in the garret of a tower and had not heard of the king’s decree against spinning wheels. The princess asks to try the unfamiliar task and the inevitable happens: the curse is fulfilled. The old woman cries for help and attempts are made to revive her, but to no avail. The king attributes this to fate and has the princess carried to the finest room in the palace and placed upon a bed of gold-and-silver-embroidered fabric. The good fairy who altered the evil prophecy is summoned by a dwarf wearing seven-league boots and returns in a chariot of fire drawn by dragons. Having great powers of foresight, the good fairy sees that the princess will be distressed to find herself alone and so puts everyone in the castle to sleep. The king and queen kiss their daughter goodbye and depart, proclaiming the entrance to be forbidden. The good fairy’s magic also summons a forest of trees, brambles and thorns that spring up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world and preventing anyone from disturbing the princess.

A hundred years pass and a prince from another family spies the hidden castle during a hunting expedition. His attendants tell him differing stories regarding the happenings in the castle until an old man recounts his father’s words: within the castle lies a beautiful princess who is doomed to sleep for a hundred years, whereupon a king’s son is to come and awaken her. The prince then braves the tall trees, brambles and thorns which part at his approach, and enters the castle. He passes the sleeping castle folk and comes across the chamber where the princess lies asleep on the bed. Trembling at the radiant beauty before him, he falls on his knees before her. The enchantment comes to an end and the princess awakens and converses with the prince for a long time. Meanwhile, the rest of the castle awakes and go about their business. The prince and princess head over to the hall of mirrors to dine and are later married by the chaplain in the castle chapel.

Usually the story ends with a happily ever after, however there is another ending after having been secretly wed by the reawakened Royal almoner,(a priest) the Prince continued to visit the Princess, who bore him two children, L’Aurore (Dawn) and Le Jour (Day), which he kept secret from his step-mother, who was  an ogre . Once he had gained the throne, he brought his wife and the talabutte (“Count of the Mount”).

The Ogress Queen Mother sent the young Queen and the children to a house secluded in the woods, and directed her cook there to prepare the boy for her dinner, with a sauce Robert. The humane cook substituted a lamb, which satisfied the Queen Mother, who then demanded the girl, but was satisfied with a young goat prepared in the same excellent sauce. When the Ogress demanded that he serve up the young Queen, the latter offered her throat to be slit, so that she might join the children she imagined were dead. There was a tearful secret reunion in the cook’s little house, while the Queen Mother was satisfied with a hind prepared with sauce Robert. Soon she discovered the trick and prepared a tub in the courtyard filled with vipers and other noxious creatures. The King returned in the nick of time and the Ogress, being discovered, threw herself into the pit she had prepared and was consumed, and everyone else lived happily ever after.

This is not the usual way the story is told, however, older versions of the story have been found. There are earlier elements that contributed to the tale, in the medieval courtly romance Perceforest , the princess named Zellandine falls in love with a man named Troylus. Her father sends him to perform tasks to prove himself worthy of her, and while he is gone, Zellandine falls into an enchanted sleep. Troylus finds her and impregnates her in her sleep; when their child is born, he draws from her finger the flax that caused her sleep. She realizes from the ring he left her that the father was Troylus; he returns after his adventures to marry her.

Another variation of this exact story tells of how wise men warned the great King that his daughter Talia was in grave danger, there was poison in the palace’s flax.  A ban was put on flax but as expected, Talia still ran across a splinter while spinning flax on the flax-spinning wheel.  In great despair, the king placed her sleeping (or dead) body on a velvet clothe and left her in the forest.

Some time later, a rich nobleman was hunting in the woods when he ran across the abandoned body of Sleeping Beauty.  Far from planting a kiss, the nobleman instead raped her sleeping body, from which resulted a pregnancy.  Nine months later, Sleeping Beauty gave birth to two children (and named them Sun and Moon) and the forest fairies took care of them while Sleeping Beauty continued her slumber.  Whilst placing the babes to Sleeping Beauty’s breasts, one of the children accidentally mistook her thumb for a nipple and sucked out the poison splinter.  Talia awoke from her deep sleep.

Months later, the nobleman decided to return to the woods to have more sex with Sleeping Beauty’s body when to his surprise, he found her awake.  The nobleman confesses that he raped her and they again had sex in the barn. The nobleman then returns home to his wife.
The nobleman’s wife found out about the sexual encounter and ordered the children be kidnapped and cooked alive.  The cook prepared the fiendish disk and served it to the rich nobleman at his dinner.  As the nobleman finished his meal, the wife boldly announced “you are eating what is your own!”.  Alas, as it turns out, the cook had a soft heart and instead of killing and cooking the children, he substituted a goat instead.  Talia and the children and her rapist new love interest lived happily ever after.

Earlier influences come from the story of the sleeping Brynhild in the Volsunga saga and the tribulations of saintly female martyrs in early Christian hagiography conventions. It was, in fact, the existence of Brynhild that persuaded the Brothers Grimm to include the story in later editions of their work rather than eliminate it, as they did to other works they deemed to be purely French, stemming from Perrault’s work.

The second half, in which the princess and her children are almost put to death, but hidden instead, may have been influenced by Genevieve of Brabant.

In the Video Game “Kingdom Hearts A Sleeping Beauty world appears in the Kingdom Hearts games, based on the Walt Disney adaptation, where throughout the games, Maleficent (the wicked fairy godmother) is featured as a major antagonist in almost all of the installments. The princess (named Aurora) is one of the seven princesses of heart, a major story element, and appears briefly in the first game, with only a mentioning of her in the second game. A world based on Sleeping Beauty appears in the prequel game, Birth By Sleep, called Enchanted Dominion. The story is told slightly differently here. After the good fairies put the city to sleep, antagonist Xehanort arrives to study Aurora, whose heart of pure light he believes will help him in his scheme. Maleficent uses the protagonist character Terra by taking control of him temporarily to capture Aurora’s heart. Later, Ventus, another original character, arrives to the world and helps the good fairies storm Maleficent’s castle to free Aurora’s heart. After this, Terra and Ventus’s friend Aqua appears after Ventus and Terra depart, and helps the prince (Phillip) to defeat Maleficent and deliver true love’s kiss to Aurora.

In a more modern and humorous tale as is with most Shrek movies, Sleeping Beauty’s character is more tongue in cheek. Sleeping Beauty is first mentioned at the start of Shrek 2, when Shrek is reading Fiona’s diary. It says that Fiona wasn’t allowed to go to Sleeping Beauty’s sleepover because of her curse. She is later seen, where she tumbles out of her carriage at the Royal Ball after being announced. She has a greater role in Shrek the Third, which involves helping Fiona and the other princesses fight guards to gain access to the castle.