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Adult Fairy Tale Competition Winner

‘Found mulled under the bridge by the glacier, along with two goats. An evening hike gone terribly wrong or another suicide?’

Helga glanced at her wolfhound, Fenrir, and leaned over to switch off the radio as her father pushed open the door, snow dusting the carpet. He heaved the woodpile to the basket and poked at the fire. ‘Leave it on, snowflake.’

Helga, fourteen and blonde, feigned the vacant look expected of her. ‘Sure,’ she said. Fenrir nuzzled her hand as she gazed out over the frozen turquoise lake. She pulled it away as if she could still feel the blood on his nose. Last night, oh last night.

It wasn’t him, she thought. No one would believe her. ‘Didn’t you know her?’ ‘What?’ Helga swallowed. ‘The girl they found. She went to your school.’

‘This is Olden; everyone goes to my school.’ Helga pretended to stretch, yawned. Fenrir followed her to her small bedroom. Reds, pinks, splattered her wallpaper and bed. She grabbed her laptop and crawled onto the bed. A page online, a virtual memorial for Anette.

The trolls had taken over already: fat goat got what she deserved… not talking about the animals. Angry fingers scrunched over the keyboard. Should she comment? Nice words to drown out the anonymous bullies. No, not Helga. She let taps turn to virtual punches. Tell us who you are, coward. Tell us your name. You have no power when we find out who you are!

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