Once upon a time, in a faraway forest, there lived a girl a with complex pale skin, black hair and deep blue eyes. Her skin was so white, that since she was a toddler everyone had called her Snowhite. She was a very joyful little girl, that grew up practically in the woods, and since she saw a lot of hunters, she had always had certain interest towards archery, and shehad taught herself from an early age to shoot an arrow, even though a lot of people told her it wasn’t the right thing to do for a little lady like her.
Snowhite’s mum h died when she was a little girl and her dad remarried. The woman he married to was a queen. Her dad didn’t notice, but she was very cruel to poor little Snowhite. The evil stepmother, obsessed with being beautiful, had a mirror to which she’d ask everyday who was the most gorgeous of them all. The mirror always responded quickly, “You, your majesty!”
The surprise came one day when the mirror answered that the most gorgeous of them all was Snowhite, instead of the queen. Enraged and jealous as ever, she ordered her hunters to kill Snowhite and bring her heart as proof. But, the hunters, pitying the poor girl, explained to her the situation and brought a deer’s heart instead to the queen. Snowhite obviously couldn’t go back home after that, because the queen couldn’t find out she was still alive.
So, she walked and walked through the forest all night, bow in hand. When the light from the new day started to shine, she had found a cozy house in the woods, and she went in. It was small, but it had seven beds in the bedroom. There was no-one home though, but when the sun went down again, seven dwarfs entered the house singing along a song.
At first, they all were a little startled since they didn’t know the girl, but then she proceeded explaining her story and they agreed that she could stay. But as she felt a bit useless while they worked at the mine, she went out hunting what they needed to eat.
On a rainy day, Snowhite decided not to go hunting because it was impossible to put up with the pouring rain outside. The day went by, and by noon, someone knocked at the door. Snowhite, curious but cautious, opened the door just enough to see who it was. It was an old woman, harmless at first sight, but Snowhite didn’t trust her entirely. She reminded her, oddly enough, of someone she didn’t like, but she couldn’t quite put the finger on whom.
“Hi there, young lady, I came by just to drop this apple, I thought on a rainy day like today you could use it, since you can’t really go hunting” said the old woman, stammering a bit, and Snowhite doubted if it was because of the cold or because the woman was overreacting.
“Thank you, ma’am! But it really wasn’t needed; I have plenty of food for everyone today.” Snowhite answered, trying to be polite.
“I insist! Take this apple; aren’t you dying to taste it? It is the reddest apple I have ever seen! And surely, very, very tasty” the woman added.
Snowhite finally agreed and took it, smiling again at the woman and thanking her. When the door closed, she felt how that apple wasn’t natural at all. There was something weird about the touch, and when she gently sniffed it, she could smell the poison. Just then, everything clicked in her head, and she realized the old woman was her stepmother all along. She let the apple hit the floor, then went to grab her bow, and proceeded looking for her stepmother.
Not even a minute passed before she heard a voice behind her.
“What on earth are you doing out here? You’ll catch the cold!” the old woman said.
Snowhite turned around, and her stepmother frowned at the sight of the bow she held in her hand. She had always hated how Snowhite ruined the whole little-miss-perfect façade by doing such thing as archery.
“I can easily take care of myself, and in fact, that’s what I’m doing when I’m not eating an apple poisoned by my stepmother, that wants me dead just because her stupid little mirror thinks that I’m more beautiful than her, and that beauty is oh-so-important in her life that it’s worth killing someone for, right? Think twice, because I’m so much more than a pretty face.” When she ended that little speech, she held the bow up and aimed, wanting to shoot in a not so dangerous place, just so her stepmother would learn the lesson. Her face went pale and she took off, how she could, with her injured leg.
Just a few meters from the scene, a young prince observed quietly. He had taken the day off to visit the forest, but he was on his way back to his car because of the rain. However, Snowhite’s action left him astonished. At first, he thought Snowhite was a very pretty girl, but when he contemplated the scene, he fell in love with that strong and brave girl. Despite his shyness, he decided to approach her.
“Hi, I’m Alex, sorry to bother you, it’s just that I just saw what happened, and let me tell you that was awesome! You were incredibly brave, and a lot of people would pay to have such skill with the bow.” She just smiled, proud of what she heard. He wanted to tell her about how beautiful she was, but he decided against it, since he knew that wasn’t what she wanted to hear, and there were plenty of other adjectives for her before one that was purely based on appearance.
“I’m Snowhite, and thank you very much! I’ve done archery for so long; it’s almost natural for me now.” She answered, smiling.
“Well, it was amazing anyway. I’d like to keep talking to you but, I’ve got to run because there are people expecting me. Either way, would you like for us to meet someday and keep telling me about this skill of yours?” the prince asked. She accepted, gladly.
“Sure! Just come around here one afternoon, and we’ll talk.” Snowhite answered, ending the conversation.
They both said their goodbyes and he walked towards his car. He couldn’t wait to know more about that curious girl called Snowhite, he was sure she wouldn’t leave his mind for a long while.