Snow White, Do You Mean, a Week?
by Malika N
“Once upon a time...” I started reading Snow White.
“Melissa, shut up,” my older sister Becky said. She was texting, like all 16 year olds do. She was very popular, but I wasn’t. I thought popularity ran in the family? Because every popular kid I know, their siblings are popular too. But I’m always the odd one. A lot of people confused us for each other, but I don’t see any similarities in us. She wears makeup (lots) and I still haven’t started even though I’m fourteen. She hates reading, I love reading. She doesn’t do her homework, result: Get’s D’s. I actually take my time and do my homework, result: get A’s. But people call me a nerd so I have tried getting B’s. But I will not go for a C. Do you know how hard it is to get a C? I tried but failed. So I will be an A/B average kid. I try so hard to be popular, but guess that’ll never happen. It’s just how it is. I wear the same clothes as them, shorts with Uggs, loose shirts tied with a headband, undershirt under a shirt, long socks with flip flops. Anything they wear. But I’m always invisible.
“I’m reading!” I told her. “Nerd,” Becky called.
I finally shut up. I was going to continue reading my story and pretend that I didn’t hear her.
“Hey what’s osmosis again?” Becky asked looking up from her text. I ignored her. I’m pretty good at zoning people out. You get that talent if your parent listens to old 60’s music.
“Hello? I’m talking to you!” Becky sounded annoyed.
I tried to hold my laughter even though it was so impossible. It is fun getting older sisters irritated. “Ugh!” she groaned and left the room. I smiled to myself and started reading. Wow, the stepmother is so stupid, I thought as I was reading “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of the all?” Of course it was Snow White! I read on some more, until I got to the part where Snow White got the apple. I imagined her taking a bite of it until when suddenly she appeared in front of me. Just like that. No sparkles or portals or me passing out and she standing there. Just popped up. “Hello,” she said softly.
“What are you doing here?” I yelled. I was freaking out. I mean, this doesn’t usually happen. A fairy tale character just doesn’t come out of the book when you are reading!
“I don’t know,” she answered even softly.
“Well how did you come here?” I asked.
“Well this very nice old lady gave me an apple. I bit into it and now I’m here,” she told me.
I looked at the book and that is where I was. When she was lying still and lifeless and a poisoned apple by her side!
“You are so stupid Snow White. You ate the stupid poisoned apple and now you are here. Your wicked stepmother tricked you,” I told her. She was very quiet and then she started shaking all over. She cried. “No, no, no, don’t cry!” I told her. She cried some more. My bed was getting soggy. I never knew fairy tale character’s tears were so big.
“I lied!” I said lying to her.
“Why?” she whispered wiping her tears. Thank goodness. Finally she stopped crying.
“Because…hah!” I said. She jumped. She looked at me with her wide curious eyes.
“It was a joke,” I told her.
“That was very mean,” she said in her still soft voice.
“Um…” I didn’t know what to say.
“Aren’t you going to go back into the book now?” I asked her.
“I told you. A lady gave me an apple and as soon as I bit into it, I came here.”
Just then Becky came in.
“You-you are Snow White!” She said and looked at me.
“You are in so much trouble!” Becky said.
“Look, I don’t know what happened but you have to swear you will not tell mom and dad!” I said.
“Why should I”? she said and crossed her arms. I glared at her.
“Fine I’ll wash the dishes for a week,” I said.
“Two weeks,” she said.
“Fine two weeks,” I told her.
“Ok ten weeks and it’s a deal,” she told me.
“How did you go from two to ten weeks?” I screamed.
“Okay then…I guess I’ll have to tell mom and dad,” she said.
“Ugh fine! But you have to help me hide her too or it’s deals off,” I said.
Becky looked thoughtful for a minute. She was probably thinking if she should tell or not do the dishes for 10 weeks. She liked the second choice. “Fine,” she made a deal.
“Great!” I said and we both looked at Snow White.
“You know I think this happened to me too,” Becky suddenly said.
“What?” I asked.
“When I was 6, Cinderella appeared in my room. When I was 8, Hansel and Gretchen appeared,” she explained. “It lasted a week.”
“Wait a second, this happened to me a long while ago too. When I was six, Goldilocks and when I was eight, Belle,” I said. “And what do you mean a week?”
“After one full week, after 168 hours, every character just disappeared,” she answered.
I groaned. “You mean, she is going to be here for a week?!”
“I guess so,” Becky said.
We were silent for a minute.
“This is so weird,” Becky finally said.
“I know,” I replied.
“What’s so funny?” she asked.
“It is the first time we agreed on something,” I told her.
“LOL*. Yeah,” she agreed.
We looked back at Snow White. Her long black hair was touched her shoulder and her big blue eyes stared at us. “Now how are we going to hide her?” I asked Becky.
“Here, put this on!” I said as I handed Snow White a pair of faded jeans.
“How do you put this on?” she asked me.
I gasped, “You don’t know how to put on jeans??”
“No, I always wear dresses,” she told me.
“Well put on foot in one hole and the other foot in the other hole,” I instructed as I put on my own pair of pants. She watched me and managed to put on hers. “No put this on!” I said and threw her a blue t-shirt. At least she knew how to put on a shirt. Suddenly the birds chirped. Snow White’s eyes lit up and she began singing.
“Shhhh!” I told her. It was five a.m. and I was trying to get her out of the house before my parents woke up.
She kept singing.
“Shut up!” I told her. She stopped mid-song and looked at me. “We will go to the woods and you can sing to your little friends for two hours okay?” I said.
“Okay,” she said in a chiming noise.
I grabbed an apple and gave it to her. She gasped and backed away. I got confused. I wasn’t going to hurt her; I wasn’t going to throw the apple at her!
“So you are on her side too, huh?” she asked, her eyes frightened.
“What?” I asked and looked down at my apple. It was shiny and bright red. Just like the wicked stepmother gave to Snow White. The pieces to the puzzle began forming in my head as I suddenly understood.
“Ohhh. I didn’t mean to scare you, I was just giving you breakfast to eat,” I explained to her. To convince her, I took a huge bite of the apple, chewed and swallowed it. “I’ll have nothing,” she said.
“Okay…lunch is in 7 hours so serve yourself,” I told her.
“You’re taking me to school?” her blue eyes shone.
“Sure what else am I going to do with you?” I said more to myself.
“Thanks!” she said and disappeared outside into the woods. “Be back after 2 hours!” I told her and went back to sleep.
“Melissa, wake up! You’re going to be late!” my mom said.
“Ten more minutes...” I moaned and then remembered Snow White. I shot out of bed and looked at the time. 7:10. “I’m leaving to work now. Be sure not to fall asleep,” she told me. As I watched her drive away, I thought, ‘Oh I will not fall asleep. I think I will never be able to sleep again!’ I grabbed the apple I ate earlier and went outside to the woods.
“Snow White!” I yelled. A neighbor starting his car lifted his head and looked at me funny. “How light!” I said. “As in its very bright,” I nodded to the guy. He quickly nodded and went inside his house. “Snow White!” I hissed.
“Yes?” she came back very pleased.
“Where were you??” I asked.
“Talking to my friends,” she told me.
“What friends?” I started to say but saw the birds, squirrels, bunnies, SKUNKS, raccoons, deer, and all the animals in the woods following her. I looked around panicked and hissed at Snow White, “Tell them to go back and not follow you! I cannot take you to school if they follow!” “Oh Okay…” she sighed and shooed the animals away.
“Ok try to act normal okay?” I said to her.
“I’ll try my very best!” she exclaimed.
Everyone on the bus looked at us. I looked out of the window like I wasn’t even talking to her. She was so embarrassing. Why did this even happen to me? Why couldn’t it happen to someone like Selena? She was the most popular girl in the school! And if Snow White hung out with Selena, then she too would be popular and such and many people wouldn’t think it’s weird. Like they think I’m weird. For hanging out with a weird girl (a.k.a. Snow White)
I sighed. I wasn’t starting to make any sense.
We arrived at the school and once I was at school, I regretted bringing Snow White. I saw all the kids staring at me and it was really embarrassing. They were also staring at Snow White kind of funny. Like they have seen her somewhere but just can’t clear the fuzzy image in their brain. I even saw a kid stare at her, and rub his forehead as in it hurt! I almost burst out laughing but I wasn’t going to embarrass myself.
“Hey Melissa! Who is your new friend?” asked Kevin. He is like the cutest guy in school. And the most popular. I didn’t know he even knew my name! Well of course he knew my name. I used to be his best friend. But that story can wait. I had him waiting long enough for an answer.
“Oh um…she is new here. She came from…” I trailed off to think but Snow White was too quick.
“From the castle!” she told him.
“What?” he questioned.
“What she means is,” I threw Snow White a look, “that she is from California. Yeah. A city called the castle. Yep. Weird huh? But it is a very, very, very, very, very tiny city and nobody even knows it,” I started making up stuff.
“Oh cool. Wow, I bet it sucks moving here. How many hours did it take you to drive from Castle,” he threw me a look, “California to Virginia?”
“Forty hours by car!” I said before Snow White had a chance to say anything else stupid. “Don’t you think she can answer her own questions? Sometimes you are so annoying!” Kevin said and that offended me. I’m only trying to help her! But fine, let Snow White answer everything and get herself busted.
“What’s your name?” Kevin asked.
“My name is…” she started and looked at me for help. I was so mad about the whole Kevin thing that I ignored her. I looked away and went inside the building. Maybe Snow White could stay here forever and be popular and go out with Kevin. I didn’t care.
“Sarah Wilson,” I heard her say. Wow like that’s not suspicious. If you knew it was Snow White. Sarah Wilson’s initials are the same as Snow White’s and Sarah means princess. Way to go Snow—Sarah Wilson.
I entered my locker combination. I got out my music folder, pencil pouch, and my agenda. I had to go to first period: Orchestra. I groaned. I liked playing my violin but sometimes I get a headache. I looked up and saw Snow—Sarah Wilson. She was standing by the trashcan. She caught my eye and looked very innocent and sad. I sighed and told her to follow me. All of the sadness was replaced by excitement. What was exciting about school? ***
“Who is she?” My orchestra teacher asked.
“Um…she is visiting for a…week,” I told her.
“Do you have permission like a slip or something?” she asked.
“Yes!” Sarah Wilson answered. I will never find out how she got a permission slip so fast. And eh, I can never get used to Sarah Wilson. Back to Snow White.
I looked at her surprised.
“Here,” she said and handed the teacher a blue permission slip.
“Okay,” the teacher said. I sat down and she sat down beside me. The teacher gave her a violin to play on and a music sheet to read off of. Hah, I bet she would fail this. It is the hardest music I have ever seen and we’ve been practicing for 2 months! And Snow White hasn’t even seen it I bet. And that’s good too because Kevin was in this class and he would see her fail!
We started playing but I got lost in the middle. I couldn’t find my place so I gave up and watched Snow White. She was wonderful. Her fingers were in the right place, she was sitting with perfect posture, her violin was held up straight, her bow was following the bowings on the music and she was awesome. I glared at her. She was perfect! She had shiny black hair curling at the tips. Her eyes were magnificent blue and her eyelashes were very long. Her eyebrow was thin like it had been plucked but probably not since she is a book character. Her mouth was pink and small, and her nose was cute, and tiny. Everything was perfect. Everything. What was the author of this story was thinking when he or she wrote the story! I hated Snow White now. I think my favorite is Ariel from now on. AFTER PRACTICE
“Hey nice messing up!” Kevin said. Angry tears came. I was just so mad over how Snow White was perfect and he made it even worse.
“Shut up,” I snapped at him and went to History, my second period.
“What is wrong with her?” I heard Kevin ask Snow White.
“How long are you going to be here?” I asked crossly.
“Your sister told you. 7 days. A week,” Snow White answered softly.
"Snow White, what do you mean a week?!?!?!" I yelled. I couldn't deal with her for another week! I had made through 5 of my classes and this was my sixth “class”; lunch. Snow White was at my table, me, Kevin and a bunch of popular people surrounding us. “Why do you want Sarah to leave?” asked Kevin, “what did she ever do to you?”
I grabbed my tray and went to sit with John. Nobody liked him. But I decided I would be his friend from now on.
“Hey John!” I exclaimed.
“Um…hi?” “Do you want a hug??”
“Do you want to talk??”
“Do you want to be friends??” “No.”
Fine, be that way. I glared at Snow White. Out of the blue she appears, becomes a popular, and ruins my life.
“Aren’t you going to school?” Snow White asked.
“No,” I snapped at her.
I’m so lucky my parents left for work early today. “Why?” she asked.
“Because I feel like it!”
“Well, okay,” she said and left for school.
After 1 hour.
I’m sooooo bored! Who knew staying at home could be so boring?
After 4 hours.
I really wish Becky was home so we could fight. It was better than being bored.
After 1 hour.
Okay, fine. I just wish Becky was home. So we could talk or something. But not Snow White. No. I want her to leave.
After 1 hour.
“BECKY!!!” I yelled in my sister’s face. I was so happy to see a living person.
“You skipped school?” she asked; eyes wide.
Oh shoot. I forgot. High School students come before Middle. “I got sick,” I lied.
“Then get away from me!” Becky screamed and ran upstairs like she saw a penguin barking and dancing with a giraffe. She was scared of being sick. She hated medicine and the hospital.
After an hour, Snow White came home. Ugh. I turned on the T.V. and ignored her. She sat down on the couch and sat staring at the T.V. She didn’t talk. Fine, I didn’t want her to anyway. But when a commercial came on, she started by, “Kevin asked for you today.”
“What?” I asked. Shoot. I was going to give her the silent treatment. Too late now.
“He asked me why you didn’t come to school today. I told him that you were sick. He told me to tell you to feel better,” she said.
Yeah right. Kevin? No way.
“You’re lying,” I told her.
“I’m not! I never lie!” she said.
“He really asked about me?” I asked.
“Yep,” she smiled. I smiled too.
“I think he likes you,” she told me.
“What?” I asked.
“Yesterday when you went to sit with that guy, he was so jealous and today he asked for you!”
“But he is always mean to me,” I said.
“Because he likes you,” Snow White said. I was starting to like her.
“Are you coming back to school tomorrow?” Snow White asked.
“Duh!” I told her.
She smiled and I smiled back.
“Hey Melissa,” Kevin said.
“Hey,” I said.
Now that I knew he liked me, it was so awkward talking to him.
“Are you feeling better?” he asked.
“Yep,” I grinned like a silly monkey.
“Cool,” he said awkwardly and left.
“I’m so confused. How can he never ever been like this around me? He is always fighting with me. But just because I was gone yesterday, he is all nice and mushy and stuff,” I said to Snow White.
“Have you ever missed any school days?” Snow White asked.
“Only yesterday,” I answered.
“Maybe he missed you and realized he liked you,” she said.
I shrugged. I didn’t like the new Kevin. It was too weird.
We walked into the school together and then this guy jumped in front of us. We jumped back surprised.
“What? Do I look like the grudge or something?” he asked.
“No, you just jumped up and scared us,” Snow White answered politely. If she didn’t say anything, I would’ve screamed my head off at him.
“Hey you know who you look like?” he asked.
“Who?” asked Snow White.
“Snow White,” he answered. I gasped. Did he read my mind?
“How?” asked Snow White.
“Well you have blue eyes, a fair skin and long black hair and you look just like her…except in person form,” he said.
“Dude!” someone said.
“You watch fairytales?” someone shouted.
“No! But I watched Snow White yesterday. I was babysitting my little sister!” he answered quickly. Yeah, right.
“Yeah you kind of do look like Snow White!” a girl exclaimed.
“No she doesn’t!” I told them.
“Why are you looking so guilty then, huh?” the guy who scared us said.
“I’m not!” I lied. I was terrible at lying.
“YOU ARE SNOW WHITE!” everyone yelled and surrounded us. I was looking for an escape but about 40 kids circled us and there was no way of getting out.
“Yeah!” Snow White answered.
“What are you doing?!” I hissed.
“Shh, watch!” she answered confidently.
“You are?” a girl asked doubtful.
“Duh! Can’t you see? I appeared into her house from a book and here I am! Ta-da!” Snow White said.
“Wow…hahahahahahaha. You are a little wacky,” people started saying. I smiled. Way to go Snow White!
“But I am from a book! I am Snow White!” Snow White said in a whiny voice.
“Come on guys,” the guy who scared us said to the others.
“Yeah, let’s go,” they agreed and scrambled away to their classes.
“Wow, good job!” I told her.
“Sometimes, you have to tell the truth,” she smiled.
“I would never have thought of that!” I told her. We grinned at each other and went to Orchestra.
Day 5 (day 6 near the end)
“Hey what’s this?” I asked picking up a purple hat.
“That looks familiar,” Snow White said as her face bunched up.
It was Thursday night (nobody at school talked about Snow White being Snow White today!) and we were talking about why kiwis tasted like kiwis (don’t ask).
“Dopey!” she exclaimed.
“What did you call me?” I glared.
“No, I didn’t call you anything. That hat belongs to Dopey! You know the seventh dwarf?” she cried.
“What is his hat doing here?” I screamed. Don’t tell me Dopey was here too!
“I don’t know!” Snow White cried.
“It’s okay! I’m sure he just came here and then went back. Let’s sleep please. I’m tired!” I told her. The truth was I was hoping I would wake up and what happened just now would be my dream. No wait…a nightmare. But I wouldn’t care. As long as I woke up and this never happened.
“Okay,” Snow White answered sleepily.
I closed my eyes and fell asleep in a blink of an eye. (Day 6) And then I heard rustling outside. My eyes opened wide and I looked around hoping I had a nightmare about when we found Dopey’s hat. It was dawn, and the purple hat was still there. I sighed and woke up Snow White. We had to find him before the time was up. Who knew what would happen then?
“What did you say again? About what’s going to happen if the time ran out and you two weren’t at my house at that time?” I asked.
“You aren’t making much sense. But if we, Dopey and I, aren’t at the same exact place we both appeared at the same exact time and exactly a week from when we appeared then the whole world will get messed up,” she answered.
“You aren’t making much sense either but so why will the world be messed up?” I asked scared.
“I don’t know. If you change something in history…or even a book then it will be strange; like something is missing but nobody will know,” she answered.
“Will that hurt us?” I asked. By us, I meant humans.
“I’m not sure,” she answered.
We were in the woods by my house and searching frantically for Dopey. “Dopey!” Snow White yelled.
“Dopey!” I yelled too.
“Dopey?!” a familiar voice asked. Oh uh. It sounded just like…
“Kevin! What are you doing here?” I asked.
“Just hanging around. Dopey? Hey, are you really Snow White? Please tell me the truth.”
Snow White looked at me and then sighed. “Yes, and now Dopey has come and we lost him. Please help us look for him.”
“Okay…um no comment about the whole you being Snow White thing. But sure, I will help you search for Dopey,” he said.
“Thanks!” Snow White said and hugged him. I hung back and turned around and called Dopey one more time.
We searched and searched but couldn’t find him. Then we decided to break up into groups. Snow White and Becky (I agreed to wash dishes for two more months) and me and Kevin. How nice.
“So…it’s been strange lately huh?” Kevin asked.
“Totally,” I answered as I slapped a mosquito. They were so annoying! We walked for a while. “Dopey!” I yelled.
And then I slapped another mosquito.
“I hate mosquitoes,” Kevin said.
“Me too!” I almost screamed.
“Where is that Dopey…?!” Kevin asked after an hour of searching.
“Here!” said a voice. We both turned around and there was Dopey.
“DOPEY!” I yelled and ran to hug him. It wasn’t as nice as hugging a human but I was so glad they were going to leave soon and I was going to get my normal life back.
“Who are you?” he asked me. And then Snow White came running.
“DOPEYYYYY!” she yelled and hugged him so tightly. “Hey Snow White!” Dopey said goofily. I sighed with relief. Tomorrow they would leave.
“Bye, Melissa, I will really miss you,” Snow White said as tears came to her eyes.
“Aww, Snow White; don’t cry. Think about your prince,” I smiled. She smiled too.
It was almost the same exact time as she first came and Becky, Snow White, Dopey, and Kevin were all in my room. “I don’t think there will be a portal or a warning when I’m going to leave so I guess I’ll say my goodbyes now,” Snow White said and hugged me. I hugged her and then she disappeared. “I guess I’ll be going home now,” Kevin said and left.
“I’ll take a shower; I’m so tired from today!” I told Becky and headed off with great enthusiasm to take my shower. The hot water always relaxed me. I locked the door and sighed. My life would be finally normal. I pulled the shower curtain and gasped.
Ariel looked up at me with her big curious eyes.
I moaned, “Not again!”