A simple word, but the beginning of so many stories.

Once upon a time. Once there was a man. Once there lived a woman.

Those are the stories we all grew up with. We know how they go; we’ve heard them all a million times. We know how they end.

They all lived happily ever after.

It wasn’t true though. Once didn’t live happily ever after; Once never got to the end of the tale.

It could have been a sad life for Once; starting story after story after story and never knowing how they would go after they passed the first twist, but Once didn’t mind. Once just kept on starting stories.

But then things changed. Other words began starting stories, and the storytellers seemed to like them more. Once didn’t start stories any more; and still Once never got to the end.

Except this time.

Just Once.

© Kari Fay