*Featured Image: “The bros Templeton and Nessy” by Anita DriessenAs a little girl reading fairy tales, I came across the word “replied.” Though a bookish child, I somehow read “replied” as “rippled,” as in
“Because I said so,” the prince rippled.
It seemed to me that a handsome prince would speak in a breezy manner; his language would roll trippingly off the tongue. Even as a child, I understood that royalty can be casual about things the rest of us take seriously.
“I’ve slain the dragon,” the prince rippled.
“I’ll wake her with a kiss,” the prince rippled.
“You will be my queen,” the prince rippled.
“Of course, I have a mistress,” the prince rippled.
* Note: “Ripple Effect” was originally published in “Carolina Quarterly” in 2011.