[Scene 9, Insecurity, Accidents, and Intrigue Plague the Royal Household --
N: Narrator, VW: the 2nd Queen, who was a Vain Woman,
M: Mayor, C: Councilor, A: Advisor, SW: Snow White ]
N: The New Queen became distraught, waiting for the King.
VW: There must be no one more beautiful in the kingdom than I when he returns!
SW: Mum, Daddy will be okay.
And, to him, no one living is more beautiful than you.
M: Besides yourself, Snow White, of course.
You worry too much, my Queen.
C: I'm sure he has hasn't found anyone new.
M: He would be too busy on the battlefield.
C: Of course, he can't be fighting all the time.
A: Can't you two leave well enough alone?
VW: Snow White, I need to think. Can we go for a picnic?
SW: That sounds like a great idea, Mummy.
A: I'll come with you.
VW: No need. We won't go far.
SW: Let's go pack some yummy food.
N: The New Queen thought she knew a place in the woods where Snow White had never been.
VW: Isn't this a beautiful place?
SW: Yes, it is. I like to come here when it snows.
But don't tell Daddy, he would worry.
N: They finally found a place where Snow White didn't say she had been before.
VW: This looks like a nice spot.
SW: I don't remember having come here before.
It's a little wild, but that makes it all the more fun.
N: They ate their picnic and watched the woods animals and talked for a while.
VW: Do you really think that the King thinks I'm beautiful?
SW: My father sees the real you, just like I do.
VW: That kind of scares me.
SW: I'm not sure you see the real you when you look in the mirror.
You are more beautiful than I think you know.
VW: Thank you for coming with me. I feel much better, now.
SW: I'm glad.
VW: Do you miss your mother?
SW: Sure I miss her. But you're my Mum, too.
I think Momma likes you.
N: When she heard that, the New Queen repented.
And they returned to the castle together, laughing and singing.
C: Back already?
A: They've been gone for four hours.
I was about to organize a search party.
M: You worry too much.
N: One day, while the King's Advisor was out hunting, the Mayor and the Councilor suggested another picnic.
VW: Is it safe?
C: I'll go with you. See, we've packed a picnic already.
We can ride horses, to run fast if there is trouble.
SW: We haven't been outside the castle grounds for a while.
It might be fun.
N: Snow White's horse was not feeling well.
SW: She's off her feed. Poor girl.
M: You can ride mine.
He's well trained.
VW: Maybe we shouldn't go.
C: You both need a bit of diversion.
N: They rode into the woods.
Suddenly, something spooked the Mayor's horse.
The horse ran away, carrying Snow White deep into the wilder part of the woods.
VW: Oh, dear! I knew we shouldn't have come.
C: Don't try to follow her. It's not safe.
We'll have to go back.
I'll send some guards to find her.
VW: I really should learn how to ride a horse better.
I could try to catch up to her.
C: I can teach you.
N: Back at the castle, the Mayor and the Councilor made elaborate search plans.
VW: Can't we hurry?
She must be frightened!
M: We have to ensure everyone's safety, of course.
N: By the time they were ready, the King's advisor was back.
Snow white was with him.
They were carrying the game he had taken on their horses.
A: Well, I'm glad everyone made it safely back.
M: Oh, dear ...
VW: Oh, thank you, dear God!
Snow White! You're okay!
A: She knows more about the woods around here than most of the people in our kingdom.
SW: Mum! Councilor! I found the most wonderful spring in the woods.
Is the picnic still packed? Let's go back!
A: I trust there will be no more accidents?
C: I'll make certain of that.
N: And they had a nice little picnic.
That night, the Stepmother Queen talked with the King's Advisor.
VW: I don't think I am to be trusted.
A: I trust you more than I trust certain others.
VW: I am not sure I can defend myself from them.
I know I can't defend Snow White by myself.
A: We'll have to be more careful.
[JMR: Written and posted 21 January 2017.]