Sybil's "31 Days of Halloween"... Zelda reinvents herself...

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Zelda Plotnitz was one of those sweet girls who daydreamed all through childhood of handsome princes, fairytale castles, dragons, ogres, wicked witches, magic potions, and of finally being recognized as a beautiful princess! But her life through grade school, high school, and the cosmetology academy was mundane at best. She was proficient enough at skin-sciences, at facials and masques, at make-up application, and she went on to study hair extensively, both cutting and coloring, and at the deeply complex arts of perming and straightening. Her finger waves and marcelles merited her an A++. But still she longed for something more than the twittering gossip of a beauty salon on a Friday night with its dead coffee cups and the extinguished, lipstick stained cigarette butts drowning in them.

So when the Halloween Ball was announced at the local Masonic Temple and Veterans Hall, she was thrilled! She would create something as a costume that would dazzle and amaze; and not some princess or fairy tale creature. She would truly electrify all of her friends and any single young men who might be there. Her hair and make-up would be just right of course, but her costume! HER COSTUME!... she thought at first of being a shooting star... or perhaps the planet Saturn. Or maybe she should be the Lady in the Moon... and then just eight nights before the ball, a huge thunderstorm hit the town, and Zelda got her idea. Zelda Plotnitz, daughter of Abner and Ethel Plotnitz in Aberdeen, South Dakota would come to the ball as ZAPRINA The Dazzling! Zelda asked Jim-Bob at the local gas station to help weld together scrap metal pieces for her ensemble based on her rather good sketches. Her bodice was made from silver sequined lamé that she found in a remainder bin at the local ladies' notions store. And she had Jim-Bob's uncle Ned wire the whole thing to a dry cell battery that she could conceal in a back pocket behind one of her lightning bolts.

And it worked! IT ALL WORKED! PERFECTLY!... and Zelda, or rather ZAPRINA THE DAZZLING was going to the ball. She arrived just 20 minutes after it started to make sure that everyone else was already there (Aberdeen folks are notoriously punctual and don't know the meaning of "fashionably late"!). She was announced by the nice man on the microphone as she stepped onto the unrolled red carpet that Havenmetyer's Furniture and Furnishings had loaned the Masons to give the night some swank! And the minute that all her friends heard her name, ZAPRINA THE DAZZLING, and recognized that it was indeed their Zelda, they ran up to her screaming, laughing, jumping up and down, and cheering! She really WAS the most glamorous at the ball...

... sadly, Zelda stumbled backwards into the huge punch bowl. She and three of the girls were instantly electrocuted, and the ballroom incinerated when the 130 proof rum exploded...

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