Pierre the Marionette
The Pinocchio Fairytale Curse
Once upon a time, a young man named Pierre lived with his father in a cottage by the woods. Pierre’s father, Giuseppe, worked as a wood-carver, his calloused hands toiling tirelessly to scrounge up a few gold pieces here and there. Although some nights their bellies churned with hunger, they were both comfortable in each other’s company. Pierre often performed impromptu comedy skits in which he played a jester, all to see his father smile. Giuseppe’s smiles had been elusive ever since the murder of Pierre’s mother in the hands of bandits. Pierre had been twelve years old back then. Giuseppe, who had witnessed the crime and the subsequent flight of the bandits, had suffered terrible nightmares ever since.
When Giuseppe did crack a smile, as he rarely did, it was all Pierre could ever ask for.
Pierre was a willing apprentice to his father, but although he could perfectly recite all the tricks of the