Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After is a comic fantasy that’s away with the fairies.
Tubal Cain, the world’s worst fairy (failed Elementary Wandwork when he turned his tutor into a pumpkin and has tried every wing-growth potion on the market, to no effect) is sent by Queen Titania to the human world to ‘do a Happily Ever After’ – a Cinderella-style life-makeover, to make humans believe in fairies again – because belief is dwindling even among children, and the Fairy Kingdom is disappearing as a result.
Meanwhile, Peony, a scientist fairy, is conducting investigations of her own – King Oberon was banished by his queen a hundred years ago and hasn’t been seen since. It seems he has his own solution to the Belief Crisis – one which will mean the end of humanity as we know it.
Clint McCallister, Tubal Cain’s “Cinderella” has very little in the way of ambition. He simply wants to make his late father proud and get the girl (if it’s ok…and only if the girl wants to be gotten). You have to know what happy is to live happily ever after though, and Tubal Cain struggles to get the job done after the Clint’s sister-in-law not only steals his wand, but smashes it to smithereens. The wand’s revenge on her is terrible, and could cause the end of the world.
Then Oberon launches his plan…which could cause the end of the world (it’s buy one, get one free time at the end-of-the-world store this week). Can Tubal Cain and Peony defeat Oberon’s army, defeat the machinations of a living wand, and make sure everyone lives happily ever after?
Seems very unlikely, somehow.