In the fair fields of Edelweiss, Tommy first saw the ludic Lucy as she frolicked about luring the larks with bits of birdseed. Her life appeared so idyllic, but in truth she had been cursed by her Aunt Augustella. Aunt Augustella had signed an irrevocable pact declaring that any descendent in her family must be named in her honor. But alas, Lucy’s mother, Aunt Augustella’s little sister, would not agree.
Gnashing her teeth and looking askance, Aunt Freda declared, “It will be over my dead ashes, if this child ever finds a man to capture her heart.”
Upon being told Lucy’s story, Tommy, who believed that a faint heart never won a fair lady, hardened his heart against Aunt Augustella, lit a fire in a pit, and lured Aunt Augustella into it.
When only ashes remained, Tommy turned his lantern wick up to a fine festive flame, and went to propose to Lucy and ask her to share his name. And to his great relief, and saving him much grief, she didn’t inquire about Aunt Augustella so she never did know that Tommy was such a bad fella!
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and Wordle