Allfur: A Lois and Clark Fairy Tale
By Laura Davies <email@example.com>
Finished: July 2002
Once upon a time in a kingdom far away lived a very rich and powerful
king named Lex. King Lex was very lonely, so he searched far and wide
until he found the most beautiful woman in the world. He married her
and made her his queen. King Lex and Queen Ellen had been married for a
few years when they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl whom they
named Lois. Soon after her birth, she was shuffled off to the nursery.
The servants had orders to keep her out of sight, for her parents
considered her birth a nuisance. Neither King Lex nor Queen Ellen
wanted a child; let alone a daughter. The heir to the kingdom had to be
a boy-child after all.
Princess Lois grew up ignored by her parents. The servants cared for
her and she was educated by governesses and tutors. She grew to love
both reading and writing. Her nurse encouraged this as it kept her out
of her parents' sight. When the young princess reached the age of
sixteen, her mother became quite ill. She sent for King Lex. With her
dying breath, she extracted a promise from him that he would marry no
one unless his new wife was as beautiful as she. Queen Ellen finished
her speech and gasped her last breath.
King Lex was heartbroken. His beloved had died, leaving him bereft.
Months after the funeral, his sadness and grief were still all
consuming. Soon the King's counselors began to discuss looking for a
new queen to fill the void. Messengers were sent to the four corners of
the earth, searching for a woman as beautiful as Queen Ellen had been.
The search continued for three years without success. One by one, the
messengers returned empty handed. It soon became apparent that they
would never find another woman as beautiful as Queen Ellen had been.
The counselors urged the King to forsake his vow and remarry, but he
refused. They also gave him continued reminders that his daughter was
of more than marriageable age and it was past time that they start
looking for a husband for her. The king finally agreed and summoned his
daughter to appear before him.
Lois approached the throne room with trepidation. Until this moment,
although she had known that the king was her father, she barely had
recognized him. Her entire life, her knowledge of her parents was
gleaned from stolen glimpses at grand balls and parties. She had taken
it as a matter of course that all children were raised away from their
parents until she had caught a glimpse of wonderful creatures called a
'mother' and a 'father'. Since that day, Lois had begun to question the
fact that she had never truly seen nor spoken to her parents. She kept
asking her nurse why they had hidden her and kept her away from them.
The only answer she ever received was a fairy tale about her parents'
Lois entered the room quietly. She approached the throne, not knowing
what to expect. Upon reaching the throne, she quickly dropped a
curtsey. "Your Majesty," she murmured.
King Lex stood and grasped her chin, forcing her to look at him. "My
darling daughter," he began, "let me take a look at you."
Lois stood up and nervously shifted from foot to foot as King Lex
walked around her. With her long, dark hair, lissome figure, and soft
brown eyes, she was the mirror image of her mother. Lex's eyes
glimmered with excitement. Finally, he could fulfill his late wife's
dying wish. "You'll do," he said softly. "It has occurred to me that
you do not have enough suitable clothing that befits your rank." King
Lex gestured to his daughter's peasant-like attire. "Return to your
chambers and I will send the Royal Seamstresses to outfit you." Lois
acquiesced easily, relieved to quit her father's presence.
She returned to her room and allowed herself to be measured by the
seamstresses before escaping to the garden. For years, her old nurse,
Alice (who was a fairy, after all, fairy nurses were common back then)
had taught her the lore of herbs and even a bit of magic. Alice knew
that soon in the future, Princess Lois would no longer be under her
protection and any knowledge she could acquire would go far in helping
her protect herself. Alice loved Lois as if she were her own daughter.
When Lois returned with the news that her father had ordered that she
be outfitted with a new wardrobe, Alice knew that trouble was brewing.
After the princess had left, King Lex called for his counselors and
announced that he had finally decided upon a new queen. The king's
counselors were horrified upon his announcement that he would marry
none other than his own daughter, Princess Lois. They begged him to
reconsider; after all, it was an abomination for a father to marry his
own daughter. He refused and sent them away. He gave orders for
Princess Lois to be moved out of the shabby nursery and into grander
rooms. For months, he sent his daughter extravagant daily presents.
Soon, he proposed to her. As a desperate attempt to gain time, Princess
Lois agreed, but informed him that she would only marry him upon one
condition. She told him that he must obtain a cloak made of the furry
skins of all the creatures that inhabited the earth and three dresses
for her. The first dress was to be as glorious as the stars, the second
as the glory of the moon, and the third as the glory of the sun. Soon
all was in readiness and the wedding was set for the morrow.
Late that night, Lois rose and packed the three dresses in nutshells.
She threw the skin cloak over herself and dirtied her face before
escaping over the garden wall and into the night.
Lois fled to a far kingdom where she was discovered by the King's
huntsman. They ran her up a tree, thinking she was a very strange
animal. After discovering that she could speak, the chief huntsman and
his apprentice took pity on her and took her to the royal palace. Once
there, Chief Huntsman Perry and Jimmy, his apprentice, helped her
obtain work in the royal household as "Allfur". In this guise, she
served King Jonathan, Queen Martha, and their son, Prince Clark. Her
origins were unknown and in this persona, she was neither male nor
Every night she assisted King Jonathan in removing his boots, which he
promptly threw at her head. After her tasks were finished, King
Jonathan always asked one question, "Who are you Allfur?"
She always replied to this with, "No one except someone who deserves to
have boots thrown at their head." Princess Lois knew that her safety
lay in her anonymity. No one ever noticed servants, so she was safe as
Allfur. Soon the time came when King Jonathan and Queen Martha decided
that it was high time their son obtained a bride. They sent a decree
throughout the world inviting all of the eligible maidens to a three
day festival. A ball was to be held every night so that Prince Clark
might find a bride. In the meantime, word had come that King Lex had
died of a horrible wasting disease. It was rumored that the disease had
been his punishment for attempting to marry his own daughter. Lois had
heard this news and knew that it was finally safe to come out of
hiding. As the day of the first festival approached Lois prepared to
attend. Her dearest wish was to secure Prince Clark's love for herself.
From the moment she had first laid eyes on him, she had fallen head
over heels in love.
The day of the first ball, Lois slipped away after helping King
Jonathan prepare to go. She washed all of the dirt and grime off of her
face, hands, and arms, revealing the beauty that lay underneath. Lois
cracked the first nut, revealing the dress that was as the glory of the
stars. She slipped out of the fur cloak and into the dress. After
brushing out her dark hair, Lois went to the ball. It wasn't long
before Prince Clark spotted her from across the room. He asked her to
dance and would not leave her side for the entire night. As the evening
drew to a close, Princess Lois slipped away to her closet, repacked her
dress, threw on the fur cloak, dirtied her face, and once again became
The next night, she once again slipped away and transformed into the
radiant beauty of the night before, wearing the dress that was the
glory of the moon. She stole Prince Clark from his circle of admirers.
This night, he inquired after her name. She refused, knowing that,
while her father's counselors held her kingdom in trust, most of the
world thought her dead. Clark held the silvery form in his arms and
marveled that she had walked into his life. He had no doubts that he
loved her. Not only was she beautiful outside, but she had a beautiful
soul. At the end of the ball, Lois slipped away and transformed herself
once more into Allfur. Prince Clark wondered where she had gone. When a
search of the castle and grounds proved fruitless, he went to his
mother and devised a plan.
The next night went as the previous two. Princess Lois, dressed in her
glory of the sun gown, came to the ball and once again Prince Clark
refused to leave her side. Clark danced with Lois well into the night.
He knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with this
beautiful woman; Prince Clark had found his bride.
Off in the shadows, Lana, Duchess of Withywindles and her daughter,
Mayson, watched jealously. It simply wasn't fair that the prince had
chosen Lois over Mayson, Lana thought angrily. Slowly, an evil smile
spread over her face. Unbeknownst to the monarchs, Duchess Lana was a
sorceress. She vowed that Prince Clark would marry her Mayson and no
one else. She searched though her memory until she found the
appropriate spell. That night, she would remove the mysterious girl and
weave a spell to cause Prince Clark and his court to forget her and
remember only Mayson.
Lois finished the last dance with Prince Clark and slipped away. Queen
Martha quietly got up and followed her. Lois heard Queen Martha's
approach and hurriedly threw the fur cloak over her gown. Queen Martha
discovered her before she had a chance to dirty her face. Lois's
radiant beauty shone over the fur cloak. Queen Martha immediately
brought her to Prince Clark and they became betrothed that night.
Lana leaned over the leftover ingredients and cast her spell. Soon her
minions whisked Princess Lois away. Clark and the court awoke,
remembering only that he was betrothed not to Princess Lois, but to
Mayson. Luckily, Lois had managed to bring her gowns packed in walnuts
with her. Wearing her skin cloak, she wandered the world, desperately
trying to find her love. Months later, she wandered back into the
palace. Her heart stopped as she beheld her love, her prince, striding
across the courtyard. She soon discovered that he was to marry Mayson
in three days. Desperately, Lois concocted a plan to win her love back
from those that had stolen him away.
Lois bribed Mayson with the glory of the stars dress to allow her to
sleep at the foot of the prince's bed. Mayson agreed before greedily
snatching the gown for her own. Lana and Mayson made sure to drug
Clark's wine that night to make him sleep. Upon entering Prince Clark's
bedchamber, Lois began to cry. She told him of her trials since she had
been spirited away. She reminded him of their love and the way they had
met. Due to the drugs, Clark slumbered on.
The next night, Lois gained entry to her love's chambers with the glory
of the moon dress. Clark slumbered through her sobs and wails as she
again attempted to remind him of their love. Servants became curious
and listened through the door. The next day, Clark's most trusted
manservant informed him of her nightly visits and warned him of the
Before retiring to bed, Clark accepted his nightly goblet of wine and
poured it into a plant. That night he feigned sleep as Lois slipped
into his bedchamber. She had gained entry with the gown as glorious as
the sun. Upon seeing her beloved, Lois fell to her knees and began to
cry out her sorrows and all the tribulations she had endured since her
With her words, Prince Clark's memory returned. He rose from his bed
and pulled her to him. "I can't believe I forgot you," he said as he
kissed her tenderly. They talked long into the night and after
comparing information, discovered who was responsible. The next morning
at breakfast, Prince Clark put his plan into action. He presented the
duchesses' crimes to the court and asked what such a person deserved.
"Why, such a person deserves no less than to be stripped naked, put in
a nail-studded barrel, and rolled down the biggest hill in the
kingdom," Mayson declared.
"You have pronounced your own sentence." Clark said grimly as he
gestured the guards to take Mayson and Lana away.
Prince Clark and Princess Lois were married later that month. They were
blessed with beautiful children as time went on. And they lived happily