Prompt: This week I would like you to start with Once upon a time! Yes I want a faerie tale of sorts but with your own flair added to it. Being October I would also like it to be in a fall setting, and have either pie's, pumpkin, or Pasta in it.
“The Castle Cook”
by Heather L Campbell
October 1, 2013
Once upon a time there was a man whom they said had too much "time" on his hands. It was true, but not. It was Thyme not time that was on his hands. He was a very busy man who had no time at all to spare.
He was in charge of all the kitchen help in the Castle. Over the years he learned that the most popular meal with the King was a Turkey and stuffing dinner. Hence what they had said about the time on his hands. Only it was the spice thyme that was on his hands. Cook is what they called him. He was never called anything else but Cook. He never had any time for a wife, but I imagine if he had, she would have called him Cook just like everyone else.
Now out in the fields there were these large orange items growing on vines. The young lads in the kingdom were responsible for growing these strange things. They would find a patch that someone neglected to use and just loved to plant some seeds from ones from the year before.
Why would this be of such desire to them? They just loved to do a midnight stunt, usually in the Fall when there was a full moon and smash them all over the place. Smashing them on the castle walls was a difficult achievement as the guards had caught on and did not like the trouble that ensued. They not only disliked the cleanup but the humiliation from the other guards that it even happened. It was what the lads dreamed of doing as one would have quite the reputation and would from then on, be considered part of the unofficial order of the Smashing Pumpkins.
One day the King was surveying all the fields full of harvest, anticipating all the wonderful yield in His Kingdom that year. He noticed some of the strange orange items... and decided to have them confiscated and brought to Cook who was, like always, in the castle kitchen.
Cook thought it odd and asked about these strange orange items and soon learned about the unofficial order of the Smashing Pumpkins. He really and truly had not heard anything about it because he was so busy in the Castle kitchen he did not get out much. Evidently neither did the King as he hadn't heard of them either.
The guards must have been a tight lipped group. Cook gave someone else the position of being the kitchen supplier so he had no real reason to go very far.
Cook looked at this pile of orange oddly shaped items. He consulted all the kitchen help. No one had any idea at all what to do with them. Then he spotted a young fellow named Peter who hung around a lot. Cook tolerated Peter but didn't find him very amusing for a jester. Cook wasn't surprised when Peter spoke up and said, "Put it in a pie" Peter was always wanting everything to be put in a pie.
Cook had to admit Peter had a good idea when he suggested baking some apples in a pie. The worst idea he had were those 24 blackbirds that were put in a pie. That one was not a very good idea and that whole episode was not forgotten quite yet.
Cook thought long and hard about it...and decided to call the orange things pumpkins and use them to make "a pumpkin spice cake." Though he wisely did not choose to use the spice Thyme.
It was a hit with everyone... except Peter. The King loved it for dessert after he had his Turkey dinners... and wanted no other dessert to follow.
Peter was so angry that Cook did not make Pumpkin Pie, everyone said, that he left and went from castle to castle to see if he could find someone who would make a pumpkin pie for him.
Last anyone heard about Peter was that he was still out wandering around. There was a rumor a maid who was missing a nose had murdered him, but that rumor was dismissed as nonsense. Detectives had not been invented yet, as there were only rumors of them as well.
From then on it became the custom in the Castle to celebrate Harvest Time with turkey meals and pumpkin spice cake! The King was well pleased with Cook.
With all the Pumpkins being put to a better use, the unofficial order of the smashing pumpkins disbanded. (Much to the relief of the castle guards)