I’m one drop of a prince’s blood. He’s left three of us on a stool that stands beside a sleeping giant. Our job is to speak to the giant and keep him from waking so the prince can get away. Every time he wakes, we tell him to go back to sleep. We’ll wake him when we’re ready.

The Prince’s Blood in The Mastermaid, Blue Fairy Book. Picture by Irene Patten.

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