I was heartbroken when I heard that the queen had died in childbirth. The poor king! He was beside himself with grief. He invited me to be the child’s godmother, and I rushed to the christening. I looked at that sweet elf in his cradle, and, right away, I named him Alphege and took him into my heart.
The king has since re-married, and his new wife has delivered a little boy. She is jealous and I suspect she will want to be rid of Alphege, so I am sending him a ruby. As long as he wears it, day and night, it will protect him from all attacks within his own kingdom.
If, however, Alphege goes beyond his father’s dominion, I do not know what power will protect him!
The Protective Godmother in Alphege, or The Green Monkey, Yellow Fairy Book