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by Michelle Tocher

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Protective Dying Queen

I was ill many times before I died, but when I knew that I was going to succumb, I called my husband to my bedside and I asked him to make me a promise.

“If you marry again, I want you to marry the queen of Hetland. That will ensure the safety of our daughter, and of her foster brother Hadvor, whom we all love.”

I had no idea that pirates had plundered Hetland, and that an evil witch was pretending to be queen! I should have let my husband make his own decisions. Ah, me!

Protective Dying Queen in Hermod and Hadvor, Yellow Fairy Book