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Brother Brightboots

I was sitting on an old tree stump when the soldier approached. He had nothing–not a penny to his name–but he had the most charming and fearless spirit. He shook my hand and stretched himself out on the grass by my side. “I see you’ve got good...

Griffin’s Wife

Not a single Christian has ever dared to approach my husband the Griffin. But then one day this fellow comes to the door, and when I ask him what he wants, he tells me everything that’s brought him here to the other side. He wants a feather from the...

Tall, Tall Ferryman

I work hard, here at the end of the world. Every day, I do the same thing. I take people on my shoulders and carry them over the lake to the other side. I don’t need a ferry boat, because I am a tall, tall man. But I’ve never been able to enjoy my own life...

Earthworkers

The king’s youngest daughter is our princess, and we serve her. When she comes into the forest and summons us: “Earthworkers, come out!” we appear from under every root and stone. When she asks for help, we ask no questions. If she wants the forest...

Queen of Snakes

What’s this? She calls us with bowls of milk and sugar and then she stands blocking the door. “Oh, Queen of Snakes,” she cries, “Give me back my husband!” “Husssband? Hussssband?” I thrust my head into her face. She repeats...