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Princess Who Follows a Blood Trail

I was sure that the walls of the room had been built thickly enough to prevent a ray of candlelight from entering, but it did enter, and my husband was turned into a dove. When I came to him, he was sitting on the bed. "For seven years I must fly about the world," he...

Lion’s Lover

The Lion asked me to do something impossible—and by that, I do not mean spinning a cloak for a giant out of the hair of a princess. I did that task, and others that I really suffered to accomplish. But how can I possibly do this task? The Lion has asked me to kill...

Turkish Princess

I'm waiting on the roof. Where is he? I've been waiting here for hours. He first appeared to me in my bedroom. I was sleeping. He kissed me and I woke. He told me that he was a Turkish god. He certainly looked the part! He told wonderful stories. He told me that my...

Cinderwench

My stepsisters have taken my room and now I live in a drafty garret, and I sleep on a straw bed. My stepmother calls me Cinderwench and so do her daughters, although the youngest, who is not quite as mean, calls me Cinderella. I haven’t eaten much for days. I’m not...

Beauty’s Father

I have lost everything. I have even lost hope. I spent a miserable night crouched in the hollow of a tree while the storm raged around me. The howling wolves kept me awake all night, not to mention the howling voices in my mind. I have nothing to give my children....

Galifron the Giant

I am as tall as a tower and I eat people the way a monkey eats chestnuts. I talk so loud that anyone who listens becomes deaf. What GREATER prince could there be? If that golden-haired princess does not marry me, I'll lay waste to her country, carry her off, and do...

Black Bull of Norroway

"Now, my Lady, you wait here," I told her. It was a dark glen and not a place she was used to. Not like the castles where we had stayed with my relations. There was more I needed to tell my new wife. "Sit yourself on that stone," I said. "And don't move a hand or a...

Emperor’s Good Old Minister

When I went in to see the loom, the weavers asked me what I thought of the cloth. "What do you think? Isn't it beautiful stuff?” I was confused. I didn’t see anything. The weavers said to one another, “There is no finer thread in all the world. Anybody who thinks...

Weary Old Fairy Selnozoura

Everything is messed up, absolutely everything. I never should have taken those young lovers to the island. I'd forgotten that the waters had been poisoned by that silly, blundering fairy Dindonette. I wasn't thinking when I took them in my vessel. We just zipped off...

Letter that Got Changed

I was once a snow-white page, perfect and pristine. I wanted to be the bearer of good news and inspired words. One day, the king's mother picked me up wrote upon my face: "My darling son, I am writing to send you the happy news that your wife has given birth to a baby...

Hunting Friend of Prince Ring

We were chasing a peculiar deer with a ring on its horns, and Prince Ring was determined to catch it. We chased it all day, until our horses began to founder beneath us. At last the prince's horse gave way, and a darkness fell upon us that was so black we could no...

Double-Crossed Queen

Our daughter is a shut-in. It's not her fault. We've shut her into a copper castle surrounded by many walls and towers. I don't like the arrangement, but it has been prophesized that she will marry a common soldier, and the king won't have it. A few nights ago, our...

Scolded King

I had been napping below the ship deck when I was suddenly woken by the sound of my little son crying. He could not be comforted. My wife was standing over me, holding him and scolding me for leaving her alone on the deck while the crew slept. She had every right to...

Troll Hag

When I got into power and married the king, I put a spell on his little son. The boy's name was Ring. I turned him into a dog and he would stay a dog. He could never break the spell. Another prince named Ring would have to befriend him and allow him to sleep at his...