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Witch-Maiden Sister

My two sisters and I sat around a table in our underwater palace and raised our shell cups to make a toast. One of my sisters drank to the health of a youth who wasn’t the least perturbed when she, in the form of a corpse, had tried to grab him from the grave....

Samba

When all was said and done, I found my courage and I met my enemy head on. But do not commend me—were it not for a brave princess who showed me how to meet my fears, I would still be in a dark cellar cowering behind earthenware grain pots! Samba in Samba the Coward,...

Hermose, Daughter of the Swan Fairy

My mother called me to come to her room and look in the mirror that would show us the whereabouts of King Lino. There he was, chained in the prison tower of a powerful magician. Still, he was alive—and in every way as noble a man as I had imagined him to be. Then we...

Maiden Betrothed to a Lindworm

I did not want to marry the lindworm! He had eaten his two other brides! I did nothing to deserve being wed to such a monster. I ran to my mother’s grave and I prayed earnestly for her help. Then I became very peaceful and fell asleep. When the sun woke me in...

Princess Hadvor Killing the Giant

The stone floor is heaving. The giant is coming up from below, shaking the house and raging like a thunderstorm. I run to my maids. “Come with your cauldron of pitch! Make haste!” The earth splits and we pour the pitch into the widening crack. I can see...