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Princess Who Marries a Pig

I knew from the moment I heard him speak that he was not an ordinary pig. But he was still a pig and he had come to the castle to marry me. I had no escape. The street was full of pigs. All the pigs in the world had come to the castle that day. What could I do? It had...

The Book of Destiny

I am a lying open on a large table in a locked room. The table is laid with a gorgeous cloth, made with care by many hands. My pages contain the destinies of the King’s three daughters. They have just come into the room. The eldest princess steps forward and dares to...

Porcelain Maiden

I went swimming with my friends and when we came out of the lake, I couldn’t find my clothes! I knew where I had stashed them. They were dazzling white. There wasn’t any other explanation except that they had been stolen! My friends stopped helping me when...

Birch Tree at the Crossroads

I stand with two other birch trees at the crossing of three roads. One day three princes came along with their bows and arrows. The eldest took an arrow and shot it into my trunk. Turning to his brothers he said, “Let’s each mark one of these trees before we go...

Frog Friend in the Underworld

The queen did not wish to stay in the underworld, and who could blame her? It was a dismal place inhabited mostly by dragons, reptiles, and ravens. A fairy in the shape of a lion kept her imprisoned there. She asked me how she might escape, and I didn’t know, so...