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Blue Light

In the beginning, I belonged to a witch who kept me underground, hidden in her hoard of treasure. Then one day, a solider unearthed me. When he lit his pipe by me, a little black dwarf appeared and carried out his orders. So now my master, who was once a wounded...

Guilty Tailor’s Wife

We had been married for years. Our two children had grown up. Our parents had died, and we finally had the house to ourselves. My husband is a tailor and he had done well enough that he didn’t have to work so hard anymore. One morning as he sat at the table in...

Maiden Betrothed to Bearskin

My old father came home beaming with happiness. He had paid the landlord. How? A man had helped him, and now, he said, we can help the man. My two sisters and I waited for my father to lead the man into the house, and when we saw him (and smelled him) we recoiled! He...

Princess Coming Out of Isolation

When the green knight stopped coming to the castle, I did not know what had happened. Surely his heart had not gone to another! Yet, what can I know, isolated here on this island? It’s the only place where I can live safely, out of the reach of my envious...

Distressed Maid

Why did he do it? Why did he not wait one more day? One more day! But no, he is the king, and the king must have what the king wants! He came in to see his daughter on the day before her fourteenth birthday, and now, instead of being freed from her lonely room, and...