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Queen Who Plays the Lute

“Why not enjoy the happiness and stability we have?” I asked my husband. “Can you not find a way to live in peace?” He could not. He was restless. He wanted to try his strength in battle against some enemy and win honor and glory. He went out, called his...

Enchantress Who Bewitches Her Sons

I had three sons, and they were close to one another. Too close for comfort! I didn’t trust them. They were hatching a plot against me. Oh, I was sure of it. They wanted my power. I acted first. I turned my eldest into an eagle and sent him flying in circles...

Spinning Maiden with a Golden Thread

I glanced up from my spinning and I saw the prince sitting on his horse, looking at me through the window. The setting sun blazed on his face, and when he turned away, I was glowing. The room had become so warm! I went to the window and opened it. I watched him ride...

Count in Hiding

Under the light of a full moon, I could see the old woman coming down to the well. The light from the orb of the moon over the mountain was so bright that you could have found a needle in the grass. I watched from the tree as the old woman knelt before the well. She...

Red Shoes

Who cares what “good Christian people” say? We know what we mean to Karen. Did you know that in the beginning, the poor girl had no shoes at all? That’s right. She went barefoot or wore old wooden clumpers that chafed her instep until her feet bled. The...