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Stepsister Who Speaks Badly

I can't talk now, because every time I go to say something, the only words that will come out of my mouth are: "Dirty creatures!" Don't ask me why it happened. I'm sure my stepsister's behind it. She's the dirty creature, but for some reason she thinks she deserves to...

Wife Who Wants to Clean the House

Stupid bird! Why must my husband keep her? That sparrow should have been a meal for ravens! Instead, my silly husband saved her life and took her home. Now he lets her fly around the house and soil all the window sills. Does he clean up after her? No, that's up to me!...

Jealous King

My messenger returned saying that the princess had refused to marry me. Then my dearest friend declared that if I had sent him to woo her instead of the messenger, he would have won her heart. How dare he! I was so angry that I threw him in prison, and by God, I made...

Mother-in-Law Who Steals Babies

Who is my son's new wife, anyway? She comes from nowhere. She doesn't deserve to be queen. She can't even speak! She won't speak, that's what I think. She's a schemer, and I'm going to expose her. I know what I'll do. I'll take her baby. She'll go to sleep tonight and...

Dragon’s Book

I am the fiery dragon's most prized possession. I hold the names of all the men he has captured. It looks like he'll have to erase the last three entries, though. Those soldiers have learned the answers to his riddles, and they're about to become free men. I envy...

Nixy in the Mill Pond

I help mortal men. I save them from misfortune. I come to them when they're desperate. I only ask to have something for myself. It's not enough to have a woman's comb, or her flute, or even her golden spinning wheel. I want her man. I had him for a little while. And...

Enticing Evil Witch

Ha, she's such a pretty bird, the little queen! So fresh and new. Innocent as the dawn! She sits at the window and weeps because the king has gone away. "Why don't you come out into the garden?" I ask, coming to her window and leaning on my staff. "See the butterflies...

Envious “Dirty Girl”

I hate my sister! I'm glad that my mother makes her work as hard as Cinderella. It suits me just fine that she doesn't get to play with a golden ball like a fairy princess, but has to sit by a well near the highway and spin till her fingers bleed! People always say,...

Witch Who Beheads Her Own Daughter

Last night I took an axe and chopped off the head of my stepdaughter while she was sleeping. I thought, 'Ha, now there will be no more fuss about who gets all the pretty things. My daughter will get them all!' This morning, I called upstairs for my girl. She was late...

Vasilisa’s Envious Eldest Stepsister

People in the village say Vasilisa is the most beautiful girl in town, so we put her to work. Let her grow thin with toil! Let the red sun burn her and the black soil chafe her pretty white hands! Then we'll see who is more beautiful. What irks me more than anything...

Demon Wind

At the crack of midnight, I flew out of the snuff box and spoke to the one-legged toy soldier who was staring at the paper dancer in front of the castle. "Don't look at things that aren't intended for the likes of you!" I shouted. Then I knocked him over so their eyes...

Beauty’s Eldest Sister

Our family has gone from riches to rags. First, our mansion in town burned to the ground. We lost everything. Then my father, who was a prosperous merchant, lost all his ships at sea. You can't imagine the calamities! Shipwrecks, pirates, fires, and storms. We fell...

Beauty’s Elder Sister

I know it's a hideous thing to admit, but while my brothers are raging and weeping over Beauty's departure, I'm happy to see the back of her. With her high principles, she made us all look bad. Let's see how Little Miss High and Mighty fares with a BEAST. Beauty's...