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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...

Soldier Who Grows a Huge Turnip

The king thought I had a green thumb because I presented him with the largest turnip anyone had ever seen. It was as big as the wagon I put it in when I brought it to the castle. I told him that I’m really not favored by Lady Fortune in any way. I’m a poor soldier who...

Wife Cleaning House

Stupid bird! Why must my husband keep her? Let Nature take her course, I say. 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...

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...

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...