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Flute that Plays a Secret

I am made from an elder tree, a tree that grew out of a hole that contained a secret. The secret was spoken into the hole by a young man who could no longer keep it in his heart. The shepherds have been making flutes from my elder, and we all play the same tune. It...

Maiden in the Dark

He has taken my linen shift! My sisters have flown from the lake, and I am stranded here. Where did he go? I will find him. I will plead for the linen. I will tell him the truth. I’ve been seized by a witch and shut up in a glass mountain! I pray that he will...

Master-Thief

One day, I drove my horses to the house of a peasant. When the old man opened the door, he asked me how he could help me. I stretched out my hand, and I said, “I want nothing more than to enjoy a good old fashioned country dish. Cook me some potatoes the way you...

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...

Prince with Two Brides

I really did not know what to do. My father was deathly ill, and he made me to promise to marry a king’s daughter I had not even met. I had already become engaged, but I gave my father my word. Needless to say, my fianc√© was heartbroken. I thought I would never...