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False Bride Maleen

It was arranged that I should marry the king’s son, and he was truly handsome. But I was no match for him. I felt so ugly and wretched, I hid in my room. Then I had an idea. I would get Maleen, the scullery maid, to dress up in my wedding gown. She could go to...

Stone Witch

Oh, that pair! How furious they made me! I couldn’t grab them. They ran from me. They tangled me up in a forest. Then they threw a lake between us. They slowed me down, sure, but they didn’t stop me! I reached the castle, climbed up over the garden wall,...

Swallow Freezing to Death

Winter has come and I’ve stayed too long. I’m freezing to death in the cornfield, but I can’t leave the tiny maiden. I’m pleading with her. “Don’t stay underground with the mice and the moles. Fly with me to the flowers and the sun....

Turkish Princess

I’m waiting on the roof. Where is he? I’ve been waiting here for hours. He first appeared to me in my bedroom. I was sleeping. He kissed me and I woke. He told me that he was a Turkish god. He certainly looked the part! He told wonderful stories. He told...

Old Jam Seller

Good jam to sell! Good jam to sell! To hell with the jam. I’m too old for this. My knees hurt and my back hurts, and besides that, I’m furious. I just climbed three flights of stairs with my heavy basket to reach a tailor who called me from his window....