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Bee Who Knows How to Help

Prince Ivan, he comes to pieces so easily! He sat on a stone by the sea and wept while Baba Yaga’s mares stood in water up to their necks. We herded them with our stingers. Ivan didn’t see a thing, he was so lost in his own torment. After the sun set I...

Horse Resurrected

The Emperor buried me when he was young, and forgot all about me. But his old nurse didn’t. When the Emperor’s third son went looking for a truly good horse, she told him to go and fetch a scrap from my old reins. She sprinkled them with incense, and...

Bullied Husband

I’m thinner than my wife, and not as strong, and she used to beat me black and blue. But the day came when I could no longer endure the abuse. On that day, I was out in the fields, and I caught a crane in my net. The crane spoke and said, “If you let me go free,...

Fairy Godmother of Dotterine

A terrible war broke out, and the king and his army were beaten back until finally they retreated to the town and prepared for a siege. It lasted so long that food supplies ran out, and even at the palace there was nothing to eat. My goddaughter was weak and...

Childless Queen Who is Given an Egg

I hid my unhappiness from my husband, but when he was not with me, I often wept. I didn’t seem able to conceive. One day, when the king had gone to war, I couldn’t bear being in the castle. The air was suffocating me. I went out, wandered in the garden, and came...