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Queen Trapped in a Mountain

Koschei the Deathless is not mortal and I doubt that he can be killed. But Prince Ivan is stronger than any mortal I have ever met. He came to my house in the mountain where I was trapped and he picked up Koschei’s sword. It weighs two thousand pounds! Not only...

Queen of the Fishes

I had sent the little girl-fish on such an arduous adventure to reclaim my crown that I began to doubt she would ever return. My ladies had started to become restless. “I am tired of staying here,” said one fish. Her colors changed with every anxious twist...

Raven Princess

My mother has turned me into a raven, and though I have told a young man how to set me free, he can’t resist the temptation to eat and drink. For three days, he has failed to stay awake. He has lost his chances now, and so I have left him with several gifts. I...

Court Physician

“Here comes the Satin Surgeon! Look at the Satin Surgeon! Long live the Satin Surgeon!” You would think it was Christ coming into town on his mule for all the fuss the people made when he arrived. This “Satin Surgeon” claims to be able to heal...

Desert Tower Princess

I do not know what came over me, but when the emperor appeared at court, I loved him instantly. He was my eldest sister’s suitor, so of course, I hid my feelings. But the emperor did not. He made it very clear that he preferred me. My father (who has an...