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Reluctant King

I looked all around the world in search of fear, because I didn’t know what fear was. I wasn’t afraid of the living or the dead. One day, I came into a large town square crowded with people. A pigeon had been set loose over the crowd and he landed on my...

Hermose, Daughter of the Swan Fairy

My mother called me to come to her room and look in the mirror that would show us the whereabouts of King Lino. There he was, chained in the prison tower of a powerful magician. Still, he was alive—and in every way as noble a man as I had imagined him to be. Then we...

Maiden Betrothed to a Lindworm

I did not want to marry the lindworm! He had eaten his two other brides! I did nothing to deserve being wed to such a monster. I ran to my mother’s grave and I prayed earnestly for her help. Then I became very peaceful and fell asleep. When the sun woke me in...

Princess Cannetella

I refused the best-looking men in the kingdom. It was the little things that offended me. One let food fall from his mouth. Another couldn’t get his coat on right. To stop my father from trying to make me a match, I told him that I never meant to marry unless he...

Witch Who Beheads Her Own Daughter

Last night I took an axe and chopped off the head of my stepdaughter while she was sleeping. I thought, ‘Ha, now there will be no more fuss about who gets all the pretty things. My daughter will get them all!’ This morning, I called upstairs for my girl....