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Arrow of Heaven

The gods in the Hall of High Heaven gave me to the Young Prince, among with many other arrows feathered by heavenly birds. They sent him over the Floating Bridge, to bring peace to the land of the Reed Plains. When his feet touched the tops of the high hills, he...

Fairy Leader

We often gather in the mossy dell shaded by spreading pine-trees. We've got a magic mallet that we keep under a stone, and it can produce anything we wish for, so there's no end to our delight. We want for nothing! Then one day when we came tripping into the dell,...

Stepsister Who Speaks Badly

I can't talk now, because every time I go to say something, the only words that will come out of my mouth are: "Dirty creatures!" Don't ask me why it happened. I'm sure my stepsister's behind it. She's the dirty creature, but for some reason she thinks she deserves to...

Stepmother With Her Face in the Wind

My stepson had all the capacity. He just didn't have the will. One day he came home after hunting, and I said, "Have you brought me much game today?" Nothing. He had nothing but the feather of a blue falcon. I held it by the feather tip. What was the feather worth to...

Seeker of the Silent Princess

I was the son of a pasha in Turkey, and an only child. I played with a golden ball that I would throw against the walls of the summer house and catch when it dropped. One day, I saw an old woman coming to draw water from the well, and I threw my ball at her pitcher....

Fed-Up Mother

Enough is enough! I adopted the shepherd's son after his parents died. I thought it would be nice to have someone around the house, especially after my bad illness. Not that I needed a child. I have always enjoyed my own company. I have never felt the least bit lonely...

Iron-Fisted King

I rule with an Iron Fist. I sit on a black throne in a black, curtained hall. The courtiers are all dressed in black because they are mourning the people I put to death. An intruder has been brought before me. He says he is a king. I demand to know what he is doing in...

Little Grey Man

The lad who came to chop wood in the forest was very well equipped with food and drink. I could smell the sweet cake in his pocket, and I asked him if he would share a bit of it with me. And maybe a few swigs of his wine. "Ah," said the clever boy, "If I give you my...

Beauty

"Here is the rose you asked for," said my father, giving me the flower. "Little do you know the cost." I soon discovered the cost. My father had taken it from the garden of a beast who wanted one of his daughters in exchange. If none of us would go, then Father must...

Whirlwind

I am the mother of furies, a ball of revenge. I right wrongs and wrong rights, break bonds and scatter matter. Nothing matters to me. The last time I got released, I knocked a girl off a horse. She fell into the river. She was meant to drown in the stream, but instead...

Jealous King

My messenger returned saying that the princess had refused to marry me. Then my dearest friend declared that if I had sent him to woo her instead of the messenger, he would have won her heart. How dare he! I was so angry that I threw him in prison, and by God, I made...

Bluebeard

I gave her everything her heart could desire. A beautiful home, clothes, jewels, strong boxes full of money, and mirrors in which to admire herself. She had the master key to all my apartments except one. I forbid her to use the little key that opened the closet at...

Arbitrating Fairy Queen

When the good fairy Placida turned herself into an old woman to greet the queen on the roadside, the queen scolded the old woman because she didn't curtsey deeply enough! I was compelled to intervene. I rode in on my chariot, escorted by my fairy companions on their...

Daughter in Iron Rings

My father and mother told my brother and me not to drink the milk of the sacred tree, but my brother insisted that I bring him some. If I refused to do it, he would not drive the cattle to the grass. What was I to do? I could not allow the cattle to starve! So I went...

Youngest Kid

When the wolf came in through the door, all seven of us kids scattered. We hid everywhere we could find. I got into the clock-case, and it was the one place the wolf didn't look. By the time my mother came home, the wolf had eaten everyone but me. I whimpered from the...

Wish-Fulfilling Flounder

A great storm was raging. The wind blew so hard that the fisherman who stood on the shore could hardly keep his feet underneath him. Houses and trees were toppling over, and the very mountains trembled. Rocks rolled into the sea under a pitch black sky that thundered...