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Fairy of the Forest

“Fairy of the Forest!” I hear him call my name. I appear at the doorway of the cottage, under my veil. “What is the matter?” I inquire softly. I know the man. He helped my fairy godmother to draw water from the well. The old woman told him to...

Prince Loved by the Undine Queen

I spent seven years living under the lake with the ravishing green-haired queen. She wanted to marry me, but I only thought of Abeille. “It is only Abeille I wish to marry,” I said repeatedly. “Let me go home. Please.” I might as well have been...

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....

Lion’s Lover

The Lion asked me to do something impossible—and by that, I do not mean spinning a cloak for a giant out of the hair of a princess. I did that task, and others that I really suffered to accomplish. But how can I possibly do this task? He has asked me to kill him, cut...

Wounded Lion

In my human form I am not as vulnerable as I am in my animal form. When I go out in the morning as a lion, I get wounded. The attacks have become more serious, and now this wound is too deep to be healed. I must not forget that my injuries have been tended before, and...