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Old Man of the Mountain

I told the sister and her three brothers that they would complete their temple to Beauty if they went up the mountain and brought back three things: a pitcher filled with the Water of Life, a branch from the Tree of Eternal Beauty, and a talking bird. The eldest...

Basmus the Smith

There are things I tell people, and there are things I don’t tell. I tell people I got lost in a fog at sea. I don’t tell people that I spent those three days with a mermaid, and that she’s responsible for the fortune that keeps washing up on my...

Father Who Stands Up for His Child

“The emperor is wearing no clothes!” my child cried. It was too late to muzzle her, and besides, she was right. “Listen to the innocent child!” I shouted. The crowd fell silent long enough to hear her say it again. “He hasn’t got...

Old Toad

When the princess told us that she had set out to find her long-lost prince, we toads rejoiced. We had been waiting a long time for her to arrive! We gave her supplies for the long journey ahead. May she be reunited with her long-lost prince, and may the kings...

Sharp-Sighted Raven

We ravens are sharp-sighted so it’s not as if we didn’t see what happened to Ferko. His older brothers took out both his eyes, broke his legs, and left him to starve in the forest. He’s crawled up here to die on the grass under the shade of the...