I help mortal men. I save them from misfortune. I come to them when they’re desperate.
I only ask to have something for myself. It’s not enough to have a woman’s comb, or her flute, or even her golden spinning wheel.
I want her man.
I had him for a little while. And he had me.
Then I lost him. Why? Why can I not keep a mortal man?
Nixy in the Mill Pond in The Nixy, Yellow Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.