The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Re-telling part 7

John’s hands were burned, his fingertips were blistered from their brief contact with the poisoned bridal shirt before he threw it in the fire. How he had managed to find the dexterity necessary to draw the poisoned splinter from Marigold’s chest was a mystery to him. The court panicked around him, calling for his arrest … Continue reading The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Re-telling part 7

The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Retelling Part 6

The old raven, as loyal to the princess as he was to her mother before, had followed his mistress to the sea. Once he was assured of the Princess’s safety with her new husband, he flew back to the palace in hopes of learning of Midas's plan. It was many days before he returned, exhausted … Continue reading The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Retelling Part 6

The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Retelling- Part 5

Part 1: HERE Part 2: HERE Part 3: HERE Part 4: HERE Princess Marigold received permission from her father to visit the market. King Midas readily agreed to any activity that would separate his daughter from visiting men, and as King Franz would be leaving soon, he could begin to relax his guard. Therefore, the … Continue reading The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Retelling- Part 5

The King’s Beloved John: a faithful John Retelling Part 4

Part 1: HERE Part 2: HERE Part 3: HERE Princess Marigold was kept away from King Franz whenever possible, kept busy with duties in the kitchens or sent away to her room. Her father, King Midas, also elected to keep his visitor King Franz by his side whenever possible. Through these arrangements, he severely limited … Continue reading The King’s Beloved John: a faithful John Retelling Part 4

The King’s Beloved John: a retelling of Faithful John

Part 1: Prologue King Stefan had been confined to his bed for months.  In vain physicians from around the kingdom and surrounding lands had been called by the Crown Prince Franz to cure his ailing father. None were able to restore the good king’s health. Day after day, Prince Franz diligently performed his duties of … Continue reading The King’s Beloved John: a retelling of Faithful John

Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Re-telling part 4

Part 1: Here Part 2: Here Part 3: Here Part 4: Here I carried the prince to the edge of the castle gates, then went inside to introduce myself as a representative of his entourage, sent ahead to prepare for his arrival. Once there, I would begin my observations of the court, and the princesses … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Re-telling part 4

Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Retelling- part 3

*I didn't forget, the holidays were just really busy!* Part 1: HERE Part 2 : HERE "I can't believe you talked me into this." Prince James looked at his diminished reflection in the still water of a pond just outside the Sonnigeebene castle gates. "I can't believe you let me do this," I replied. I … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Retelling- part 3

Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Retelling part 2

Read part 1 HERE: A formal letter of agreement and a gift were promptly sent to the Kingdom of Sonnigeebene, and James and I were preparing to follow. I was eager to see our neighbors to the East, but Prince James' nervousness the more the topic of marriage was brought up. Each time Prince Hans … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Retelling part 2

Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Re-telling Part 1

As children Prince James and I played in the courtyard together. We were unlikely friends, the second born son of a king and the only son of the castle sorceress, but we spent every day together since we were scarcely out of the nursery. He, as a second son, had few royal responsibilities, and I … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: A Frog Prince Re-telling Part 1