The Curse of 13: A 12 Brother’s Retelling part 8

Felicie ran until she was well out of sight of the cottage. Finding herself alone, overwhelmed, and exhausted, she threw herself down on the ground next to a tree, and cried herself out.  How could her brothers think about leaving her? How could they put themselves in such danger? How could they do this to … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 Brother’s Retelling part 8

The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Retelling part 7

 Part 7 “I’m leaving.” Johannes announced one morning over breakfast.  Exclamations of disbelief arose across the table.  “Please brothers, let me explain.” Johannes held up his hands for quiet. “I know you are shocked and confused, but it was always my intention to set out to find a way to break the curse some day. … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Retelling part 7

The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Re-telling part 6

Part 6 The first week Felicie spent at the cottage was awkward as the siblings became acquainted with one another. Johannes, being the eldest, made it his personal responsibility to ensure Felicie’s comfort, while Franz, being closest to her in age, made it his job to try to keep the young Princess entertained. Whatever resentment … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Re-telling part 6

The Curse of 13: A 12 brothers re-telling Part 5

Part 5: The King and Queen visited the forest cottage in secret whenever they could, bearing gifts and news of their little sister; a little girl named Felicie, they never met. “If she knows about you, the curse may come to pass. We cannot risk that. We cannot risk any of our children getting hurt.” … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 brothers re-telling Part 5

The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Retelling part 4

Part 4 “I cannot undo the curse.” Odine looked at her daughter with eyes full of tears.  “I wish I could, for you- and the boys, the baby. But Raol, his magic is too strong.” “So there’s nothing you can do? Nothing we can do?” Queen Maya shrunk into her armchair, clutching her belly. “Do … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Retelling part 4

The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Retelling part 3

The dark, twisted man before her was not the boy she had once loved.  Maya remembered the spring she turned sixteen, when she had met the Captain of the guard’s son. Unlike his strong, knightly father, Raol was sickly and confined to more scholarly pursuits. She watched him study in the castle library, pouring over … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 Princes Retelling part 3

The Curse of 13: a 12 princes retelling part 2

Part 2 The castle was in an uproar preparing for the crowning ceremony for the eldest prince. After years of putting off this important occasion, the eldest Prince Johannes finally agreed to take his rightful place as the official heir of the Rabenreich.  “I hate all this pomp and circumstance.” Johannes complained to his mother … Continue reading The Curse of 13: a 12 princes retelling part 2

The Curse of 13: A 12 Brothers Retelling- part 1

Part 1: The Queen was pregnant again. It had been several years since the youngest prince had been born, and the Queen was in her 43rd year of life, so the news of a 13th child was a surprise to the royal family and the kingdom.  “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a princess this … Continue reading The Curse of 13: A 12 Brothers Retelling- part 1

The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Retelling part 8 (Final)

Part 1: HERE Part 2: HERE Part 3: HERE Part 4: HERE Part 5: HERE Part 6: HERE Part 7: HERE King Franz and Queen Marigold were devastated by John’s loss. Their grief was so great that even their dreams stopped. They spared to expense to free John from his entombment, and sent knight after … Continue reading The King’s Beloved John: A Faithful John Retelling part 8 (Final)

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