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

The King’s Beloved John: a faithful John retelling part 2

Part 1: HERE King Stefan’s rule was both prosperous and fair, as such, there were many condolences to accept, visiting dignitaries to greet, and bequeaths to distribute. King Franz did this all with as much decorum and grace as he could muster in his grief. Through it all, his second father, John, stood by his … Continue reading The King’s Beloved John: a faithful John retelling part 2

Iron, Green, and Gold: a Frog Prince Re-telling part 5

Part 4: Here I paced my small chamber until I grew dizzy from making sharp turns in a small place. I sat I on my narrow straw mattress, with my head in my hands, and my elbows on knees that bounced with trapped energy. Tonight would be the final act of our ill-planed play. Whether … Continue reading Iron, Green, and Gold: a Frog Prince Re-telling part 5

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