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A retelling of the fairy tale called Diamonds and Toads. Life takes a drastic turn when a young maiden encounters an old woman in the woods.

Tales Retold šŸ’› Diamonds

Tales Retold šŸ’› Diamonds by Ann Sepino

Once there was a young maiden who lived in the forest with her stepmother and stepsister.

Once there was a young maiden who lived in the forest with her stepmother and stepsister. The maiden was honest and kind and hard-working, while her stepmother and stepsister were vain and spiteful and lazy.

The maiden was tasked with cleaning their house, preparing their meals, taking care of their animals and doing their laundry all by herself.

The maiden was tasked with cleaning their house, preparing their meals, taking care of their animals and doing their laundry all by herself. In the mornings, the maiden had to go deep into the woods and collect water from the river.

One day, as she was coming home from the river with her heavy pail filled with water, she encountered a thirsty old woman.

One day, as she was coming home from the river with her heavy pail filled with water, she encountered a thirsty old woman. The maiden was so taken with pity that she offered the old woman a sip of water.

As soon as the woman finished drinking the water, she turned into an enchantress!

As soon as the woman finished drinking the water, she turned into an enchantress! In return for her kindness, the enchantress blessed the maiden with a gift: that diamonds would come from her mouth whenever she spoke.

When the stepmother and stepsister heard of the maiden's gift, they became jealous.

When the stepmother and stepsister heard of the maiden's gift, they became jealous. They locked the maiden in their house, then sought out the enchantress so that the stepsister could be granted the ability too.

Alas, the enchantress saw through their ruse and cursed the wicked stepsister instead.

Alas, the enchantress saw through their ruse and cursed the wicked stepsister instead. Every time the stepsister spoke, all kinds of crawling creatures like toads and snakes and lizards would escape her mouth.

They returned to their house shame-faced, but they did not change their ways.

They returned to their house shame-faced, but they did not change their ways. They even blamed the maiden for tempting them with the enchantress' magic, before banishing her deep into the woods.

The maiden was left with no choice but to wander the forest's desolate trails for a long time.

The maiden was left with no choice but to wander the forest's desolate trails for a long time. During one of her walks, she came upon a sleeping traveler whose satchel was filled with all kinds of food, like bread, ham and cheese.

Instead of stealing the food, she woke him up and offered to pay for them with her diamonds.

To the maiden's surprise, the stranger revealed that he was a prince and that he had been traveling the kingdom in search of a bride.

The prince, impressed not only by her beauty but also her honesty, asked the maiden to marry him.

They married after a year of courting, and the kind, honest, hard-working maiden became the kingdom's most beloved queen in history.

END

Thank you for reading this story! Fun fact: I also wrote a novel inspired by the same fairy tale. The cover art is on the next slide, and the book itself is on sites like Smashwords and Apple Books.

It's currently free, so if you feel like reading something romantic, you're very welcome to download the book. Thank you for putting up with this after-story ad. I promise, I don't do this very often. šŸ’› Ann Sepino (annsepino.mystrikingly.com)

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