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Inspired by the widely famous ballet. Odette reached her prince's palace too late. Will her story end with 'happily never after?'

Tales Retold šŸ’› Swan Lake

Tales Retold šŸ’› Swan Lake by Ann Sepino

By the time Odette reached the prince's palace, it was too late.

By the time Odette reached the prince's palace, it was too late. Her beloved had announced his engagement to a different girl, the daughter of the sorcerer who had cursed her.

The girl had been disguised by magic to look like her, and this deceit fooled every member of the royal court, including the prince.

The girl had been disguised by magic to look like her, and this deceit fooled every member of the royal court, including the prince. With a heavy heart, she returned to the lake of tears alone.

Her friends tried to comfort her when she arrived, but she was inconsolable.

Her friends tried to comfort her when she arrived, but she was inconsolable. Round and round she swam in the lake, bemoaning her lost love and her unfortunate fate of being forever a swan.

She could not believe that her prince had been fooled so easily.

She could not believe that her prince had been fooled so easily. They had spent so many days together, shared so many memories, that she was sure he would not be misled by any deception.

Days passed, and little by little, she learned to forgive her prince.

Days passed, and little by little, she learned to forgive her prince. She accepted and cherished the more beautiful memories of her prince, and forgave him for a mistake that wasn't wholly his fault.

From among the reeds, she silently wished for her beloved to find at least a measure of happiness in his chosen bride.

From among the reeds, she silently wished for her beloved to find at least a measure of happiness in his chosen bride. She also wished that his future wife would in time learn to love him as much as she did.

Then, as if the heavens had heard her prayer, fate gave her prince a second chance.

Then, as if the heavens had heard her prayer, fate gave her prince a second chance. He passed by the lake one day and, after noticing that her likeness was still there, discovered that his true love was still afflicted by the curse.

The prince rode back to his castle and banished his deceitful bride as soon as she confessed to her father's evil scheme.

The prince rode back to his castle and banished his deceitful bride as soon as she confessed to her father's evil scheme. He then returned to the lake and, falling to his knees, asked for her forgiveness.

The kind-hearted princess forgave him, of course, and even swam closer to touch her beak to his tears.

As soon as she did, a beautiful light engulfed the whole lake and turned her and her friends back into humans.

The prince was so overcome with joy that he embraced her.

The two lovers were wed beside the lake where they had first met, and they lived happily ever after.

END

Thank you for reading this retelling of Swan Lake! Be sure to read the previous story (Nutcracker) if you haven't, as well as the previous set of Tales Retold posts. Have a great day! šŸ’› Ann Sepino (annsepino.mystrikingly.com)

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