Tales Retold ♥ Twelve Dancing Princesses
Tales Retold ♥ Twelve Dancing Princesses fiction stories
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annsepino fantasy romance, fairy tales, folklore
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The youngest princess never knew she was under a curse until the shoemaker's apprentice frees her from it.

Tales Retold ♥ Twelve Dancing Princesses

I was scared, for I did not know where I was.

I was scared, for I did not know where I was. One moment, I was sleeping in my downy bed.

I was scared, for I did not know where I was. One moment, I was sleeping in my downy bed. In the next, I was walking on a foreign path.

Gold and silver foliage lined my quiet trail.

Gold and silver foliage lined my quiet trail. Before me, my older sisters walked in a line.

Gold and silver foliage lined my quiet trail. Before me, my older sisters walked in a line. It was as if they were caught in a trance.

We came to twelve boats docked by a lake.

We came to twelve boats docked by a lake. On each boat waited a human-shaped shadow.

We came to twelve boats docked by a lake. On each boat waited a human-shaped shadow. It was these shadows that had lured us here.

I was scared, for I was free of their magic.

I was scared, for I was free of their magic. If they found out, they would surely kill me.

I was scared, for I was free of their magic. If they found out, they would surely kill me. I looked away as the dark shadow took my hand.

And that was when I saw him among the leaves.

And that was when I saw him among the leaves. He was looking at me, urging me to keep quiet.

And that was when I saw him among the leaves. He was looking at me, urging me to keep quiet. I felt safer knowing that he was around.

I danced with the shadow despite my fear.

I danced with the shadow despite my fear. But after the waltz, the man snatched me away.

I danced with the shadow despite my fear. But after the waltz, the man snatched me away. He held my hand as we traversed the path home.

He told me that he'd followed us to the trail.

He told me that he'd followed us to the trail. He had caught my gown's hem after tripping,

He told me that he'd followed us to the trail. He had caught my gown's hem after tripping. The sudden tug was what had broken my trance.

I told him to gather gold and silver leaves.

I told him to gather gold and silver leaves. He presented it to my father the next day.

I told him to gather gold and silver leaves. He presented it to my father the next day. It was proof that neither he nor I were lying.

My father sent for the knights of the kingdom.

My father sent for the knights of the kingdom. These knights destroyed the evil shadows.

My father sent for the knights of the kingdom. These knights destroyed the evil shadows. As a reward, they were engaged to my sisters.

But I was content with marrying my dear apprentice,

But I was content with marrying my dear apprentice, whose bravery saved us in the first place.

END Thank you for reading! I'll be posting something different for World Mental Health Day next week, but afterwards 'Tales Retold' will be back. Have a great day! ♥ Ann Sepino (annsepino.mystrikingly.com)

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