Lady Silver of the Spring – p.15

May 7, 2012 at 11:42 am 1 comment

Melinda told the girl the tale of the ring. On the day she was to be wed to the prince (who now sat fuming on his horse, tired of waiting), the ring that was to be her wedding band was switched for the cursed silver ring. The man who performed the switch was really an old goblin in disguise, a creature who loved to sow discord and who hated the expansion of humans into the world.

As luck would have it, a wise woman who had been in the old king’s service recognized the ring for what it was before it could be placed on Melinda’s finger, and stopped the ceremony. The goblin, furious that his plan was exposed, cursed the couple, turning Melinda into an eternal crone and the prince into an eternal lad, so that they could never bear children, and then he vanished in a puff of yellow smoke.

The wise woman knew some magic, too, and made it known that if another maiden were to accept the fate of the ring in Melinda’s stead, it would lift the curse on the royal couple. No one stepped forward, too afraid of the ring, and of incurring the wrath of the goblin if they should break the curse after all. And so, the years passed…

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