The Winter Princess
by Amanda C. Davis
Once there was a princess born on the coldest day of the year, so that as she drew her first breath, the midwife exclaimed, "Truly, this girl will never feel the cold." And as she grew they saw this was true.
The winter princess was known to go riding in weather that made the huntsmen shiver (though she always took care for the horses), to make bouquets of dried weeds poking from the snow, and to leave open the window of her tower no matter how icy the wind.
Though she was bright and appealing in every way, no suitor became so enamored that he would consent to court her in freezing-cold rooms or, worse, wandering through blizzards as if they were harmless romantic mists. At least, not more than once. So she remained unmarried, which she did not mind too much.
One day, a visitor to the palace related a strange tale from a nearby kingdom. A powerful king had been enchanted into a block of ice and his entire castle frozen solid. No one was able to bear up under the impossible cold, so no one could free him. That night the princess resolved to see if she could break his curse. The next morning she set off on the kingdom's sturdiest horse, carrying the thickest, richest cloak and gloves and boots to keep her warm (her mother insisted).