art by Ron Sanders
All Upon A Time
by Dani Atkinson
Once upon a time there was a Giant Killer who was in town when a ball was announced inviting all eligible maidens to the palace, but she did not go, because she was only passing through on her way to another story.
Which is just as well. She almost certainly could have won the prince had she a mind to, as she was VERY good at getting what she wanted. But her way usually involved trickery and many, many unfortunate innocent bystanders.
So she moved on to her story full of dead giants and stolen treasures and a third prince who might not remain third if his wife ever realized that older brothers were not any harder to get rid of than giants, really. And everyone in the NICE story, with the fairy godmothers and the poor girls who could afford to be virtuous because they HAD fairy godmothers, breathed a sigh of relief without knowing why.
Once upon a time there was a Godmother, who stood with her best friend at a christening and promised to be the baby's guardian should anything happen to the child's parents. And the Godmother was so proud to be so.
Then she forgot.