What kind of magic spell to use?


Her name was Alphabella, and she came from the Far Kingdom of Amania. She had been recommended by one of the stable boys, who claimed she had cured him of warts that the royal Mistress of Health had been powerless to remove. She worked as a milkmaid, doing magic on the side to supplement her income. Hartwell found her in her hovel on the outskirts of town.
“Prince Hartwell” she said, as he walked through the door. “To what do I owe the pleasure?”
The inside of her dwelling was as luxurious as its outside was drab: soft carpets covered the floors, damask cushions were provided for guests to sit comfortably, and pretty oil lamps hung from the ceiling. It also looked much bigger than he would have guessed at first glance.
“I need you to help me. I think my wife is cursed.”
“Oh, do you now.” Alphabella poured him a cup of a hot, sweet beverage that smelled of spices and flowers. Hartwell picked up the cup, but did not bring it to his lips.

Alphabella, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.

…and the shooting stars look very different today.

...and the shooting stars look very different today.

It’s a God-awful small affair to the girl with the mousy hair


«“Princess Philomena? Of Petris?”
The queen gave a curt nod. “She is the only one available.”
“But she is…”
“Ugly, I know.”
“Ugly enough that her family stopped circulating her portrait years ago. Even with all the embellishments of the case, painters could not disguise the fact that she is a most unsightly girl. Ugly enough to be called the Dog Princess.”»

Princess Philomena, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.

Mothers to chaos

Zelda and Zara

«…Princesses Zelda and Zara were very happy to join crown princess Philomena in her drawing room for tea. The weather outside promised rain again, and Philomena wondered where Hartwell had gone. Conversation with him was a much more lively affair than with the two islanders, who were both pregnant and quite groggy as a result…»

Princesses Zelda and Zara, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.

Und wir sind dann Helden für einen Tag


«Once upon a time we do not know or remember, there lived a king and queen who ruled the small kingdom of Helden. They had five sons named Hounslow, Hennessy, Hartley, Hudson and Hartwell, and through a combination of good genes and sheer luck, all five of them were quite handsome, but Hartwell, the youngest, was the most handsome of all…»

Prince Hartwell, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.