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The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales
By Gail Levine
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2006 Gail Levine
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Once upon a time, in the village of Snettering-on-Snoakes in the kingdom of Biddle, Rosella fetched water from the well for the four thousand and eighty-eighth time.
Rosella always fetched the water because her identical twin sister, Myrtle, always refused to go. And their mother, the widow Pickering, never made Myrtle do anything. Instead, she made Rosella do everything.
At the well the fairy Ethelinda was having a drink. When she saw Rosella coming, she changed herself into an old lady. Then she made herself look thirsty.
"Would you like a drink, Grandmother?" Rosella said.
"That would be lovely, dearie."
Rosella lowered her wooden bucket into the well. When she lifted it out, she held the dipper so the old lady could drink.
Ethelinda slurped the water. "Thank you. Your kindness merits a reward. From now--"
"You don't have . . ." Rosella stopped. Something funny was happening in her mouth. Had she lost a tooth? There was something hard under her tongue. And something hard in her cheek. "Excuse me." Now there was something in her other cheek. She spat delicately into her hand.
They weren't teeth. She was holding a diamond and two opals.
"There, dearie." Ethelinda smiled. "Isn't that nice?"
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