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The Cinder-Fellow (OMC/OMC | G | 11,171 words): This is a wonderful retelling of the Cinderella story with a male Cinderella named Allen. It's sweet and romantic with a dash of light-hearted whimsy that just makes it a joy to read. It's also a crossover with Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms, but I was able to read and understand the story just fine without any knowledge of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. (Probably if you are familiar with that series though, it will make this story even more delightful.)

The Ella Cinders looked critically at herself in the mirror, and Elena looked critically at her. Under the smudges, which the girl was dabbing at with her moistened sleeves, she was – not exactly beautiful. By no means was she ugly, of course – the Tradition would not have an ugly Ella Cinders – but her nose was a bit sharp, her cheekbones a bit prominent, her chin a bit strong for what was considered beauty anywhere in the Five Hundred Kingdoms.

Then the girl went over to the hedges at the side of the yard, lifted her skirts, and....

"Oh, dear," said Godmother Elena.

"Exactly," said Randolf, returning to the mirror. "As I said, we have a problem."

"You're certainly right about that," murmured Elena. No wonder the Tradition was all riled up! How had Godmother Bella missed this essential fact about this Ella Cinders? And what was she supposed to do with a...with a Cinder-Fellow?
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Retelling :: The Aftermaths to Happily Ever After (various | PG13 | 591 words) extends several classic fairy tales past "happily ever after" and shows that nothing can last forever. It's creepy and feels like this is how these stories really should have ended.

The Frog Prince
Despite his magical metamorphosis, the Frog Prince is still amphibious. The skin of his palms cracks and bleeds in the dry winter air and every time he licks his chapped lips, he tastes blood.
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Lubberkin (Rumplestiltskin | PG | 3,657 words) is a retelling of "Rumplestiltskin" from Rumplestiltskin's perspective. I am in awe at the creativity of this story; so amazingly well done. A wonderful look at greed and promises and the nature of gifts too.

The king spoke bluntly to her. Spin all the straw in the room into gold by dawn, and she should go free. Fail, and her life would be forfeit. So saying, he swept from the room, and the girl collapsed to the floor, sobbing incoherently.

She did not sob prettily. Silver tears did not streak her cheeks, nor did a single pearl-like drop fall from one eye. No, she howled uncontrollably, her eyes reddening and her nose swelling.

It was dangerous to get involved with humans, I reminded myself. Humans tend to claim what they see as theirs by right, and many and many a one of the Faerie folk has been caught in their toils and ensnared forever.

But...I am a lubberkin. A house-servant. How could I not help a human? Especially this one, who had seen me, known me for what I was and begged for my help but a day before?

I materialized.

"Lubberkin!" she cried joyously, her tears drying in an instant. "Thank God that you've arrived!"