Fairytales Short & Sweet
By: Megan Derr | Other books by Megan Derr
Published By: Less Than Three Press LLC
Published: Dec 12, 2012
ISBN # MAD005
Published By: Less Than Three Press LLC
Published: Dec 12, 2012
ISBN # MAD005
Word Count: 26,500
Available in: Adobe Acrobat, HTML, Mobipocket (.mobi), Epub
Fairytales Short & Sweet by Megan Derr - Romance>Fantasy eBookA collection of short little fairytales about kings, princes, knights, and witches.
Author's Note: These stories are all posted free on my website and livejournal. They've simply been turned into an ebook for the convenience of those who asked.
Reader Rating: 4.2 (32 Ratings)
Bayard held the teacup gingerly, afraid he would break the damn thing it was so delicate. The tea set, painted with bright flowers and trimmed in gold, was a shock of bright in the middle of a dull, muddy army camp. He looked again at the little girl sitting across from him at a table as incongruous as the tea set. The table was small, round, covered in expensive linen and decorated with a vase of colorful roses—where in the world had anyone found roses, anyway?
Princess Anna pouted at him. "You’re not drinking."
Ever obedient to the whims of royalty, ignoring the snickers of the other men clustered near the royal tent, Bayard sipped tea that tasted more like tea-flavored sugar water, and tepid at that. "You make an excellent pot of tea, your Highness."
She giggled and poured more, and how on earth did she not break it all? Her hands looked so tiny and clumsy holding the tea pot, but she never spilled a drop. After she set the teapot down she picked up a little plate filled with brightly colored little cakes decorated with sugared rose petals.
Where had she gotten all of it? He marveled that anyone had managed to provide such things when they were so far from anything resembling civilization.
He knew the answer, however, and it was the same reason that he was shirking his duties to have afternoon tea dressed in full armor, enduring the good-natured sniggering of his men and the less pleasant comments of his superiors. He would do anything for Prince Ladislas—go to war for him, give up his personal pursuits, quietly pine, die for him.
And sit down beneath a blazing sun to enjoy stale cakes and tepid tea. They should put Princess Anna on the front line; that pout could topple kingdoms. Sipping his tea, he asked any question he could think of that would be appropriate to ask a little girl. Going to battle was so much easier.
But every time she smiled he wanted to keep the smile there, make it brighter. Why in the hell was she there, anyway?
He looked up at the sound of familiar footsteps and jangling spurs, and his heart caught, increased in pace, as he stood to offer Prince Ladislas a hasty bow.
"Sit," Ladislas said dismissively. "Anna, whatever are you doing kidnapping my knights for tea?"
"He offered!" Anna protested, bringing out her mighty pout. "He said pretty girls should not drink tea alone, and pretty princesses should have a knight, and I said he should do both and he said he would be honor."
Ladislas looked at her in surprise. His gaze shifted to Bayard, mouth curving in a soft smile. "Did you say all that, Captain?"
"Yes," Bayard said, tensed for whatever ribbing he was going to take for his old fashioned notions of ‘chivalry and whatnot’.
Ladislas’ smile only widened, and he sat down to join them as a foot soldier came rushing up with a chair. "You are never a disappointment, Captain, but always the best of surprises. Thousands of men in my camp, and only one stopped to comfort a lonely princess."
Bayard ducked his head, flushing at the praise. "It is an honor to serve, Highness, and no man could be but honored to be invited to tea by such a lovely little princess."
"Mm," Ladislas replied. "Hopefully she will be safely away tomorrow morning. If the road she was taking had not been overtaken by our enemies, she would be far away and safe elsewhere."
"I hope she travels safely tomorrow," Bayard replied.
Ladislas nodded, and thanked Anna as she poured him a cup of tea and held it out to him. He smiled and stroked her hair. "Thank you, little sister."
Anna flushed and hid behind her hair, but mumbled, "Welcome, brother."
Looking back at Bayard, Ladislas said, "I am certain you have duties, Captain, after we are finished with tea, but it would please me greatly if you would come by my tent tonight after dark. I think we should speak."
Something in the way he said it, the look in his eyes, made it very hard for Bayard to breathe. He lifted his teacup and nodded. "It would be my pleasure, Highness."
"And mine," Ladislas murmured quietly, and his smile then hot and full of promise and only for Bayard, fading only as he turned back to resume chatting with his sister.
Reader Reviews (18)
Submitted By: arfic on Jan 24, 2016I though I wouldn't like it, because normally, princes, no no for me. But. It was well written, the stories were short but it added to them, and they followed all the rules of good ol' traditional fairy tales. It was like a tribute on all the great knights and princes tropes and I really enjoyed it. Sweet, light and diverting those stories are, and deffinetely worth your time.
Submitted By: old maid on Jan 31, 2015I have enjoyed every story I have read by this author! Good books well written characters that capture my attention and I don't want the story to end!!
Submitted By: amarillis183 on Jan 12, 2015As the title states, these stories are short and sweet. I enjoy Megan Derr's take on fantasy lands and this collection was filled with new fairytales that captured my imagination.
Submitted By: enjoy on Jan 27, 2014All in all a brilliant read if you want something with a happy ending, hot romance and that warm feel-good feeling after reading.
Submitted By: rom_rdr1 on Jan 27, 2014Overall very good stories, although some of them were a little too short and needed more development. Also, editing errors were noted.
Submitted By: trix on Jan 25, 2014Enjoyable set of fables with a (non-explicit) m/m twist.
Submitted By: rylliar on Jan 19, 2014As always, I love Megan Derr's works. Her short stories make for fast but very satisfying reads.
Submitted By: moccha29 on Jan 16, 2014Liked these short stories though did wish some were longer.
Submitted By: blu_angel on Jan 5, 2014Great little short stories that were original available as free short stories on Megan's blog. All of them were different and fun to read.
Submitted By: vayld on Jan 5, 2014The title totally reflected the book. The stories are sweet, and very short. Each one can be read in 20 minutes. Can't beat the price!
Submitted By: vampkiss on Mar 6, 2013Lovely free read.
Submitted By: greyson on Jan 30, 2013Not what I expected. But not too bad. A bit samey.
Submitted By: ardent_reader on Jan 28, 2013I was pretty excited to find this one.
Submitted By: anonymoose on Jan 24, 2013Good introduction to this author... I'll probably try more of her books. Some stories are ok, some are excellent. And a few felt more like the unfinished beginnings of books rather than short stories.
Submitted By: roula on Jan 10, 2013very nice little stories. You ll enjoy reading if you like m/m romance with a fantasy-theme.
Submitted By: theodorah on Jan 4, 2013I love Megan Derr's stories and this was no exception. Short little gems that I hope she goes back and expands on sometime. Definitely worth the read.
Submitted By: mamalevan on Jan 4, 2013Short and sweet describes it perfectly. A collection of m/m stories about a chapter each based on the best part of fairytales or around the knights/lords genre. Good writing, fun, can see how these would work as blog posts that were compiled into a book.
Submitted By: BonDarKen on Dec 31, 2012Very nice,very short stories aand only two did not turly seem to have a ending.