By Gail Carson Levine
How can a fairy's blessing be one of these curse?
At her delivery, Ella of Frell was once given a silly fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella needs to obey any order given to her, even if it truly is hopping on one foot for an afternoon or cutting off her personal head!
But strong-willed Ella doesn't tamely settle for her destiny. She is going on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, depraved stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and good-looking princes, made up our minds to wreck the curse—and stay fortunately ever after.
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While I ran all the way down to our entrance door, i found that icy rain was once falling in sheets. If I walked the region mile to the fortress, i'd be soaked. i'll visit the ball with no jewels, yet no longer rainy via and shivering. "Mandy! What am i able to do? " "Oh, candy. you could remain domestic. " I knew there will be extra balls, and that it most likely would not sleet the following day. however it may well, and that i had set my center on going this night. "Isn't there a few small magic -- a fairy umbrella, anything -- that may retain me dry? " "No, love. no longer small magic. " the elements used to be this sort of silly factor to split me from Char. Mandy hadn't made the rain, yet she may have ended it. "I want you have been a true fairy, one that wasn't afraid to do something. " I had a mad thought and acted on it with no contemplating its knowledge. I acknowledged the phrases Lucinda had taught me, "Lucinda, come to my reduction. " If a person could imagine preserving me dry wasn't huge magic, that one will be Lucinda. "Ella! " Mandy protested. "Don't--" The order got here too overdue. Lucinda seemed among us. She nonetheless regarded outdated, yet she stood straighter than the final time i would visible her, and plenty of of her wrinkles had disappeared. "Ahhh. candy baby. you wish my aid. " She smiled, and the younger Lucinda shone via. "So lengthy as it isn't too giant, I shall do what i will. " I defined. "Going to a ball? Like that? No, it will not do. " She touched my neck, and it used to be hung so heavy with jewels that it took all my completing college education to maintain my head up. Mandy snorted. "Perhaps it really is an excessive amount of for small magic," Lucinda agreed. the burden vanished, changed via a skinny silver chain from which hung a white lily made up of an identical type of glass as my slippers. I felt a mild strain on my head, and lifted off a tiara formed as a garland of an identical plant life. "It's appealing. " Lucinda changed it on my hair. "Now, you wish a trainer. That will not be too complicated. " "How are you able to name a trainer small magic? " Mandy demanded. "And horses, and a coachman, and footmen. humans and animals! you may have forgotten your lesson. " "No, i have not. I will not form them from the air. i will shape them out of genuine issues. that are supposed to fulfill your scruples, Mandy pricey. " Mandy grunted, which I knew used to be no longer contract, yet Lucinda persisted gaily. "Earlier this night in Frell I spied a giant's cart packed with pumpkins. An orange trainer could be best suited. " A rumbling noise reached us. outdoor, a mass, darker than the hurricane, took form and grew better. A seven-foot-high pumpkin rolled towards us and got here to relaxation on the street outdoors the manor. I watched Lucinda. She muttered no incantations, waved no wand. For a second, her gaze shifted, and she or he appeared to stare inside, no longer out. Then she winked at me. "Look, baby. " The pumpkin have been reworked right into a glowing trainer with brass door handles and home windows in which lacy curtains peeked. "Mice will make plump horses," she stated. Six fats brown mice raced around the tiles of the corridor. They vanished, and 6 horses seemed earlier than the trainer. A white rat turned the coachman, and 6 lizards have been remodeled into footmen.