fractured fairy tale

she had the sort of disposition rumored to turn princes into frogs, and a face to match.

soured, they called her, or shrunken — like a rosebud caught in the cold and frost-burned before it had a chance to bloom.

unlovely was she, and unloving. grasping, shunning, temperamental, self-absorbed — the complete antithesis of what a princess should be.

yet he chose to love her anyway.