By Gail Carson Levine
How can a fairy's blessing be this kind of curse? At her beginning, Ella of Frell was once given a silly fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella needs to obey any order given to her, no matter if it is hopping on one foot for an afternoon or cutting off her personal head! yet 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, decided to wreck the curse—and dwell fortunately ever after.
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I sang it. She played a scale. I sang every note. I beamed. I'd always wished I could sing. I sang the scale again, louder. Perfect! "That's enough, young lady. " An hour later Dancing Mistress told me to step lightly. My partner was Julia, the tall maiden who had teased Areida the night before. I pressed on her arms, using her to support my weight so I could step lightly. " She pulled away. I fell. I heard giggles. Dancing Mistress took Julia's place. I couldn't lean on her. I pretended my feet were balloons.
Yes, you have to. " "Just for a minute," I said, unclasping it I didn't delay. They mustn't see me struggle against the curse. " I did so. " The order had been for her sister. " Hattie settled back in her seat. " "Let me try it, Ella," Olive said. "When you're older," Hattie answered. But I had to obey. I tried desperately to ignore Olive's order, but all my complaints started: churning stomach, pounding temples, shortness of breath. "Let her have her turn," I said through clenched teeth. "See," Olive said.
I was still having trouble with the child. He was pulling his little beard and wriggling to escape. ",pwich azzoogh fraecH" he cried. I used his distress to avoid answering the question. " But Char wasn't distracted. " I had to answer, somehow. "His eyes," I lied. "Something about them. " Char sounded alarmed. " The gnome child wailed, thrashing at the air. I wondered if the parrot's words might soothe him. I spoke them, hoping they weren't an insult. fwthchor evtoogh brzzay eerth ymmadboech evtoogh brzzaY" The child's face cleared, and he smiled, showing pearly baby teeth.