«Perfecta paid them a visit as soon as the rain let up, which was perfectly Perfecta of her. She would not want to ruin her pretty satin slippers or get mud on the hem of her silk dress.
“Say hello to your new Mistress of Pleasantries” she chirped, sauntering through the corridors. “Master Pepper will be retiring soon, I hear. Your mother wants someone young and fresh to handle foreign relations, and as a former sitting member of the Queen’s Ten I feel I should be a prime choice.”…»
Perfecta, #INKtober illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.
«The wedding of Prince Hartwell of Helden and Princess Philomena of Petris was as grand and uneventful as any royal wedding before. As was the custom of her land, Philomena wore a red gown with white embroidery and a tall hat, the top of which came up to the groom’s head…»
Hartwell and Philomena’s wedding, #INKtober illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.
-2 days to INKtober… I’ve got a tiny bottle of Winsor & Newton black Indian ink, and I’m not afraid to use it.
Her name was Alphabella, and she came from the Far Kingdom of Amania. She had been recommended by one of the stable boys, who claimed she had cured him of warts that the royal Mistress of Health had been powerless to remove. She worked as a milkmaid, doing magic on the side to supplement her income. Hartwell found her in her hovel on the outskirts of town.
“Prince Hartwell” she said, as he walked through the door. “To what do I owe the pleasure?”
The inside of her dwelling was as luxurious as its outside was drab: soft carpets covered the floors, damask cushions were provided for guests to sit comfortably, and pretty oil lamps hung from the ceiling. It also looked much bigger than he would have guessed at first glance.
“I need you to help me. I think my wife is cursed.”
“Oh, do you now.” Alphabella poured him a cup of a hot, sweet beverage that smelled of spices and flowers. Hartwell picked up the cup, but did not bring it to his lips.
Alphabella, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.
«“Princess Philomena? Of Petris?”
The queen gave a curt nod. “She is the only one available.”
“But she is…”
“Ugly, I know.”
“Ugly enough that her family stopped circulating her portrait years ago. Even with all the embellishments of the case, painters could not disguise the fact that she is a most unsightly girl. Ugly enough to be called the Dog Princess.”»
Princess Philomena, illustration for The Dog Princess – a fairy tale by Giulia Blasi.