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Strange Swans

I was rewatching The Swan Princess and got an idea for a Strange Magic AU. 

Roland is a sorcerer who wants to marry a princess and become a king. He’s not picky about which princess, but his first attempt is with Marianne. 

Roland is Bog’s court wizard and Marianne is betrothed to Bog to unify their kingdoms, which share a border. Roland assumes Marianne will be glad to marry him instead of “that ugly cockroach” and is unaware she genuinely loves Bog. (They got to know each other during the betrothal rather than meeting for the first time on their wedding day.) 

When Marianne refuses to marry Roland, he spirits her away to his private estate and turns her into a swan. 

This was a terrible idea. 

With the physical power of a swan backing up Marianne’s own innate ferocity, she attacks him. Fearing for his face, he changes the spell and makes her a frog instead. She still won’t marry him. 

Bog assumes Marianne ran away because he was too ugly to marry. Roland helps this impression along. Griselda is suspicious but has no evidence. Tension increases between the kingdoms since they are both suspicious the other is responsible for Marianne’s disappearance, but because they are also both deeply dependent on one another for trade and defense, war is avoided. 

A few years later, Roland tries his luck with another princess, Dawn, whose small and isolated kingdom also hoped to forge ties with Bog’s kingdom through a royal wedding. Dawn is in love with one of her court minstrels, Sunny, but willing to marry Bog for the good of her people. Bog is reluctant and trying to avoid her because he’s still pining for Marianne. 

Dawn is as indignant at Roland’s proposal as Marianne was. If she were going to break the contract it would be for the one she truly loves, not for some guy she just met! 

Dawn’s gentler nature, however, means Roland feels safe turning this princess into a swan. 

Trapped on Roland’s estate if she wants to continue turning human by night, Dawn meets Marianne, who immediately adopts her as a little sister. They test the ‘kissed by a princess curse antidote’ by having human-Dawn kiss froggy-Marianne on the cheek. It works, and Marianne breaks into the estate’s house to steal food, clothing, weaponry, maps, and travel supplies. They set off to try and get to Bog’s castle before sunrise, since they have no way of knowing until moonset if Marianne’s kiss on Dawn’s cheek also broke that curse. (Unfortunately the estate does not have horses for them to steal.) 

They both turn back into animals by day and conclude their curses got tangled up with one another. Marianne rides in Dawn’s claws and they fly back to Bog’s castle. Dawn doesn’t turn human that night, but Marianne does, and finds Griselda. 

Griselda is shocked and thrilled Marianne has returned, and happily lends her armor and a sword so she can storm the throne room and attack Roland, while Dawn and Griselda go looking for Sunny, who was part of Dawn’s retinue when she came to meet Bog. They’re hoping True Love’s Kiss will work, since Kissed By A Princess has so far had mixed results. 

Marianne takes Roland down (again) with some help from Bog. It is unclear if Roland’s death (remember, he committed treason by sabotaging Bog’s political marriage and risking the kingdom going to war, twice) or Sunny’s kiss that breaks the curse on Dawn. 

After revealing to her family that she’s alive and well, Marianne sets up ties between her kingdom and Dawn’s, officially since she “owes” Dawn for helping break the curse, but mostly because she cares about her adopted sister, and also so Dawn’s kingdom won’t get annoyed at Bog’s kingdom for turning down the marriage contract in favour of renewing the original contract between Bog and Marianne’s kingdoms.

There is a double wedding.

My dear friends, here is my submission for the February Sunday Selfie :)

I was maybe a wee bit ambitious in this one, as I was attempting to do three different things at the same time:

(1) Trying to be a bird in a bush [note to self: I think maybe I am quite good at this!]

(2) Trying to look like one of Jürgen’s beautiful feather photos [note to self: I feel that maybe I need to practise this one a wee bit more…]

(3) Trying to improve my camouflage skills [note to self: either I will have to work very much harder on this, or maybe I should only practise when it snows…]

Oh yes, I also got distracted, trying to see whether there might be a frog in the peat bog below, so maybe I didn’t practise the other things quite as well as I might have done…

Have a lovely Sunday xoxo

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RULES: Tag nine people you want to get to know better!

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: happily married to a bog frog

FAVORITE COLOR: warm ochre, peach pink and turquoise 

LIPSTICK OR CHAPSTICK?: lipstick

LAST SONG I LISTENED TO: chvrches - gun

LAST MOVIE I WATCHED: kubo and the two strings (i cried so hard at the end)

TOP 3 FICTIONAL CHARACTERS: ahhh this is a tough one uhhh. kanaya maryam, marceline the vampire queen and nozomi toujou

TOP 3 SHIPS: rosemary pricefield and bubbline

BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING: none because mandatory reading in highschool got me fucked up

(im tagging more than 9 ppl cause i have a lot of love in my heart) tagging @gtgcya @chlorine-hero @mutantred @girlgary @classes-and-aspects @skelepunny @nefres @terminallycheesecake @empress-shade @lesbiancronus @neriumoleander @cheerfulhitsuji @astralis-aether and anyone who wants to do this. go wild kid. also if u don’t wanna do this that’s np

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MOONDOG
Moondog
1956

01. Caribea (0:00)

02. Lullaby (1:31)

03. Tree Trail (3:47)

04. Death, when you come to me, may you come to me swiftly; I would rather not linger, not linger (6:05)

05. Big Cat (8:13)

06. Frog Bog (10:05)

07. To a Sea Horse (12:18)

08. Dance Rehearsal (14:04)

09. Surf Session, in 3 parts (14:57)

10. Trees against the sky, fields of plenty, rivers to the sea: this, and more, spreads before me (21:55)

11. Tap Dance (22:49)

12. Oo Debut (24:09)

13. Drum Suite (25:21

14. Street Scene (27:40)

yes i have a new character who is a water bogsneak who lives in the deepest trench of the sea of a thousand currents and also has a companion toad



a frog on a bog in a hole in the bottom of the sea

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Full album, Self-titled 

01. Caribea (0:00)

02. Lullaby (1:31)

03. Tree Trail (3:47)

04. Death, when you come to me, may you come to me swiftly; I would rather not linger, not linger (6:05)

05. Big Cat (8:13)

06. Frog Bog (10:05)

07. To a Sea Horse (12:18)

08. Dance Rehearsal (14:04)

09. Surf Session, in 3 parts (14:57)

10. Trees against the sky, fields of plenty, rivers to the sea: this, and more, spreads before me (21:55)

11. Tap Dance (22:49)

12. Oo Debut (24:09)

13. Drum Suite (25:21

14. Street Scene (27:40)

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MoondogMoondog/Caribea (1956)

Side A:

01. Caribe (1:29)
02. Lullaby (2:13)
03. Traill Tree (2:15)
04. “Death When You come to me, May you come to me Swiftly … (2:01)
05. Big Cat (1:48)
06. Frog Bog (2:07)
07. To A Sea Horse (1:42)
08. Dance Rehearsal (0:49)

Side B:

09. Surf Session (6:54)
10. Trees Against The Skys, plenty of fields, rivers to the sea … (0:45)
11. DNCE Tap (1:15)
12. Oo Debut (1:06)
13. Drum Suite (2:12)
14. Street Scene (3:37)

My dad taught me about love…
and just how far it stretches.

He taught me about running really long distances and skiing on your edges.  He taught me about the inner-ear and compounding interest and the best Italian Ice stand in the city.  He also taught me just how many carnival tickets it takes to win his granddaughters prizes in the Frog Bog game.

He taught me the 3 rules:  Work Hard.  Be Sweet.  Do Your Best.

Related: He taught me about hard work
and extra effort
and drive.

He taught me that if you love your partner, conversation can flow for a lifetime.    And he taught me that family comes first, always.  What a wonderful thing for a father to teach his Children.


Dad, I love you from the bottom of my heart.  Happy Father’s Day.
xo, emmy