Everyone achieved their heart’s desire – the king had his daughter restored to life by a stranger’s kiss, the beast was divested of his fur and left naked as a man, the mermaid walked – but only when it was too late did they realize the price they must pay for escaping their destiny. Every Happy Ever After was tainted. Fate, at first so amenable, so reasonable, so open to negotiation, end up by exacting a cruel revenge for happiness.
___Diane, Setterfield. The Thirteenth Tale____
Every Happy Ever After was tainted.
My wheel of destiny,
Is it tainted, too?