A/N: I just finished watching Princess Tutu. I absolutely found it adorable but the ending was bittersweet. I'd suggest you watch all the episodes before reading this since it takes place only a few months after the ending of the show (episode 26). This is just a prologue for the rest of the story. I don't know how long it will be but I hope to give Fakir and Ahiru a happy ending instead of a bittersweet one. Expect FakirXAhiru and MythoXRue. Well, I hope you enjoy this. :)
Disclaimer: I don't own Princess Tutu. I only own the plot line, a few tales, and a character or two.
Hour of the Swan
"Once Upon a Time" A New Tale
Once upon a time, there was a man who wrote stories that came to life. He loved playing tragedies, so out of fear, the people cut off his hands before killing him. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief but remained unaware that his stories would continue even after his death . . .
Once upon a time, there was a monstrous raven and a prince. Their battle took them outside the story, where the prince sealed away the raven by shattering his heart.
Once upon a time, there was a duck who wanted to help a prince with no heart. She made a deal with a mysterious person to turn into a girl and collect the shattered heart for him. The duck loved the prince but wasn't allowed to tell him her feelings or she would disappear in a flash of light.
The duck turned girl clashed with a useless knight and a raven princess for the shattered heart before they all realized they were part of a story themselves and that their endings were all to be filled with tragedy. As they began working together, the four fought against the raven as well as their destinies for a happy ending. In the end, the raven princess and prince slain the monster raven, guided by the useless knight that found a talent for writing stories, and the duck girl turned back into a duck. The prince and raven princess disappeared and the useless knight and duck remained, side by side, thinking that their story had ended . . . but that was only act one.
Once upon a time, there was a mirror said to show the truth to all those who seek it in the mirror's reflection. A demon came across this one day and said to himself, "What fun this would be if I could use this." The demon sealed himself into the mirror and manipulated the mirror to show both truth and lies that no one wanted to hear. "See the grief on the faces," the demon laughed to himself. He kept himself amused until one day, a king came and sealed the mirror away so that it could cause no more trouble.
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who loved stories. She loved them so much that she read and spun them until she couldn't distinguish reality from fantasy. For this, her village shunned her and the girl grew lonely and miserable, so she dived deeper into her stories that she loved so dear, only to be lost in them forever. One day, she happened upon a mirror in a story that she explored. Not knowing of the demon sealed inside of it, she approached the mirror, asking herself why she felt so alone.
"It's because you are different," answered the demon. "No one loves you. You find yourself as a freak and so do others. They all hate you and want you to suffer."
Out of rage, the girl shattered the mirror with a chair into fourteen pieces. In a flash of light, they disappeared and shattered the demon's soul. The girl was left to wander alone through her stories, promising vengeance.
For those children, gather 'round as I weave a tale of sorrow all over again.
For those children who hate tragedy, gather round as I weave a true ending for the bittersweet tale of "The Prince and the Raven".
Okay, before I get any farther I want to point some things out. First: for those of you who watch the sub or dub, these are the names I'm using while the ones in parenthesis are the other names that they are known by:
I think that's it for names. Okay, a few more things I want to say: the tale with the demon and the girl is an original by me that is slightly based off of The Snow Queen. I had to do something with that story since I saw the play based off of it and I just rediscovered the story. Drosselmeyer will play a roll in this along with Uzura but, their rolls will be slightly less . . . um . . . You'll find that out in the first chapter. Anyway, please read, review, and enjoy!