there once was a storyteller who lived for many centuries; people far and wide came to know the characters and creatures within their stories. one autumn, the storyteller began to tell five new stories - or rather, began to delve further into characters’ lives that had become familiar to people everywhere.
In a kingdom of rugged mountains, flowing streams and sweeping fields, a maiden of the queen's court met a knight at the last Royal Ball of winter. The festivities went on for a fortnight and they spent every opportunity together. They continued their friendship as winter faded into spring.