This Macedonian fairy tale is taken from Ruth Manning-Sanders’ collection, A Book of Dragons, and is a story about Yanni. However, Yanni doesn’t really do much in the story, his bad ass lover, his “little sweetheart” saves the day, but can’t get a name! She needs a name and the story needs to be named after her. Tradition is made from what we choose to remember, so next time you read a fairy tale, remember this - The princess is not always waiting for rescue; sometimes, she battles dragons and Destiny itself. The prince is not always a hero. Sometimes, he’s the one who needs saving.

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