“Charming, a Tale of True Love” by Ruby deBrazier & Cassandra Clare from So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction from Lethe Press (2009). Edited by Steve Berman.
I saw where this was going right from the start, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the piece. As a member of the Faerie Court, it’s Princess Ivy’s duty to choose someone to marry from the suitors who successfully complete a series of quests. Ivy’s underwhelmed by the whole business until a mystery suitor arrives. Sir Blythe seems to be the polar opposite of the others competing for Ivy’s hand. Their concern is for themselves only, but Blythe’s focus is on Ivy’s happiness. After the quests get underway, Ivy begins to suspect that some of the contestants are cheating, and she goes on a quest of her own. It’s not an Agatha Christie mystery, but it isn’t meant to be. It’s a cute, fun read, and I could see it being re-written as a participation play for pre-kindergarten through maybe grade three-aged school kids.