By Terry Pratchett

Once upon a time there has been a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a very good center, a sensible head, and negative making plans skills—which, regrettably, left the Princess Emberella within the care of her other (not rather so stable and clever) godmother whilst demise got here for Desiderata. So now it truly is as much as Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to make sure the servant lady does not marry the Prince.

But the line to Genua is bumpy, and alongside the best way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling residence (well it is a fairy tale, after all). the difficulty relatively starts as soon as those reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and needs to outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll cease at not anything to accomplish a formal "happy ending"—even if it capacity destroying a kingdom.

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After which I’ll say you’ve gained. ’ ‘I want i'll think that,’ stated Lily. ‘Oh . . . yet you’re the great one, aren’t you? you'll want to maintain your notice. ’ ‘Watch me,’ acknowledged Granny. She walked to the parapet and appeared down. The two-faced moon used to be nonetheless vivid sufficient to light up the billowing fogs that surrounded the palace like a sea. ‘Magrat? Gytha? ’ she acknowledged. ‘Sorry approximately this. You’ve gained, Lily. There ain’t not anything i will do. ’ She jumped. Nanny Ogg rushed ahead and stared over the sting, simply in time to work out a dim determine vanish within the mists. All 3 figures left at the tower took a deep breath. ‘It’s a trick,’ acknowledged Lily, ‘to get me off defend. ’ ‘It isn’t! ’ screamed Magrat, losing to the stones. ‘She had her broomstick,’ acknowledged Lily. ‘It don’t paintings! It won’t begin! ’ shouted Nanny. ‘Right,’ she stated, menacingly, striding in the direction of the narrow form of Lily. ‘We’ll quickly wipe that boastful glance off your face—’ She halted as silver discomfort shot via her physique. Lily laughed. ‘It’s precise, then? ’ she stated. ‘Yes. i will see it on your faces. Esme used to be vivid adequate to understand she couldn’t win. Don’t be silly. And don’t element that foolish wand at me, pass over Garlick. outdated Desiderata could have defeated me in the past if she may. humans haven't any realizing. ’ ‘We should cross down there,’ stated Magrat. ‘She can be mendacity there—’ ‘That’s it. Be stable. It’s what you’re solid at,’ acknowledged Lily, as they ran to the stairwell. ‘But we’ll be back,’ tousled Nanny Ogg. ‘Even if we need to dwell within the swamp with Mrs Gogol and consume snakes’ heads! ’ ‘Of course,’ acknowledged Lily, arching an eyebrow. ‘That’s what I acknowledged. One wishes humans such as you round. another way one is rarely fairly definite one remains to be operating. It’s a manner of preserving ranking. ’ She watched them disappear down the stairs. A wind blew over the tower. Lily amassed up her skirts and walked to the top, the place she may possibly see the shreds of mist streaming over the rooftops some distance less than. there have been the faint lines of track from the far away carnival dance because it wound its approach throughout the streets. it will quickly be dead night. right nighttime, now not a few cut-price model attributable to an outdated girl crawling round in a clock. Lily attempted to determine during the murk to the ground of the tower. ‘Really, Esme,’ she murmured, ‘you did take wasting demanding. ’ Nanny reached out and limited Magrat as they ran down the spiral stairs. ‘Slow down a section, I should,’ she acknowledged. ‘But she can be harm –! ’ ‘So may possibly you, in the event you journey. Anyway,’ stated Nanny, ‘I don’t reckon Esme is lyin’ in a crumpled heap someplace. That’s now not the best way she’d move. I reckon she did it simply to determine Lily forgot approximately us and wouldn’t try out something on us. I reckon she proposal we have been – what was once that Tsortean bloke who may well in basic terms be wounded should you hit ’im within the correct position? No-one ever beat ’im till they discovered out approximately it. His knee, i believe it used to be. We’re her Tsortean knee, correct? ’ ‘But we all know you might want to run relatively speedy to get her broomstick going! ’ shouted Magrat. ‘Yeah, I know,’ stated Nanny. ‘That’s what i presumed. And now I’m considering . . . how briskly do you move while you’re shedding?

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