Another short story which i wish i could write a short story as well as this. I didn't take any offense by the story at all. It was funny. Of course everyone feels bad for Norisse, but if you think about it Billiam is to blame. If he hadn't said a word Norisse would be alive, but he would still be married. The King was only sparing his daughter of humiliation, and pulled a Red Queen haha
After re-reading your tale, I am impressed by your storytelling ability. You spin a yarn so eloquently. I felt sad for Norisse, as I wished for her a happy ending. However, your language is lovely and your wit is highly intact. Fantastic job, Barry! Best wishes in the contest!