Impossible by Nancy Werlin

impossibleFor generations, the women in Lucy Scarborough’s family have been under a curse. According the legend of the curse, every girl in the family will become pregnant and have a baby girl at age 18. If they cannot solve three seemingly impossible puzzles before the birth of the baby, they will go completely insane.

It all started with her ancestor, a girl named Finella. The story goes that an elfin king fell in love with Finella and wanted to marry her, but she refused. Angered, the king cursed Finella and all of her female descendants.

Lucy is now 17 and there doesn’t seem to be any chance of her getting pregnant, especially without a boyfriend. But on the night of her high school prom, she is raped and becomes pregnant with a baby girl.

To break the curse, she has to solve three seemingly impossible tasks that are part of an old Scottish ballad. Here is part of the poem.

The Elfin Knight

…From the sting of my curse she can never be free

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Unless she unravels my riddlings three

She will be a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a magical shirt

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Without any seam or needlework

Else she’ll be a true love of mine

Tell her to find me an acre of land

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Between the salt water and the sea strand

Else she’ll be a true love of mine

Tell her to plow it with just a goat’s horn

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
And sow it all over with one grain of corn

Else she’ll be a true love of mine
And her daughters forever possessions of mine

 

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