Aaah, the Kingdom, that peaceful land where life is good. A place forgotten by its powerful neighbors and their incessant wars, where the subjects enjoy the bounties bestowed upon them by earth and sky. In short, a perfect nightmare if you happen to be an arms manufacturer. Who needs a battle-axe when the most vexatious enemy around is a talking songbird or catty rival? Master Marcel, proprietor of the local forge, may have found a way to increase demand for his weapons, but when his fear-mongering gets out of hand, it's up to Anne and François to save the day.
What do Emile the beleaguered housecat, Thibault the royal dwarf, François the lovelorn blacksmith, a flock of loud-mouthed sparrows, and the great Maestro (formerly known as Barnabé the Stumblebum) all have in common? They all come around to Anne's tavern when they need a pick-me-up, a hiding place, or a sympathetic ear. Anne's benevolence, banter, beauty, and barley-beer are a balm to all... but that doesn't mean she'll take any bull! She's the charismatic constant in these six tales of the adventures and follies of some of the Kingdom's lesser-known (but no less colorful) cast of characters.
Once upon a time there was a peaceful kingdom where life was good. It was a little country forgotten by its powerful neighbors and their incessant wars. A lovely little piece of land where lived a great many people, and every day they enjoyed the bounties bestowed upon them by the earth and sky. Of course, there was a king, Alain and Adrien (his ugly sons who were nonetheless kind, helpful boys), a grumpy queen, Cécile (the bathroom-hogging princess), and Anne. Pretty little Anne. Anne, who sings to the rising sun; Anne, who lights up the king's nights; Anne, who speaks to the birds... Anne who opens a tavern where all these characters gather.
No doubt about it, life in the Kingdom was good! The tiny territory had been at peace for years. Every day, folks gave thanks for their good fortune and praised their King who ruled over them with kindness... Until one day, when Princess Cecile discovers her father's dark secret, and the Kingdom's peaceful future is thrown into the balance. Their only hope is Anne, the cheery innkeeper; François, the lovelorn blacksmith; and one shell-shocked little bird. Will they manage to save the Kingdom from the nefarious characters lurking in the shadows?
The Kingdom is a tranquil little territory that has lived in peace with its neighbors for years. What better way to ensure lasting concord than to betroth the Kingdom's fair Princess Cecile to the prince of neighboring Arbedia? The two young royals eagerly await their first meeting, but their courtship is quickly imperiled by sabotaging sparrows, a bit of misguided witchcraft, and some unrealistic expectations. Will anyone be able to patch up the young fiancés' relationship before their squabble turns into a diplomatic catastrophe? Hurry over to Anne's tavern-as usual, that's where all the action is...
The Kingdom is a tranquil little territory, as we all know by now, but a curious love triangle has cropped up to complicate things. François has been cooking up schemes to win Anne's heart, but now Candice is in madly love with him and Anne must deal with her mounting jealousy. Still, she isn't ready for marriage, despite the charming knucklehead's continued proposals and steel-flower offerings. Will Candice manage to step in and thwart the eternal courtship?
Beatrice is stuck in a depressing office job: her hard work is overlooked, her paycheck's so small she's about to lose her apartment, and her boss won't give her a promotion unless she sleeps with him. But Beatrice just took a vacation to Africa, where she learned a very particular set of skills, both in and out of the bedroom. She's about to transform her boss's life in a way that he never saw coming. She'll get a maid to clean her dirty apartment. And maybe, in the process, Beatrice will finally find love . . .