9 Heroines - [1/9] Eliza (The Wild Swans, 1838)
Eliza was awakened by the rustling of the swans’ wings as they soared above. Her brothers were again changed into swans, and they flew in circles wider and wider, till they were far away; but one of them, the youngest swan, remained behind, and laid his head on his sister’s lap, while she stroked his wings; and they remained together the whole day. Towards the evening, the rest came back, and as the sun went down they resumed their natural forms. “To-morrow,” said one, “we shall fly away, not to return again till a whole year has passed. But we cannot leave you here. Have you courage to go with us? My arm is strong enough to carry you through the wood, and will not all our wings be strong enough to fly with you over the sea?”
"Yes, take me with you," said Eliza.