The prompt was:
“Belittling them was one of my only pleasures.” A dashing robber bridegroom is given a magic ring by a woman who can turn into a seal. The story begins with violence, climaxes with someone reading a book, and ends with a murder. An ancient prophecy plays an important role.
As this prompt sounded quite fairy tale, I tried to break some of the fairy tale tropes a bit. Everyone who tries to manipulate another character has their attempts fail–sometimes hilariously. Wizards, selkies, robbers, and strong female characters.