What started out as an ode to the Brothers Grimm's "Snow-White and Rose-Red" and "Little Red Cap", Francesca Lia Block's "Rose", and Angela Carter's "The Company of Wolves" has turned into a crazy adventure through various other anthropomorphic fairy tales. In order to give everyone appropriate credit here is a list of stories that have influenced this little story.
"Snow-White and Rose-Red"
"Little Red Cap"
"The Frog King"
Francesca Lia Block
"The Company of Wolves"
"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"
Hans Christian Andersen
and of course my pet rat the ever darling and handsome Prince Basil.