Realised Fairy Tale (part four)

I originally thought I could write this story in one piece. Then I thought maybe two or three. Here I am on part four, and not finished yet! I am sorry to be so long-winded! I just felt that I had to tell this part of the story.
I do feel a bit “exposed” in this section, but it helps set the stage.
It goes further back in time. Is that confusing? Do you think it fits? Too much background info? Style feels different. Can you still hear my voice? Sigh.