The Scarlet Hand
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Bess, the Cow that Jumped over the Moon
Singer at the Golden Egg
Species: Everafter
Gender: Female
Age: 41
(born around 1968)
Fairy Tale: Nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle"
Ernest Hamstead (husband)
Several cow-pig children
Old Maybelle (mother)
Skin color: White
Hair color: Blonde
Aliases: The cow that jumped over the moon
Status: Alive
Appearances: Once Upon a Crime
The Council of Mirrors
The True Story of the Cow that Jumped over the Moon

Bess is an Everafter, the 'human'alter-ego of the cow who jumped over the moon. She used to work at the Golden Egg as a singer, living amongst the Faerie community in New York City where she was girlfriend to Tony Fats. Eventually, after the events of Once Upon a Crime, she leaves him for Ernest Hamstead, and the two eventually get married and have their own family.

She is a beautiful blonde woman when she is in her human form. In addition, she has a rocket pack, which she can use to fly.

Arc in Story

Bess had been living in Faerie, working as a sultry singer for the audience of the Golden Egg. She was the girlfriend of Tony Fats but the relationship was seemingly unqual. After Titania flies into a rage upon hearing about the death of her husband, the Everafters flee from the bar as the Faerie Queen causes chaos. Hamsteaad finds Bess cowering as the Queen edges closer to her and so he goes to save her - Bess thanks him profusedly.


The short story The True Story of the Cow that Jumped over the Moon tells of Bess's background as a super-smart cow who was inspired to build a rocket ship after seeing the Apollo 11 moon landing on TV.


Coincidentally, in the first book, Relda states that she has never heard of a cow that jumped over the moon, but she is in fact the cow.