The Forest Princess

Author: • January 16, 2017 • Short Stories

“A sheep was killed,” said Wilhelm.  “I saw it—the body, I mean.  A wolf had done it, but the neighbors didn’t believe me.  I’ve studied the world of animals for years.  The culprit was clearly a wolf.”

“How long had Erika been with your family?”

“Three months.  She still behaved somewhat animalistic, but she had relearned many things.”

“No one saw the sheep get attacked?”

“It was in the middle of the night,” Wilhelm said.  “Steffi and my princess shared a bed, and Steffi hears every sound in the night.  She said the princess didn’t stir all night.”  His gaze fell.  “That’s when the problems began.”

“Everyone thought she would do it again.”

“She’s not guilty!”  Wilhelm collapsed in a coughing fit.

“I don’t mean it like that.  Calm down.”

The next few minutes passed in silence.

“This Mr. Schmidt who claimed she killed her aunt and uncle.  It’s all his fault!  He brought the whole village against her—even the mayor.  They wanted to take her away from me!” Suddenly Wilhelm grasped at his left side. “It—it still hurts…”

“Steffi!  Come quickly!”


About the Author

Cecile's Writer_Rebecca LinamAuthor: Rebecca Linam

Country of residence: United States of America

Nationality: American

Mother tongue: English

Rebecca Linam was born in the United States and studied in Aachen, Germany.  She visits Germany every summer.  She earned a master's degree in German and teaches German at the University of North Alabama.  Her short stories have been published in Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, England, and the United States of America.  For more, visit her website at or find her on Twitter@rebecca_linam.

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