The Forest Princess

Author: • January 16, 2017 • Short Stories

 “I went out to look for her the very next day.  I didn’t necessarily need to go to the forest, because Father already had enough herbs for his work.”

“How did you explain it to him?”

“I said that the mushrooms he’d been looking for last week were further in the forest.  It wasn’t easy to find her.  I recognize the tracks of normal animals easily, but she was a new one—the forest princess, as I later named her.”

“Spoken as a true researcher.”

“I’m no longer a researcher.  Now I’m just old and sick.”

“I meant back then.  And twenty-three is not old, Wilhelm.  After all, I’m fifty-seven.  Where did you find her?”

“Deep in the forest in the creek.  She was catching fish.  She stood there like a bear and grabbed at the fish.  She’d already caught a lot of them and thrown them to shore.  She was completely wet.  It made me feel cold just to see her; I watched her behind a boulder.  It was already June, but even then the water is cold as ice.”

“Yes, of course.”

“And then she went ashore and began to eat the fish.”

“Without cooking them?”

“Yes.  Just like the raccoons, raw and bloody.  She didn’t eat all of them.  I think she wanted to take them with her.”

“You think?  You didn’t follow her?”

“No.  As she stood up to leave, I sneezed.”

“Allergies?”

“Yes.  She had seen me even though I was hidden behind the boulder.  I stood up.”

“Did she speak to you?”

“Well… she hissed at me like a wildcat.”

“Honestly?”

“Yes, and then I said, ‘Hello, my name’s Wilhelm.’  And she yowled like a cat.  Then she ran away with her fish and wasn’t to be found again that day.”  Wilhelm leaned back in his bed.

“Thank you, Wilhelm.  That’s enough for today.  I’ll come again tomorrow.  Goodbye.”

“Goodbye, Uncle Helmut.”

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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 www.rebeccalinam.com or find her on Twitter@rebecca_linam.


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