The Forest Princess

Author: • January 16, 2017 • Short Stories

“If I were only stronger, we could do a little bit more every day.”

“We’re not in a hurry, Wilhelm.”

“Of course we are.  If you don’t know all about her, we won’t be able to find her.”  He sighed.  “I miss her so much.”

“Steffi said that she went with you of her own free will after she fell in the hole you dug.”

“Yes.  She had twisted her ankle but kept trying to climb out anyway.  Finally, I gave her my hand, and she clasped onto it tightly.  Once she was out again, she stared at me with her blue eyes.  ‘Friend,’ she said in her bird’s voice.  ‘Friend.  Friend.  Friend.  You.’  At the word ‘you,’ I knew that she had truly been among people before.  She had heard it from someone other than me.”

“Did she say where her family was and where she had come from?”

“No.  We learned that from other sources.  On that day the only thing she said to me was ‘friend’.”

“And then you both went home.”

“Yes.  She stood up but couldn’t walk very well.  I felt guilty because of her foot.  I pointed to it and asked if it hurt.  She only smiled at me and seemed to be happy that I had freed her from her prison.  She kept making cheerful twittering noises that reminded me of the birds.”

“She didn’t want to run away?”

“No.  I’d become a hero in her eyes, even though I’d plotted the whole thing.  Of course, she didn’t know about that.”

“Probably good that she didn’t,” Helmut said with a raise of his eyebrows.

Wilhelm nodded.  “Then I asked her if she wanted to see my house.  I repeated the word ‘house’ two or three times, pointing to me and her own sleeping hole, until she understood.  She nodded enthusiastically.  I bent down to pick her up and carried her home.  I had finally captured the forest princess.”

“And you the forest king.”

The clock struck ten.  Steffi appeared in the doorway.  “Wilhelm, your medication.”

Helmut stood up.  “Thank you, Wilhelm.  We’ll continue tomorrow.”


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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