By S. N. Arly
No one sets out to be a villain, and in many cases this role is assigned by the storyteller, who may have been misinformed or carries her own bias. In the shadowy reaches of these eight stories, good and evil is not always clear cut, and initial perceptions can be misleading. Several of these short stories originate within a popular fairy tale prior to leaving the familiar path to explore new territory.
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Published Feb 6, 2019 · 2,659 words (10 minutes) · 1 like · 558 views
In the shadows of Schwartzwald, the Black Forest, lived a powerful king known as Erlkönig, King of Alder. He stood over seven feet in height and was easily as majestic as any tree in his domain. His robe was the blue-gray color of mist. On his head he wore a crown of leaves, of a kind never found on any tree, perpetually held in the bright tints of autumn.