The Huntress and the Doe
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~ The Huntress and the Doe ~
One day, as the king’s huntswoman was riding in the forest, she came upon a small pool in a clearing. It was autumn, and the fallen leaves strew across its surface, painting it as blood. Knee-deep amidst the red stood a beautiful white doe, its skin as pale as snow.
Struck by a hunter’s passion, she primed the arrow and notched it, aiming for the deer’s heart. But just as she let loose the image shimmered for a second, and an uncustomary tremor shook her hand. The doe leapt, alongside with it the arrow, and both disappeared into the forest.
The huntress never missed. Enraged that anything should taint perfection, she gave chase, determined that the doe should die if that was what she willed to be. The woods themselves appeared to assist her, stilling their breath so she could hear every beat of hoof. A deer crossed her path, a wolf, and then a boar. She didn’t pay them any heed.