Erebus and the Maiden

Fiction by | August 26, 2012

Erebus the black ogre lived alone at the edge of the forest. The villagers were afraid of him because, as the elders said, “Black ogres bring misfortune to anyone who looks at them.” For this reason, Erebus, too, hated the humans.

One evening, as Erebus hunted for his dinner, he saw a very beautiful maiden walking alone in the forest. He followed the maiden and noticed that she constantly bumped into trees and bushes. Erebus thought it would be nice to give her a scare, but as he came near she asked: “Who’s there?”

“You shouldn’t be here,” Erebus said. “It’s not safe.”

“Thank goodness! I’m lost. Please help me.”

“I can’t. I’m not what you think I am.”

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