Prologue to the Enchanted ForestPrologue to the Enchanted Forest
Plowing through the knee-high grass, the runner stopped at the edge of a forest. Panting, he stared up at the tall, dark trees standing against the starry night sky. After running for fifty years, he finally found a safe place to hide. He heard rumors of this forest, that is was an enchanted home to all kinds of people and animals, good and bad.
He started toward the trees, thinking as he walked, he would be partially free, but only from those who seeked his life. He would never be free from his sins and loneliness this cursed burden has caused him.
As the mysterious stranger entered the forest, a black horse bolted past him. He shrank back in the shadows to avoid being seen. The horse’s rider, a young woman concealed in a hooded robe, kept glancing over her shoulder. The stranger saw she was carrying something wrapped in a blanket as she held the reins with one hand.
Another horse emerged from the forest with a male rider. The stranger lifted his