The Maiden and the Wolf---- *A Fantasy Romance Story*
The Legend of Prince Dakota has been passed down through generations and generations of men and women, details have been forgotten or changed over the hundreds of years but the main story remains as true as the first time it was told.
It is said that Prince Dakota was selfish and spiteful; he lusted for power and the devotion of his people. He had everything anyone could ever have wished for but it was never enough.
Prince Dakota welcomed war and violence, stories tell of him sending men hundreds of miles in ever direction to find dangerous beasts and to bring them back to him. He would caged the exotic animals, staved them, provoke them and finally made them fight against one another to the death. It was his idea of entertainment.
The Prince lived like this for years until his twentieth birthday. On the eve of his adulthood a beautiful woman appeared at his castle door. She entranced him through dance and song, her beauty unmatched by any of the Prince's eight wives. But it was her boldness and spirit that fascinated the Prince so much. The woman who held herself with the strength of a warrior but moved with the grace of a goddess and spoke with freedom dancing in her eyes. He had never met a woman like her before.
Prince Dakota himself was known throughout the kingdom for his handsomeness. His black hair, grey eyes, tall lean build and muscled body; he looked the type of man any girl dreamed of marrying.
It was when the clock towel stroked midnight that the two were alone and the beautiful woman revealed herself truly. For you see she was a sorceries and a powerful ancient one at that.
The legend says that she released the many beasts that the Prince had imprisoned and the revengeful creatures had encircled their once master.
The sorceries wanted to make the Prince suffer for his crimes, to hear him plead for her mercy, to see his pompous face turn to pain and fear as death waited to spring.
But he didn't, the Prince didn't plead, beg, cry or even raise his voice as the beasts surrounded him. And it was because of his bravery before death that the woman spared his life but cursed him for all eternally.
She transformed the Prince into a wolf but not just any wolf a black wolf, the symbol of darkness and malevolence. The only way for the curse to be lifted was for a girl of pure of heart to love him for what he truly was; a spiteful narcissistic murder.
And so the legend ends with Prince Dakota incarcerated within the body of a lone black wolf prowling between the world of humans and animals. His sentence for his wicked deeds given no reconciliation.
And if you listen closely you can hear his distance mournful howl on the wind calling to his undiscovered love to find and release him from his curse.
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