Legend of the Phantom Wolf

It is said that a young princess named Youkioko once lived in a castle within the woods of Japan. She was very beautiful and attracted many suitors but she wanted none of them. Youkioko made friends with animals easily. One of her best animal friends was a young female wolf affectionately named Starbright. She and Starbright shared many great adventures together. No one thought anything could separate the two and they knew in their hearts if one died the other would follow.

There were rumors of a hunter dressed in black and his faithful and intimidating black wolf. It was said that the wolf was of the shadow realm but very few people believed this rumor. One day the princess wandered into the forest and met there two. The princess feared for her life.

"What do you want with me?" she asked.

"We don't want you, but we can use you as bait for your wolf friend." said the hunter.

"What do you want with Starbright?" asked Youkioko.

"We have heard legends of the beauty of your shewolf and her pelt would sell for quite a lot." said the hunter.

His wolf growled at the princess ferociously. Before any harm could befall the princess Starbright appeared in front of her. The black wolf immediately backed off of princess Youkioko.

"Starbright!" cried the princess.

Starbright attack the black wolf. Before see could kill the black wolf the princess was fatally wounded by the hunter. Starbright fought as valiantly as she could but in the end she to was fatally wounded. With the last of her strength Starbright killed the hunter and his wolf and made it to princess Youkioko. They died in each others arms.

It is said to this day that if a young woman wanders into those woods that the scene repeats its self. Except the young woman is the one that Starbright is protecting and this time Starbright chases them off and leads the woman to safety.

Some say that history is repeating its self because of Starbright's grief over not being able to rescue the princess.

Written by: Sabrina Lyles age: 19

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