Then, one moonlit night as she
was walking home through the forest, she decided to take a different
path. She needed some time to think about what it was she might
have lost, and where it might be found (for as we all know, sometimes
a change in routine can give you another perspective on things),
when suddenly she was startled by a long, low growling sound from
the trees behind her…
The Chinchilla Princess froze.
Her heart beat rapidly in her chest as, wide-eyed, she turned around
to face the Thing that lurked there.
Two burning red eyes stared at
her, and as she watched, a wolf stepped out from the veil of the
darkness and padded toward her on silent, stealthy feet.
She trembled. She’d never
seen a wolf before, and this one seemed extraordinarily huge and
"Why do you walk my path,
alone in the dark, so late at night, Princess?" the wolf
asked her, in a voice as deep and rumbling as thunder. "You
should be safe and snug at home, in the arms of your beloved woodsman.
This is not your way."
The Chinchilla Princess swallowed
her fear for a moment and replied, "I have lost something,
Great Wolf, and I chose this path for perhaps to find it. I did
not know it was your way. I did not mean to trespass. Forgive me,
and I will return to my old way."
The wolf walked closer, so close
she could smell his musty scent, and feel his hot breath on her
skin, and he began to sniff her.
"You reek of sadness,
Princess." Great Wolf said as he circled her body, and
The Chinchilla Princess breathed deeply to quiet the trembling within
"What have you lost?"
"I do not know!"
She replied. "I only know that every night I cry tiny,
crystalline tears into a little blue bottle which I hide away for
no-one to see."
"I cry for my eyes which
have dulled, for my pelt which is worn, and for my heart which is
becoming encased in hard red membrane. And I feel weary all the
Great Wolf sat down in front of
her and watched her for a time, then said, "Princess –
you speak of loss of Spirit. What bleeds you so?"
"I do not know, Great Wolf!"
The Chinchilla Princess exclaimed as she crumpled to the ground
and began to cry.
"Hush now, Princess."
Great Wolf said, settling down beside her on the leafy forest floor,
and gently placing his paw on her arm.
"Have no fear. For Spirit
lost can be found, and I know of a way for you to find it. But you
must be brave of heart and strong of will and ready to make a great
sacrifice along the way."
asked The Chinchilla Princess, through her tears.
Great Wolf replied.
"I do not understand,"
said The Chinchilla Princess to Great Wolf, "for I have
nothing to fear, save being eaten by a great, scary wolf like you,
in the depths of the forest at night!"
And at that Great Wolf bellowed
with laughter – a sound that echoed throughout the forest
for a very long time.
To be honest, if you didn’t
know Great Wolf was laughing you would run for your life then! But
somehow, at that moment, The Chinchilla Princess knew that Great
Wolf would help her if she was prepared to do as he said, and that
everything might work out fine, and so she stayed.