The Centaur Princess Chronicles
"There was a princess who lived in the forest. She was a centaur; half horse and half human. She wore her long, brown hair in thick braids and she had sparkling green eyes. She and her tribe were respectful of nature. Today was a special day because it was her birthday."
"It was the centaur princess' 16th birthday, which was special in her tribe. This meant that she was old enough to be considered a responsible adult. To prove this, she had to do a special quest. She got to pick what her quest would be."
"The centaur princess went to the oldest of the tribe, the wise woman. The wise woman was the keeper of the stories and she had many books in her hut. The two stayed up long in the night, reading about these legends by candlelight."
"There was a tale of old that spoke about an ice crown that belonged to a centaur queen. It was a very magical crown and all the best wizards helped to make it. There was an ogre; a large, terrible ogre warlock who was jealous and wanted the crown for himself."
"In a battle only remembered in ancient books, the ogre warlock attacked the centaurs. He had many monsters to help him. He stole the ice crown and fled to his fortress in the mountains."
"The centaur princess decided her quest would be to find the ogre warlock and take the ice crown back. It would be a hard quest and many thought it would be too difficult for her to do. But she had courage, and she made up her mind!"
"It was still winter but the centaur princess did not want to wait until spring to go on her quest. She would leave this week, but first she had to get supplies and say 'goodbye' to her family. It was a dangerous journey and she might not make it back."
"The mom and dad of the centaur princess were because their baby had grown up so fast. They were also very proud of her because she had grown up to be an honorable and caring young woman. They had a special feast the night before the princess was to leave on her journey."
"During the feast the dad of the centaur princess gave her his old bow made of white wood and it had green leaves painted all over it. He told her it would always aim true as long as her heart was true. It was her bow now."
"The mom of the centaur princess gave her a special necklace during the feast. It was called the Heart of the Forest and was a large, green gem the color of the princess' eyes. It glowed a magical green, and with it she could talk to the animals of the forest."
"The rest of the night was spent in celebration and feasting. Centaurs danced late into the night under a bright, full moon. The centaur princess was told she could take, and only one friend to help her on her quest. She thought long and hard about this."
"The centaur princess chose to take one ally with her to get the crown back. She chose her best friend she had known since they were both very young. This friend wasn't a centaur, but a sprite. This sprite was a special kind of wizard called a song spinner."
"The two stopped for lunch and the snow was getting thicker. Instead of going further, they decided to just make camp. They didn't know eyes were watching them from the snowy shadows. By this time there were more however, lots more!"