Der Erlkoenig.: Der Erlkönig :.It was in the darkest eve of the night that the sound of horses hooves were heard thundering in the distance. Only thin slivers of pale moonlight shone through the limbs and leaves of the trees canopy. Crickets chirped forlornly from their nestled spot among the ground.With a sudden burst of movement, a great, lumbering beast burst forth through a shelf of low-hanging branches, a graceful silhouette against the still and quiet night, and with it, came a chilling wind that had not previous blown. Atop the creatures back was a tall man holding against his broad frame a young boy with one arm, the other keeping the reigns tightly enclosed within his hand. The childs hair was stark, almost glowing against the gloomy backdrop, his skin pale and sickly. His cheeks, flushed with fever, quivered mildly as his as his brows furrowed, eyes tightly shut as if to block the illness out.