Fritz Werner von Allendorf and his beautifull young wife, Maria, lived in a small but peaceful cottage on Hessian land in Germany, Allendorf, as his name took it's origins. Fritz served in the army as a proud, bold officer, being respected for his admired deeds. However being stern and stubborn on his duty, he was a caring man of open-hearted reproach to his family, as he loved them upon everything and any treasure ever granted. Maria, his wife, was no different - people knew her from her kindliness, a person to come to whenever trouble or worry touches.
The Allendorf couple had a child - a son, whom they named Reiner. Reiner von Allendorf, a very lively little boy of high dreams. But after some time, the concerns appeared in Fritz, as one night he spotted unusual picture before his very eyes.
At late evening Fritz took moments to gaze and examine his trophies he gathered from his deeds, and sometimes would put them in places different from originally only to put them back in the previous spot. He did this constantly. Reiner was laughing in fun and making calls as he pretended to be mighty warrior on his mighty wooden steed. Maria peeked at him with sweet glance and chuckled.
Father finally left his room and clapped his hands dusting them off from his job fullfilled. "Right! where's my beautiful woman?"
"At work as always." Maria answered with a gentle chuckle and smile, looking up at him from her sofa as she kept on knitting.
"Well you shouldn't work too hard." he interrupted her knitting though only briefly for a sweet kiss on the lips.
"Oh I am not, my dear. The winter is nearly here so I want to finish those little ones on time. No one wants to have freezing feet and runny noses in that house, isn't it?" She looked at Fritz with wider smile, as if suggesting something.
Fritz giggled. Maria loved when he laughed, as it brought the warmth to her heart everytime he smiled. "I assure you, it won't catch me this year!" He added with chuckle.
As the couple exchanged sweet glances at eachother, Fritz lift up his gaze to look at his son all into the rocking horse. The flickering light of the candles reflected his excited face, as the burgundy and purple decorated wall backgrounded a tall shadow. A shadow that terrified him for a moment - a headless creature on the back of a black wild steed, and for a moment he thought he even saw it's red eyes! But with a blink, it was gone, revealing more normal as it should at the very beggining. Maria noticed the dismay of her husband.
"Fritz? Are you alright?" She asked.
Fritz seemed surprised when he looked at her, caught off guard, woken up from his thoughts. "Yes... Yes, I'm fine. Just a little tired, I think..."
Headless Horseman copyright to Disney
Reiner von Allendorf, Fritz von Allendorf and Maria von Allendorf copyright to me.
Done for the "All Aged Down" contest on