Queen Arethusa was the good elf queen of Evergreen. She was said to be wiser and kinder than any being who had ever lived. One night, however, she was kidnapped by the demon Ashrik and imprisoned on a tiny rocky isle in the center of a vast lake. There she is kept, with the demon's terrible snake guarding her night and day, waiting day after day with false hope for some hero to happen upon her and rescue her.
This is my entry for the Between the Lines writing contest on Elfwood. The news story it is based on can be found at the address below.