One bright, sunny day, when Robin Hood and Little John were sitting under the trees in the beautiful Sherwood forest, there came a sudden cry, a warlike cry, from the east. Now as Robin heard this he stood up and said to Little John, “What do you think that was? It sounded like a cry of war, but it also sounded as if a girl had screamed.”
Then Little John said, “Yeah, it did sound a little high pitched, should we go check it out?” So Robin Hood and Little John got up and went to see who it was that had made that terrible cry. And as they were walking eastward, towards the place where they had heard the noise, a sudden snap was heard, and just as Robin Hood and Little John were looking about to see what it was, an arrow went whizzing by their heads, barely missing the bridge of Little John’s nose, who had been a little ahead Robin when the arrow was shot. After a few minutes Robin leapt to his feet to see who had shot the arrow. It was a young teenage girl! Robin, seeing the girl, said to her, “You have a great shot, why did you try to shoot me and my partner?” While he was saying this he had been walking slowly towards the girl. “What is your name, fair miss?” “My name,” She said, “is Magdalene.” Now when she had said this John and Robin could fully see her, and she was quite a weird sight to behold. She wasn’t wearing a dress but a shirt and pants, with a knife at her hip and a longbow across her shoulders along with a quiver of arrows, and short, boy like hair. Now Robin Hood and Little John were quite surprised at this and asked her why she wore such things. She told them the sad story of how her mother and father had died when she was young and so she went to live with her mother’s sister, now her mother’s sister had only sons and didn’t know how to raise a girl, so she was brought up as a boy, wearing boy clothes, doing boy chores, and learning how to use weapons such as boys would. She continued and told them of how she had been kicked out of the house once she turned sixteen to live on her own.
“Which is exactly what I’m doing right now. I’m hunting and you’re in my way.” With that she stomped off and was never seen again. Now when Little John and Robin Hood went back to Sherwood forest that evening they told all the band about this strange girl, and how she had run off. The band then made a jest of this (as they always do of random things) and said that the one to find this girl and bring her to dine with them, would get to drink out of the golden gauntlet they had hidden away with their treasures.
For days they searched but never were able to find the girl. Until three weeks after her first, and thought to be last, showing, was she found, with an old woman. Now just as they (Will Scarlet, Robin Hood, and Little John) were about to walk up and introduce themselves, there was a big scream, a clash of steel, and a big dust cloud. When the dust finally settled down again, and the men were able to see once again upon where the two women had been, they saw the entire little campsite thrown about, and an arrow sticking straight through a foxes corpse as it lay dead. Now Little John, Robin Hood, and Will Scarlet, all set out at once to tell the news to the band.
Three more times was Magdalene spotted but every time, there was a large dust cloud and a dead animal with an arrow shot between the eyes. After this they began to think of her as the goddess, McZelda, who was cursed at a young age and was hunted down by wild beast’s untill she was to be killed. Never again after the third and final time Magdalene was seen did she ever appear or any other sign show that she was alive again. But after a few months word came about to the merry band of Sherwood forest, that Magdalene had died, fighting against a bear who had tried to kill her aunt and uncle while on a horse ride thru the woods near their house.
So, was it true that she had been this goddess in disguise? Or was she just a poor, unfortunate girl? What do you think?