Character Madness: Haunted by Darkness - Hunted
Royce from the novelette Hunted
Royce is the hunter that finds Darla in the woods. Her violet eyes and odd color of her coat haunts him. In frustration, he marvels over the attachment he seems to have formed with an animal, an animal that should have been on his dinner table. But he couldn't kill such an exquisite creature. He could swear it talked. He feels like he's losing his mind, but he seeks her out again, determined to kill her this time.
A friend of Prince James, Royce has heard the story of the missing Princess, and witnessed the loss in his friends eyes on more than one occasion. Will he learn the truth about Princess Darla's demise before it's too late, or will he kill her to preserve his sanity?
You can find Royce's story in Haunted by Darkness, A Collection of Fairy Tales and Legends.