Wanda and the Eater of Shadows
The Schwarzwald (a 'Black Forest' indeed) grows dark and foreboding as night falls, and night falls earlier as the winter grows deeper. The bushy firs and tall, black pines block what little light falls from the darkening sky, and shadows clot around their roots. Only here and there does moonlight and starlight brush the ground ... in small clearings, and in copses of skeletal deciduous trees, black against the sky.
In this black realm the furrier's daughter has become (or imagines herself become) a huntress, for she has learned, over time, that her chosen prey loathes the light of day. She has heard his name whispered by those she knows to be witches ... 'The Eater of Shadows', and it is in shadows that he dwells. She knows that her father will be absent from their hovel until late, in his cups at the inn, so there is time for her to be about her night-time hunt.