Princess_Kanako would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Little Rin

By Princess_Kanako

Adventure / Children

Little Rin

A little girl in a ragged kimono sat under a tree on the edge of a wood. The sun was near to setting , and up in a tree, two birds were talking.

Said the first bird, "Who is that pretty little beggar girl?"

Said the second bird, "That is Rin, but she is no beggar girl. These woods belong to her, and all the land for miles around belong to her, the grand mansion yonder belongs to her; the very tree we sit in belongs to her."

Said the first, "Then why does she wear such a ragged kimono and why does she look so sad?"

Said the second, "Because she has no father and no mother; only the cruel wind-witch for a stepmother, who hates her and wishes her dead."

Said the first, "Why should anyone hate such a pretty little girl and wish her dead?"

Said the second, "Because, if Rin were dead, all her riches would belong to her stepmother."

Said the first, "If I were a big, strong eagle, I would peck out the wind-witches' eyes!"

Said the second, "But you are not a big, strong eagle, and neither am I. We are only little fellows and must leave the world to work in its own way."

Then, both birds flew away.

Now, the sun set and little Rin got up to go back to her grand mansion. She wiped away some tears with the sleeve of her ragged kimono and began to sing:

Ho-day, poor me, O!
Poor me, Little Rin, O!
They call me beggar, beggar,
They call me Little Rin, O!

She was singing that song all the way home. The stepmother was standing at the gate of the grand mansion. She heard Rin singing, and she screamed with rage.

"You idle, little slut! Didn't I tell you to go into the woods and gather a bundle of sticks for the kitchen fire? Now the fire has gone out and you come home dawdling empty-handed! You'll get no supper until you bring those sticks. And see there's plenty," she shrieked, "or you'll feel my wind blades across your shoulders!"

So Rin turned back into the woods. And as she was going, she was singing her sad little song:

Ho-day, poor me, O!
Poor me, Little Rin, O!
They call me beggar, beggar,
They call me Little Rin, O!

The sound of her voice dwindled away into the distance. But the trees and bushes whispered her song to themselves and the stepmother had sharp ears.

"Rin, Rin," she muttered, "May all the devils of the underworld fly away with you, Rin! Beggar you live, and beggar you shall die!"

And she opened her book of spells and called up a devil in the shape of a huge, white dog.

"Sesshoumaru is your name; and tigerish your nature," said she to the dog, "Follow after Rin! Follow after that bad girl and tear her to pieces! I will give you a bag of gold. Yes, and I will be your partner when the Lord of the Underworld calls us to dance the night away on his lofty mountain."

"You must sign me a contract for that first," said the huge, white dog, "For your ways are as slippery as ice and there's no trusting you."

So the stepmother wrote a contract, handing over Rin to the devil, and Sesshoumaru, that huge, white dog, took the contract and swallowed it. Then he ran off into the woods after Rin.


Now it was growing dark. Rin could scarcely see to gather her sticks. She heard rushing and panting and growling among the bushes. She looked around and saw two blazing eyes.

Oh no, one of her stepmother's devil's was coming after her!

Rin climbed up a tree, and crouched there, waiting. Sesshoumaru came to stand under the tree. He looked up; he could see Rin quite clearly with his blazing eyes. She looked so small, so pitiful, that even his heart of ice was touched.

"Rin, Rin," he called, "Come down, come down! Your stepmother has handed you over to me by contract. If you come down and follow me, I will do you no harm. But, if you don't come down, I will pull up this tree by its roots and tear you to pieces!"

Rin came down presently, and followed Sesshoumaru through the dark wood. And as she was going, she was singing her sad little song:

Ho-day, poor me, O!
Poor me, Little Rin, O!
They call me beggar, beggar,
They call me Little Rin, O!

Sesshoumaru turned around, and Rin could see his eyes blazing.

"Stop that song!" He growled, "I don't like it!"

So Rin stopped singing for a while. Then she began to sing again, but in a very soft whisper. And so, she followed Sesshoumaru, ever deeper into the wood.


Meanwhile, back at Rin's grand mansion, the stepmother-which was gloating.

"Rin is dead!" she was muttering to herself, "By this time, Sesshomaru has torn her to pieces!"

And she opened her big book of spells.

"Let there be a funeral pyre here," she said, "And let there be a replica of Rin lying in it."

As she said, so it was: there was the pyre, and there was an exact replica of Rin lying on it, all stiff and cold. Then the stepmother put on mourning clothes and tangled her hair, and called the people together, and had the pyre set alight.

She was screaming and sobbing, and the people said, "See how the good stepmother mourns for poor little Rin!"

Amongst the funeral guests were two demon-slayers called Sango and Kohaku. And as they stood by the grave, Kohaku whispered to Sango, "Sister, there is something wrong here! As we came through the wood just now, I heard Rin singing. How could she be singing in the wood, and at the same time, be lying on her pyre? Let us go back now, and seek out this mystery."

So they slipped away silently and entered the woods, carrying their weapons. They walked softly, softly. And, sure enough, in the very depths of the wood, they heard that sad, whispered little song:

Ho-day, poor me, O!
Poor me, Little Rin, O!
They call me beggar, beggar,
They call me Little Rin, O!

"Brother," whispered Sango, "Either that is Rin singing or it is her ghost. But, ghost or no, let us follow where it leads."

So they went on. For a time, they heard the song, and then, they didn't hear it any more. But, they then saw the faint flickering of a fire. They went towards the flickering and came to a clearing. They peeped in, and saw a great fire burning merrily, they saw Rin sitting on a heap of stones, crying, and the huge, white dog, lying fast asleep, with his head on Rin's lap.

"Rin," whispered Kohaku, "Rin!"

Rin looked up. She saw Sango, she saw Kohaku. Very, very softly, she reached for a log of wood, slipped the log of wood under Sesshoumaru's head and went to stand by Kohaku. Then Sango picked up her Hiraikotsu and took aim at Sesshoumaru.

With a smash, Sesshoumaru's body was sliced in two, and with a yell that echoed around the clearing, a small, green imp leapt out of Sesshoumaru's body and fled from the clearing. The trees of the wood crashed together, and a great wind roared.

The imp rode on the wind, and came to the place where the stepmother, weeping false tears, was feasting among the guests she had invited to the false funeral. The imp pounced on the stepmother, and whirled her away to the Underworld.

Hand in hand with Sango and Kohaku, Rin went back to her grand mansion, where she lived henceforth in happiness. Sango and Kohaku became her dearest friends, and saw that no harm came to her. And often, they heard Rin singing:

Happy, glad me, O!
Glad me, Little Rin, O!
They call me lady, lady,
They call me Lady Rin, O!

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Princess_Kanako
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Michela Tran: This story is great so far, I hope the author will continue it. The main characters have so much life and the descriptions of their back stories really give you a connection. The main conflict with Jesus actually gave the beginning a good amount of suspense... Or maybe it was just me. Keep writi...

laurenmaegarner: I loved it, I wish the story itself was longer and not as rushed because personally I like seeing them slowly get to know each other over time, and I would’ve liked to see more of them as a couple/beginning to become a couple. However, it was an overall thrilling and interesting story which I cou...

kdhd hdhd: ive enjoyed the story

Tejendra Pratap: It is a great novel... But a litter bit of too shortness is there

Aaliyah Koroma: It was a fun read, it was sometimes really confusing because you didn't separate a memory from the present time and sometimes you writing style is overall confusing but besides that this story is really interesting and mysterious. This is also my first book I read on Inkitt

Camarie: So far the novel has been interesting, entertaining and unique. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is new to the fantasy genre or the plot of sorcery! 9/10 would recommend👍🏻😁

JMH_Writer: Great plot line in this book, supported strongly by adept characterization. An quick easy, gripping read that engages the reader from start to finish. I highly recommend :)

Bj: Well done will definitely read more of your work.I can see you getting much betterKeep your imagination flowing and follow your heart!!!! Until the next story

✨ Keonne Jézzale ✨: In the beginning the book was good as I thought it was a werewolf book like the ones I usually read on here , however, I began to become quite confused about what exactly was going on in the book.I didn’t understand how he was a wolf yet none of his family members were and that a human was able ...

More Recommendations

elemel8815: I would like for there to be more just derek and gwen moments and also a lil bit more excitement plus I'm and totally shipping Oliver and Anya I mean it should totally be a ship and how u describe everything such detail I can picture everything like a movie

dereklee2903: I think this author is fabulous writer with a good depth to charactersI have read a number of her books, all good. HhhhhhhhhhgggggggggghhhhhhgggggggggdddddddddeeddcccccccccccccccHhhhhjjjjkkklllltrewsdf

Jesse Mae: Overall the story was great but there were some problems. There were some plot holes throughout that made it not flow like it could have and then grammar was also an issue. The story just needs to be edited and it would be alot better. I recommend this story to people and I hope the author edits....

Natasha.M.: I loved reading this book. I couldn’t stop. It’s one of those books with soo much drama you don’t want to stop reading it.

ofilichidi: Simply amazing. Your book brought to mind the difference between races and individuals from different continents. The characters kept me intrigued and on my toes. It's a blend of adventure and thriller. I kept thinking what next will Starlyn do. Thumps up.

testsubject1357: Adventures of a Greenie takes place in a believable future with many different species and worlds to explore. I was intrigued by the detail put into this universe and the more I read the more I wanted to learn. The characters acted odd from time to time when they said exactly what they were think...

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.