Adam suggested having the father find the toy that the Erlkönig had offered the boy.  It makes the story easier to take at the end.  Goethe’s version is what it is, but this version was going into a comic book for handing out as a business card for the MidSouth Cartoonist Association, and so we needed to take the edge off a little bit, right?  Anyhow, Adam’s a sharp guy and I like his approach to the end.