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Short Story Essay

1168 words - 5 pages

Short Story

Once in a small cottage deep in a thickly overgrown forest there was a
young boy who lived with his mother, his father and his elder sisters,
two of the most beautiful girls in the whole of Ireland. This forest
was different to the many others that form a blanket over this
enchanted land. The young boy often quarrelled with his sisters and
felt that their talents overshadowed him. The two beautiful girls were
not only very fair of face but also always endeavoured to do well in
their studies and were a great help to the mother around the cottage.

One day, a day which seemed unusual to the young boy from almost the
moment he woke in the morning, something happened which changed the
life of the boy and the life of every Irishman here after. The day had
begun with the young boy hearing his mother calling his name in a
rather frantic tone. "Luke", "Luke", she called. The young boy feeling
the sense of importance rushed down stairs to be meet by his father,
mother and grandfather. His mother told him that neither of the girls
had been seen since bedtime the previous night and asked him did he
know where they might be or why they may have wandered off.

The evening before this influential morning his sisters had decided to
take a walk into the forest that surrounded the cottage. Luke did not
wish to not be included in their adventure and so tagged along but
always keeping a few paces behind so as not to be seen by the girls
and to be told to return to the cottage. He had over heard the girls
talking about small creatures that lived in solitude in the lush green
forests of Ireland and that they must be careful as to not be too
noisy or they would disturb these fairies and bring bad luck upon the
family. The young boy now very intrigued by the fairies his sisters
were discussing started to skip along more hurriedly behind the girls
so that he also may catch a glimpse of a fairy. As Luke begun to run
faster his footsteps became louder and more noticeable until
eventually the elder of his sisters turned around to see if they were
being followed. The elder sister was extremely vexed to see that Luke
had followed them and begun to scold Luke, forgetting that they might
disturb a hidden fairy. All of a sudden the three siblings became
overwhelmed by the presence of a minute and delicate creature. Luke
thought to himself that this must be one of the fairies his sisters
had set out to see. The pocket-sized creature was female and perfect
in form. The small fairy women or Banshee in...

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