Sunday, October 15, 2006

AFTER: Untitled

Once upon a time, in a land very far away, hidden in the woods, there lived a clan of elves. they were an inch high, and made their houses from maple tree leaves and ate the berries that were in the bushes. The king and queen were good rulers and their people lived happily. the king had two boys and one daughter. The girl, Lucinda, was the most beautiful elf in the clan. She was barely seven years old when her older brothers went to join the army to fight in the war that was raging in the neighbouring clan. Now, her only company was her friend, the ladybug, April.
One day, while the little elf was playing in the grass, April came to her side, and told her,
"Today, I have to leave. It's my mother's birthday back home. You may come with me if you like."
"Oh, please! Please take me with you!"
So on they went, over hills and rivers, for many a day and many a night. Finally, they arrived in a very populated ladybug city. Inns, houses, shops, pubs, and formal buildings littered the leafy streets that made up the village of Rowan.
That night, April told Lucinda,
"Tomorrow night, there is a ball. It will be very beautiful. Would you like to come with me?"
"Oh, yes, please."
April wore a satiny white dress made from daisy petals and Lucinda was dressed in the red velvet of a rose petal. Everyone at the ball stared at their beauty. April was complimented and asked to dance by many gentle-bugs but Lucinda was approached gingerly and looked at with suspicion. She was not one of them, and her dress made her look different.
After the ball had ended, the guests went home and the two friends were about to leave also when Lucinda decided to stay and chat with the hosts. April left and Lucinda looked around but couldn't find anyone.
She felt lonely and was about to leave when she found a door slightly open and out of curiosity, she opened it, and gasped...The room was full of jewels. Around every chest that held the treasures were wasps, ready to defend them from any intruder that would dare enter. But because it was late, the guards were asleep.
No one will notice if I take a little jewel, Lucinda thought. So she took a small pearl, the size of a dot. And she crept out of the room without awakening any of the wasps.
She went back home and went to sleep.

The next morning, Lucinda awoke with a dreadful headache. She saw April holding the little pearl.
"Where did you get this pearl?", April asked with wide-eyed astonishment.
So, Lucinda told her the shameful story. When she had finished, April quietly said,
"In my kingdom, the thieves get their hands cut off. You should return the pearl before they find you."
And with these words, she left.

As Lucinda entered the village of Rowan, she gasped in horror. The buildings were shattered like the broken bones of a giant. The smoke that curled from the black chimneys was not cheerful like the time when Lucinda last came to the village, but was sorrowful like a widow's dress.
She hurried to the beautiful mansion that had hosted the ball and entered through the two oak doors. She stumbled to the treasure room and screeched suddenly to a halt. The skeletons in tattered, black robes that were her hosts stood before her. Lucinda fearfully opened her hand, revealing the pearl. Suddenly, toying smiles crossed their faces. The little pearl had changed into ----

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