Now the intent in Tell A Story Day is to read a book to someone or yourself, or even tell a folklore or legend to a young person. But I want to try something different. I want to create a story. Since the holiday is mainly celebrated in the US, England and Scotland, I’ll start it with a Scottish character. It’s up to you where the story goes. Heck, maybe if enough of us add to it we can make it another “39 Clues” and all become millionaires! So here goes…
In the northwest of the highlands of Scotland, in and about the Gairloch and Loch a Druing lived a creature some thought was man, some though animal and others thought a bit of both. He lived in the Birch Wood, dressed in moss and leaves to blend in with his surroundings, being a timid creature by choice. He was a jolly soul, kindhearted and gentle, happy to live and let live. He had one love outside of the woods he lived in, it was children. He loved them and they loved him.
That said, he was not the kind you wanted to cross though. He was fiercely protective of his home, the woods and lochs, and would do anything to preserve them as they were. When Lord Gary decided to build an estate and village to support it on the Dhu’s native land he started a war that no one could have imagined. For every tree Lord Gary took down, the Ghillie Dhu would make one of the village children his own. Angry, Lord Gary cut down more trees and the Ghillie Dhu took more children, one for one.
The villagers grew more and more angry but not at Lord Gary. It wasn’t Lord Gary that had their children, it was the Ghillie Dhu. Now the children were fine. They lived in the forests and learned to love them and how to protect them, all of which the Ghillie Dhu willingly taught. As the years passed, the villagers found themselves at war with their own children, the very people they were trying to get back.
Okay, so now it’s your turn! Help write the story to its conclusion!