The Goblin’s Cottage
Looking forward, Iris caught a glimpse of light out of the corner of her eye.
What could it be? Her enemy could not be following her, could she?
It was her treasure and she was to be the first one to find the map.
A branch lay on the way and caused Iris to trip over. She had to get it or all her money would be gone and no food would be cooked at home as they were very poor. She got up and ran, she was sure now no one could follow her as she was one of the fastest runners in the whole town.
Surprisingly, no footsteps were heard nor crunching leaves from far away in the depths.
Iris slowed down her pace and walked. Two more kilometers and the money will be her’s.
She had arrived at her destination. A red cross was marked on the dried ground. She got out her shovel and started digging. After hours of digging, her shovel touched something hard, Iris’s face glowed. It was a treasure box full of diamonds, gems and gold.
Then, she heard something, something like footsteps.
She turned around and someone was there holding a knife.
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Knowing that death was next, Iris closed her eyes, she waited for a while and nothing happened. She opened her eyes in confusement, a pile of sand lay on the ground in front of her cheap shoes. But did she know, inside the treasure box there sat “The Lost Ruby of Kindness”. Iris’s face glowed in pride; she knew there was something in the box that she can use to shield herself. The strong girl shifted the heavy box into her bag and dragged it up to her back. She had to run for shelter as the army of goblins might have been following her. In the distance Iris could make out the outline of the rundown palace, she could spend her night there.
Tired of all those carrying and running she sat down in front of the oak tree for a rest. A shadow moved. Iris took no notice. It emerged like a ghost, what could happen next? Will the ruby work?
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The shadow revealed a skinny little boy emerging slowly step by step. He kneeled down in front of the sleeping girl and took off his hat knowing that if he woke her up she would get a fright. So he did it gently and her eyes opened slowly. He whispered quietly, “ Are you lost? The woods are not a safe place to sleep in.” Iris rubbed her eyes and looked at the shy boy, he didn’t look dangerous. Iris smiled and explained everything and asked, “ what’s your name?”
He answered shyly, “ My name…my name is Marcus.”
He then told her that he knows a safe place to stay in as he was lost too.
Then off they went yet again to reach another destination.
Iris obeyed every single instruction so she did not get lost again. Marcus was surprised by how much attention a girl like Iris paid to a boy like him.
He liked the feeling. After walking for 100 yards they reached Marcus’s place. It was quite good for a forest. They sat down and had some food, and that was the time she really looked at Marcus, he looked: shy, little, funny and smart.
Marcus and Iris went to sleep ,each of them had their own beds made of ; potato sacks and a soft, milky white, sheet covering the sacks. Iris instantly fell asleep and so did Marcus as they had a long journey.
The next morning started with a big rack as Iris woke up with a big headache and they had nothing for the cure but they had herbs at the back of Marcus’s cottage. So Marcus made Iris a herb mixed tea which helped Iris alot. Marcus then asked very shyly, “M, Can I see…M, your box?” Then it hit Iris. She got a box yesterday and hid it in Marcus’s Cottage, already she forgot about it, “ Yeah sure, I will show you.” ,Iris stammered. She got up and looked in the cupboard, it wasn’t there. Iris’s eyes got big as saucers. “ You saw me put it in the cupboard ,didn’t you?” asked Iris. Marcus then nodded with a grin. Iris stood there still like a statue, “ You took it. Marcus, how could you?” questioned Iris in shock. “I,I am not Marcus, I am Goblin Idange” smirked the Goblin. “Marcus, who is Marcus, I played him all along. Now you, you have lived for too long, your mum is dead and you’re next. Ha Ha Ha!”crackled Idange and then nothing was to be heard again of Iris.