2008年2月18日

再掲です! 「溢れた・・・」

きょう、10人の先生で鴎友学園に授業見学に行ってきました。

朝8時40分から夕方5時40分まで、実に充実した見学でした。
9時間ものあいだ、一瞬も気を抜けなかったのですが、疲れは感じませんでした!

見学の成果は見学の先生方の感想が出たところで、あらためてここで報告します。

きょうは、The Wizard's Family 全文の再掲載のお知らせです。
記事に出てくるOさんと直接会いました。とても元気そうでした。なんと、The Wizard's Family 全文の掲載を許可してくれただけでなく、
イラストも掲載を許可してくれました。今回はまだイラストは掲載できませんが、
近いうちにイラスト入りで楽しんでもらえるはずです。
お楽しみに!

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鴎友学園の先生から、前回Oさんの了解を取ってから時間が経っているので、もう一度了解を取ってほしい、それまではOさんの英文を削除してほしいというお願いがありました。

たしかに時間が経ちすぎているので、一旦削除します。
先生にはあらためて了解を取ってくださるようにお願いしました。
近いうちに復活できるといいのですが・・・

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原稿を書いている間に熟成した種(?)はほぼ植え付けを終わりました。あといくつか残っている種はもっと前からの懸案です。たとえばきょうの話題はもう1年以上前から温めていた投稿です。

わたしは「こども式」といい、樽というけれど、実際にどう溢れるかについてはなかなか例が出せません。あまりに小さいこどもの場合は世の親たち、先生たちを煽るのではないかと投稿がはばかられます。おとなの場合は従来の英語学習の影響を除ききれないので、二の足を踏みます。

きょう紹介する「溢れた」例は東京の鴎友学園の中学3年生が9月から書きはじめたファンタジーです。多読は鴎友学園の英語では大切な一部を成していて、Oさんは中学1年から多読授業を受け始めました。えいごの勉強としてはそれ以前にはなにも特別なことはしていないそうです。

イギリスの教科書を使って英語で行われる授業と、多読が見事に溢れました。実はOさん自身が描いた挿絵がはいっているのですが、それは近いうちに原文(大学ノートに鉛筆描き)と一緒にアップします。

なお、ワープロで起こしてくださったのはややこ式掲示板の「紫」さんです。本当にありがとうございました!

Oさん自身の綴りの間違いもそのまま再現してあります。そんな間違いはささいなことだということをOさんにも、みなさんにも、知っていただきたいからです。

なお、近いうちに、鴎友学園の昨年度の中学3年生の作った Ohyu Reading Tree のこと、それからその人たちが高校1年になって作った今年度の作品も紹介します。

お楽しみに!

Chapter 1 The Wizards Family

One day, in the morning, Nellie was looking for something.
"Where is that?" She said, scratching her bushy hair."Where is
my pointed hat?" She pulled out her branket,pillow,and her
sheets. On her bed, there was nothing.
"bother" she groaned. "I'll late for the breakfast,again."
She sat on the bed, scratching her hair crossly.
Last night, the pointed hat was on the carpet. Nellie always
ready her clothes on the floor. This morning, she saw her
dress, wand, and socks there, but her pointed hat disappered.
"I didn't touch my hat last night." she thought.
"I'm sure the pointed hat is in this room, and・・・"

"Nellie!" While she was thinking, she heard loud voice from
the garden. It was her mother, Berra's voice.
Nellie opened the window. She could see her mother who was
showing her a big fry-pan.
"The breakfast is ready! Come down here!" she called loudly.
"all right!" Nellie replied, and added,"・・・but I'll find my
hat before." so, she was still at her room and began to look
for the hat again.

"Neeeeeeelliieeeeeeeeeei!!"
Nellie jumpd up. someone called her,very very loudry.
She looked out of the window. Mrs Barbala Newtsbone, the
housekeeper stood on the garden.

"Mrs.Newtsbone!" Nellie gasped. "What happen ―"
"Come and eat breakfast!!" Mrs Newtsbone yelled. "Hurry up!
now,quick!!"
"Okey!" Nellie replied. and added,
"You needn't shout so loud! I can hear you quite well!"
Then she closed the window.
"I'll find my hat after breakfast." She said to herself.
"Mrs Newtsbone will get angry."
She hurried to the garden ― Do you know why Nellie and her
familyeat their meal at the gaeden every day?
Because Nellie had a lot of brother and sister. She had 7
brothers and 6 sisters.Father, Mother,14 childrens, and one
house keeper were in one family.
Nellie and her family's house was big, but the dining room
wasn't big enough. So Nellie and her family didn't want to eat
there.

When Nellie arrived at the garden, Mrs. Newtsbone's face got
from White to red.
"You must dress up perfecty!" she said crossly.
"But I couldn't find my pointed hat!" Nellie said.
"Hey, Nellie," said Yutis, the orldest brother. "That is your
hat, isn't that? Well・・・It doesn't look like a hat now."
Nellie saw her brother.
"What do you mean?" she asked.
Yutis didn't answer. He smiled and pointed at the large table.
There were 17 chairs around the table, and other brothers and
sisters were sitting on the chairs. They were eating their
breakfast, and watching something. Nellie found "Something"
and gasped.
It was a black cat・・・no,a hat? She couldn't understand, but
anyway, It was an animal.
The black cat was very strange. It had 4 legs, but one of
them was not real ― It was made of flat black cloth!
The cat's tail was strange too. It was curled same as
Nellie's hat.・・・Now, Nellie understood everything Her brothers
and her sisters played a trick on her. They changeed her hat
into a cat.
"Hey!!" she cried. "Give that hat back!"
"Oh, but you should dress up perfectly before that, Nellie?"
Anies, the second sister.
"And you should wash this," added Snollet,the middle-brother.
He picked up the cat・・・no, hat.
"The chewing gum is onit. There." He pointed the cat's tail.
"Where did you eat this? In your bed?"
All of brothers and sisters laughed, Nellie's face turned red.
"Don't joke," she said. Snollet always play a joke on her.
"Oh, I'm serious." Snollet replied.
"Give that pointed gat back, please!" she said loudly."That's
mine!"
"Nellie!"
Mrs. Newtsbone yelled again. Nellie and Snollet stopped
talking.
"Be quiet at breakfast table, Nellie, you too, Snollet. you
musut be kind to your sister." Berra said carmly.
"OK, mom. But I'm just looking・・・"
"That's enough Snollet,・・・and,you mustn't go back your room
to dressed up,Nellie. Eat your breakfast." she said.
"Uh・・・yes,"Nellie said, and picked up her spoon.She ate her
porridge(lizard's tail init) two or three spoonful, but she
couldn't eat more.
"Eat more, Nellie," said Sarsha, the sixth sister."Eat before
your porridge gets cold."
"Sarsha is right,Nellie," said Nellie's father,Cnortas.He
already finished his breakfast.And now,he was polishing his wand.
"This porridge's taste good, and ― what is it?"
Cnortas found the strange brack cat ― the Nellie'hat.
"I've did it." Snollet said, proudly."Isn't it good?"
"I think your spell power wasn't strong enough,"Cnortas said.
"I'll change it into hat again," he said, and waved his wand.
The black cat changeed into the Nellie's hat.
"Oh, Snollet" he said sternly.
"It's Nellie's hat! Did you use it for your magic-training?"
"Yes, but it was a only a joke." said Snellet.
"You must use YOUR hat,in next time" said Cnotas. "Well,
It's time to go to work. I'm going now, Berra." he said to
his wife. Berra nodded.
Suddenly, he changed himself into a big eagle,and flew away.
"Wow!" cried Curly, the seventh brother. "Dad is wonderful!"
"Yeah," said Snollet."I want to be great as he."
Nellie wanted so too, but she didn't say anything.
"My father is a great wizard." she thought."My mother is
great,too. She is a great witch ― and,my brothers and sisters.
They have a lot of magic power. Yutis can change himserf into
a small bat, Anies can fly very fast with her broom stick.
Snollet can change things ― It's not perfectly now ― into
other something. but,I am ― "she thought.
"I don't have strong power, and can't do anything,"
she felt so miserable all the time in breakfast.


Chapter 2 Introduction of Nellie's Family

Now, I'm ready to be introduced you about Nellie and her
family. Let's begin ・・・・・・

Way out at the end og this world, there was an entrance of
the ANOTHER world. Human couldn't find this world easily.
This world was for Wizards, Witchs, ghosts, mummys, and
other monsters.
If you entered this world, you can see tocky ground first.
A lot of rocks and big stones are in this world, but you can
see another thing・・・The four roads.
If you didn't panic about this world, you find these roads
quickly.
Because somebody in the Another World had put up neat
notice-boaeds which clearly marked the way for who visited
this world.
One of them said " East: To Misty-Frog-Forest," The Misty-
Frog-Forest is the place for enormous snakes, frogs, insects,
and other rare monsters.
One of them said " South : To Death-Dry-Dessert," and
somebody wrote more words under this sign."Attention― please
be careful for your life. You must ready a lot of water, and
be careful to animal of Dessert.

And there was still one more notice-board. It said
"North: To Moon Shadow Woods"
A lot of wizards or witches lived in this wood, and Nellie
lived there too.
In this Moon-Shadow Wood, there was an old enormous tower.
Nellie and her family lived in this tower.
But,Oh no ― what a tower!! It looked ready to fall down
at any second. This tower was really old ― "The queen of
witches was lived here 700 years ago."Nellie's father,Cnortas
told his daughter like this.

Cnortas Eagle eye was the strongest wizard in the wood. The
many wizards and witches lived Moon-Shadow Wood, but Cnortas's
magic was best. So, he was leader of them. He always feels
proud about this.
Cnortas's wife, Berra was the great witch, too. She could
make potions perfectly, and she had very strong heart ― If
her family's house REALLY faoodown, she won't worryed.

Nellie had a good parents like this. And she had ― I think
I've already said it ― a lot of brother and sisters.
The seven brother's names were Yutis, Shilvir, Chet, Dice,
Snollet, Maltes, and Cully. The brothers knew a lot of magic
spells and curses. Yutis's power was the strongest in brother.
He could changed himself into a small animals if he wanted to.
The six sister's names were Ivy, Anies, Shilvia, Rana, Elis,
and Sarsha. Ivy, the oldest sister was 19years old. She had
been engaged to Monte, the young wizard.

Nellie was ― oh, I can write about her finaly ― the
youngest witch in her family. She was only 9years old, and all
of her brothers and sisters were older than Nellie.
She lookde at a lot of her mother. This is the way she
lookde:
Her bushy hair, the brown-gold color, was covered her small
head.It looked like golden bubbles. Her round eyes were bright
green. Under these eyes were small nose and mouth.
Nellie was thin and small girl,she always minds about them
because her brother,Snollet always laughs her looked like or
small body.
Snollet was the youngest wizard in his family, 3 years ago.
He felt so miserable in that time,but now, he had two brothers
and one sister. And one of them, Nellie couldn't use the magic
enough. He felt very proud about this, so he always plays a
joke on Nellie. At once, Snollet told her,
"You can't control your power."
Nellie was very upset, but it was true.
She had her wand, Bloomstick, and the tiny Newt (she called it
Greenie), but she couldn't use the magic perfctly. She always
makes trouble when she tried to use the magic.

Once, Nellie tried to lit the candle with her wand. She said
the fire magic spell, and wared her wand. But the magic didn't
work. She tried 20 more times, but any magic light or sparks
didn't come out of her wand.
Nellie got so impatient. She twisted and flailed her wand,
and finally, she prodded candle. It was a big mistake.
Suddenly, the white fire and sparks come out of her wand and
they blown up all of her funitrue. Her table, chair, bed and
chest,were changed the bits of wood. Nellie's sister,Sarsha
heard her sister's voise.
Then Nellie was resqued by Sarsha in the mess.

Another time, she tried to change 5 shite stones into the 5
fat slugs. The one of them was turned into slug (but it wasn't
exactry same), but other four stones weren't.
She felt little upset.
Next day, she picked up her broomstick, and fasped. The half-
stone slug eaten all of broom stick's tail.
She thrown the slug out of the window.

And one day, Nellie pulled out Snollet's green socks.
That day,In the norning, Snollet changed her stocking into the
black crow. Nellie wanted to do the revenge to Snollet.
She tried to change socks into the 2 green [parrots]. She
waved her wand, but her magic spell was wrong.The socks
changed into a [buffalo]. ― one of socks was the flont half,
other one was back half. She couldn't sxplain why they'er
changed into that. That was both very good and very stupid,but
there was a trouble.Buffalo didn't like the small room, so it
ran about all over the tower by the power whem steam locomotive
drove recklessly.
It kept running for half an hour. In the end, it rushed in
to the kitchen. Mrs, Newtsbone stewed herbs in this time, but
she didn't worry about buffalo. She knews that wasn't real
buffalo. She waved her wand, then buffalo changed into the
green socks again.
Nellie was very embarrassed, and she didn't came out of her
room, all day.
She made more and more rouble, so she was afraid to use the
magics, now.
Sarsha , the sixth sister understood her mind. She was 13
years old. She knew why Nellie felt miserablem because she
couldn't control her magic five years ago.
Nellie liked Sarsha, but she was older than Nellie ・・・ It
couldn't be help. She wanted the friend of the same age as her.

Eagleeyes's life was very good. enormous house, a lot of
children (Nellie didin't feel good about this), much food and
the great house keeper (she yelled by horrible voice,sometimes).
Nellie didn't know her father's job. Every weekend, Cnortas
was taking a lot of food or Gold ingot, some domestic animals
and another nesessary things to his home. Nellie didn't know
where Cnortas get those things.
Because she didn't try to know about that, she was thinking
the Eagleeyes's life,the adundant and freely life is natural.
She didn't know poor life.
But Nellie wasn't a bad child so she never boasted of her
rich life.

Chapter 3 The High Wall

"Repeat after me, children. The Laws of wizards and witches,"
Bella said. It was 10 o'clock, time of the morning lessons.
"The Laws of wizards and witches," Nellie, Curly, and Maltes
repeated.
"Good" Bella nodded.
"Now listen carefully. I'll teach you a very important things.
This is the rule of us, and nobody break them. I'll start ・・・

The Laws of wizards and witches.
First, you must be strict, cruel, and clever.
The wizard or witche must have a icy heart.
Second, you must protect youself and your family.
You must destroy your enemise.
Third, you must not show mercy to the enemy.
Don't afraid of deadly duel.

・・・ These are First three Laws. You must memorize these."
"It's difficult." said Maltes.
"Yes, it't too long, we cant'tmemorize." said Culry.
"You MUST observe these." Berra said seriously. "These Laws
are very old, but we keep them."
"I can't understand." said Nellie. "The Law says,'you must be
cruel',but mum always says 'You must be kind to every one'"
Berra couldn't replied.
"Silly old Nellie," said Maltes, smiling proudly."Wizards and
witches must be kind to their family.""And we must be cruel to
our enemy," added Cutly.
"Oh ,yes. I want to say that." said Berra.
Nellie gave a deep sigh, she didn't consent to her brother's,
but she said nothing.

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After the lunch, Nellie went to the Trem- Trembling River.
This wide river was in the wood. Many wizard and witches use
this river's water ― The water was clear and cold.
On near the river, there was a small house, and in the house
lived Ulme, the ord witch. Ulme was the most clever witch in
the wood. She knew every thing about this wood.
Maltes and Curly didn't like her because Ulme's story was
boring to them.
Nellie liked Ulme. She always listens Nellie's mind carmly,
and sometimes she plays harp ― Ulme loved music very much.
Now, Nellie stood front on the door, She reached knocker,
then she knocked the door.
"Who is it ?"
She heard the deep voice from inside the house.
"Ulme." she called,"It's me. Nellie. Can I go to inside your
house ?"
"Oh ・・・ " Ulme's voice replied."Come in, Nellie,the Cnortas's
daughter."
Nellie heard some creaking noise. Then, the door opened. Ulme
stood there.

Ulme wore a long black dress, and purple cloth. This cloth
covered her head, hair, and neck.
"Good afternoon,Nellie." Ulme said,and added "Well, well,well.
You are coming again,Ithought you're coming sonn.""Yes."Nellie
said. "I want your ・・・ "
"advice."added Ulme, laughing."I know what you want to say.All
right ・・・ you can wait there while I'm making some tea." She
said, pointing at the small table.
Near the table, there were two high chairs. Nellie climbed up
the one of chair, looking at the sight of Ulme's back.

Ulme's house had two floors. The first floor had a kitchen,
a living room, and bedroom. Those rooms were very clean so
Nellie couldn't see any dusts.
The furnitures were simple. There were an old table, two old
chairs ( Nellie sitting on it now,) and a large old carpet.
But there weren't all. The bundles of dried harbs, mushrooms,
strings of dried sprouts, roots, leaves,and powderd moss lined
the walls.
Nellie liked them. They looked like so funny, and she can
feel good fragrance of them.
When she was watching the dried harbs,Ulme came back from
the kitchen. She brought teapot and bowl of cookies. Two
teacups followed her, flying in the air.
"Now,"she said, poured tea into the cups.
"I'll listen to you, what's the matter, today?"
Nellie told her about today's lesson.
" ― and, my brothers told me that we must be kind to our
family, and we must be cruel to our enemy." She said. biting
her cookie( dried fig and nuts), and she coutinued,"I understand
the first one. Iam kind to my family ・・・ I think. But my
brother,Snollet isn't! I'll talk some sence to him,next time."
She said, little crossly. Ulme laughed.
"I can't consent to another one, we must be cruel to our
enemy' I thought at the time ― " Nellie swallowed her cookie,
and continued,
"I don't have any enemy, do I ? Every wizards and witches in
this wood are very friendly.They always good to me. They aren't
my enemies."
Ulma smiled.
"Of course, you have enemy."
"Are you sure ?" Nellie asked sadly. "I don't want enemy. I
hate fight !"
"If you have a very kind of heart, you'll never have an enemy,
Nellie." Ulme said, softly." If you hated someone ,or someone
hated you, then they'll be enemies."
"Hmm ・・・ " Nellie grunted. It was a little difficult thing to
her. ― Of course, she didn't like Snollet very much, but she
didn't hate him.
"I don't know how to hate someone." she said. "And, I'll never
know about that."
"Do you think so ?" Ulme said. "I'm not sure."


* * * * * * * *

Nellie stayed at Ulme's house for an hour. She told Ulme
about lot's of things, and Ulme gave her some advice.
All of advice were important, but the most important advice
was 'the meaning of enemy' Nellie wanted to think about it alone,
so she left Ulme's house.
She said thanks to Ulme, then she ran to outside. She cross
to the bridge, through the beds of river, and up the steep slope,
carefully. Then she ran across the open field, jumped over the
little stream, walked on the bumby ground ― and, she arrived
Mirror-Moss Hill,finally.
Nellie always comes here when she wanted to be alone.This hill
was quite, but it was little dangerous, because,there were a lot
of trap pits for beasts which was wanted harbs.
If the little wizards of witches fall in trap, they'll never
comming up. Nellie's mother, Berra always says, "Don't step on
the traps of Mirror-Moss Hill ― If you step on them, you'll be
died."
Of caurse she didn't want to die, but she didn't afraid. She
memolized where were the trap quite well, so she believe herself.
Now, she walkde up the hill. She could see the end of Mirror-
Moss Hill ― there was a wall. It wasn't ordinally wall. First,
It was very high ― about 300 or 400 feets. It looked like an
enormous grave stone, and it was too long. Nellie couldn't see
the first of this wall, or end of this wall.
Why this wall-gloomly color and terrible look like ― built on
Mirror-Moss Hill was mmistery to Nellie.
"It's that a necessary thing ?" Nellie said to herself."I don't
think so" She looked at the wall few mumite, and she thought,
"That looks like our Law ・・・ strict, cruel, and icy."
It was true. High wall was stood on the hill sternly. Nellie
couldn't feel cold wind from the wall. She didn't like this very
much, but she was still at there.

Nellie thought about today's lesson and Ulme's advice. She
thought and thoughtm but she couldn't understand.
"Ulme said, I'll know how to hate someone" she thought. "But,
I don't want any ― "
She stoped thinking when she saw High Wall. Her mouth fell open
and eyes were widened.
On the High Wall, there was a string radder, and Somebody hung
from there.


Chapter 4 Rovis


Nellie rubbed her eyes. She thought her eyes got mad, but they
didn't. She could see "Some body" quite, quite well.
"Who is that? " She thought, and stared "Somebody."She couldn't
see somebody's skirt."Somebody" wore dress! "So that's a girl"
Nellie thought. "but why does she hang from the wall?" All of my
sisters use thier broomstick when they go to high place. Hmm ・・・
It's strange."
Nellie grunted, floding her arms across her chest. The strange
girl had more strange points. First, she didn't wear a pointed
hat. All the wizards and witches she knew wore pointed hats. ―
Some witches didn't, but they wore long cloths, like Ulme.
Second, strange girl wore a deep blur clothes. All the
wizards or witches lived in the Moon Shadow Wood wore black
clothes. Nellie wore black, too. "You must wore black ― hat,
dress, shoes, pants, and gaun. But, you can wear your favorite
color of underwear or socks" It was one of the Moon Shadow
Wood's rule.

Suddenly, the strange girl waved her arm to Nellie ― Perhaps,
she found Nellie in her view.
"Hi, there!" strange girl shouted."It's fine today," Nellie's
heart got so excited. That girl's voice was young ― young as
Nellie.
Nellie ran to the High Wall. She wan across the rocky ground
― jumping over the traps. She didn't forget about them at the
time like this.
"Who are you?" Nellie shouted strange girl when she arrived
High Wall. She looked up the wall, but she couldn't see the top
of the wall.
"Well,what do you think I am ?" the girl said, looking down at
Nellie."I'm a witch,anyway."
"I know that," said Nellie."I'm asking you about your name,"
"hey," the strange girl said,cooly."I think you are rude a
little. You must say your name first,when you ask somebody about
her name."
"But, you are rude little,too." Nellie said little crossly.
becouse se had never got the word like that from her family.
"You came here without leaves."
"Hmm ・・・ that's true." the girl said thoghtfully."OK. I'll
introdece myself, first."
"Come down." Nellie called."If you stay there, you'llget tired
and I can't here you very well."
"Ah,thanks," the strange girl said, and got down a string
ladder very quick. She jumped down on the ground ato the second
minutes.
"Uh ― hallo."Nellie repliedm wondering why can this girl talks
so quickly.
"I'm Celes." said Celes."I'm Celestia-Panther fang,"
"I'm Nellie Eagleeye," said Nellie. I'm 9 years old."
"Oh, me too." Celes said, smiling. "I'm the youngest witch in
my family,"
Nellie's eyes were widened again. "This girl is same age as me
and she is the youngest child in her family." She thought,
exciting.
"My dream's come true!" she yelled in her mind, then she looked
at Celes, careflly.
She was the most remarkable girl Nellie had ever seen.Her hair
was straight and black ― the color of night sky. It was tied in
a pony tail with a leather string, tightly.
Her deep brown eyes were shining sharply under her thin
eyeblows.
She was short girl as Nellie, but the cloths were very
diffrent.She wore the deep blue dress with long sleeves and short
cape with a black hood. She was wearing an earring, and it was
the most unisual point of her. The earring was a beast's fung
― Perhaps, It was a panther's fung.
She wore a pair of pants under the short dress, so she looked
active. All of her clothes were simple than Nellie ― without
her earring.
"Hey, let's talk more!" Don't be so quiet!" Celes said brightly.
and she jumped over the one of rocks.
"Be careful." Nellie said, "This hill is dangerous."
"Dangerous ? Huh!" Celes larghed, crapping her feet in the air.
"The Panther fungs are never afraid of dangerous things. We are
brave and clever. I always heard 'The Eagleeyes are coward'. I
understand it was true, now." Celes gave a sigh shruging her
shoulders.
Nellie gasped. What a rude girl! Nellie's brothers ― Snollet
especially ― always laughs her, but they've never says,"coward"
" ― Why do you think so?" She said finally. Her voice was
trembling by angry.
"My Dad told me." Celes said carmly."Dad always said so.Or to
be more exact, He says 'Eagleeyes are coward, stupid, idiots,and
foolish thing. They are the stupidest things in this world.'"
Nellie gasped again. Her face turned red, and eyes were
flaming like a green fire. This girl insult her family ― she
remembered the Berra's attention. "Don't talk to the rude
people."
"Mom was right," Nellie thought. A very rude girl is here,now!
"What's the matter?" Celes asked because Nellie didn't speak
more.
"I can't talk to you," Nellie replied. "My mom says'Be careful
for the rude people."
"Hahaha! That'ts true!" Celes larghed "But it can't be help.
My brothers and I must memorize this."
"So your father made a big mistake." said Nellie,getting really
angry now. "We aren't coward or stupid. My family is elegant and
gentle. I don't think your father teach you about good manners."
"Celes's cheeks turned red.
"Do you think so, eh?" She said. "Your parents didin't talk to
you about us ― The greatest wizard familys?"
"I don't want to know about your family." said Nellie.
"And, the greatest wizard in this wood is my dad!"
"Cnortas?" asked Rovis.
"Why do you know my dad's name?" Nellie said, surprising.
"I said you ― My dad told me about the eagleeyes," Celes
replied. "Your father [was] the greatest wizard. But now, my Dad
is the greatest wizard."
"Why?" Nellie said, making very carm face as she could.
"We'll move into this wood, soon."Celes said, smiling brightly.
"I came here for scout this wood."
"Aha!" Nellie shouted. All right,that's enough. I'll tellmy Dad
about you. He'll be angry, and kick you away!"
"Oh, really?" said Celes."But my Dad beat your father up before
that."
"I'm warning you" Nellie said. "This hill is really dangerous.
All right? I'm warning because I am kind."
"Haha ・・・ OK," Celes laughed, "Your story was finished ? Now,
let't play tag!"
"I think you shouldn't play here," Nellie said. "Because ・・・ "
"Let's start!" said Celes, and began to run."Come on,tag!!" she
shouted, and ran and ran.
"Hey!!" Nellie shouted, ran after Celes "Did you hear me? This
hill is ・・・ " But Celes didn't listen her. She ran across the
bumpy ground, jumping over the rocks and hopping on the moss.
Nellie heard some humming from her. It was Celes singing a
little song herself to cheer up her feet ― she believee the
mind that gets excited helps to run at a quick pace, and really
liked Rhythmical words. She sang like this:

Once upon a time, a very long ago,
a tiny eagle lived in the nest.
Eagle's head was very little, but,
She was wearing a very big hat,

One day, a black panther asked.
"Heym tiny eagle, please tell me.
Why are you wearing a hat like this?
Parhaps you can't get warm, but,
It might hide youeyes from view."

An eagle did't answer, but ・・・

Celes stopped, and turn around.
"Could you hear me? Celes said to Nellie, jumping into the air
from high rock.
"Heff,heff ・・・ what?" said Nellie, breathing so hard that she
could hardly speak.
"My poem." said Celes, standing on her hands. "I made it a few
minutes ago. It's easy poem, but It's not whole poems. I'll made
more, at the next time."
"By the way," Celes continued, walking with her hands and
strong arms. "Can you eat something while standing up side down,
or doing cartwheel? Well, I can eat 43 sausages while I'm doing
cartwhile."
"Why are you so reckless?" said Nellie, wiping her face.
"Can you fun more slowly, please?"
"Oh, no way!" Celes said and she stopped hand stand quickly.
"I don't like slow pace. I want to do something at a quick
pace, and nobody can stop me, you see?" Celes said that in one
breath, and she began to walk.
"I can walk or run around here, because I'm pantherfung. If
there are some monsters, or deep ・・・ "
Celes wanted to say "pit" after these word, but she couldn't
she stepped on one of the traps, and she really fall in a "pit"
before she finished!
At that time, Nellie couldn't understand what happened. She
just looked Celes, who had screamed and fell into trap.
Nellie could see hall under Celes's feet ― a deep, dark, and
horrible hall.
― second later, Celes wasn't there.

Chapter 5 Friend, or Enemy?

After the moments, Nellie noticed that Celes had disappered
in the trap pit, finally.
She would have screamed, but she coouldn't.
She couldn't believe Celes had fell ― The noisy, agile, and
capricious girl isn't here, now.
"Oh, why did I come here today?" Nellie cryed, held her hed
with her hands. "If I didn't come here, than Rovis didn't need
to in a trap because of uncareful."
Nellie was right. Celes wasn't very careful to the ground ―
"A girl can ran and walk on there, so the ground is sofe"
Celes thought like this at the first time.
"It's all my fault!" Nellie said to herself, and began to
trembring.
There was a long silence.

"But wait a minute." Nellie said in her mind. "It's really
all my fault? All?"
"No, It isn't."said the nasty voice in her mind.
"It's Celes's fault. You gave her on attention, but she didn't
hear you. You didn't need to mind about her, Nellie.
Forget her, and let's go back to your house."
"Oh, yes!" Nellie replied, and began to run.
But, her feet stopped when she ran about 10 or 15 meters.
"What am I doing?" she asked to herself." Celes isn't very
gentle girl, but she is a girl ― same age as me."
"But she insurted your family." said the nasty voice again.
"I can't leave her!" Nellie replied. "If I back to home, it
means I killed her."
"She is your enemy," said the voice. "Our Laws said 'We must
destroy the enemies'"
"Yes, but I can't!" Nellie shouted in her mind, and she went
back to the trap pit.
She sat on the ground and looked down. Her face paled.
The trap pit seemed more horrible than Nellie thought.She could
see some rocks on the way in the pit, but she couldn't see
anything exoect them. The luke warm wind came out of the pit,and
there were some terrible smell in the air.
Suddenly, Nellie screamed. She found something in the pit ―
a skelton of the beast. One skullbone and some leg bone were
there. They hang from the rocks with a lot of thin roots, and
one thick root pierced the skull bone's eye.
The skelton didin't seem very old. Meiby It died lately.
Trying not to think about Celes's skelton, Nellie dropped a
stone in the pit. A stone fell into darkness making sharp noise,
and second minute, some angry voice came out of the pit.
"OUCH!!" ― Hey, what are you doing? you're hurting!"
Nellie nearly fell down, she was so pleased. Celes isn't die!
She is alive.
"Oh, Celes!!" Nellie cryed.
"I've just thinking you died in the pit,"
"Not yet" Celes replied.
"I'm OK. I catching a rock now. But ・・・ Ugh! what a dirty pit!
You can't imagine how uncomfortable place here is."
"Uh ― Do you need my help?"
Nellie asked anciously.
"Well ― actually, I don't want to Eagleeye's help ― ," Celes
replied." ― but yes I do. I don't like here,so please help me."
Nellie didn't like this word, so she said.
"Actually, I don't want to help Pantherfung, too." and she
added, "But I'll help you because I don't want to be a murder.
That't all."
"Huh! OK," Celes larghed, but her voice waw trembring. Nellie
felt little sorry for Celes. She was joking to not to fall into
horror.
Nellie moved up her head, and looked around the hill.
"I can't use the 'rope-knot-spell'" She thought. "I need some
long thing ― like a lope."
She looked the High Wall, and she found the [long thing].
"Celes's radder!" Nellie bleathed. "I'll use that!"
Nellie looked down the pit again.
"Celes, I'll use your radder. Do you mind it?"
"Of course,not!"Celes replied."But hurry up! My arms will broke
at any second."
Nellie ran up the hill and she returned to the High Wall.
"It's a strong rope."She thought, touching the radder. She must
cut this if she want to help Rovis, but she didn't have any
knives or scissors at that time.
"I learn the 'spell of the sword' before, but ・・・ "
She can remember her bad memory clearly ― One years ago. Nellie
tried this spell to a piece of paper. Her magic was ・・・ I won't
talk about this now, but it was terrible.
"No, I can't use this spell. Now, what shall I use ・・・ "
Nellie thought, and suddenly, she crapped her hand.
"I mustn't cut or tore it. I can make this rope longer!"
Most of her magic spells weren't perfect, but some of them
were worked brilliant ― espechially, the "growing spell" was
her favorite. Sometimes, she makes accident with this spell, but
it wasn't very bad as the other spells.
"OK" Nellie picked up her wand. Three tight knots were
necessary thing with this spell, but Nellie could use the string
radder's knots.
"I'll try."
Nellie breathed, and started a magic.
She touched the three knots with her wand ― first one, second
one, and third one, then returned to the second knot,first knot,
and third knot again.
The white green mist came out of the wand while Nellie
repeating this. She sang the 'growing spell' looking the three
knots careflly.

The spell like this.

" IKaeku Azarac
Irikika Zamerac
Soriune Kelnoe Takumenila

Ekoeku Suminisa
Ulneka Gemenisa
Hiezone Adaio Kelnous

The spell sound like a strange song if you heard it, because
It was the wizard's old langeage. Of course, this funny words
have a mean, but it is very long. This language is special.
So it has a lot of means in the short words.
This is the rough means of the spell:

"My words, the keys of an illusion's door,
caall the spilits and bring them to me.
Three tigfhtly knotsk, the locks of the soul,
bind a power to this rope.

The sprout of a laurelm the ice of a teapole,
and the thinmnm silver crescent moon.
Come and lend me your growing power.
My wand will change your power in to the mist,
and three knots will soak up the spilit."

Soon, the green mist wraped the ladder, and began to shine.
Nellie pointed her wand at the radder like a sword, and she said
'Now, the power which is on my wand,
raise this rope, longer and longer.'

and she swang down the wand in to the mist, quickly.
Suddenly, the string radder began to move ― like a snake.
It raised it's bodym wrigging and twisting slowly. The fiber
of the rope got moisten, and it went from brown to fresh green.
Second later, it changeed into a thousand of ivies's sprouts.
"Oh," Nellie said. "It's better than my expect. I didn't make
mistake today ― "

"Come on, young ivies" She talked to the sprouts, softly.
"Keep growing. Follow me, this way ― "
She walked to the pit which Celes was waiting in it, straing
the growing ivies. They got longer and longer, following where
Nellie leaded.
"Oh, Nellie!!" Celes's scream came out of the pit when Nellie
went nearer it. "Hurry ― up! Or I'll end."
"I'm coming!" Nellie said loudly to the pit. The young green
ivies has already reached the trap pit.
"Go into this hole." Nellie whispered to ivies, then shouted
to Celes. "Are you all right still, Celes ?"
"May'be." Celes said, anxiously.
Nellie peeped into the hole. Something glittered sharly in the
dreadful dark pit.
"It's Celes's earring," she thought, and she could see the
strong ivies crept into the dark.
"Hey, look up!" Nellie said brightly to Lychie. "Can you see
some long thing that creeping to you now?"
Celes's earring grittered again. Perhaps she moved her head to
look up.
"You can catch it and climb." Nellie said.
"It's really strong enough for my weight?" Celes asked."I think
I must wait more few second."
Nellie looked the ivies. They got harder and stronger, but she
didin't think that it's safe enough. She looked around the hill.
She found a big rock which seemed strong, and ran to it.
The thick ivie was having a new sprouts at that time, so she
directed them that they'll coil the big rock.
"Everything's ready." Nellie said.
"Now, start climb!"
Some little growly voice echoed from the hole, and the rope of
long ivies began to make dangerous sound.Celes started climbing.
Nellie waitedm watching the trap pit and the ivies( They were
still moving like green warms.)
Few second later, Nellie heard some noise that like hummming.
"What are you doing?" Nellie said to Celes.
"I'm singing" Celes's voice replied.

"Once upon a time, a very long ago,
a tiny eagle llives in ― "

"OK,OK," Nellie said. "I've hear it yet, Anyway, you must to
complete your climbing. Not the poem."
"I can sing while I'm climbing" Celes singing again.

"The panther askedm and the eagle replied,
'It you didn't clever enough,
Then you will want to grow your brain.
I wet and heating my brains now,
So it's getting bigger under my hat.'

"O' what a stupid eagle is it!
How does the animal's brains glow
like pumpkins, peas, or other vegetables ・・・

"Stop it!" Nellie shouted. "Your song is about your and my
family!!"
"That's right" Celes's voice replied.
"You are Lier! Are you going to insurt my family again?"
"Yeah, I'm a Lier." Celes said brightly. "All that I sang were
lies. So, why do you mind about what I said? You know there
weren't true."
Nellie turned into red, but she didn't say anything.
"Oh,now, I had an escape!"
Celes cryed, climbing out of the pit.
Nellie began to laugh when she saw Celes's clothes.
Celes looked like an old scareclow ― her dress was so dirty
with mud and dust. A spider's web on her back, and some little
bones of animal in her hair.
Nellie told that what were on Celes's head, then Celes worried
terribly.
"Animal's bone! Oh,Oh, took it! threw it!"
"Are you scared,Ms Pantherfung?"
Nellie couldn't stop her laughing. "You look very ― brave."
Celes's face turned bright red, like a tomato. She opened her
mouth with angry, but she stopped. Celes began to laugh too.
Two girl larghed together for a long time, while Nellie helped
Celes threw out the leaves and dusts.
"Well, anyway." Celes said, in seriously voice.
"You helped me life."
"Oh, yes, then?" Nellie replied, but she didn't angry at this
time. She was excitedm and enjoy the talking with this enemy
girl.
"Um, well ・・・ " Celes corrected the word carefully. "It meens,
I must sat thank you to you, Nellie."
"You haven't take care of them." Nellie said, smiling. "In
your opinion, I am very stupid, and fool, isn't it?!
"Well, so ・・・ " Celes looked worried, but she said, "No ・・・
you are not stupid than I thought ・・・ Anyway, thank you so much,
Ms Eagleeye."
Suddenly, Celes turned around and began to run.
"Can we meet again?" Nellie asked to Celes, and wondered why did
she ask like that.
"I'm not sure, but soon!"
Celes replied from far away, and added.
"Haha, my radder! You decorated my radder ・・・ so artistic!!"
"Don't say it!" Nellie was embrrassed. She started Celesm who
has began to climb the wall.
"Now then, good bye!!"
Celes cryed, and climb the radder very fast.

"What a mad girl!" Nellie thought."I've never saw the girl
like her."
And she looked free, Nellie said to herself.
Celes was very strange to Nellie, but she could make a lot of
fun.
Nellie wanted to talk to her more, if she didn't do bad things
to Nellie's family.
"I 'll think about it in next time."
Nellie said, and stood up.
"It's almost dark. Mrs,Newtsbone will angry me again if I was
late."
She looked up the wall again, and run down the Hill quickly.


Chapter 6 An Old Quarrel


"Where were you going, Nellie?"
Sarsha asked. Nellie and her sister were in Sarsha's room, and
waited for dinner.
"Mirror-Moss Hill."
Nellie replied, bud she didn't tell Sarsha about Celes, of
caurse.
"You always go to there." Sarsha laughed. "What kind on fun
are there? I think, there are a full of gloomy mood."
"Do you think so? It was not bad to me."
Sarsha wasn't listening this carefully at this time. She was
doing review of her magic just studied today.
It was the one of the "Magic of knots" series,and the difficult
one of them. It was a "Flame bending magic." First, made the
little firelight with the wand. Second, hoverd it into the air,
faraway from the things easy for burn.
Raise the fire for a moment, and put up some rope or string.
Then, bend the flame into the knot, controling your string with
hovering magic.

It was an uswful magic. Because, you just have to untie the
knot when you need some fire. So, a lot of wizards and sitchies
made this "fire- keeping Knots." for their long travel.

"Oh,oh ・・・ oh,no!!"
Sarsha cried. The big flame began to burn the rope, and in the
end, the rope was cutted by a fire.
Nellie gasped, but she said,
"It was almost purfect. You are great, Sarsha!!"
"N-no."
Sarsha sighed, putting up the two short ropes from the floor.
"I always make this mnitake. I'm doing review since after the
lunch."
Nellie thought that Sarsha is better than Snollet and [me].


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