Today, we’re sharing a new twist on an old story, written by Ava. Thanks, Ava for sharing your work with us!
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Once upon a time, in a land not so far away a baby was born. She was a sweet little thing and the second she laughed a dandelion, full in bloom, burst and the wind carried it up into the night sky, toward the second star to the right. Now, I know that this may confuse you, but the fairy that was born to this dandelion seed was not Tinkerbell, but a different fairy all together. Her name was Evangaline, a noble, high maintenance fairy, who loved to laugh. Evangaline grew up in Neverland with none other than Peter Pan, and the notorious yet friendly, James Hook. Unfortunately, her friendship with both of them did not last forever. Sadly Hook tried to chop off her wings, and Peter replaced her for that awful Tinkerbell. When Evangaline met Tink, something about her did not seem right at all, and so our story begins.
When Evangaline was 14 in human years and 10 in Never years she received the gift of telepathy. This meant she could read minds, and she used this to her advantage. Every once in a while, Tink would try to pull a prank on Eva, but would always fail because of Eva’s secret weapon. Now, Eva had a book in which all the locations of secret coves, caves, and treasure chests where kept. One fine day she was collecting items on the sea shore, when she came upon a sapphire which told her the future. It said that in the future, both Peter and Hook will go after the book, and so she must destroy it. If she fails her wings will turn to dust. Eva, being frighted, went home. She lived in the lost boys tree and kept the book in a secret nook that could only be opened with a key, but she misplaced it, not lost it, just misplaced it. So she did what any sensible fairy would have done, she started to look for it.
Everybody knows that fairies are supposed to be happy, but in this case Eva was quite unhappy. The last thing she wanted, was to have her wings turn to dust. She started to wonder if her sole purpose was to protect the book. Then, if that wasn’t enough, Tink decided that today, of all days was a good day to get on Eva’s nerves. Now Eva, was not in a good mood, and I’m sure Tink knew this. She choose to ignore it and did what she pleased. As soon as Tink had left, Eva started to pack for her journey. Earlier, when Tink was there she found the key, as she packed, she got the book. She placed both the key and the book at the bottom of her satchel.
Eva decided to dispose of the book at the Lenidy Volcano, on the other side of Neverland. Her packing would have to last her till she arrived at the Indian’s Forest, half way to the volcano. She packed all her necessities, pixie dust, her pillow, the sapphire, her favorite lost thing, her telescope, and her pen, ink, and journal. When she set off, of course, she road her beautiful dove named Pippa. Pippa was a young dove and loved to fly right next to the clouds. Now, say anything were to go wrong, Eva brought her bird sized hot air balloon.
Eva began her journey at day break, approximately 7:52 Never time and 5:28 U.S time. The morning was chilly, so Eva brought her cotton-ball coat. Pippa was up and ready to go at 6:43, and woke Eva up, too. Eva decided that before she went to the volcano she would stop at Pirates Cove to buy a large bag of crumbs for pippa. When she got there she was met with a large gathering and one shipmate yelling “He’s back, Hook’s back.” Another yelling back, “there he is men.” This was the most perfect and most awful time. On one hand, Eva was happy she didn’t have to go looking for Hook, but on the other he is the last person she wanted to see. So to avoid Hook, she quickly bought the crumbs and was on her way.
When she had left Pirates Cove she realized Tink had stolen her telescope, and the only place to get another one was in London. She made her way toward the North Star to London. When she arrived she nearly ran into Big Ben. What made her stop was a very familiar shadow. The shadow was none other than Peter Pan’s. “Peter must have lost it again,” she thought, “classic Peter, that reminds me, I need a new telescope. Where is that, oh there it is.” Eva let Pippa down while she went into the shop. The shop was full of gadgets and gizmos, such as stones, clocks, books, different pixie dusts, telescopes, photos of Landon, etc. When she had found the perfect telescope and had payed for it, she went up to catch Peter’s shadow just as a favor. After she had caught it she went to find Peter. It didn’t take her long, she knew where to find him. Right at the top of Big Ben, in the clock tower. When she went inside, she was surprised at how well he had kept it. When she saw him she could not believe how he loocked. He was all grown up, twenty- three, he told her and also engaged to a girl named Moira Angela Dawling, Wendy’s daughter.
Eva was not able to contain herself. “how could you, Peter? You’re a lost boy not a man. Besides, Tink and all of Neverland is waiting for you! How could you? You, you pig, you filthy pig! You abandoned me, and now Tink and Neverland. How could you?”
She flew off in rage before Peter could even say a word. Then she remembered her quest and that her wings would turn to dust if she failed. So back to Neverland she went. “I cant even imagine what Tink will think,” she said to herself, “that blasted Peter Pan.”
When she got back she was met with “there she is,” “fire,” and “get her,” and a shower of canon balls. She saw Captain Hook and his entire flying fleet going after her and poor Pippa scared to death. At that moment Eva had an idea, it was risky but it was the only way to escape. She then fell off Pippa toward the Neverland Sea. Pippa noticing she had fallen, dove after her. When Hook saw this, he told his captains to meet him at the harbor. He went after her immediately, but found he went after Tink by accident, instead of Eva. Eva had gone back to the ship and cut all the life boats free. She then made it a point to go into Hooks quarters and take a nap.
After getting back to the ship, Hook decided he was too tired to start a fight, so he went to his quarters to sleep. When he saw Eva, his mind changed and the thought this would be the perfect way to get rid of her. Hook drew his sword and charged at Eva, who was still asleep. Luckily Eva was a light sleeper and heard Hook. She dashed up and drew her sword. The fight that went on between them lasted for ten days, with a light lunch break. At the end Eva triumphed over Hook. As the law stated Hook would have to leave Neverland for ever.
After Hook had left, Eva was able to rest and get back to her journey. Eva let Pippa stay at home and rest. The journey to the Indian Forest was long, she encountered many old friends and enemies. When she did make it there she was met with many hugs. She hadn’t been to the forest in many years and was glad to be back. That night there was a great feast. There was venison, pork, fish, fruit, beans, stew, bread, corn, and many more delightful dishes. The night lasted forever. There was music, dancing, and story telling. At around midnight, however, all of this stopped when a shadow came hurdling down in their midst. Eva then yelled, “Peter you weren’t invited.” At that all the Indians ran and left Peter and Eva alone near the fire.
Now I am sure you know what happens next. “Eva do you remember that book you had? Do you still have it? You know the one with all the maps in it.”
“Yeah” said Eva. “Why?”
“Do you think I could…”
“No, you may not have it Peter.”
After at least five minutes of arguing, Peter, outraged, drew his sword and Eva did also. The battle that went on between them, however, was much different than had occurred with Hook. You could almost say it was a game of capture the flag, in the sense that there were two teams and each had there own safe side. This duel also lasted ten days. Eva won and Peter was banned from Neverland again.
When Eva got to the volcano she was glad to be rid of the book. It had caused her so much trouble. The trip home was smooth, she did not have to worry about Peter or Hook. Yellow Feather went with her most of the way, but had to go home for emergency purposes. Now, if you don’t know how fairies die, it is quite simple. If some one where to say, “I don’t believe in fairies,” and mean it, the closest fairy would die. Sadly, in our case, Eva was the closest fairy to that awful Peter Pan when he said it.
Eva died a happy yet unfortunate death. Her life was filled with adventure and fun. Peter was able to go see her, and Tink brought her flowers. The Indians brought her her favorite pie, and her old cornhusk doll for company. Eva died on September 54th, and as tradition her wings were given to the person of her choosing, Tinkerbell.