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Shadow and Brightness
作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
張景皓 CHEUNG HUGO (13)
Jolly Faith Learning Centre
字數 Word Count: 0(中) 485(Eng)
There were twin brothers Tom and Bob living at the edge of the forest. When they were born, their parents were taken away by a monster called Shadow. The brothers were then taken care of for eighteen years by their parents’ friend, who they called Old Man.
grew up into young men, Old Man told them about the night when their parents were abducted - a night without moon or stars. Even the candles were put out as Shadow could not stand light.
Old Man also gave Tom and Bob a letter left by their parents, in
which were directions on how find Shadow.
They decided to go to find Shadow and perhaps also their parents. The night before they left was also a night with no moon nor stars. As they were packing, a strong gust of wind put out the candles and they heard a
loud cry from Old Man. They rushed to check, just to find that Old Man was gone. Shadow had also snatched him.
So they left immediately.
One night, they stayed in a village. During the night, there was heavy rain and many houses were damaged. They worked all night, helping
villagers to move to higher ground and then spent a few more days to build new shelters for them.
A fairy observed and much appreciated their actions. At the last night before they left, the fairy appeared to them in bright, warm light. The fairy told them that Shadow was
afraid of light and gave them a bag of light.
After months of travelling, they reached the cave described by the letter. Carefully, they entered the cave. As they went deeper, it became totally dark. Although they did not see a thing, they felt that Shadow was there and ready
At the critical moment, Tom opened the bag and light poured out. Shadow was swallowed by light and sucked into the bag.
Deeper inside the cave they found the remains of their parents - clothes, writings and pictures. They immediately recognised the handwriting by comparing to the letter
they had. In the manuscript, their parents recorded how they were kidnapped but refused to disclose the secrets Shadow wanted from them. They were confined in the cave and eventually died there.
Further into the cave, there was also a creature that was bright and pleasant.
“I am Brightness.
” said the creature, “Thank you for bringing my bag of light to me. Shadow had locked me up for eighteen years. You just saved me by bringing light into the cave.”
Tom and Bob were worried about Old Man. They couldn’t find him in the cave.
“No worries.” said Brightness, “Shadow is trapped forever in the bag. It cannot cause harm anymore. Let’s go to find Old Man.”
As Brightness was with them, they were not afraid. They set off for another adventure.
But that’s another story.
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