Storymania Logo



Short Stories

Hothouse Lizzards Part 1 by D G Williford Voodoo, New Orleans, Spanish Moss, etc... all the things that everyone wants to read a... [2,641 words]
Flower Taboo by William S Patten Novice.... looking for feedback. [711 words]
Losing Mrs. Jefferson by Shelley J Alongi In 1782, Thomas Jefferson was summoned by Congress to serve in france as the new United S... [2,277 words]
Wheatley's Last Wish by Drakeman Robert Kincaide Continuation to previous entries. [3,119 words]
The Unloved Woman by Emmie Sinclair A sad tale about the life of a homeless person, people we often forget. [585 words]
The Leprechaun's Gift
The Horror Of Existence by Sunny Musings on a shitty moment in time. [573 words]
The Heart Behind The Shield by Sara Roggy There's a heart behind every lie, every temper, and every shield. [770 words]
Peggie by Robert Levin My chance to cross gross obesity from the list of body types I hadn't yet scored. [1,519 words]
Nothing's De Facto by Ben S D If your the type of person who hates stories with no eventual ending, then I sincerely apolo... [2,682 words]
Night In Antigua by D G Williford Part one of a slighted warrior bent on revenge towards his derelict father... [194 words]
Missing Pieces by Ian Goodall An unusual event happens aboard a space ship called the Basilisk. An engineer finds himself in a... [696 words]
Desk Lunch Part 6 by D G Williford Life goes on in the cubicle world... [136 words]
Desk Lunch Part 4 by D G Williford On the way to postal... [303 words]
Dear Stepdad by D G Williford A stepson realizes what it takes to be a caretaker. [256 words]
Cmon You Can Tell Me by Sunny Let's compare notes on our moms and dads... [523 words]
Desk Lunch Part 5 by D G Williford She has totally lost it, but you guess... [153 words]
Words.Enter.Head.Write.Something.Good. by J L Watts The story of someone who struggles to find anything decent to write. It'... [1,013 words]
Tunnel Vision by Gerald E Sheagren This story, my very latest, entitled "Tunnel Vision", deals with a man's uneasy relationship with... [7,587 words]
Tsp - Part Two by David B Doc Byron The hit is set up. [456 words]
Tsp Part Three by David B Doc Byron The hitman kills time while awaiting the big day. [506 words]
Tsp Part Four by David B Doc Byron The hitman decides to go through with it. [272 words]
Tsp - Part Five by David B Doc Byron The moment finally arrives. [515 words]
Tsp - Interlude by David B Doc Byron See if you can make the connection. [143 words]
Tsp - Epilogue by David B Doc Byron The hitman is still haunted by his past. [399 words]
The Running by David B Doc Byron A man left alone after a holocaust reflects back on his former life. [437 words]
The Pursuit by J L Watts A dark story that I'd like feedback on concerning the twists and vampire elements. My darkest work ... [1,877 words]
The Messiah by David B Doc Byron A small town youth grows up to be the anti-christ. [331 words]
The 2nd Party - Part 0ne by David B Doc Byron An ex-hitman reflects back on the job that changed his life forever. [295 words]
Sweet Revenge by Ashley Mowery Story of lust, romance, and revenge. [498 words]
Quiet by Christopher Syrett - [217 words]
No Hesitation by Amelia R James ‘I don’t care how it gets done. I just want it done and I want it done now! Am I clear?’ said th... [3,628 words]
Moses And The Parting Of The Red Sea by Rowan Davies A story adapted from the greatest work of fiction ever written. I would se... [796 words]
Jesus Christ Superslacker by Rowan Davies The happy work of a contented atheist. [686 words]
Getting Gas by Ashley Mowery A young girl questioned her boyfriends commitment to her. As a result, she finds herself in a terri... [318 words]
From Riches To Rags by Nicole Mowery She lived in a well to do neighborhood with well respected parents. Her life couldn't have ... [1,827 words]
Desk Lunch Part 3 by D G Williford The sales rep continues with her day... [314 words]
Desk Lunch Part 2 by D G Williford The same but more.... [346 words]
Desk Lunch Part 1 by D G Williford A middle aged sales rep deals with the confines of her life. [390 words]
City Of The Dead by David B Doc Byron The original story that inspired the poem ''Book of the dead.'' [407 words]
A Rural Tragedy by Nik Siromah - [986 words]
A Spontaneous Arrival Of Exalted Fancy by Bob M Ra - [908 words]
Variation On A Theme In The Key Of - Part Ii by Erik Sjoen - [5,231 words]
The Wooden Box by D G Williford Lesson in shared grief through an antique box. [509 words]
The Optimist Club by David B Doc Byron Its a surprise. [395 words]
The Locket by D G Williford You tell me.... Please read and review... feel free to comment! [880 words]
The Killing Ground by Gerald E Sheagren A short story. [2,196 words]
The Keepsake by D G Williford Love Story... read and review... come one come all! [837 words]
The Extraordinary Stillness by Bob M Ra - [547 words]
The Eland by Martin Glenpool A story of a young khoi-san boy's coming-of age. [637 words]
Rooms Ana Houses Of Haunting by Serepx A story bout the ghosts of a forgotten past. [2,967 words]
Queenie Takes The Match by Gerald E Sheagren This story is set in 1903 New York City, which, by far, was a lot more dangerous place ... [3,828 words]
People Are Talking by Erik Sjoen - [1,161 words]
Mist Walkers by D G Williford How I feel every time I visit a new cemetary... [112 words]
Malaise by B C Mercer The tale of a troubled and depressed young man. [1,408 words]
Joe And The Woman by Elicia Marie Berg A narrative of a romantic relationship. [1,245 words]
Heaven Or Hell by B C Mercer A Reverend encounters events he never dreamed would happen to him and his family. He questions ... [5,708 words]
Destiny's Fate by B C Mercer An inspirational revelation of two young lovers in a foreign land. [1,699 words]
Crash by Matthew Mohan A short "out-n-back" story involving a teenager's struggle with responsibility, action, alcohol, and wait... [4,243 words]
Big Hit At The Lone Wolf by Gerald E Sheagren Having the two largest and most profitable casinos located in Connecticut, I often hea... [2,333 words]
At Nite With Liv by Serepx A short story about a girl with intense bloo eyes. [3,674 words]
A Crown Hath Promised by Keri McGriff - [156 words]

Go to page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 [33] 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
The Leprechaun's Gift
A short story about a girl and how a little leprechaun teaches her a lesson.
[964 words]
Carrie Landes
[May 2003]
The Leprechaun's Gift
Carrie Landes

Once upon a time, there lived a greedy princess, who had everything in the
world - except for love. She lived in an ancient castle in Ireland, alone, because
her parents had died many years ago. Her full name was Princess Anne Marie
Roth, but she was called Anne. Her parents had spoiled her with many luxuries
and her favorite one was her garden. Princess Anne loved to walk through her
garden, enjoying the fresh air and the smell of roses.
One day when Anne was strolling through the rose bushes, she
encountered a little leprechaun. She nearly stepped on him and he let loose a
blood curdling scream. This startled Anne, she fell backwards, landing in a pile
of mud under some rose bushes. She was angry and ordered him to leave her
garden at once. He told her his name was Dimitri, and all he wanted was a
single rose. Since roses were Anne’s favorite flowers she replied with a very
harsh “No!” He was appalled by this; she had at least twenty rose bushes and
couldn’t even spare a single rose.
Dimitri exclaimed, “Because of your unkindness I will teach you a lesson
by turning you into an ugly witch. You will stay in this form until you can show
kindness to someone else.”
He then pulled out some magic gold dust and “poof!” Anne turned into an
ugly witch. She ran inside her castle to see what the mean little leprechaun had
done. She turned to the closest mirror to discover her beautiful face had turned
green and was covered with big ugly warts. Her beautiful blonde hair had turned
black and her fingers were long and bony instead of petite and graceful. Anne
ran back outside to find Dimitri, but he was gone. She was embarassed by her
figure and darted off to the woods to hide forever.
Five years passed and it would soon be Anne’s twenty-third birthday. Her
beautiful castle had deteriorated and was overgrown with vines. Weeds had
become the primary plant in her once favorite garden. Due to her ugly
appearance, Anne had moved into the garden shed on her estate and made that
her home. Anne was sad for she knew her birthday was in three days and once
again she would be alone for it.
The following day a family came in a royal carriage. It was adorned in
gold and the family’s clothing was very elegant. The family looked around the
castle and noticed it was vacant, so they decided to restore it and live there.
Anne’s shed was hidden by trees, so luckily it wasn’t discovered. After the royal
carriage departed, Anne ventured from her hidden home. She started searching
for berries, when suddenly the prince of the royal family appeared. Anne told
him to leave her alone, but he wouldn’t leave. He wanted to figure out this
secret witch. Anne attempted to go home, but he followed her. He persisted to
annoy her, so she asked for his name.
He answered, “I’m Prince Henry of the House of Hartford, and you
Anne thought quickly so not to give away her real name and simply
replied, “I’m Fran.”
“Is that all?”
“Yes, I am just a poor witch, not royalty like yourself.”
“Well then, I must return to my family.”
“Goodbye, your highness.”
The next day, one day before Anne’s birthday, Prince Henry returned to
the hidden garden shed. He went walking through the garden and ate some
luscious red berries. By the time he arrived at Anne’s shed, he wasn’t feeling
well. He fell unconscious in the weeds outside Anne’s shed.
Upon hearing a disturbance outside, Anne ventured out to investigate.
She found Prince Henry laying in the weeds, barely breathing. Her first thought
was to leave him to die. However, she recalled the leprecahun’s spell, this could
be her chance to regain her beauty.
She bent over his ailing form, and asked, “What’s wrong?”
“I’m not sure, “ he gasped.
“Did you eat anything in the garden?”
“Just some red berries, “ the prince whispered.
Anne’s love of gardening gave her the knowledge to help the prince. He
had consumed poisonous berries, and she could make a drink that would save
his life. She mixed together all kinds of ingredients from her garden. This
created a solution that tasted horrible, but worked instantly. Anne gave it to the
prince. At first, he didn’t trust taking a drink from this horrible creature, but in his
weakened state what other choice did he have. He took a drink and the antidote
began to work immediately.
He looked up at Fran and asked, “How did you know how to make that?”
She answered, “I’m a witch. I know lots of potions.”
The following day, Anne’s birthday, the prince, in his gratitude, invited her
to the Annual Hartford Ball. Anne wanted to go but was an ugly hag and was
afraid of being shunned by everyone. Anne longed for her beauty to return just
for this one night, because the prince was so handsome. She ran to the middle
of the forest and cried. When she awoke, it was evening and Dimitri had
returned. Dimitri had seen how Anne had saved the prince and showed
kindness. He also could see how much Anne liked Prince Henry. So, he
decided she had suffered enough and turned her back into the beautiful princess
she had once been. Anne thanked Dimitri and promised to be kind to all
creatures forever more. Anne hurried to her shed home and peeked in the
window, in its reflection she could see that she was clothed in an elegant dress
that shimmered like the stars in heaven.
Henry arrived to pick up Fran and was confused by this beautiful person
who had replaced her. Anne explained herself and her story and Henry was
very pleased to meet her. He still took her to the ball and they had a wonderful
evening. Then, like most fairy tales they fell in love, and Anne thought to
herself, this is the best birthday gift ever!



"Sweet story :)" -- Michelle.


Submit Your Review for The Leprechaun's Gift
Required fields are marked with (*).
Your e-mail address will not be displayed.

Your Name*     E-mail*

City     State/Province     Country

Your Review (please be constructive!)*

Please Enter Code*:

Submit Your Rating for The Leprechaun's Gift

Worst     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Best

© 2003 Carrie Landes
May 2003

Copyright © 1998-2001 Storymania Technologies Limited. All Rights Reserved.