The odd-looking book that we have been the entrusted guardians of this past week at Fellside was, as promised, collected by librarian Maria Buckley on Friday.  On her return to school, where she joined us for assembly, Maria was simply flabbergasted by news of the events that have unfolded this past week.

Children presented Maria with evidence of all of the strange occurrences that they had witnessed over the week – including photographs, stories and, of course, curious items that we had discovered around school: the little leather bootees, the bejewelled unicorn shoe, the giant teeth belonging to (we think) a fire-breathing dragon and the most impressive snakeskin any of us have ever seen. The latter two items really made Maria gasp – just as they had with us when they were found in our school grounds. Furthermore, Maria was quite amazed when Emily from Year 5 recounted the various sightings of a unicorn at Whickham Stables, a fire-breathing dragon at Sunniside Park and the reported delay of the Easyjet departure to Malaga at Newcastle Airport when a flying-horse interrupted air-traffic control.

On hearing of all of these mishaps, Maria said she could not explain them but that she had been called to the office of the Chief Librarian before her Friday visit to Fellside for an urgent meeting.  In this meeting, Maria was advised that an ancient looking envelope had been found in the library archives, near the very place where the book had previously been stored.  The Chief Librarian had urged her to bring the envelope to Fellside because its contents were important and, most importantly, we should have been aware of them when the book was left with us on Monday.

Although she was very nervous to, Mrs Hood opened the envelope and we were all amazed at the contents!  When the book was first left, we had been given some instructions about how to look after it.  However, it emerged that we had not been given all of them!  The envelope contained more!

The second piece of an ancient scroll (it was the same paper, ink and handwriting) revealed the following:

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We were all stunned!  Slowly, it dawned on us all that the curtains in our hall are never closed at night, and so the book would have been left in full view of the moon’s light!  No wonder there had been mischief afoot!  Mrs Hood, looking worried, reported to Maria that she did not know any Returning Incantations, nor did Fellside have a ‘High Priestess’.  Fortunately though, after checking the envelope again, it emerged that what looked very like an incantation actually lay inside.  But who would read it?  After some discussion, it was agreed that Mrs Hood should read the incantation – after all, what did we have to lose?

The words of this special poem made perfect sense to both children and teachers alike and the events of the week all fell into place.

Read them for yourself.  What do you think?  Who do you think the ‘us’ are in the line ‘Carry us away?’  What to ‘they’ want to do?  What are they asking the winged-horse and the unicorn to do?  Does the Returning Incantation reveal why the imps and pixies who we think arrived at Fellside this week liked being in our school so much?

Winged horse and unicorn

Carry us away

Across the widest of all rivers

And far across the bay

To the best of sandy beaches

And a place where we can play.

 

Winged horse and unicorn

Carry us away

Over the deepest of all seas

And dense forests with tall trees

To the most magical of mountains

And a place where we can play.

 

Winged horse and unicorn

Carry us away

Over the icy Arctic snows

Where the North Wind relentlessly blows

To the balmiest of islands

And a place where we can play.

 

Winged horse and unicorn

Carry us away

Over scorching, dusty deserts

And endless skies of blue

To a place of pure enchantment

Where play is all we do.

 After reciting the incantation, we all felt that we had ‘released’ the magic and stopped the power that the book had obviously been emitting in our school.  We felt reassured too when Maria said she had brought a huge trunk in which the book was to be stored from now on so that it could no longer be affected by the beams of the moon.  Janitors from Gateshead Library collected the trunk later that morning and it was taken back to the newly refurbished Archives Department where it will lie for possibly another thousand years.

We all agreed, this seemed a fitting end to an intriguing and exciting week and we were pleased to finally understand just what has been going on at our lovely school!

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