“Stop talking rubbish,” muttered Zoe, “That’s impossible!”

I was in total shock. I said I had to go, and I ran home as fast as I could. I wanted to see my brother and to make sure that he was OK. Where was this child, Ruby, buried? I had to know. But Jason was out with Dad and I was all alone. I knew I had to do it. The pressure was unbearable. I had to look. I went down to the deepest part of the garden just where the forest begins. I looked around. The forest was empty and then I saw it, a mound of grass and earth, where nothing grew. It was bare like a desert landscape and I just knew that it was there. I had found her grave. I could feel it in my bones. I felt cold to my very core. I start to run, then the tears started to fall for a little girl nobody loved. For of course I knew it was her, that terrible creature who sat there night after night with her stepsisters. But what was she doing? Why was she there? And what did this mean for me?

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 “I’m not pulling your leg, I really did see something,” argued Antony.

“Aren’t there?” croaked a voice from the shadows behind her.

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“Where did she come from?” hissed Zoe but nobody had any answers.

Now there were more, a dozen figures, some grey, some pearly white, men and women, even small children, their strange forms wafting in and out of view.

Andrew whispered into his sister’s ear, “I thought you said it was Miss!”

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They didn’t stop running until they were right down at the station. Looking back to where Sligachan House had been, they could see only the wood that had been behind it and, instead of a fire, they could see only the rosy glow of the slowly rising sun.

“Why are you in here? You gave me such a fright!” said Zoe, angrily.

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All this happened two years ago and the cottage has been knocked down. We own a little plot of land and Dad says he will sell it on some day but I know that he knows better. He ripped up the deeds and he burnt the papers. That little grave has found its resting place and God rest her soul.

“I saw it too!” squealed Antony. “He was coming to get us, I’m sure!”

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In fantasy literature, a similar motif frequently appears. In Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydein, for instance, Taran the Assistant-Pigkeeper must leave behind the confines of the farm when events thrust him into the wilds of the forest. As part of his adventures in the forest, he must learn true wisdom and maturity while separated from his normal (stifling) support network on the farm. At the end of his adventures, rather than leaving for the paradise Summer Country, he chooses to return to his original community as a leader to work with the people he once spurned. In the first half of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, the journey to Narnia is a sort of Green World hidden in a wardrobe. The young children enter this Green World, experience spiritual revelations, and then return (like Eustace) to the real world of London as better people, altered by the experience of being thrust into a beautiful wonderland where magic is real and mundane rules no longer seem to apply. In Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, various hobbits live a peaceful (but dull) bourgeois existence in the Shire, but adventures call them to dangerous journeys in the unfamiliar wilds, and at the end of the tale, they return back to the Shire. Their experiences abroad render them now able to confront new evils that have taken root in their own little world, such as the disgraced Saruman's attempt at seizing power there.