By Grace Banks
The folklore of the North East offers a wealthy tapestry for the stories inside of; from Celtic and Pictish origins meet witches, selkies, smugglers, fairies, monsters, despicable rogues, riddles and heroes. Tragic occasions, spellbinding characters, humour, romance and smart minds are sure jointly through well-established storytellers residing and dealing within the urban and shire of Aberdeen. a few of the stories during this assortment are in keeping with old truth whereas others are embedded in delusion and legend. the entire tales are set opposed to the backdrop of this attractive and sundry panorama.
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Good day, sir,’ he said, his voice mellow and warm. Her father looked up at the tall man. ‘Aye, good day tae ye. ’ Mary had been standing behind her father, longing to look up into the stranger’s face again, yet fearful to do so. But now, startled at his enquiry, her eyes met his, and she suddenly felt giddy. The man smiled at the lass. She blushed and, looking flustered, stared down at her feet. Mary’s father, seeing this exchange, cleared his throat. ’ ‘Ma name, sir, is Mr Black, an I hiv recently arrived to settle frae doon sooth.
Her husband had fallen into a dead sleep in a chair at her side, and he was only woken by the maid coming in to light the fire. Imagine the reverend’s grief to find Mary cold and still, her life’s breath gone from her wasted frame, yet her glorious red hair still as vivid as when he first met her. ’ Betty looked up from her mending. It was the day before the funeral, and she had been fitting out her brother’s suit. She was bone tired, trying to care for all four of the family, as well as from coping with her own grief, for Mary had been like the sister Betty never had.
It was impossible to see anything, and Sandy’s imagination had all kinds of creatures stealthily creeping in his direction. Despite the cold, sweat began to bead on his forehead, and his breath came in gasps. A sudden scream overhead scared him so badly he almost toppled over, but the sound of wings passing close by made him almost swoon in relief. It was an owl. In the blinding dark, it took Sandy a long time to find the grave of Mary Elphinstone. But once there, he settled into the task. From the sack flung over his shoulder, he took out a folding spade and began to dig.