Have You Ever Met A Human?

My name's Ruweyda, and I'm a Nymph...

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1. We Exist...

Have you ever met a human? I have. I must tell you, they're enormous, just like in The Tales. Every child has read The Tales, obviously. But if you haven't (very unlikely), you must. It's a book describing all the creatures and species living in our world... And the Human world.

Nymphs live in the Kingdom of Far, Far Away. No, that's a lie. I tend to lie quite a lot these days. Last week I told my mother that Naomi brought the last arrow I made, when actually Daniel did. You see, I'm not meant to talk to Daniel; not anymore, at least, but I will explain about that incident later. But I promise you I will try my hardest to tell the truth in this story. I just wanted to explain it to you so you can understand. I've heard Humans aren't very smart...

We live near streams and rivers. Mainly in the mountains or in the woods. We have a special spiritual place, high in the mountains of every Human Country. Usually on the highest one, but we are thinking of moving. You see, before, humans couldn’t be bothered to climb to the highest mountains. But now they are. I'm not sure why... I hope they won't find us.

Oh, where are my manners? My name is Ruweyda, and I'm a Nymph. Most Humans don't believe in us. Although there are a few Humans we have met personally. For example, each Tribe has their own Medicine Human; one who brings us things we need for curing the sick. Those types we can trust. Well, we don’t really have a choice...

I'm eleven in Human years. In Nymph years, I'm already fourteen. I get my Party this year. It's the second time in my life that I'm allowed to cut my hair. My first was when I was five. Nymphs are allowed to cut their hair once every ten years or so. It’s a tradition. Ten Nymph years, obviously. Also, I get to change my clothing this year. What children wear is a blue dress, made of things like bluebell petals, and flat shoes with vines creeping up your legs. Girls, that is. And this year I will get to change my outfit to a top and skirt, and more comfortable shoes, so it’s easier to help out in the village and go hunting for food. I will also be allowed my first bow and arrow. My Mother will make it for me... for all the girls that get their Party this year; it’s her job.

My village is Water Tribe Thirty-Seven. We live in Human Country England. But we don't get many Humans where we are. I can't tell you where exactly, because I wouldn't know. Getting back to the point: I have met a human...

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