The Story of the Last Shee
Thousands of years ago, all the Shee left Albia to search for a better
All? Not quite.
so many people and all the food and provisions the Shee needed for
their long interstellar journey, there was bound to be accidents,
things accidentally left behind.
All was silent in Albia. The
dust was settling after the Shee's exodus, and the final few abandoned
norns shuffled through the deserted land. In the darkest corner of the
cobwebbed cellars, an egg sat, waiting to hatch. Inside, the outline of
the baby creature could be seen. It wasn't a norn egg, though. It was
larger, and a mottled green never seen in norn, grendel
eggs. The form inside seemed thin and spidery compared with the stocky
little bodies of the norns. A norn approached the egg.
dis." she proclaimed, picked the egg up, and walked proudly off with
it. After a while, she dropped it, and then forgot she had ever seen
it. The little embryo inside the egg was still now, and nothing would
wake it until it was placed in the incubator.
Years passed, and
the norns and grendels died out. The bottom levels of Albia filled up
with earth, and were lost. Finally, a new race appeared - the Handish,
and resurrected the norns and the grendels, but it never saw the egg
waiting patiently at the bottom of a lift shaft. One day, however, a
young male norn picked it up, and then rode the lift up to the ground
floor. He wandered across into the kitchen, and put the egg down - into
A few minutes passed, and the last of the Shee
hatched. Norns clustered round, looking at this stranger they knew no
word for, and taught him their ways.