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chapter 1 Megan

I pulled the curtains open and looked

down at the street it was hot too hot

for London in the middle of July and I

was angry I closed the curtains and

returned to my mother's room

she lay in bed and I could hear her

breathing

she looked so thin and I sat next to her

and held her hand I'm not going I said

you can't send me away

I looked at my mother and her face was

white like the sheets and pillowcases

it's only for a month until I feel a

little better my darling she said then

you can come home

dr. bond stood on the other side of the

bed has Megan got any friends he asked

mrs. Brown our home help mrs. Brown

shook her head Megan doesn't have any

friends

I heard her whisper she's a strange

child friends of course I didn't have

any friends we moved to this part of

London six months ago and my new school

was horrible mother didn't know I didn't

tell her about the bullies and the nasty

text messages

dr. burns put his glasses on I could see

that he didn't know what to do we needed

a miracle your mother is very unwell

Megan

he said she needs to rest and you can't

stay here for the summer holidays I

don't want to leave you mum

you want to send me to the Highlands of

Scotland to stay with uncle Fraser but I

hate the countryside

I stood up and looked at the doctor I'm

not going and you can't make me go

but dr. Barnes could make me go and he

did I watched the countryside change

through the window of the train as we

traveled into Scotland

I could see fields dry stone walls and

lots of sheep but where were the people

mrs. Wallace a friend of dr. Barnes was

with me she wanted to chat but I didn't

the Isle of Skye is beautiful the air is

so fresh she said I hate fresh air I

like the air in London I said mrs.

Wallace sight and opened her book

we change trains and the next one was

very old a man sat singing quietly in

the corner he had a long white beard in

another corner there was a woman with a

basket of chickens I looked at these

people I came from a different world in

my world there were shops people and

traffic we caught the ferry at mallik

the wind blew my long dark hair and my

pale blue eyes searched the island for

people but it looked so quiet cloud

Island said mrs. Wallace giving me a

suite in the Old North language ski

means cloud and I means Island it's

often misty here I didn't answer I could

only think that I wanted to go home

we got off the ferry at Armidale and i

stood by the sea and waited for my uncle

I felt wrong in my London clothes

I took my mobile phone out of my pocket

and called home mrs. Brown answered but

mum was asleep your uncle's here said

mrs. Wallace I said goodbye Megan a

strong voice called he was a tall man

with wavy hair and a big smile I'm over

here he disappeared behind some trees

pulling my suitcase I followed but my

uncle didn't have a car he was standing

next to a beige colored pony and he put

my suitcase into a little red trap

chapter 2 the Croft

the journey was uncomfortable in the

pony and trap as we trotted along the

narrow roads but it was fun too I could

see the bay the seaweed and the rocks

and smell the salty sea

seagulls flew overhead I looked at my

uncle he had my mother's smile but they

were very different he saw me looking at

him

so this is your first visit to sky Megan

I'm so pleased you're here he said I

want to bring mom next time when she's

better I said his eyes look sad

want her to come here too and then he

took a deep breath and there were

silence we trotted on through a forest

and then we stopped at a place where the

view of the mountains was spectacular

the Kulin Range said uncle Fraser this

is the best place to see the mountains

I got out of the trap and looked around

it was a magical place there was a

ruined castle and below a sandy beach

the waves crashed and I thought I saw a

silvery white horse playing in the water

it ran and jumped and I am sure that I

heard it call me uncle Fraser I shouted

there's a white horse he didn't hear me

and when I turned the silvery white

horse was not there we got into the trap

I saw a silvery white horse down by the

sea

I said uncle Fraser stopped and looked

at me with surprise did you but then he

said no more my mobile phone beeped you

have one new message it said I pressed

read have a sad holiday

I pressed eliminate it was from one of

the horrible girls at school I switched

my phone off

I needed to forget about them

the roads were very narrow now we had a

nearly home said my uncle I stared at

him we couldn't be nearly home we were

in the countryside I could see some

small houses lots of animals and grass

but there was no town

uncle Fraser turned right into a small

tract home Darwin uncle Fraser said to

the pony

Darwyn walked slowly because there were

chickens running in front of him at the

end of the track there was a little

white house with a front garden full of

flowers in one field i could see four

cows waiting patiently by the gate and

in another there were some goats and a

donkey we at home said uncle fraser

welcome to White Heather cottage

Chapter three no fridge

I was shocked uncle Fraser lived in a

fetched white craft near the sea and

surrounded by grass white Heather

cottage had a tiny wooden front door and

uncle Fraser had to bend his head to go

in and out there were three rooms

downstairs

inside the craft it was cozy and warm

the kitchen was at the far end and there

was a table near the window a small fire

burned with cooking pans hanging above

it I looked out at the bright orange sky

we have great sunsets here said uncle

Fraser he showed me his study he was a

writer and he wrote historical novels

there were pens and paper all over his

desk and books everywhere

Crofts don't usually have an upstairs

but this one does he said he took me

upstairs to show me my room

it was lovely there was a wooden bed and

a red rug on the floor

next to the bed there was a chest which

looked like a pirate's treasure chest

there was a small desk near the window

and a VARs of fresh white Heather there

were pictures of animals and wild

flowers hanging on the walls

uncle phrases bedroom was at the end of

the corridor

and there was a small bathroom with a

bathtub and a pile of soft white towels

it's very pretty I said to Uncle Fraser

but do you get lonely here oh no I have

friends who live in the village and I

have my animals

we went downstairs and had dinner

there was her made bread creamy butter

and goat cheese for pudding

we had wild raspberries and cream it was

a delicious meal

it was getting dark and I looked for the

light switch

uncle Fraser saw me and smiled sorry

Megan there is no electricity at the

craft no electricity so you don't have a

dishwasher I said looking at the plates

no I'm the dishwasher said my uncle

laughing and you probably don't have a

computer

I said no and I don't have a television

on sky we create our own entertainment I

play the piano after demo and friends

come round or I read by the light of

candles and oil lamps there are lots of

board games in the corner so we can play

chess drafts monopoly or Scrabble piano

board games I couldn't believe it no

electricity I wanted to go home back to

my technological world so where is the

fridge uncle Fraser I don't need one

as a cold cellar in this craft and I

grow most of my food I milk the cows and

goats early in the morning so there is

fresh milk every day and I make my own

cheese I buy meat from the butchers when

I wanted it's a perfect life Megan

perfect I said to myself as I climbed

the stairs to bed

I went into my bedroom and put the

candle on my desk I looked out of my

window the moon was bright and there

were so many stars and standing in the

Heather stood a silvery white horse

chapter 4 dolly

I woke up but there was something wrong

then I knew what it was it was the

silence there was no sound of cars or

traffic nothing I opened my window and

listened and then I heard a bird sing

and a sheep call under my window I

dressed quickly and went downstairs a

big cat sat in front of the fire it

looked like a tiger with its red white

and grey stripes my uncle was in the

kitchen good morning Megan did you sleep

well yes I did I slept very well I said

and I saw the silvery white horse again

uncle Fraser before I went to sleep my

uncle looked surprised but he said

nothing and put two bowls on the table

why do you look surprised uncle Fraser

when I tell you about the white horse

uncle Fraser sat down there is a legend

Megan of a silvery white horse some

people say it is a unicorn

a unicorn I said maybe the horse I saw

was a unicorn it was a long way away and

it was difficult to see what does the

legend say I don't know

uncle Fraser put a big bowl of porridge

on the table

a shepherd saw the unicorn but it was a

hundred years ago now this was exciting

news who can tell us about the unicorn

my uncle poured me a glass of fresh milk

old mrs. mctaggerty knows the legend

she's the old woman who lives on the

other side of the village we can ask her

now eat your breakfast and no more

questions the porridge was delicious and

I ate it with cream and sugar the cat

came and sat next to me

this is Marmaduke you didn't see him

last night because he likes to catch

mice in the bun said bye uncle let's go

outside Meaghan I have a surprise for

you

uncle Fraser showed me his vegetable

garden there was spinach carrots

potatoes and leeks and there were

rabbits trying to eat the lettuce

uncle Fraser chased them away and they

jumped over the dry stone walls

uncle Fraser had a field of sheep four

cows three goats and a lot of chickens

he showed me how to milk the cows and it

looked easy when he did it the milk

squirted into the bucket but when I

tried nothing came out

Oh uncle Fraser I can't do it I said the

animals don't know you Megan said my

uncle he took my hands and you need warm

hands near the Croft there was a small

barn and stables I looked inside the

first stable you met Darwin yesterday

said my uncle patting the beige pony's

neck

he's my trap pony in the second stable

there was a cream-colored pony with

black spots this as moon my neighbor's

son Ben often rides him I touched his

nose it was so soft why do you call him

moon because when you look at the moon

at his cream-colored but there are

little black marks I think he's the

colour of the moon uncle Fraser moved to

the third stable where there was the

prettiest pony it was based with a

blonde mane and tail and had big dark

eyes this is your pony Megan and her

name is Dolly

chapter 5 the arrival of Idris

when I woke the next day I felt so happy

I had a pony

a beautiful pony and I wanted to ride

her

then I thought of mum it was fun at the

Croft

but I missed her I wrote her a text

message

I'm fine I've got a pony called dolly

how are you

lots and lots of love Megan

I pushed send and waited I'm not too bad

my darling how lovely a pony

lots of love mum

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I typed another message get better

quickly I want to bring you here

a message came back okay

I could hear voices downstairs one was

uncle phrases but there was someone with

him I went into the sitting room a boy

stood near the fire he was about my age

but he was very tall and he had wavy

blond hair and pale blue eyes he was

wearing jeans and a checked shirt and he

had a box in his hands

Megan this is been are neither my uncle

said hi I said hi Megan

Ben gave me the box I found this he said

as he opened it we can look after it

together

inside the box was a baby otter

it looked at me it was so sweet its name

is Idris been said and I think it's

hungry uncle Fraser knew what baby

otters like for breakfast he put some

homemade bread in a bowl and poured milk

on it then he added a little fish oil he

dressed it he ate it all and then licked

the plate I think he wants some more I

said

babies have lots of small meals my uncle

said he needs a bed you can find a box

and some store in the barn

Serban and I made a dress a bet and put

it in a corner of the sitting room near

the fire we introduced him to Marmaduke

who was not very pleased to see another

animal in the house then after lunch

my uncle appeared with the pony and trap

come on you two

we have to buy Megan some riding

trousers boots and the jacket we are in

the highlands of Scotland and sometimes

mists come down and it can get very cold

we drove into poor tree the main town on

Sky poor tree in Gaelic means Kingsport

said Ben we went to the harbour and

watch the boats

in Wentworth Street my uncle bought the

clothes I needed then we went to the

post office and I sent mum a postcard

with a Highland cow in it Ben had dinner

with us in the craft and after dinner

uncle Fraser played the piano we sang

hymns and old songs then we all sang the

sky boat song

speed bunny both like a bang all the

sailors crying why is born to be king

the sea to sky Aegis and Mama Duke

thought we were very strange

Chapter six Scottish mists

then came to the croft the next morning

he gave me a riding lesson and then we

decided to take a dress out for a walk

and pick wild raspberries for tea

don't forget your jacket said uncle

Fraser the weather looks uncertain and

don't go far okay we both said

Eder this was happy to go out with us he

ran and jumped among the world flowers

and when we reached the small lock he

swam otters are playful animals and

ether is made a mud chute he was very

happy because now he could slide into

the water

Ben and I sat in the warm sunshine and

watched him

why did ANCA Fraser tell me to bring a

jacket I said to Ben

the weather's hot Ben smiled

the weather's warm now but it can change

very quickly we decided to pick some

raspberries there were some growing near

a small wood and we picked lots then we

saw black currants so we went into the

wood and either is followed us the black

currants were big and delicious did I

tell you I saw a unicorn I said to Ben

as we walked along a little path Ben

loved

unicorns don't exist that's what I

thought but uncle Fraser said that a

shepherd saw one here a hundred years

ago there's a legend he says but we need

to speak to old mrs. mctaggerty then

turned and looked at me he want to speak

to Dolores mctaggerty do you know who

she is no I said eating some more black

currants we went down another path

some folks say she is a witch she lives

in the black house it's the croft on the

headland down by the beach she doesn't

come to the village very often mr Mackey

who owns the grocers in the village

takes her food why do the villagers

think she's a witch I asked because the

wild animals come to her

Eagles fly down and sit on her hand the

red deer come to her door for food and

so do the seals that doesn't mean that

she is a witch I said well you can't go

to her house alone I'll come with you

Ben said and then stopped and looked up

at the sky her cold wind blew and the

blue sky was now grey we must go back

said Ben and he put a therus in his

pocket we turned round but the mist came

down the white mist swirled all around

and we couldn't see the path in front of

us we were lost walk slowly and hold my

hand said Ben it was very cold and soon

our hair was wet thank goodness I had my

jacket

Ben had a small torch and whistle died

on his jacket but we were far from any

houses and Crofts no one heard our calls

we walked on until suddenly there was a

noise it came from behind a tall tree

what was that cried been shining his

torch but I knew just in front of us in

the circle of torchlight stood the

silvery white unicorn it bowed its head

and looked at me with its dark eyes it

called softly it's the unicorn I said to

Ben it wants to show us the way home but

then you don't believe in unicorns Ben

smiled I didn't but I do know let's

follow it

we could see the silvery white unicorn

clearly as we followed it through the

word slowly and patiently it led us

across the fields to white Heather

cottage the lights were on and as we

walked through the gate the unicorn

turned and looked at me then it galloped

away across the Heather

uncle Fraser open the door his face was

pale thank goodness you're home

Chapter seven

kyndra

Deloris mctaggerty lived in the black

house where the sea crashed and the

seagulls flew it was a wild place no one

went there not even the fisherman uncle

Fraser wanted to come with us but we

were determined to do this alone he

drove us to the grassy path which led to

her Croft take her some raspberry jam

said uncle Fraser tell her it's from me

Ben and I followed the path to her gate

but when we knocked on the front door no

one answered

let's go round to the back I said Ben

wasn't so sure she may cast a spell he

said but he came with me

the back of the house was beautiful

there was some grass then black rocks

and then the white sandy beach an old

lady stood by the rocks a shawl about

her head she was surrounded by animals

red Rowen deer ate bread from her hands

birds flew near her and seal pups sat on

the rocks calling to her with their

husky voices near the grass

I saw puffins chattering to each other

and red squirrels eating nuts the old

woman spoke to us

stand quite still now move forward

slowly we did she asked that's right now

come here lady been moved to her

right-hand side she caught a young Eagle

in her hand and she put it on his arm

the bird looked at him talk to him

laddie tell him how beautiful he is set

Dolores mctaggerty now you Lassie she

said to me I moved to her left side you

can give the deer some bread the day

were not afraid because the old woman

was there they took the bread from my

hand that's all for today

Dolores mctaggerty said to the animals

the eagle flew into the air the deer

went off across the field and the seals

returned to the sea

mrs. mctaggerty looked at us let's go in

and have a nice cup of hot chocolate the

black house was dark and oppressive from

the outside but inside it was light and

cozy mrs. mctaggerty here are some

raspberry jam for you I said giving her

the jar it's from my uncle Fraser

Dolores mctaggerty thanked me for the

jam

but as she took it she looked into my

eyes oh she said the tea leaves the tea

leaves said a girl will come she took my

hand and we sat down it's her eyes she

said to Ben this girl's got magic in her

eyes has she said Ben we came to speak

to you about the unicorn

Deloris mctaggerty stared at us

so it's true her she whispered Kendra

the last unicorn is back

the seals told me he was here missus

mctaggerty I said the unicorn helped us

the other day when the mist came down it

led us back to the house uncle Fraser

said that you know the legend oh yes I

know the legend it's your magic eyes

that walk Hendra from his sleep and now

he wants to help the legend says that

Kendra will come back when he is really

needed you need him lassie don't you I

nodded yes I said softly touch the

unicorn and you can have whatever wish

your heart desires

Deloris mctaggerty took us to the door

and she brushed my face with her hand go

lassie and find Kendra

chapter 8 the full moon

there is a full moon tonight and the

weather's warm let's have a barbecue on

the beach said uncle Fraser that's a

great idea

I said we can collect wood and build a

fire

I've got potatoes and hamburgers I went

to the butchers in poetry this morning

uncle Fraser said as he went down into

the cellar

I sent mum a text message how are you I

love you Megan I waited but she didn't

reply so I phoned

mrs. Brown answered the phone her voice

was sad

the doctors here Megan your mum's not

well at all I'll ring you later

I bit my lip but the tears still fell

and I went outside to talk to dolly

I put my face in her Mane until I felt

better

Kendra where are you I said to the wind

before the Sun set been uncle Fraser

and I carried our baskets of food to the

beach we collected firewood and soon we

had a big fire the flames jumped and we

had a wonderful barbecue the moon came

out full and bright and we sang round

the fire uncle Fraser wore his kilt

he brought his bagpipes and his

accordion and played us some bagpipe

music first he was really good

then uncle Fraser played his accordion

and Ben showed me some Scottish dancing

it was wonderful and I laughed and

clapped my hands then we sang all the

songs we knew it was when we started

singing the sky boat song that I saw

something silvery white galloping

towards us kyndra it's Kendra I shouted

and I started to run towards the unicorn

my unicorn the last unicorn wait for me

shouted Ben but I couldn't hear him the

unicorn was close now

I could see the horn in the middle of

its forehead and its silvery mane and

then it stopped and stood quite still

it's dark brown eyes looked into mine

and it made a soft sound slowly I went

up to the unicorn I touched its velvet

nose brushed its neck and its silken

mane make-a-wish came a thousand

whispers hey I thought of the bullies at

school I wanted them to leave me alone

but there was something far more

important

I touched the unicorn's horn and made a

wish

the moon shone brighter and suddenly I

was alone Kendra was galloping away out

out to sea

chapter nine it's not goodbye

the bright sunlight woke me up it was

late and I had slept deeply and I felt

happy really happy for the first time in

a long while

my mobile phone rang and I jumped out of

bed where was it

I didn't use it very much at the croft I

had so many other things to do and

phones and televisions were no longer

important I looked under my clothes and

found it in the pocket of my jeans hello

Megan it's mrs. Brown dr. Barnes is here

and he wants to speak to you I felt cold

did he want to tell me something

terrible good morning Megan came his

loud voice I have good news great news

yesterday evening your mother was very

ill I didn't know what to do she had a

high temperature and mrs. Brown and I

sat with her

then suddenly at about midnight she sat

up in bed and said I feel better could

a cup of tea and a slice of toast please

her temperature was normal

it's a miracle Megan a miracle I ran

downstairs to tell uncle Fraser the

Unicorn

he gave me a wish mum's better and it

was kyndra's wish that made her well my

uncle turned and walked over to the

window and looked out at the sea I left

him alone he didn't want me to see his

tears of happiness I went outside with

ether Asst Ben was there with dolly and

moon he helped me to get on dolly and as

we took the path that led down to the

sea I told him about mum and Kendra's

wish what will he do about the bullies

at school when you go back Megan he

asked

I'll speak to Mum when she's completely

better and to a teacher at school it

will be all right I want you to come and

visit me in London I'll miss you

I said I'll miss you more said Ben

a month on Sky passed so quickly I

wanted to see mum but I didn't want to

leave been uncle Fraser the ponies and

Edith

Ben and uncle Fraser looked at each

other it was a secret look

Megan you can't take either a sword on

Lee back home so we have a present for

you

said uncle Fraser

it's outside in the trap

Haggerty gave it to me and she thinks

you will be happy together sitting on my

suitcase was a beautiful cocker spaniel

puppy thank you

I said and I hugged them she's beautiful

but I don't want to leave you we can

write and speak on the phone and you can

come back soon said Ben

come back with my sister uncle Fraser

said as he kissed my cheek come for new

year

we call it hock money in Scotland we

have wonderful celebrations in the

village there is a custom here which

brings good luck for the coming year

when the clock strikes midnight some of

us from the village go to Betty

McCallister's house we take a piece of

bread some money and some call all these

things bring good luck the coal is so

that the house is always won the bread

is so there is always food to eat and

the money so that there is always money

then we throw ashes out of the back door

why do you do that I asked it's the old

year leaving continued uncle Fraser then

we have a party said Ben my uncle smiled

a Fame party

he said we sing and dance until morning

do come Megan I looked at them Huck

Renee on sky and Betty McCallister's

party singing songs around the piano

with uncle Fraser Ben and mum I wanted

this more than anything else in the

world yes I said and I hugged my uncle

again

then it was time to go we rode in the

trap to Armadale and when we passed the

ruined Castle I thought I saw a silvery

white horse arching its neck and

galloping in the waves goodbye Kendra I

whispered and on the salty air there

came a cry as the little white horse

called out to me

of course we knew this was not goodbye

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