Colin McInnisEnglish A1
The Monster of River Ness
All men know of her by the sound of her name. The tourists flock to see her, my familystanding back in the house. All highlanders know Nessie will not come out for thousands to see.
My family‟s farm was a week‟s walk from Loch Ness, but we know the legend
. They wouldwalk, we would walk, to see friends on the waters. To visit friends and sell the harvest to thePicts. We would sit on the beach and swim amongst the waters, while our parents went to see themerchant. The Picts came down from the river Clyde, for they knew the powers of the Loch.They knew the tongue though, and soon were swimming and playing amongst us.The Pagans talked about the demons coming loose on the earth when the gods weredispleased, but never had we seen one before. The beast rose up from the Loch
, the water jumping aside as it emerged from wherever Hell it had came from. The man must havecommited awful acts in his life for he was pulled under the waters. When he came up we saw theextent of the demons wrath upon his corpse. The men took a boat out and retrieved the body.They began to prepare the burial ceremony for the man and mourners went to find the family andtell the news. Mother came back to us, as women were not allowed at the funeral. We wereshooed into the inn with the women and children,but we snuck out the back and hid amongst thereeds.The Picts ran as we buried our man. The devils work was too much for them. But theyreturned with an Irish monk amongst them. He named himself Columba and joined the funeral.
The man‟s family lowered his body and words were said. But the Irishman went to his follower
and sent him across the river to see if he could make the beast return. Some little ones fled at