Our story begins in a lovely and peaceful village called Nowhere. All the villagers were happy to live here, the sun was always shining and everyone was pleased to help each other.
Most of the inhabitants had never left Nowhere because they were too frightened about what they called « the other world ». They loved keeping everything under control and hated those who were not like them.
Even if everything seemed to be so perfect, the villagers did in fact fear one thing: the woman who was living on the only hill of the village. Her house was always surrounded by ravens. For them, this was a bad omen and that’s why they called her « the Witch »…
The Witch’s name was Lily and actually, she didn’t look like a witch at all. She was young, tall and thin with very long white hair and big beautiful transparent eyes.
A legend said that if you looked straight in her eyes, you can see your future but no one had dared to try.
The only friend of Lily was Vincent, a talking toad. He was very clever and always found answers to questions. Together, they spent hours and hours trying to create the most beautiful things you can ever imagine. Once, they suceeded in giving birth to a little dragonfly with diamond wings.
Over the years, Lily felt more and more alone. Although Vincent was very interesting, she wanted to go to town and share her knowledge with someone, but she knew that if she tried to go out the villagers would like to kill her. It was safer to stay on the hill because the ravens could protect her.
One day, a foreigner arrived in town. The villagers immediately locked their doors and stared at him from their windows.
- Who are you, shouted a big voice
- Er, my name is Jack, I’m a musician who travels around the world looking for inspiration. I played in a lot of cities like Somewhere, Anywhere and Everywhere.
Whispers came from the houses and then a few doors unlocked. A big bald man with a huge beard appeared and began to walk slowly towards Jack .
- Well well well ,he said, sounding both scared and impressed. This is a great honour to meet you Mr Jack ! You must be a very famous musician if you have been in so many places ! I’m the Mayor of Nowhere, I hope you will enjoy your stay.
From this moment, everything began to change. As time went by, Jack became more and more integrated into the village, which was quite unusual. He played every night for the villagers, and for the first time in their lives, they did something new : they danced !
Jack was very curious and that’s why one day, he decided to get a closer look at the house on the hill. The villagers had warned him that it could be dangerous, but didn’t care about their warnings.
The hill was very high and it took hours to go to the top. Once arrived, Jack couldn’t believe his eyes, the view was so beautiful, he felt like he could do everything, as if he was invincible. He knocked at the door and a beautiful woman appeared. She was so happy to see someone that she immediately invited him in and they began to talk.
This scene would be now be repeated every day until Jack decided to introduce Lily to the villagers. He thought that together they could improve the lives of the inhabitants by passing on their knowledge.
Unfortunately, when they came back to town, villagers were very angry, Jack had betrayed them ! They were in such a rage they attacked them. Fighting alone against them all, they couldn’t resist and passed away.
After the fight, Vincent, the talking toad, appeared in a cloud of smoke and said in a loud voice :
- You made a big mistake. All of you, you acted like fools. It’s not because someone is different that you have to reject him. I thought you had understood that. I was full of hope when you became friends with Jack, but your stupidity won once again. We have to learn from others, but well, if you prefer to stay in ignorance, that’s fine. From now on, the sun will never shine again in Nowhere, you have to live in the dark for ever.
Nowadays, all the people of Nowhere left the city, tired of living in the shadows. So now, if you decide to go to Nowhere, look on the top of the hill, over the darkness. You will not see ravens anymore but two doves and a toad.