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Lana and the Bird

By J. L. Brazier

Copyright 2019 J. L. Brazier

ISBN: 9780463719862

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This story is a fictional story based on a Czechoslovakian old wives tale.



Written and Illustrated by J. L. Brazier



Not long ago there once was a girl and her father who lived in a small farmhouse deep within the remotest part of the Carpathian Mountains. The girl’s mother had passed away when she was very young but she and her father managed to live happily together.   The girl’s name was Svetlana but her father called her Lana.


Lana took care of the house and her "papa" as she called him, while her father tended daily to the cows and sheep on the small farm.  Lana would make the meals, clean the house and keep up on all the household duties because she loved her father dearly.



One day after milking the cows her father came into the house not looking very well. Lana noticed her father’s pale looking face and helped him straight into his bedroom. 



She tucked him snuggly into bed and lit a small fire to keep him warm.  “He must have caught a cold.” “I will make him some soup.” She thought to herself.




As Lana turned to go to the kitchen she heard a tapping on her father’s bedroom window.  She turned to see a black crow pecking at the window trying to get into the house.


“Oh no!”  She said out loud.  “This cannot be.”  For she knew a bird in the house was an omen of death and that the bird like the death angel will take away the soul of a loved one. Her papa must be very ill.



“What shall I do?”  “I love my papa.” “He is all that I have.”  She thought frantically.



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