Weeks passed and the little girl was still sad. When she would walk down the hallways of her school on the mountain some of the other children pretended she wasn’t there. They wouldn’t talk to her. When she would go to get her letters from her family by the sea the mailman pretended she wasn’t there. The little girl felt all alone and sad. No one would sit with her at lunch any more.
The little girl didn’t know what to do. She knew the leprechaun was real and he was mean. She didn’t understand why the other children didn’t see it.
Then one day another in a class ahead of her told her she knew about the leprechaun too. The other girl said that the leprechaun had been mean to her and even played tricks on her. The other girl said that she had a friend who had seen the leprechaun too. The other girl invited her to have tea with her and her friend.
At the tea they had tasty treats and lots of chocolate. While they were having tea the angel with the pretty hair came. The angel said that there were even more little girls who had seen the leprechaun. The angel wanted them to talk to the head teacher again about the leprechaun. The little girl didn’t want to. She wanted to forget about the leprechaun and have friends again. The angel told the little girl that the leprechaun would keep scaring little girls if no one talked to the head teacher.
The little girl was very scared. She told the angel she would talk to the head teacher if the angel came with her. When she was with the angel she felt safe and not so all alone. The angel said she would come and so would some of the other little girls.
The morning she was to talk to the head teacher the little girl felt sick in her tummy. She couldn’t eat breakfast and she felt sad on the inside. She really didn’t want to talk to the head teacher.
When she got to school that day she tried to pretend it was a normal day. She tried to pay attention in class but she kept seeing the leprechaun in the hall. As she walked to the head teacher’s office the other children laughed at her and called her names. She wanted to run away.
Then she saw the angel with the pretty hair and she felt safe again. She went into the head teacher’s office and was surprised. There were lots of other girls there. They all went to talk to the head teacher. The little girl heard the others tell about the leprechaun. Some of their stories were even scarier than hers. There was even a little girl who said the leprechaun had snuck into her house in the middle of the night and scared her.
All the girls told the head teacher about seeing the leprechaun. The head teacher was very sad and said he would talk to the leprechaun. The head teacher wanted the school on the mountain to be safe for everyone.
Days passed and the little girl felt better about sharing about the leprechaun. There were other children who believed her now. It was still scary when she was by herself but she knew she was no longer alone.
After a long time the little girl got a letter from the head teacher. The head teacher said that he met with the leprechaun and told him he needed to quit scaring the little girls. The leprechaun said that the little girls weren’t telling the truth. The head teacher said that he knew the little girls were telling the truth. The head teacher told the leprechaun that he could stay if he would be nice to the little girls. The leprechaun said he didn’t want to and was going to go back to sit under his palm tree far, far away where people liked him.
After the leprechaun left there were still children and even some of the helpers that didn’t believe any of the little girls. But the little girl found that there were more children and teachers that did believe them. There were still times some of the other children and helpers acted like the little girl wasn’t there or were mean to her. But mostly the little girl learned that in telling the truth the school on the mountain was a safer place. The little girl also learned that it is sometimes hard to tell the truth but that it is the right thing to do.
There are still times the little girl longs for her house by the sea but for now the little girl stays at the school on the mountain because she knows she needs to learn how to tell others not to let leprechauns scare them.