English Writing Help Center
Write a Short Story: Improve Your Fiction Skills!
 
 
     
 
     
 

  日本語表示(Japanese)   英語表示(English)

このセクションの内容は:
I. Short Story の書き方
II. 広島大学の生徒が書いた Short Story の例
III. Short Story を投稿できる掲示板

I. Short Story を書こう: フィクション小説にトライしよう

フィクション小説を書くための3つの要素:

     1) 時代背景印象的な時代背景をつくるために視覚、聴覚、 触覚、味覚、 と嗅覚の五感を使いましょう。部屋の中にはどんな家具でしょう?どのような天気でしょう?木を、鳥や虫を、詳しく述べることで表現しましょう。印象的な背景の例: a deserted beach.  an empty classroom. a crowded festival.

     2) 登場人物ストーリーに登場する人物は詳しく述べることで印象的なイメージをつくりましょう。どのような姿の人でしょう?どんな性格の持ち主でしょう?登場人物の生い立ちなども述べてみましょう。そして登場人物たちの間には興味をひくような関係を設定してみましょう。例えばあなたの英語の先生があなたの母親と親密になればどうなるでしょう?何が起こるでしょう?!

     3) 陰謀あなたが書く小説はミステリーでしょうか?アクションやSF小説、それとも時代小説でしょうか?

     通常ストーリーの中では主人公は陰謀に対峙し打ち勝ってゆくものです。読んでいて思わず爪を噛んでしまうような悔しいシチュエーションをつくってみましょう。また、ユーモアな表現やシチュエーションも織り交ぜて書くようにしてみましょう。(ユーモアは小説を書く上で大事なことです。)

対話を書くときは1段落で一人のセリフを書くようにしましょう。.

動物の話を書くのはおすすめしません。(童話のようになってしまいます)

それと主人公に奇妙な事が起こり実はそれは夢だったというパターンもよくありません。この二つはよくある「ありがちなパターン」ですのやめておきましょう。

     フィクション小説は決まりごとが少なくとても書きやすいです。(インターネットの記載されている「決まりごと」の章をみてみましょう)例えば、フィクション小説では書き手は一人称  I (決まりごと (3)参照)を使ったり、たずねるような文章を書くこともでき(決まりごと 4)、また短縮形(決まりごと 5)をセリフの中に使ったりすることもできます。

重要!:独創的で創造的であるように心がけましょう。誰でも素晴らしい作品を書くことができます。楽しんで挑戦してみましょう!

 

II. 広島大学の生徒が書いた短編小説の例

 

ここでは広島大学の新入生が書いた短ストーリーが紹介されています。全部の作品は想像力が引き出されていて、良い文章になっています。これを読んだあと、あなたも自分のストーリーを書いてみませんか。もしかしたら有名になってお金持ちになれるかもしれないですよ!

 

 

Once Upon a Time                by Hiroko Seki

なぜクララには親がいないの?なぜ1匹の羊だけ変わっているの?どうしなのか調べてみよう。

 

A Horse-Faced Prince            (Anonymous Student Author)

ある王女は自己中心的で周りの人にいじわるでした。このような行動をとった彼女には罰があたる。でもそれだからといって、このお話が悲劇になる必要はないよね。

 

Love and Happiness from the Horizon   (Anonymous Student Author)

小さな島、美しい少女、そして難破船の水兵。ラブストーリーには完璧だね。

 

Eri and the Fir Tree             (Anonymous Student Author)

えりの心の中は、あるもみの木のことでいっぱいである。だが、ある日台風が訪れた時、この木が倒れそうになり、えりは何か特別なことをしたい思った。

 

A Picture                    by Hiroki Murasawa

ちかと彼女の家族は戦後の日本で暮らしていた。このストーリーの表現力がすばらしい。

 

Your Service Area is the Earth             by Emi Yamamoto

天使の仕事は大変でもある。このストーリーを読みながらあなたの想像力を広がせてみて。

 

        Once Upon a Time

                         by Hiroko SEKI

 

     Once upon a time there was a happy family in a far away country.  There were only three people in the family and it was made up of a grandmother, a little boy, and a little girl. The two little children felt happy although they didn't have their parents. The grandmother's name was Emma, the little boy's was Ryan, and the little girl's was Clara. They always did farm work in their fields near the house. The two little children, Ryan and Clara, were busy bees.

     One day Clara said to her grandmother, Emma, “Why don't we have parents?” Emma couldn't answer anything or wouldn't answer. Clara wondered about why Emma was reluctant to answer, but Clara decided that she should never ask Emma this question again.

     Their uneventful lives continued.

     One day a white animal appeared in front of Clara. She was very surprised!! It said to her, “I am a sheep, as you can see. I'm from the world of sheep. I came to take you to a place you want to go to. Where do you want to go?”

     She couldn't answer because it was a sudden happening, but she thought hard.

     The sheep said, “Let me see. Well, let's go to my world because this year is my year!”

     Clara thought “I haven't answered yet…”

     The sheep took her to the world of sheep. It was a world surrounded with sheep. Everything she could see was sheep… The sheep were leading a free, easygoing and happy life:  blue sky, clear air, grasslands covered with green and fresh water…

     “What a great place this is!” Clara thought. She was a continuance of emotions. She also thought that she would like to stay there ever after. She loved nature, so she thought like this.

     However, the sheep said to her that she could stay there only one month.

     So, she decided that she should play hard with sheep, take care of them, and love nature more. Almost all the sheep were kind to her, but only one sheep was frosty to Clara. It seemed to hate her. During the month, she talked to sheep, took a nap with sheep, and walked together with them.

     The month passed in a flash. It came time to go back home. Almost all the sheep were crying, even that frosty sheep. Clara tried to speak to it. “Why are you crying? Because I must go back home?”

     That sheep nodded.

     Clara continued, “But, you don't like me, do you?”

     The eyes of that sheep changed to a kind expression,  and it began to talk. “I never hated you. To tell the truth…” 

     “To tell the truth, what?” Clara said.

     That sheep tried to hesitate, but dared to speak the truth. “To tell the truth, I am your mother. I have been staying here because a spell was cast on me by a witch and changed me into this figure. She cast a spell on your father, too! He changed into the little boy you know well.”

     Clara was struck dumb with astonishment. “But who is the little boy  I know well?” she thought. Then, she suddenly understood who he was. “The little boy is Ryan!!” she shouted, and said. “Where is the witch?” 

     Clara's mother answered. “The witch died, so we don't know how to break the magic, but she wasn't a bad person. She just cast a spell as an experiment from the beginning. It just only failed… However, I never have a grudge because this life is very fun for me. Please trust me, Clara. So, go back home alone at once.”

     Clara understood her feelings, so she decided to go back home alone. She said to her mother, “Goodbye Ma’am… but, we will surely meet again!!” 

     Her mother promised.

     Clara was very happy and went home with the first sheep.

     “Emma,” Clara's grandmother, said to her, “who were you speaking with?”

     Clara  answered “With nature!”

     Clara knew everything, but never told anything to anyone. So, she led an ordinary life, and said to Ryan and Emma with a smile, “I love you.”

     The two persons didn't see, but they answered to Clara, “I love you, too.”

     They lived happily ever after.

 

 

 

            A Horse-faced Prince

                   (Anonymous Student Author) 

   In a certain country, there was a princess who was very, very beautiful. She was so beautiful, but very proud and haughty. One day a king had a big party for people who wanted to get married  with the princess. He tried to make her choose her match. Many people were invited. She ordered them to line in rank order and looked them over. And she found fault with the men and criticized them, like, "You look like a barrel," or "You are tall and lean, so powerless," or " You look pale and grim." And so on.

     Because the good-natured prince at the head of a table had a little long face, she said "Look everyone, his face looks like a horse’s!" And he was laughed at by everyone. Since then, he was called "the horse-faced

prince." The king who saw this got angry and in front of them promised that the beggar who came to the door first would be her husband.

     About three days later, a man began to sing in front of the door to get some handouts. The king who heard it said  "Get him in here" The man, who was called in front of the king and the princess, wore shabby clothes and was very poor.

     The king said "I like your song very much."

     And the man said "Right, then please give me some handouts."

     The king said, "I’ll give you my daughter." Then soon, he called a priest and celebrated a wedding.

     After the wedding, the king said "Now that you are a beggar’s wife, you can go anywhere with him." She was turned out of the castle with him. She had no choice but to go with him. 

     They left there and plodded their way. When they came to a big woods, she asked " Whose woods is this?"

     The beggar answered " This is horse-faced prince’s."

     She lamented, saying "If I had chosen him, these woods would have been mine. Oh poor princess. I should have chosen him!"

     When they left the woods and came to the grassland, she asked him again," Whose grassland is this?"

     The beggar answered "This is horse-faced prince’s."

     She said "If I had chosen him, this grassland would have been mine. I should have chosen him!"

     Presently, they arrived at a small house. She asked him "What a small and poor house! Whose house is this?"

     He answered "This is our house. We live here from now on."

     "Where are the servants?"

     "There isn’t one. You must do everything yourself. Come now, cook dinner." However, she couldn’t even make a fire, so he just had to make a fire and cooked.

     In this way, they managed to live a few days, but they had eaten almost all that the king gave. The husband said, "You are really worthless. You can't make a fire, spin threads, or trade at the market. So, I went to a certain king and asked him if he needed a servant in a kitchen. Then he said that he would employ you as a servant." Like this, the princess became a servant and did a lot of hard work.

     One day in the castle there was a big party. The head cook said "You may look in but don’t enter the hall."  She looked in the room from behind the door. Everything looked gorgeous in bright lights. She realized that what had got her poor and humble was her pride and haughtiness. She had caused her own punishment. She was ashamed of what she was.

     Suddenly, big clapping happened and the prince came in. To her surprise, he was the horse-faced prince. Then he said to her "Shall we dance?" He plucked her by the hand and she finally entered the hall. Everyone laughed to see her miserable cloths.

     She said "Please lose your grip. I apologize for my rudeness. Please, please lose your grip."

     He said "Please listen to me, don’t be frightened. It was me who lived in that miserable house with you. I did that to distort your pride and punish your haughtiness. I wanted you to know that a pure mind and kindness are more beautiful and important."

     "I’m so sorry," she wept bitterly.

     He said to her gently, "Trust me. Those detestable days have passed. You got back the beautiful mind. Now let’s celebrate our marriage."

     Like this they led a happy life.         

        

 

 

   Love and Happiness from the Horizon

 

          (Anonymous Student Author)

 

     Long, long ago there was a very small island in the Pacific  Ocean. It was warm throughout the year and peaceful there. People who lived there were also kind and friendly.

     On the island, a man and his daughter were living together happily.

     "I'm home, Helen. I'm very hungry. Is dinner ready? " he said.

     "Yes. It's OK. How was your day today? " she said.

     The man, Richard Brown, was a farmer. Helen gathered shells and sold the shellworks in order to help out her family budget. Her mother had been dead about ten years. She died when Helen was seven years old.

     "It's getting stormy tonight. I wonder if it will be fine… " she said.

     "If it isn't fine tomorrow, we won't able to work. But, it's useless to worry. I'm going to bed for tomorrow's work. Good night, Helen. " he said.   

     "Good night, Dad. I have a hunch that something will happen… "  she said to herself.

     The next morning, the father went to the field and the daughter went to the beach in order to gather shells as usual. When she arrived there, she found a grounded ship.

     "What's happened? " 

     She quickly ran to the field where her father was working. "Dad! A big ship has gone onto a rock! " she shouted.

     "What? Well, let's go and report that to the elder, "  he said.

     After they reported it, the natives of the island helped the crew of the ship. The crew members said that they were from a far-off country. They received a warm welcome by the islanders.

     The next day when Helen was working on the beach, one of the crew members came to her and said, "Hello. I really appreciate you helping us. And I heard you found our ship. If you had not found it, we would all be dead. Thank you very much, Miss...."

     "Helen Brown. Call me Helen, please. We're glad to meet people from a far-off country. Have you come to like our island, Mr…?" she asked.

     "I'm Paul. Just call me Paul. This island is very beautiful. I like the sea the best," he answered. "I like you, too…”

     “Oh! It's getting dark. I must go home to get ready for dinner. Good-bye, Paul. " She went home in a hurry.

     After that the two often talked about their own hometowns, families, and dreams on the beautiful beach till the sun set in the clear blue sea.

     But, Richard worried about his family budget. "Helen, how are your shellworks selling? I don't think you work hard as before. What's the matter with you? "  he asked.

     "Nothing. Sorry, I'll work hard tomorrow. Good night, Dad," she said shyly.

     Twenty days later, the ship on which Paul had come was repaired. So the crew members decided they would go back to their own country two days later. The crew members and the islanders were glad that they could go back and held a party. They ate many delicious foods, drank much, sang songs and danced. But, Helen had mixed feelings. Paul had, too.

     "Come on, Helen."  He took her to the usual beach. "I want you to go with me."  He strongly said, and held her tightly.

     She was puzzled, " Could you wait for me? I have a beloved father. So… "

     At last the day of departure had come. Paul was waiting for Helen on the beach.

     "Hey, Paul! We must get going," a crew member shouted. Paul started getting on the ship, disappointed.

     " Paul! Wait, please. Could you take me?"  Helen asked.

     "Of course. Thank you. But, what did you say to your father? " he asked.

     "...I left a letter for dad."

     And the two departed.

         Dear Dad,

     I'm sorry for going my own way. But, I noticed that I loved Paul. So I decided to go with him. I will come back to the island at any cost.

                                       Helen

     Seven years passed, Richard worked in the field as usual. Then a boy ran to him and said, "Grandpa!" There was a happy family on the island.

          

 

 

             Eri and the Fir Tree

 

     Eri was born in Tokyo, December 29, 2002. Her parents loved her very much. And she was cherished by them. They lived happily every day.

     However, Eri’s parents died in a traffic accident when she was five years old.  Then, she was adopted by her grandparents who lived in Hokkaido and she went there.  Her grandparents were very kind to her.  But she always missed her parents and her friends in Tokyo.  She thought every night, "Mama, Papa, why did you leave me alone?"  Her grandparents didn't find how to console her.

     At her sixth birthday her grandparents took her out for a picnic at the farm they had. Then, she found a big, big fir tree.  She looked up at it a long, long time.  Her grandfather came near her. 

     She asked him, "How long has the tree lived?" 

     He said, "I don't exactly know, but it has lived for a few hundred years.  Your mother liked it very much.  She used to climb the tree and play." 

     Eri clung to the trunk.  She felt that she was being hugged by her mother.  She was happy. She began to like the tree, too. Ever since then, her mind brightly changed.  Her grandparents were happy too, because they could see her smile.

     In April she entered an elementary school.  She had good friends soon.  But she was often teased by some boys because she did not have parents.  Whenever she was teased, she went to the tree and talked to it.  Then, she felt calm and got well.  Also, she went there whenever she was happy. For example, she came in first in a marathon race, took the top grade in her class, and was bought a bicycle by her grandparents for her birthday present. Whenever she was happy or unhappy, she spent much time with the fir tree.  The tree was all in all to her.

     When she was thirty years old, a man visited her.  He said, "My name is Suzuki. I serve in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.  We are working on a project for scenery development in front of the Tokyo station, in order to make the place better.  We have decided that a big Christmas tree should be placed there.  So, we want a big fir tree.  At last, I found one which you have.  Please give me the tree.  It will be a symbol of the place." 

     Eri dropped into deep thought and said, "I'm sorry, I can't.  Because----------."  She began to talk about the relation between her and the tree to him, and she said, "I need it for my life." 

     He listened to her talk seriously.  After he brooded for some time, he said, "O.K.I understand your thought. Your talk moved me. It's a pity that I can't get it, but I give up. Thank you, Eri."  Then, he returned to Tokyo.

     Several days later, a big typhoon hit the town where she lived.  She couldn't go out from her house.  She worried that a branch or trunk of the tree would snap.  After the typhoon went away, she ran to it.  It wasn't change at all.  She was happy to see it.  However that night, she thought, "I don't know when a typhoon will hit my town again.  The next time, the tree may not be able to bear it."  She was greatly exercised by the tree.  Finally, she thought that  it would be good for the tree to be loved by many people.  Then, she determined that she would give Mr. Suzuki the tree.

     Mr. Suzuki was very pleased to hear that. "Thank you, thank you, Eri.  I promise you that we’ll treasure it,"  he said.

     After that, the tree was moved to Tokyo.  In Christmas season, it was decorated with many shining tinsel and colored lights.  Many people were fascinated by it. It made them happy. Eri was happy to hear that, too.  The tree was loved by many people ever after.

 

                            -the end-

 

 

 

A Picture

By Hiroki Murasawa

      Six years had passed after the World War 2. Even in this small town in Tokushima Prefecture, the war’s influence was not little. But people kept their sad memories deep in their hearts and lived their days dreaming better lives. Actually the Japanese economy was making great progress, and people’s lives were becoming rich.

      In a quiet classroom, Chika Yoshida was waiting for her homeroom teacher to come. It was about four o’clock and all her classmates had left the classroom along time before. She felt a bit irritated, as her mother must have been waiting for her. Her mother, Tae, always wanted her to come home at a scheduled time.

      Tae was a small and stout woman. She was an old type woman. Her husband Tatuo had died four years before, when Chika was eleven years old. Tae and Tatuo had four daughters and one son. No, they had five daughters, but the youngest girl Chihiro had died during the war. She wouldn’t have died if there had been no war, Tae still thought.  Chihiro got sick, but if she had only gotten proper medicine, she would not have had to die. Tae hated the war, and she also hated poverty. “If I had had enough money and could have called a good doctor even during the war. I could have saved Chihiro” Tae sometimes remembered how Chihiro died in her arms. But now she had to work at a factory to raise five children. Chika’s old sisters, Maki and Keiko, started working after they graduated from junior high. Chika’s brother Kazuya was a high school student, and the younger sister Nami was still in the fifth grade of an elementary school. Tae wanted Kazuya to go to college, but she needed a lot of money for that. When she thought about it, she always sighed.

      Chika’s teacher Mr. Maeno came into the classroom and merrily talked to Chika. “Have you been waiting long?” Chika just smiled back, though she wanted to say “Yes”. She was taught to be polite to the teachers and she thought it was rude to say that she had waited for a long time. “Now Miss Yoshida, why don’t you sit down?” Mt. Maeno pointed to the chair in front of him. Chika sat down facing Mr. Maeno. “Miss Yoshida, I heard you are not going to high school. Is that right?”. “Yes Sir” Chika answered. “Why is that? I know your father is dead, but you are a very good student. And if you wish, you can get a scholarship to go to high school. I’d like to talk with your mother and ask her to let you go to high school.” Chika was staring at her slippers. They were very old as she was using the ones of her sister’s. Chika wanted to go to high school as she liked to study. “What will mom say if I tell her that I wanted to go to high school?” No. Chika thought. That would just make mom sad and confused. She had to work to make money for her brother. Chika looked up and opened her mouth. “Thank you, Mr. Maeno. I’ve made up my mind, I’d like to work.”

 

      Chika was a beautiful girl. She had big brown eyes and beautiful white teeth. Many boys wrote to her to ask her to go out, but she never wrote them back. Tae had thrown most of the letters away before Chika got them. So when she started working at Murakami Company, Hiroya the son of the president soon realized that his eyes were constantly looking for Chika.

 

      Hiroya was a tall and slim man. He was six years older than Chika. He was very diligent and warm-hearted, but not handsome. Chika was not interested in Hiroya a tall. There were many other young, rich and good-looking men around her. She was thinking she would choose one out of them. Naoki was the best, Chika thought. He was the son of the owner of a famous hotel. He often asked her to go out though she never said yes. She wanted to say yes, but Tae forbade that.

 

      One day Naoki talked to Tae on her way home. He said, “I got a letter from Mr. Murakami yesterday. It said you got engaged with Mr. Murakami. I’m sad but I will give you up. Congratulations. Please be happy with Mr. Murakami.” Chika was shocked. She wasn’t engaged with Mr. Murakami. She dashed back to the company and when she found Hiroya, she shouted. “When did I say I would marry you? I did you write such a letter to Naoki?” Her face was red with anger. Hiroya dropped his eyes to the floor and did not say anything for a while. Then, he looked up. Looking into Chika’s eye, he said. “I love you. I want you to marry me. I don7t won’t anybody to talk to you” “No!” Chika screamed and ran back to her house crying.

 

      The next morning she didn’t want to go to work, but she could not quit the job and. She could not loose the job. It was hard to be with Hiroya in the same office, but she tried to concentrate on the work. Nothing happened in the office, but when she got home she was surprised to find a letter from Hiroya. It was a long letter telling how much he loved Chika. Everyday the letter came. The mail carrier said “here comes your periodical letter.” After six months,  Chika went to see Hiroya with two big bags full of letters. She said, “Ok, I’ll marry you.”

      After forty-five years, they are sitting at the living room of Tae7s house. Tae is now 90 years old and sleeps most of the time. Chika and Hiroya had two daughters and both of them are married and have children. Chika talks to Tae, “You know what, mom? Hiroya went to the park with his grandson the other day. There he thought he dropped his purse, which had his driver’s license in it. It was a very cold day, but he kept looking for it over two hours. Actually his purse was In another jacket. He is getting very old.” Tae said to Hiroya, “Why didn’t you stop looking for that? You could have caught a cold. The driver’s license can be reissued.” Then Hiroya said shyly, “I looked for it as it looked like rain on that day. I had a picture of Chika in that purse. I didn’t want to let it get wet in the cold rain. Then he opened the purse and showed the picture to Chika and Tae. It was the picture Chika used when she got a job at Murakami company. The picture had turned red, and though it had been handled very carefully the side is a little crumpled. Chika didn’t know that Hiroya has kept the picture for nearly 50 years. Hiroya said, “Chika is the woman I loved and I promised to make her happy for all her life.” Chika said to Hiroya, “I’ve been always happy with you.” Tears dropped from Chika’s big eyes.

 

 

    Your Service Area is the Earth        

                   by Emi Yamamoto

 

Your service area is the Earth. Investigate the state of the planet, and start your work within a week.

[Warning]  ruining       Concluded.

 

On graduation day, new angels receive not only their diploma but also a letter of appointment. My letter said the above contents.

“Earth? I’ve never heard of such a planet. Moreover, a word of warning is ruining…?!”

After that, I investigated the Earth. It was…

      The Location of the galaxy: included in the solar system.

      The average atmospheric temperature: about fifteen degrees centigrade.

      The population: more than six billion.

It had water and plants. Seemingly, the planet was blessed to live in. But… I muttered to myself while looking at pictures of the Earth.

“It’s shining bluey… What a beautiful planet it is. I can’t believe it is expected to be ruined in a hundred years.”

 

Several days later, I arrived at the Earth. That place was probably Tokyo, which was said to be one of the richest cities of the planet.

“Damn it all! What polluted air this is! How dare they regard this city as the richest!”

I reviled involuntarily while observing from the sky. When I went down to the roof of a high-rise building, my white wings were already tinged with yellow. The atmospheric pollution, water pollution, and the flood of garbage and the wars… the planet had pressing problems piled up mountains high.

“An angel’s work is to make human beings happy. Pluck up my sprit! Something must be done about problems to prevent them from ruining it. I have no more than a hundred years.”

I encouraged myself and lifted my face. There was a gaping ozone hole in the sky. By the way, angels generally can’t take action against objects directly. In addition to that, angels are invisible from human eyes. For that reason, angels whisper to human’s consciences.

 

I went down to a busy street. Car fumes caused the atmospheric pollution, so I was thinking of stopping people from using cars. At the moment, I found a man who was about to ride his car. I whispered to him.

“Don’t use the car… Don’t contaminate the air…”

He glanced at his gold watch, then rode his car and went away. I felt misgivings about his behavior, changed my mind, and whispered to another person. But the man also used his car. I got angry little by little. I flew to a footbridge, and shouted myself hoarse to congested traffic under my eyes.

“Don’t use cars! Don’t contaminate the air! If you don’t settle problems, this planet will be ruined in a hundred years!”

 

Cars went on discharging fumes as if they couldn’t have anything.

“Hey hey, boy!” It’s just so called Fruitless efforts!”

Suddenly I heard a strange voice behind. I looked around, and a devil sat on the handrail of the footbridge. He smirked and went on talking.

“Inhabitants of this planet are very very selfish. Everybody thinks of only themselves. Giving them warnings is like preaching to the deaf.”

I must not tolerate the devil’s speaking just as he likes in the capacity of an angel. So I said, looking at him sharply.

“They only haven’t realized their crises yet! Once they realize, they must start to restore their mother pla…”

“Haven’t realized? Start to restore? Hum! Mind you, raw angel. They’ve already realized it. However, they intend not to restore but to abandon their mother planet.”

No sooner had I finished speaking than he told back, I could do nothing but utter “What..?” That was as much as I could do. His utterance was shocking.

 

“Oh boy. What do you know? They intend to emigrate to the Mars. A probe has already been launched. Human beings dump anything – garbage, usable clothing and radio active wastes… even the Earth!! Ha-ha! Disposable planet! It’s funny!! They get all the use of the Earth and then discard it”

“Shut up! Shut up Devil! They’ll abandon the mother planet? How can that be true! I.. I believe humans. I believe that humans will restore their planet. I believe they love their birthplace!!” I cried holding my head in my hands. He grinned at me.

“Your ideas are green. The Angel’s work is to make human beings happy isn’t it? Then, to let them do anything they like is the easiest way to make them happy…..Oh! It’s high time for me to have lunch. See ya, bye!” The Devil flew away. I just stood erect on the spot, and only repeated in order to keep back my tears.

“I believe in humans, I believe in humans, I believe in…” At the moment, a woman came along to the footbridge. Before my eyes, she chucked an empty can. It grazed my face, and fell beneath the footbridge. “I…believe…” A tear rolled down my cheek.

 

Since then I had been bustling about trying to make people reconsider the state of this planet. One occasion, I came across a lot of happenings. A boy blackmailed an old woman. A woman was beaten black and blue by her husband. A man picked a fight with a complete stranger, by the only reason being that a stranger’s shoulder had touched his lightly. To my dismay, nobody tried to help another. Some people pretended not to see the incident, others remained spectators. I witnessed the terrible aspects of humans. I was depressed completely. Five weeks had passed since I arrived at this planet.

 

“The Devil’s remark was quite right. They think of only their own. I’ve understood why wars aren’t over. Thinking coolly, who will be able to live among people who live now until a hundred years later? Their irresponsible behavior is convincing.” I murmured sitting on a sooty shack. The sun was setting. I was looking at it. At that moment, “BOOOOM!”

Suddenly, the roof of the shack disintegrated. I fell on my buttocks.

“This is adding insult to injury! …Why? This floor is awfully soft…oh my!” I jumped back, because I just sat on a man who was exhausted. Of course the man did not notice me, he staggered to his feet. He seemed to be the owner of this shack.

“Oh darling! Are you alright?!”

A lady ran up to the man. He said with a sad look,

“Honey, I failed again… I’m afraid I may not be able to accomplish this machine. Six years have passed since I started to develop this…The month after next, our baby is due to arrive. Now may be the time for us to resign.” He looked at his wife who was obviously in the family way. She also said,

“Though it is wonderful to solve contemporary energy problems by bringing to completion this machine which can make energy from any garbage… Eventually, we lost our laboratory.” She glanced over their surroundings, which were littered with broken pieces of the roof.

 

I was amazed at their conversation. That the planet should have people like them! They were anxious about problems. They made efforts to solve them. I heard myself saying,

“Cheer up! Every failure is a stepping stone to success!! You are expecting a child aren’t you? In that case, you never give up all the more!”

Then, he lifted his face and said as if he heard my voice.

“I never give up. I want to leave my children the beautiful earth. Now, let’s clear these broken pieces away. I’ll reopen the development from tomorrow, honey.”

The wife smiled,

“Ok, we should get a tarpaulin in place of the broken roof” and began to help her husband.

 

I was stupefied for some time. It was unbelievable that I could encourage people.

“Why? Oh , perhaps…I always appealed to people by saying “Don’t, don’t” before. But this time, I did not use “Don’t.” Oh I see. The important thing is not forbidding but inspiring!” I took wings to the chaotic city with an expectation.

 

A hundred years later. A graduation ceremony was held in heaven that day. A new angel received his letter of appointment. He smiled as soon as he read it.

“I’m lucky to be fixed to work in such a nice place.”

 

Your service area is the Earth. Investigate the state of the planet, and start your work within a week.

[Warning] none.         Concluded


 

 
home