FC: Crispin's Journal By: Kieli #9
1: Crispin's Journal By: Kieli #9 02/8/12 Mrs. Burnett's Class
2: Journal Entry #1 | The name’s Crispin, and getting in trouble is my specialty. I wasn’t always called Crispin though. Well, so I was born in a village called Stromford you see, and I lived there til’ I was 13. My mother’s name was Asta, and I had no name, so I was just called Asta’s son. When I was 13, she died. The village’s steward, John Aycliffe, said I needed to pay off the house or something, or I would be arrested or killed, or maybe even both. I ran away to the forest that day feeling upset, angry, and sad. I tried to figure out what had happened that day. My mother had died causing me great grief, John Aycliffe was forcing me to give away the only other thing I had, my ox and he was not doing it in a kind manner. I had no idea what to do, if I | The name’s Crispin, and getting in trouble is my specialty. I wasn’t always called Crispin though. Well, so I was born in a village called Stromford you see, and I lived there til’ I was 13. My mother’s name was Asta, and I had no name, so I was just called Asta’s son. When I was 13, she died. The village’s steward, John Aycliffe, said I needed to pay off the house or something, or I would be arrested or killed, or maybe even both. I ran away to the forest that day feeling upset, angry, and sad. I tried to figure out what had happened that day. My mother had died causing me great grief, John Aycliffe was forcing me to give away the only other thing I had, my ox and he was not doing it in a kind manner. I had no idea what to do, if I
3: went back, the steward would arrest or kill me for refusing to give him my ox. And if I stayed, I would die from the lack of food and water, or die from being attacked by wild animals. I ran away to a priest I knew named Father Quinel for advise of what I should do. That was when I found out more about my mother and father. I found out that my mother had known how to read and write (which back then, that was a quality that only wealthy people obtained) and that made me to wonder how and why she knew how to read and write. I thought that the only way she would of been able to read and write was if my father was important or wealthy. Father Quinel said that the only other possession she had was a lead cross with something engraved on it. He said she called it Crispin, and that it was, from then on, mine. That’s when I finally got a name, Crispin, after my mother’s cross of lead.
4: Journal Entry #2 | After leaving Father Quinel, I found that the reason that John Aycliffe and his other wealthy friend was chasing me and looking for me was because I refused to pay off the house after my mother died with my ox, stealing from John Aycliffe’s house, and killing a priest. When I heard that was the reason they were chasing me, I didn’t know what to think. I was feeling afraid of the consequence if they do find me, and was angry at the people for thinking that I did all those things. After leaving Father Quinel, I spent a lot of time running from John Aycliffe and his partner, I spent my time creeping along the side of river banks as the the thundering of hooves of Aycliffe’s and his stranger’s horses passed the ground above my head. I spent time stealing from people for food, and then running off into the woods for protection.
5: One night when I desperately needed to talk to Father Quinel about something, I found him in the woods, lying on the ground. At first, I thought he was asleep, but as I tried to wake him up, I rolled him over to the other side and saw that his throat had been slit and he was dead. After finding hem dead in the woods, I was so scared that I would be next. Then I knew I needed to try even harder to keep out of hiding and in secret. I knew that my only hope was to find enough food and stay alive and out of sight.
6: Journal Entry #3 | It was just another ordinary day of the “hiding game”, when I stumbled upon a village that looked as if it had been attacked and then had been left in ruins. I decided to go and look around. I found a house whose roof had been blown off and it had hardly any walls, in there, was something that would soon change my whole life as I knew it. In the corner was a man. He was a very large man with red hair and a fiery red beard. His clothes had been worn out and were patched in various different places. He had a brightly- colored hat that look as if it had been split in two and then sewn in the middle.
7: On each end was a single bell that jingled whenever he turned his head or moved his head quickly. After an awkward conversation, I found out that his name was Bear, and he was a juggler. He became my master, and I his servant. He agreed to provide food and protection, if I worked with him when he preformed, and for him. I wished that I was doing the right thing, and that I could trust him.
8: As days and weeks went by of Bear and I preforming at small villages and towns, I took on a new style and a new look. Bear found out everything about John Aycliffe looking for me and everything else. So, he made me cut my hair for safety reasons, and change my clothes. Bear taught me how to play the recorder. so I could play while he sang, danced, and juggled. After visiting many small villages and towns, Bear thought I was ready to go and preform at the great town, Great Wexley. He neglected to tell me that one of the reasons we were going to Great Wexley was because he had some important business to take care of with some of his secret friends. Once we got into the town of Great Wexley, they preformed and later went to an inn called The Green Man inn. | Journal Entry #4
9: Bear sent me up to my room while he took care of his important business. I got restless after a while, and the decided to listen in on their conversation. I cracked the door open so I could see slightly, and say that Bear was talking to a short man who (I later found out) was named John Ball. John Ball kept saying things like, he isn’t old enough to rule, or he doesn’t even know who his father is. I got suspicious after that, but I didn’t tell Bear what I’d heard.
10: Journal Entry #5 | There were many guards roaming around the town, and once when I bored of waiting in the room. So, I decided to go and explore the great town. I snuck down the stairs and out the back door and out to the street. A lady rode by wearing bright colors, she was Lady Furnival. There were guards roaming everywhere behind and around her. I went to a church to pray, and John Aycliffe was waiting for me with his men and stranger friend. They chased me into dark alleys and I barely escaped with Bear's dagger. I went to the inn and hid for the rest of the day. After a few days of Bear meeting with these strangers, I figured out what was happening. I found out that I was Lord Furnival's son, and after I was born, my mother and I were sent away to a poor village. | By: Philip Capper
11: One night, when John Aycliffe was hot on my trail, he followed me to Bear's meeting. I warned everyone to get, out, everyone did, except Bear. They dragged him to the castle. I followed them to the castle and got in through the balcony. I found a room that looked like a mini church. Then, John Aycliffe stepped in the doorway. I was, terrified! I took out my dagger and thrashed at him. We fought for a little bit, he with a sword, me with a dagger. I got John Aycliffe on his knees with my dagger pressed upon him. I made him to swear an oath to let me get Bear and get out of town. Once we got Bear and got to the town gates, he broke his oath. He threatened to shoot us. Bear picked up John Aycliffe and threw him on his men's swords that were surrounding us.. We left town, and life went on.
12: Journal Entry #6 | If I could really meet Crispin. I would ask him about how it felt just figuring out that your father was Lord Furnival. I would ask him what it felt like to know your mother your entire life, and not know your father, not even his name. Life must have been really confusing and strange.