An Interview With A Leprechaun! And Boy Was He Hard To Track Down!

Seamus the Leprechaun. 'Can I help ya lady?' Begora, are ye after ma gold?
Seamus the Leprechaun. 'Can I help ya lady?' Begora, are ye after ma gold?

Let it never be said that a journalist won’t go out of their way to get a great scoop. Nothing should stand in the way of a good story, even if it means getting covered in mud and possibly attacked by all manner of ghoulish creatures that inhabit the night world and scare the beJesus out of you.

So with my stubborn bravery in hand, I set out to find one of the most illusive and Fey of them all. The very fascinating and slightly scary, Irish Leprechaun.

My boss, suffice to say he is the head of the biggest company in America, Hubpages,and is worshipped like a god in England, gave me this assignment, and me being not worthy, or so I thought, decided it was in my best interest to pursue the little critter at my first option.

Of course it was a great honor to be chosen for the task. At least I think I was asked. The conversation went something like,

‘You’re useless, get out there and find that leprechaun or else you will find yourself back in the post room’. I didn't like to tell him that actually, I work from home.

So, me being such a good little reporter, and wanting to please his Majesty of Hubness, decided that indeed I did want to go and chat with the little fey darling.

So here I am. In the middle of a field in Ireland. Its two o clock in the morning, and my boots are filled with good old Irish bog. At least I think its bog, it could be cows poo or even worse, fairy turd. But I don’t want to think about that.

Leprechaun getting ready for his interview! toptenz.net
Leprechaun getting ready for his interview! toptenz.net

Did Somebody Say Shoes?

The owls are hooting, as they do, and the dratted bats are circling my head like a party of vultures ready for their after dark snack. But do I care? Do I heck. I am a brave intrepid woman, and nothing frightens me. Unless you count the banshee screech coming from over the mist covered hills.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. Leprechaun. Now its said that to find one of these creatures, you have to have a good ear for strange sounds. Such as boots clopping on the rocks, or the sound of a hammer on leather. Evidently they like making shoes. Well, at least we have something in common.

Not making shoes, just wearing them will do. And of course they tend to count their gold a lot too. Greedy little beggars, I have to work and they get it for nothing. Typical.

So here I am sneaking across shadow crusted marshland, trying my best to keep quiet. And then suddenly I hear a noise.

Now I have been told to look out for a small creature, with the stature of a child, but the face of a man. All depending on who you ask, and lets face it, there’s not that many who have seen one, he will be wearing either a red jacket, or more commonly a green one. Well that can’t be hard to find. Especially as I am following a strange sound that, from here sounds remarkably like swearing.

I gently lower myself to the ground, and scurry along on my knees towards a large boulder that sits on the small hill in front of me. Peering over the top, I see a warm golden glow emanating from an earthenware pot. At first I can’t see anything else as the brightness puts everything else into shadow. Then, out from the darkness I see a tiny pair of shoes. Thinking that they have been left there, I begin to stand up, only to notice the shoes start to move. I duck down quickly. I don’t want to scare him. Ha, who am I kidding?

Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold
Leprechaun with his pot of gold.
Leprechaun with his pot of gold.

Face To Face With A Little Green Munchkin!

Looking further, a face comes into vision, the glow of the pot casting dark shadows on his face. My goodness he’s so cute! There in the glow, is a tiny man with a beard, wearing a long cone hat, green short coat and breeches. Below his jacket are white leggings and on his feet are the little shiny black shoes.

He’s sitting on a small wooden three legged stool and, by the looks of it, trying to balance his gold coins on the top of a rock. The more he stacks, the more they fall over back into the pot.

‘Well, begora, ya stoopid, coins, what’s the matter wid ya?’ His voice makes me jump, and I skid a stone down the hill with my foot.

The Leprechaun looks up, and peers at me.

Well, what ya hiding over there for’? he squints. ‘come out, come out whatever ya are, I ain't scared a' you’

Suddenly without any warning, he jumps up onto the rock in front of me, then spins upside down on his hat.

Oh no, I thought, I know when he does that he’s going to be up to mischief, better put a stop to it now.

So, standing up, I take a deep breath and say,

‘Sorry to disturb you, I was just wondering if you would be kind enough to give me an interview?’ Just a few words for our readers, if you don’t mind of course’ I gulp.

The Leprechaun leans in closer, and gently points his finger towards my nose. I go cross eyed wondering what he’s doing.

‘Um, what are you doing?’ I gulp.

Suddenly he giggles, and the sound echoes off the mountains.

‘Ar just messing wiv ye’ He smiles, and his face lights up with a toothy grin.

Irish leprechaun
Irish leprechaun

Tea With A Leprechaun!

‘Come on down, and drink a pot o’ tea with me, what do ya want to know?’

So I carefully walk around the rock and take my place next to him on the ground.

‘Well’ I scramble around in my bag, and get out a notepad. Suddenly I have no idea what to ask.

‘Ar, don’t be afeared, I won’t turn ye into a frog, m’dear’ his eyes twinkle.

I take a breath and read my notes.

‘Well, first of all, if you don’t mind me asking, are you all alone out here? Or are there any others like you?’

‘Na, I like bein on my own, the trouble with havin to many of us around is that the others try stealin my gold, and I aint havin any of that’, in fact, the last one to come around here got a flea in his ear so he did, we Leprechauns are a solitary lot, we are so grand we don’t need no other to keep us company'.

‘Um, so where did you get the gold from in the first place, and is it true that you find it at the end of a Rainbow?’

Pot of gold at the end of a Rainbow Stock Photo
Pot of gold at the end of a Rainbow Stock Photo

A smile creeps over his face, and he turns away with a sniff.

‘Well now, that’s for me to know and you to find out, if I told every hooman bean that came along, they would all try to grab me gold, wouldn’t they?’

Okay, I thought, on dodgy ground here. Change the subject.

‘Okayyyy, so is all the legends about you true? You know, making shoes, playing jokes on hoomans, sorry humans, and granting three wishes to people who you meet?’

‘Ay’ He says, scratching his chin, ‘I suppose you could say that we, are, erm, the famous little people of legend’ He preens, then spoils it by wiping his nose on his cuff.

‘I notice that you wear green, but in legend its said that you wore a red jacket and Elizabethan ruff, so do you change your attire, or is there a reason why you wear green now?’

‘Ar well ya see’ he says, scratching his head. ‘We take notice of the hooman news, and we, the great fairy folk of legend try and follow fashion. After visiting the hooman towns we noticed that in March, on good old St. Patricks day, people were wearing green and saying that they loved the Leprechauns. Well now, that caused a bit of a quandary, and we had a meeting in the fairy hill to decide whether we kept the red, or changed to the green to make sure that the hoomans kept remembering us.

'Ya see, if they think they got it wrong, then we would be forgot, and we can’t have that, we would turn back into the earth and disappear. So sometimes we have to bow to public demand, so we do. An' before ya ask, yes there are fairies, mind ya, I can't abide them, vain little creatures, and ye will never get an interview with them, so ya won't, they think they're too good for ya'. He pulled a face and spat on the ground.

leprechaun at  ballyalban fairy fort  county clare Ireland Waiting for the Fairy Folk!
leprechaun at ballyalban fairy fort county clare Ireland Waiting for the Fairy Folk! | Source

Just Get Me Home I Need My Bed!

I stared. Leprechauns kept up with fashion and took notice of hoomans! I mean humans.

‘So, ya wanting ye three wishes then?’ He crinkled his nose.

‘An before ya ask, no ye not getting me gold, hurry up now, the nights nearly over and I ‘av to be back for my breakfast, gotta keep up my strength ya know, so I have.’

Did I want three wishes? And what was the catch? I tried to remember if there was one, but couldn’t.

Then I suddenly had an idea.

‘Um, if you don’t mind, I will take just one wish, when we have finished this interview, can you send me straight home, put me into my bed and write up the notes for the article?

The Leprechaun smiled a mischievous smile and put his hand in his pocket.

 Land of the Leprechaun museumpoparch.blogspot.com
Land of the Leprechaun museumpoparch.blogspot.com

‘Stand up, hold ya breath and say three times, wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow, then close your eyes’.

So, standing up I repeated the three words, holding my breath. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a glittering sparkle. The leprechaun opened his hand and blew the sparkle into my face. The scenery started to fade, and just as I began to get sleepy, I remembered something.

‘Wait, I didn’t get your name’. But then I fell asleep, the sound of laughter echoing in my ears.

I awoke and yawned. Wow that was some dream. Then I opened my eyes to see what was weighing me down on my covers.

There, in a little pile of leaves and twigs was my notepad with lots of writing on it, a small quill pen, and a pair of shiny black buckled shoes. I gasped and sat up. In the distance I could hear the sound of gurgling laughter. Or was it just the jackdaw sat on the branch of the tree? I will never know. But at least I got my story!

© 2012 Nell Rose

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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

I love it... and I love the Get Lucky costume lol


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Fantastic Nell; great read, very funny, very glad I dropped by.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks shea, and oh yes I never spotted that! haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, billy, glad you liked it, I am still trying to get the mud of my shoes! haha!


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molometer 4 years ago

The top of the mornin' ta ya! what a funny little character and a great story. They are incredible tricksy. You were lucky to get the little guy to spill the beans.

Voted up and funny SHARING


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Nell, such fun. Very enjoyable.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

How adorable, original and HIGHLY creative. This is an awesome, inspiring hub. Adorable!!! I want one, but not one that will trick me in the end. :)


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

I love to smile and this hub put a big smile on my face. Thank you for that. :)


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adrienne2 4 years ago from Atlanta

Nell, love your story. I smiled all the way through it. Your story telling is just wonderful. I like the ideal of trying to get an interview with the leprechaun really creative way to tell a story. Thanks for putting a smile on my face. Big hugs to you : ) Voted up, and awesome!!


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Nell, you made a wonderful Leprechaun morning for me! I have been in love with these fellows so long. I wish you had told me of the assignment, I might have tagged along. Voted up and sharing.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Oh boy did I ever enjoy this Leprechaun hunting adventure and interview Nell! What delightful wee folk vernacular, still smilin'. Adore this hub Nell, your a very gifted and imaginative writer you are. Okay, wheelbarrow wheelbarrow and black buckled shoes- for grand prize hub this one I do choose!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Amusing but what about video ;) Voting this Up and Funny.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

You should have asked him to send the other two wishes to me Nell. I'll have to go find my own Leprechaun now.

Voted up.


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

Ohhh Nell Rose did this one EVER bring out the Irish in me! Even though I'm not Irish. I'm going to print it out and give it to my husband, who IS Irish, for St. Patrick's Day. Wonderful, charming, etc., etc. Voted up, beautiful, and awesome and, oh yes, shared! Thank you so much!


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Great story to start a day! I thought it will be interesting to read you arguing with Leprechaun. Oh well, unless we finally able to read an interview with unusual creature. Love your imagination, Nell!

Have a nice day there.


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Too funny! I love everything Irish.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, molometer, took me Ages to find him1 haha! thanks so much, and I am glad you enjoyed it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks duffsmom, good to see you, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, tammy, thanks so much! I have no idea where it came from my fingers just went off on their own! haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Kathleen, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks adrienne, they are not easy to find, I think the best way is to leave a few gold coins laying around, that should snare them! haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, sen.sush, Aw you should have come with me! lol! mind you it was a bit cold and the Leprechaun did go on a bit! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alastar, it was a dark night, and I nearly fell over the little darling! haha! glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much, if I see a wheelbarrow from now on I am getting out the way! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, alocsin, I would have got one but the Leprechaun was to quick for me! haha! (I will take a look to see what I can find) thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, christopher, you be careful they are untrustworthy little things, nick your wallet without a howdy doo! haha! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Timetraveller, that's great! and thanks so much, I hope your husband likes it, and thanks for the share, much appreciated, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Freya, thanks so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Lilleyth, glad it made you laugh, thanks!


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CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

Lovely story ...............or was it the truth??? Must look out for a little man in Green ( apart from the one in my lounge staring at the TV?)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, casseworker, lol! you'll never know! then again it may well be the one in your lounge! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Nell, this is one of the best things that I have read all day...what a story teller you are! I bet you have more than one yarn or two up your sleeve.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

What a fantastic story, Nell! You know I'm a fan of the wee folk and especially my ancestors' neighbor the Leprechaun. :) Wonderfully written and captivating. Love the way you tell the tale...too authentic and unique. Voted up, beautiful, and interesting. I once almost met a pixie...but she hid from me unfortunately.


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora

Funny, funny. Was his name Rumplestiltskin?


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Laura, it could well have been! haha! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Enlydia, thanks so much I just like having free reign to write what I like occasionally, it just lets my fingers get some exercise! haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, kitty, you met a pixie? right, now I expect a story! haha! thanks as always, and glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I feel lucky enough to find a pot of gold just from reading about your lephrechaun! I'm off to find the rainbow!:)


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I was enchanted from the start. This was so whimsical, a total delight to read. Just like one of the little mischief workers to run off without even leaving his name too!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Sunshine, let me know if you find it! haha!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, poet, yes typical wasn't it? haha! maybe I should have taken some of his gold! that would do it! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Funny! I enjoyed your clever interview. It was totally believable, and I do believe in the little fellas except for the part where the Leprechaun offers you tea. Leprechauns much prefer beer. I must put a link to this fab interview from my Leprechaun hub. Cheers!


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ElizaDoole 4 years ago from London

This is a great story Nell, I love the dialogue and the way the events unfolded. Leprechauns are a funny lot indeed.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Green Lotus, never thought of the beer! lol! maybe he was an English leprechaun! thanks so much for the link, glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Eliza, not every day you get to chat to a leprechaun! haha! thanks for reading, cheers nell


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chspublish 4 years ago from Ireland

Good story Nell, with a good flavour.

Did you know there is a leprechaun museum in Dublin now for all interested parties - www.leprechaunmuseum.ie. We'll never get rid of those fellas!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, chspublish, well I never! lol! a leprechaun museum? Wow! thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

What a darling story! You are so creative and unique. This is great for St. Parick's Day. "Erin go brau" and "Top of the morning to ya"


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, suzette, and Top of the Mornin' to you too! lol! still got mud on my boots! haha! I just couldn't resist it, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub Nell and thanks for sharing.

Take Care And Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Eiddwen, thanks for reading, hope you are having a great day? cheers nell


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Hi Nell, Getting that Leprechaun to write the story for you was a stroke of genius! You are very clever and talented. I am sharing this one with all I know. Voted Up, and hit all the buttons. By the way, I could hear the Irish brogue as you told the tale!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, grandmapearl, lol! it took a lot trying to find him! thanks so much for the vote, glad you liked it!


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stugod 4 years ago from Bradford

Sounds like a tall tale to me, Or maybe a short story ;););)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, stugod, what you don't believe me? haha! thanks for reading, nell


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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

Great story! Thanks for sharing! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Suzie, glad you liked it, cheers nell


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Nell, voted up and all across:) What a great story! Well deserved I may add. This was such a cute, funny story my friend. You are so creative Nell. I absolutely loved it Nell. It sounds like a great fairy tale:) Perfectly fit for the holiday.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks lyric, I have no idea where it came from! lol! I just felt like traipsing through the mud to meet a leprechaun! haha!


mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

This made my day! I loved it!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Nell, What a wonderful story. I had laughter in my heart and I am so glad you completed your interview with the leprechaun. lololo! Loved it! Voted up and shared! :)


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EtherealElements 4 years ago from USA

Love it!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, mikey, lol! glad you liked it, you have to have a talk with a leprechaun on St. Patricks day!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, AEvans, all that sloshing around in mud, never again! lol! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Ethereal, thanks for liking it, nell


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

That was awesome.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Wiccan! lol!


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Pretty cute! Really liked your imagination at work in this one, Nell. : ) Had to be voted up, for sure!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi dreamseeker, thanks so much! lol!


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Lol! This is brilliant! Very enjoyable read. Certainly voting up and across. Thanks.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi CrisSp, thanks so much, glad you liked my leprechaun! haha!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi CrisSp, thanks so much, glad you liked my leprechaun! haha!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

In the past 12 months I've found a few rainbows, but no pot of gold. Yet, I did have much good luck since I read this hub last! Yeehaw! :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda, lol! I hope your luck continues, great to see you, and thanks!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Faith and begorra what a joy to read! Your imagination and creativity just beam from the little guy's tellin'. Everything about this was fun to read from the God of hubville to your totally written out story ;)

Voted up, funny, awesome, and interesting.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, top o' the mornin' too ya! lol! bein' a leprechaun can be an exhausting ting to be, let me tell ya! seriously, thanks mary, I just got carried away with my assignment, next its the fairies! haha!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Just wonderful Nell! Loved this!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Well, it's almost St. Paddy's day, so I just came by to read your wonderful story. I would love to see a real Leprechaun; I'm Irish, and have never seen one.

Voted up, etc.etc. and shared on FB .


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks so much Audrey, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, lol! I wish I could meet a real one, how lovely would that be? thanks so much, nell


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

My gosh, Nell. This is delightful, magical, funny and awesome! Me father would be right proud of you for such bravery in face of the Leprechaun world. I voted useful in case I ever have to take on such a quest, I also hit every button up there. Done well, Brave Nell.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Phyllis, lol! thanks so much for reading, yes the little blighter was a bit sly while I was trying to interview him! but i got there in the end! thanks!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

another year has past and I still haven't found the pot of gold! I'm patient (sometimes), maybe i'll find it next year :)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

LOL! thanks Linda! I must do another one, one of these days, thanks as always, and watch out for the leprechaun!


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DzyMsLizzy 8 months ago from Oakley, CA

What a fun and delightful tale, Nell! It was very cleverly done. Too bad about not getting the fellow's name! ;-)

I do hope you have the souvenir little shoes showcased appropriately. Hee hee hee...

Still bemoaning the loss of the voting buttons--this would have gotten "up" all around.


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

LOL! thanks Lizzy! yes, still got the shoes.......! thanks as always, nell


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Vellur 8 months ago from Dubai

Enjoyed the read and happy that you got your interview and had yourself transported to bed with all the notes already written and ready for you to mail it to your boss!


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Nell Rose 8 months ago from England Author

Hi Vellur, lol! thanks so much for reading! yes he was a clever little...LOL!

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