Short Story — Elf Hill: Part 2

Elf Hill, fairy tale forest, illustration, Ivan Yakovlevich

Illustration by Ivan Yakovlevich

For those of you who read my published short story, “Elf Hill,” but wanted to know what happened next, here’s the rest of the tale.

I cut off this part of the story when I submitted “Elf Hill” for publication because I wanted to make it more focused and give it a punchy ending. It worked.

But the story did continue and now you can assuage your curiosity.

Spoiler Alert!!

If you have not read “Elf Hill” and plan to do so, stop reading here.

The inspiration behind this story came from noticing similarities between accounts given by people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens and fairy tales about the magical place known as the Elves Hill.

woodcutter illustrationIn the fairy tales, Elf Hill appeared and disappeared unpredictably. Its denizens, referred to as elves, were not human and took different shapes. They pulled in unsuspecting humans to join their wild revelry. While some entered Elf Hill willingly, other were drawn in against their will. And a night spent partying with the elven creatures equated to many years of human time.

That temporal relativity really fascinated me. Going into Elf Hill sounded like traveling through space and then returning home to find that many more years had passed than you experienced onboard the space ship. You would be only slightly older while your friends and family on Earth had aged and died.

The King of Elf Hill

In this part of the story I have given the King of Elf Hill a benign purpose. This does not match the experience of “abductees” who report painful experiments and operations without benefit of anesthesia. Some have been warned, however, about the dangers of nuclear weapons and environment destruction so the Elf King’s healthcare mission is not completely unusual.

This painful experiments might explain Harno’s dread of the ship and his wariness of its captain. The “elves” have clearly wiped his memory and yet . . .

Elf Hill: Part 2

Without further ado, here is “Elf Hill: Part 2.”  I hope you enjoy it.

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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