Hello again. A fascinating story for you this week (thanks for the suggestion, Ed.)
A wild child (also known as a feral child or wolf child) is a human child that has been raised in the absence of normal family and social structures and behaviours. This is often a result of being confined by their own parents as a deliberate act of cruelty or as a rejection of a child’s mental or physical disability. Wild children are a common subject in folklore where they are often portrayed as being raised by animals – think Mowgli in The Jungle Book.
On this day in 1812, Kaspar Hauser, one of the most fascinating cases of wild children, was born. As a teenage boy he was found wandering the streets of Nuremberg, Germany, carrying a letter from a man claiming the boy was left in his care as an infant and he had raised him but never let him leave the house. Hauser was able to speak a few words (particularly “I want to be a cavalryman, as my father was” and “Horse! Horse!”) and write his name. When asked about his early life he spoke of a small, dark cell and being fed only bread and water. He became something of a curiosity in the town and was visited by many people who wanted to glimpse the wild child. Hauser died aged 21 from a stab wound. Many believe he was attempting to resurrect dwindling public interest towards him, but stabbed himself too deeply. In a twist worthy of Alexandre Dumas, some believed that Hauser was the hereditary Prince of Baden and was switched with a sickly child at birth to ensure the incumbent Duke had no male heir and the title would be inherited by his uncle.
Here is this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with WILD and ending with CHILD and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation is allowed) will be eligible to win.