Do you believe in faeries? ~ episode 14

Illustration from the Rose Fyleman Fairy Book


Once they’d reached the apparently unguarded exit from the dungeon, Mr Eyre and Bryony introduced themselves to their fellow prisoner. Hildebrand explained that she’d been arrested for Word Singing, something she did every afternoon to entertain her husband’s elves while they plugged away assisting him in his shoemaking business, ‘Without my singing, all concentration will be lost and production will cease,’ she lamented, rubbing her red-rimmed eye sockets.

Peering around the door, they surveyed the empty yard and beyond it, the entrance gate which swung on its hinges as though someone had just departed. Mr Eyre beamed at his two companions then, taking their hands, he propelled them across the open space and through the gate.

Soon they were standing in a grove of slender poplar trees which led to the Owl-King’s palace; the ground began to shake to the rhythm of marching feet and a few moments later the palace’s emerald-green lawn was filled by an army of assorted brightly-coloured insects.

‘Perhaps you were thinking I did wrong in letting them go? said Captain Stinger to his lieutenant as they emerged from behind the dungeon’s walls, ‘but now we’ll take all the dissenters by surprise and exterminate the lot!’

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Written in response to two challenges:

Di of Pensitivity 101’s Wednesday’s Three Things Challenge: PLUG, SOCKET, INLET
Denise Farley of GirlieOnTheEdge’s Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt: LOST

Bryony, Bethany and Mr Eyre first appeared in my historical fantasy fiction novel, Following the Green Rabbit. They’ve been begging to go on another adventure and now they’ve got their wish!


57 thoughts on “Do you believe in faeries? ~ episode 14

      • Chris, in light of the new mutation ravaging South Africa, just wanted to tell you that you are in my thoughts and I am certain in the thoughts of the rest fellow Sixarians.
        And I am saying this not from a position of a perceived safety, cause that doesn’t exist.
        We are in this together – and the later the realization produces meaningful action, the worst will be for everyone .

        Take care Chris and keep your spirits focused and bright ,as much as possible.

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        • Thanks so much for your kind consideration, Spira. I really appreciate it.

          I was listening to the news here just an hour ago, and from what I hear inside the country, is that although the new strain may be more transmissible and may not be held at bay so well by current immunity levels, there is no immediate cause for alarm. Fewer than 100 cases have so far been detected, but obviously the situation can change rapidly. Maybe the travel ban is premature.

          Your words hearten me, and I shall continue to write and read from the safety of home, losing myself in everyone’s imaginary worlds! You stay safe too, Spira.

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  1. That Stinger fellow is a nasty and calculating bit of work… “exterminate the lot!” 😨😬 He has some Dalek about him! (or Davros?)
    Lovely visuals of the poplar trees and the emerald grounds full of the marching insects!

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