Do you believe in faeries? ~ episode 18

Illustration from the Rose Fyleman Fairy Book

Previously

Muttering to himself, the Owl-King marched slightly unsteadily down a long passageway; Bethany, who was walking just behind him, had the distinct impression that not just one voice, but three different voices were holding a hushed conversation beneath his flowing golden robe, although annoyingly she couldn’t make out what they were saying.

The passageway ended in a large door, decorated with an owl holding a drooping lily flower in its beak; the doors swung open and Bethany followed the now-tottering figure over the threshold. The Owl-King steadied himself, leaning on the back of an opulently appointed throne, which was one of the few items of furniture in the room; he turned to Bethany, ‘you say you know my secret, but I know yours too!’

The Owl-King bent forward; his helmet twitched, then suddenly he crumpled to the floor; his helmet rolled away and three small figures scurried from beneath the golden robe.

‘This is Owlet Hall and we are the Owlets!’ the three of them danced around Bethany, hooting with mischievous laughter, ‘drop the pretence, you’re not the golden-haired child at all!’

Undeterred, Bethany planted her hands on her hips, ‘well, to be fair, you three aren’t the Owl-King either.’

/….to be continued.


Written in response to two challenges:

Di of Pensitivity 101’s Wednesday’s Three Things Challenge: LILY, LETHAL, PRETENCE
Denise Farley of GirlieOnTheEdge’s Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt: FAIR

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!

MORE SIX SENTENCE STORIES HERE!

54 thoughts on “Do you believe in faeries? ~ episode 18

  1. Yeah, ah,… kinda creepy, lol “Bethany, who was walking just behind him, had the distinct impression that not just one voice, but three different voices were holding a hushed conversation beneath his flowing golden robe,”
    Surprising turn of events! I look forward to further conversation between these 2, er 4 characters. Especially, why the owlets do not believe Bethany is the “golden haired child”.

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  2. way to do a ‘sharp-angle’ close to this installment!
    fun and interesting

    (In my experience, surprise endings and turns of plot are way trickier than they seem… at least if one is going to maintain the narrative momentum.
    True ‘seat-of-the-pants’ writing, imo, while, at times more stressful, is far and away more fun when the characters begin to tell the writer their story.)

    Looking forward to the next installment.

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