Do you believe in faeries? ~ finale

Illustration from the Rose Fyleman Fairy Book


The True Owl-King beckoned his rescuers to follow; he flung open the front doors so forcefully that they hit the pink palace walls with a crash, causing the creatures on the emerald lawn to flap and fluster in a flurry of fluorescent wings.

The Owl-King’s gentle brown eyes found Florigia’s and he inclined his head, his gaze fell upon Lobelia and he grinned, then stepping onto the lawn, he prodded the glaucous insulation that encased the fallen Captain Stinger with a wary wingtip.

‘Your crafty and clever charms saved us all, elegant ladies,’ he beamed; he opened his wings to encompass the entire company: ‘let there be feasting and fun, let there be singing and stories,’ he swung around to face the palace doors where a collection of pastel-uniformed retainers had appeared, ‘bring honey cakes and nectar juice!’

‘I still don’t understand,’ mumbled Mr Eyre through a mouthful of cake as Bryony tilted the travelling-bracelet against the inside case of his pocket-watch; its message now read: Prophesy fulfilled, time’s up!

Greta squeezed Bethany’s shoulder: ‘you were the golden-haired child after all.’

The bracelet started to vibrate; pocketing his watch, Mr Eyre hastily grabbed the girls’ hands; moments later they vanished.

This concludes our little tale. I think we can safely assume that Mr Eyre, Bryony and Bethany returned as if they’d never been away, just in time for breakfast…

Written in response to two challenges:

Di of Pensitivity 101’s Wednesday’s Three Things Challenge: CRAFT, COUSIN, CRASH
Denise Farley of GirlieOnTheEdge’s Sunday’s Six Sentence Story Word Prompt: JUICE

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!
The novel is now also available as an audiobook – free on Audible with a 30 day trial.


66 thoughts on “Do you believe in faeries? ~ finale

  1. I have to say that I loved the line of alliteration. I used to teach it to my students and have seen it in kids books, probably many others as well, but here it worked so well and it wasn’t necessarily obvious.

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      • Its just one of those things I have always liked…alliteration. I don’t even know where it is now but I wrote a small book for a 1st grade class I was working with a long time ago. It had all their names. It was cute. The problem with writing children’s books is that the market really is too overwhelmed. I had some published books but left the contracts because it was that vanity press stuff where you pay to have them publish for you. Back a few years ago I had the money to do that but not anymore unfortunately.

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  2. For one, I find fulsome fun in forging fairy fables in fabu… fantast….
    (‘Not as easy as it looks, this alliteration… but, then, the fun in these Sixes is not simply a diversion of a story, but in developing of skills through example).

    Excellent conclusion to quite a satisfying adventure.

    (If I may?)
    “… and they all lived, happily ever after.”

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  3. Lo! I ,the man whose Muse whylome did maske
    ,As time her taught in slowly shepherds weeds,
    For trumpets sterne chaunge mine oaten reeds,
    And sing of Chris’ fairies gentle deeds!!!

    Bravo and thank you!

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  4. A happy and satisfying ending, with a wee hope dangling that there might be more.
    And, as ever, the delightful rhythm of your language that sees the words sparkle – as is only right for a faery story. (Just got myself Following the Green Rabbit! Well, I AM over 10 byears old! 😉 )

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  5. A brilliant, charming and inventive series, Chris, and with a happy ending 🙂 Glad Mr Eyre got to eat a bit of cake before he realised he had to get the girls back sharpish… back to what? More adventures? I’m sure.

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