What a Fool

100 words about summoning a faerie
(c) 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest.

The instant he stepped in, the sun went away; the forest was all dimness and cool. He held his hands out – it seemed important not to run into a tree – and walked on. He specialised in making a fool of himself, but he’d come here to change that. No matter the price.

While he snailed into the trees, he listened. The old, fir-green-eyed woman had said that if he couldn’t hear the bells, he would never find them. He checked his pocket for candle and matchbox. At the first tinkling of bells, he lit the candle to summon a faerie.

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Show me a picture of a forest, like the one for this week’s MFtS, and I see faeries

14 thoughts on “What a Fool

  1. Light a candle to summon a faerie – I like that idea.
    And the bells …
    ‘Teacher says, everytime a bell rings an angel gets its wings.’
    ‘Atta boy, Clarence.’

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    1. I have to admit that the lighting a candle to summon a faerie comes straight from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell… Well, come to think of it, it’s blowing out the candle that summons the faerie, actually. So maybe I should say it was inspired by Strange & Norrell…

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      1. Ah, of course, Strange and Norrell. How everyone comes to regret ligthing those candles … That’s still my favourite MASSIVE DOORSTOP of a book, though The Crimson Petal and the White has started very well.

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  2. A beautifully magical story, Sonya! I hope his summoning goes well. You have to be very careful with faeries – they’re a tricksy lot. 🙂

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  3. I really enjoyed this story – I would guess that a lot of imaginations will be sparked when this is read. I know that mine has been.

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