A Tale of Fae

Prompt: Fairy Tale by in_the_blue. 100 Word Stories

A dribble-drabble (150 words) for 100 Word Stories.

Liana Mir

Liana Mir reads, writes, and wrangles the muses from her mundane home in the Colorado Rockies and, occasionally, from the other side of the Barrier.

Series Listing

02. Second Era - Fae 19

Beneath the Icewood Trees

02. Second Era - Fae 45

A Tale of Fae

02. Second Era - Fae 73

Into the Temple of the Sun

03. Third Era

Forest Fruit

05. Fifth Era

Edge of Salvation, Edge of Fear

A Tale of Fae

“Tell us a fairy tale,” the children cried.

The old bard loves to tell stories—of anything but Fae and her beautiful, terrible magic.

02. Second Era - Fae 45
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“Tell us a fairy tale,” the children cried as they tugged at the bard’s cloak.

The old man’s chuckles faded. He settled his weary bones on the tree stump by the fire. “Not of the fair.” He told them of heroes instead, dragons and adventures—but not the fair folk, not Fae of Surrey.

“Tell us a fairy tale,” one girl pleaded.

The old man sighed. Never content with false stories, safe fiction. “Once there were no fairies,” he began, “until a little girl asked cold magic into her heart, and it froze her kindness to ice.” He leaned forward. “Do you know why she did that?”

The children did not know.

“Because magic is beautiful.” They followed his eyes to the swirling sparks of light dancing through nighttime air all villagers warned their young against. “Magic is beautiful,” he said again, “and terrible.”

Then he told them a story.


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