The Fire Bird's Story. A Short Story. Firebird.

A Short Fairy Tale Story for Adults or Children.

This is the story of a beautiful and brave bird who refused to give up hope in his search of finding love and happiness....

The Fire Bird.

the ceramic tile that was inspiration for this fairy tale.
the ceramic tile that was inspiration for this fairy tale. | Source

How The Fairy Tale Story of The Fire Bird came to be written.

I took a photograph of a couple of ceramic tiles while on holiday in Greece. I thought the brightly coloured birds depicted on the pottery tiles were interesting and wondered what had provided the potter with the idea to make them.

When I saw the photo I had taken, I decided wanted to write a fairy story of how their images came to be on the tile.

This is the fairy story that is about the birds on the ceramic tiles.


The Fire Bird's Story.

Once upon a time there was a bird who had feathers that were so beautiful and intense in colour that at times as it flew from tree to tree; people would become alarmed at the glow of it’s feathers in the distance and they would run to where it had been to put out the fire that they thought they saw there.

So the bird became known as the Fire Bird a title which was very grand for such a small bird. Who never had been able to see what all the fuss was about when people ran about calling his name “Fire, Fire!” over and over again. He was a very happy little bird but sometimes he felt a bit lonely. He decided to leave the place he lived and fly to the next island to find himself another bird to share his days with.

The first island he reached he spent a week on but he soon knew that he did not belong there. All of the birds on the island had drab feathers but that was not why he left . He left because he felt even more alone than before. Especially when all of the dull birds roosted together at night and he was alone in a tree at the edge of the forest. He did try to join them but they did not want to know him and they jeered at his bright feathers and his different sounding calls.

The next island he visited he left in haste minus a tail feather and even that he considered a lucky escape. This island was full of striped prowling cats with fangs so long that they overhung their bottom lip. This was definitely not the place for a brightly coloured Fire bird to live.

The third island he felt must be the one that he would settle on, for he was tired of travelling and just wanted to settle down somewhere he could call home.

It was while he was on this island that he began to feel his luck had at last changed because in the morning he could hear the sweet tones of a bird singing. He knew he had to find her where ever she was. He was sure such a sweet voice could only belong to a female bird and a beautiful one at that. On his third day on the island he found the owner of the beautiful song but to his disappointment she was imprisoned. How could she sing such a sweet song when she was not free he asked himself. He began to visit the garden that she lived in every morning although he lived in fear of being imprisoned himself.

He watched as the man placed seed and water in the cage each day for her and he heard him whistle tunes for her as he went about his work as a potter. Each morning the man would make his tiles from the clay from the river, each evening he would light a fire and place the tiles and the pots he had made into the flames to cook. The bird knew that his lady was in no danger from the potter for he spent hours decorating pots and tiles with pictures of her.

The potter knew the Fire Bird was there watching him but he never tried to capture him or chase him away. Some days when he emptied the bird’s seed bowl he would tip the uneaten seed mixed in with the husks she had discarded onto the ground for the Fire bird to eat. The seed tasted wonderful to the Fire bird because it had been close to the love of his life .

One night the fire bird paced back and forth in his tree unable to sleep and beside himself with grief that his love would spend all her days locked away from him in a cage. Suddenly he noticed the flames from the kiln were licking at the branches that formed the roof of the potter’s hut. The old man was asleep inside exhausted after a hard days work hauling clay from the river. The Fire Bird could see his lady was safe and guessed that this turn of events might make the chance of her being set free more likely. Yet he could not sit in the tree and watch the old man’s home burn to the ground with him in it. He may have imprisoned Scarlet for that was his name for his lady; for most of her life but it had been through ignorance not malice. The fire bird made his decision and flew into the air screaming and flapping he swooped as near to the house as he dare, he even singed the tips of his tail feathers swooping down near the roof of the hut calling “wake up you old fool you’ll be burned in your bed”.

The old man finally wondered what all the commotion outside the hut was and left it to find that he was just in time to save his life but salvaged nothing else.

The next morning the old potter sat on the ground beneath the tree where Scarlet lived in her cage. He sipped his morning tea from a bowl provided by his neighbour. He looked across at the Fire Bird who now had some of his feathers blackened from last nights ordeal. With a sigh the potter put down his bowl of tea he looked across at the Fire Bird and shook his head Then he reached up into the tree and unfastened the latch as if he were going to feed Scarlet instead he set the cage onto the ground and said “Well what are you waiting for you silly bird I’ve no seed to feed you with today. Go with him he will take care of you.” and as he said this he clapped his hands and Scarlet climbed delicately out of the cage stretched out her wings and then took flight to freedom with the Fire Bird proudly at her side.

The Fire Bird With Scarlet.

 the ceramic tile with the two birds together... at last.
the ceramic tile with the two birds together... at last.

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2uesday 3 years ago Author

Thank you h, it is good to know you reading enjoyed my short story.

3 years ago

great story. Please write some more.

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dragupine 4 years ago

awww. So cute and wonderful. I love this story!

emma 991 4 years ago

reallly cool 2uesday i give this story to my little sister for her school.i really like it

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2uesday 5 years ago Author

Thank you ishwaryaa22 it is nice to know that this story is being read and enjoyed and kind of you to leave a comment here too.

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ishwaryaa22 5 years ago from Chennai, India

An extremely Beautiful Story with an Happy Ending! I enjoyed your story from the start to the end!

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2uesday 5 years ago Author

Thank you for the kind comments here. Thank you Lita - I think I missed replying as I was away for a while.

Hi B Santos, oh not sure, I did not mean to make anyone cry with my short stories, I thought this one had a happy ending. I think I know what you mean though -sometimes I read something I that I've written in the past and find layers in it that I must have added in order to tell the story. Maybe I will try to write something to make everyone smile soon. Thanks again.

Bong Santos 5 years ago

you are so mean, and i mean it. your bird stories make me cry, really cry and i'm not a crybaby, perhaps a drama queen but not a crybaby by any stretch. fortunately for me, i find shedding tears almost like cleansing and unburdening.

do i really get it or am i just imagining far and way beyond your message? whatever it is, thanks a lot.

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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I enjoyed this story! Personally, I kind of compare it to a person imprisoned inside a cage like Scarlet, although only literally, by almost anything and everything on earth. Man normally laments over imprisonment from sins, vice, greed, and a long list of many others, he himself caused or forced by others on him. However, the smart person, like Fire Bird, patiently waits for help through prayers until finally his desire to be free is answered. God designs everything and there's no way a bird/man for that matter must live in bondage. We are only what we make of ourselves.

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2uesday 5 years ago Author

Thank you, writer20 pleased you enjoyed this story.

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

A wonderful story, thank you

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you pan1974, sorry I did not respond to your comment sooner.

Thank you,again Elizabeth for your comment here.

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Elizabeth99 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Again very cute. You are a wonderful writer!

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pan1974 6 years ago from Columbus,Ga

That's a beautiful story, I like the way you tell it. I feel like I'm sitting at a campfire. Thanks for sharing.

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you avalencia for reading this and for your comment here on my short story. It is nice to think that this story is inspiring to someone, thank you.

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avalencia_25 6 years ago from California

Enjoyed reading! you inspire me to keep writing thanks

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you for the lovely comments left here. We have had problems getting on line so the thank you for reading and commenting is a bit delayed (sorry).

 6 years ago

Excellent story. Needs to be published.

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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Your story was very pleasant reading, enhanced by explaining how it came about. Pure creative writing. Thanks

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you wingedcentaur, nice to read your comment on this, I am a bit stunned as no one ever used that word (brilliant) to me before. I was about to give up writing when I decided to join HubPages, so I am pleased I gave the short stories a try here before I gave up. Thank you.

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wingedcentaur 6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Good Day 2uesday

That was actually brilliant. I don't know what else to say other than I voted this up for beautiful. As blake4d would say...

Keep on hubbing!

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you VivekSri for reading and leaving a comment here.

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VivekSri 6 years ago

Great storytelling time and enjoyed the share. The tiles look absolutely arty and appealing. Would love to have them for my study!!

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you silverfoxygirl for reading and also for leaving a comment here. I am pleased you enjoyed reading this.

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silverfoxygirl108 6 years ago

I enjoyed you stort story very much 2uesday! I love a good story with a good ending and you did a very good job! Thank you for posting it. :)

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you Kevin, not sure that I should admit to this - but I never sat down and planned this fairy tale short story to be the things you mentioned. Although I can see they are there in the story and I am pleased they are evident.

It was nice to read your comment as it is encouraging to get such positive feed-back on stories. Thank you.

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Kevin Schofield 6 years ago

A very poignant and beautiful tale with implicit moral object lessons about discrimination, rejection, kindness, acceptance and love. Very moving! Must buy some more Kleenex tissues! Brilliant hub! Kind regards, Kev.

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

AC if it helps then I am pleased, it is nice to read comments like yours. I admire anyone who can write a novel, keeping on track for that would be something I think I might falter with. Thank you - and good luck for writing on HubPages and the novel.

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ACSutliff 6 years ago

I just might do that. One thing I love about Hubpages is that it already has me working on new ideas. I spend too much time working on my novel and when I get unmotivated I end up not working on anything. I hope this way I will always have something to write. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you AC, no the tiles were not made by me I wish they were. My only attempts at working with clay was a beginners pottery class, none of my clay tiles came out flat, my pots were not straight and the colours when fired did not appear as I wanted them to. :)

I cannot remember if I have any more short fairy stories. I will have to look in my note books. I know I once started to write a saga that was set in an imaginary version of old England, wisely I gave up on it before I had spent too long weaving it. Thank you for taking the time to read this and also for leaving a comment. Fairy stories do seem popular so it might be worth writing one.

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ACSutliff 6 years ago

I like the old classic fairy tale feel. The ceramic tiles are beautiful. I like how the tiles gave you the idea. Did you make them? Do you have any other fairy tales? ^^ (I'm pleasantly inspired to go write my own fairy tale now!)

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starqueen13 6 years ago from Houston, Tx

good job on your writing, hope there will be more

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thanks Sophs for reading and leaving a comment here for me.

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sophs 6 years ago

Brilliant story, it's lovely 2uesday I like this a lot!

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2uesday 6 years ago Author

Thank you Nell Rose I am pleased you enjoyed reading my short story; I saw the 'bird tiles' that inspired it while on holiday. Each day I saw them I wondered what the birds story was, so eventually when I found the photo of them I wrote this. Thank you for the information on the phoenix I knew the legend of it rising from the ashes but never knew the bit about the volcanic island. Thanks again for reading and an interesting comment too.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, thank you for such a lovely story. I remember seeing on the TV, the true reason why a phoenix was asociated with fire, and riseing from the ashes. Evidently, the bird lives on an island that is covered with ash from a volcano, and it lays its eggs right inside the warm ash! I never knew this, but now it makes sense. thanks again nell

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2uesday 7 years ago Author

Thank you Moulik Mistry I am very pleased you liked this short story and thank you for leaving a comment.

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Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

This is a kind of story which we have forgotten to read and write, keep it up...

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2uesday 7 years ago Author

itakins thank you for your comment so pleased you read it and enjoyed it.

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

2uesday-you are so gifted-this is a keeper for sure.

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2uesday 7 years ago Author

I really appreciate how helpful and encouraging the people who posted comments here have been; since I started to put my writing here at hubpages and admit(to myself as well as the people here) to my love of writing.

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words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

You are welcome 2uesday and I wish lots of Good luck to you..I want to get back to writing as well but I am really struggling! forgot to mention that your photographs add charm too and obviously are a plus point being original.

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2uesday 7 years ago Author

Thank you words cocktail,

I think that being on hubpages and seeing that people will read my pages and poems is helping to get me back into story writing,poetry after a long break from it.

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words cocktail 7 years ago from Australia

I enjoyed the story and like the way you got inspired!

keep up the good work.

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2uesday 7 years ago Author

Thank you Moyra I am pleased you liked this story. Your comment and help is welcome, thank you.

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Moyra 7 years ago

Hi 2uesday this is a lovely short story. I look forward to reading more of your stories. I love the tiles too. I am sending you a message with a few suggestions. Let me know if you get it.

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2uesday 7 years ago Author

Thank you Metoboy.

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meteoboy 7 years ago from GREECE

Very cool hub.I will bookmark this fairy tale.Thank you for sharing.

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2uesday 7 years ago Author

Alexander thanks for reading it and for the comment. You are better at English than I am at speaking Greek I struggle to say please and thank you correctly.

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Big Brother 7 years ago from Earth

Nice fairytale my friend, Thank you. For sure i need The ''Oxford dictionary'' for some of your expressions... Thanks, Alexander The Macedon

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