The Light in the Trees


This story is in answer to Annart's challenge to use her picture as a prompt and write a story.

Little Fairies

The blur she saw gave lights to the trees. She had vision problems from birth and at ten she was active and inquisitive. She never knew other people could see clearly, she only knew what she was born with.

She loved looking at the trees at night, especially the one outside her window. It seemed that the bright spots were little stars or maybe fairies watching over her. Wouldn't that be wonderful she thought. Little fairies right outside her window.

The garden fairies were in the trees but Ann was the only one who could see them there at night. Her vision problem allowed her to see what others could not.



The Queen Fairy

While the little human was watching the lights in the tree, the fairies were watching her. They had never had anyone stare at them like that, night after night. She was gentle for a human though they knew she was young yet. They wondered what her affliction might be. They knew only special humans could see their lights.

One night Drucila flew close to the window to listen when the mother was there. The mother called the little human Ann and was telling her that the lights she thought were fairies were actually just little reflections from the moon on the leaves of the tree. Oh how sad! Shouldn't the little girl know the truth? Drucila thought it over and finally decided the Queen was the only one who could help. Drucila flew back home and went straight to the Queen.

All the other fairies watched her fly by and whispered and wondered why she was going to the Queen. No one disturbed the Queen. Drucila was aware of the rules but sometimes rules are made to be broken she thought. She knew this was important enough for the Queen. She told the Queen what was happening, but the Queen cautioned her and said humans cannot be trusted. Sometimes the little ones have great faith and kindness but as they get older they lose their innocence and can become dangerous. Humans stay in their world and fairies in theirs. She told Drucila that humans believed that fairies caused evil.

Drucila begged and pleaded with the Queen. She said that this one was different, that this one's heart was especially pure and she didn't see the evil others did. She explained that the other fairies had seen this little one and they too knew she was special, after all where did the fairies come from anyway? Wasn't it from special humans?

While Drucila was arguing with the Queen, Ann was looking at her tree and watching the lights. She thought she saw them moving. The harder she looked the more sure she was, but she knew no one would believe her. She couldn't go anywhere without someone to guide her because of her vision so how could she possibly see something so tiny moving?


The Queen's Decision

Finally the Queen gathered all the fairies and decreed they were to watch this little one for a fortnight. If she stayed kind and true the Queen would consider allowing her to see one of the fairies. Drucila begged and pleaded again, she so wanted to be the fairy the little girl saw.

So for two weeks the fairies watched Ann closely every night. She was so innocent and full of wonder the little fairies all fell in love with her.

Meanwhile, the Queen knew her time was coming to an end as Queen and a new one would need to be selected. Would this young human make it as a fairy? She thought deep and hard. She remembered her own coming to a fairy many, many years ago. Her human mother had abandoned her in the woods. The fairies looked after her and when the time was right brought her to the then Queen. She was accepted as a fairy and trained in their ways. She learned quickly and made friends easily. When it was time she became the new Queen. Was this the human that was to take her place? She knew the answer would be clear at the end of the fortnight. She also knew none of the other fairies remembered their beginnings. This was a special talent that only the Queen possessed. The Queen always knew.

FAQs or Beliefs About Fairies

  • Legendary in European culture
  • Also called wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk
  • Fairies are prone to kidnapping humans
  • Fairies use magic to disguise themselves
  • Fairies are immortal
  • Fairies are intelligent
  • Sometimes regarded as spirits of fallen angels

(Facts from Wikipedia -

Watching Ann

Drucila was beside herself with happiness. She gathered all her friends and told them to invite theirs. She wanted as many fairies as possible to watch Ann for this coming fortnight and see if she truly was the kind and innocent soul Drucila believed she was. Fairies have a special talent to find the good and the evil. They know the difference and stay away from evil. It almost repels them.

The first night each of the fairies lit in the tree and waited. Ann came to her room and sat by her window looking for the lights in the tree. She saw one or two and then the whole tree was filled with the lights. She was convinced it was fairies and not the reflection of the moon. She felt so happy and special for she knew no one else had seen the fairies like she did. She decided to talk to them and see what happened.

"Hello, my name is Ann. Can you hear me little fairies?"

Sure enough the little lights started to flutter around. It took Ann's breath away. She was convinced the lights were fairies.

"Welcome to my tree. Is there anything I can get for you or do for you? I can't see too well but I'd be willing to try to help you."

Again they fluttered around. They were all impressed by her kindness. Each night for two weeks Ann ran to her window and talked to the fairies. She was so happy when she was with them. She didn't know they were there to watch her. They were excited too. What a lovely little human they thought. They had never had a human ask them if they needed or wanted anything. Surely she was more special than any human they had ever known. Every fairy was convinced she would be a wonderful Queen.

When they returned and told the Queen each morning the Queen just smiled. She knew in her heart this little human would be her replacement, but didn't want to tell the fairies until it was time.

Welcoming Ann

At the end of the fortnight the Queen called Drucila to her throne. She told Drucila to touch Ann and bring her to the Queen. You see, once a fairy touches a human that human becomes a fairy. They leave behind the human world and enter the fairy world.

Drucila was thrilled. That night she flew to Ann's tree and waited. When Ann appeared Drucila flew inside the window. Ann could see the little fairy and her heart stopped. When it did, Drucila touched her and Ann became a perfect little fairy.

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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

The light in the trees.. Okay, here's my review: a remarkable, but fragile maturity in the depiction of fairies.. it was more main-stream, but had a hint of unconventional.. and this is why Til... are the reasons we read your work..voted awesome and interesting :)

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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV

I love fairy stories and enjoyed reading yours this morning. Jamie

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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

What a delightful story, Mary. I was wondering how humans become fairies. I know this tale is purely fiction, but I find your interpretation of the fairy world to be very sweet.

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DJ Anderson 23 months ago

This is a delightful tale and a joy to read.

I do believe in fairies. However, I think they live in a different

dimension but can enter our world, periodically. They, along with trolls and gnomes, rarely come up to our world.

Wonderful read!


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

It has been a joy following you, Mary, and watching you grow as a writer of considerable talent.

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annart 23 months ago from SW England

Perfect story, Mary! The twinkling lights in the trees make delightful fairies and I like the way you bring joy to the little girl - even named her after me!

You're an excellent story weaver and this is a moving read.


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chuckandus6 23 months ago from The Country-Side

Very beautiful well written imaginative story

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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Can't say that I can remember a fairy tale like this one. I found it enjoyable and a delight to read. Perhaps I shall read it to my youngster tonight.

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manatita44 23 months ago from london

Cute and beautiful story, Mary. Cool ending too. Why don't you write a book?

P.S. Coming your way and will be in NY on Sunday evening, God's willing. I will send you an invite to our Manhattan Concert when I know the date. Stay tuned.

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diogenes 23 months ago from UK and Mexico

I must confess to just skimming through this. But I could see the immediate appeal of this small story to mums and kids, to have it read to the younger ones. You may have found your forte here Mary. I believe there is a vigorous market in writing for children...worth looking into perhaps?


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Frank, you've described me perfectly, "more mainstream with a hint of unconventional". I am so blessed to have you as a friend.

Thank you Jamie. So glad you enjoyed.

Thank you DJ. I too would like to think the wee folk are somewhere out there.

Bill, you can take some credit for helping me spread my wings.

Ann, I thought since it was your challenge I would name my little girl after you. Really happy you liked my story.

Thank you Chuck.

Eric, I hope your son enjoys my story.

Manatita this Sunday is Easter Sunday and I will be celebrating with family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, praying for a successful concert. It seems you and Bob think this has the makings of a book. Certainly something to think about.

Would't it be exciting, Bob, if my little fairies did make it into a book? If you're still awake sleep tight.

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Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

I love it! I am fairy mad! I have fairies all over my bedroom, not real of course, lol! but tiny statues and ornaments, so this was a great way to say goodnight as its late, and think about it as I go to bed! nice one mary!

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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Nell, I hope the fairies keep your sleep peaceful. I'm not surprised you like fairies, they fit with your interest in the supernatural. God bless.

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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Oh, what a magical delightful read, Mary! Beautiful fantasy tale here. I love the little fairies and have also done a bit of reading about them and the legends and such.

You have one creative mind, and we are all blessed to read what it pours out onto the page!

Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

God bless you.

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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Thank you Faith, but I believe the blessing is mine. Sharing what I write with so many wonderful friends is a blessing and a privilege.

Thank you for the votes and shares, they are much appreciated.

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Homeplace Series 23 months ago from Hollister, MO

What fun, Mary. Thank you for sharing! ;-)

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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

We can always use a little whimsy Homeplace.

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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a unique answer to Ann's photo challenge Mary. I beautifully written fairy tale. How delightful it was. Voted up.

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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Thank you John. The little bright spots reminded me of fairies and my mind did the rest! Thanks for the vote.

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drbj 23 months ago from south Florida

Well done, Mary. This was by far the most interesting 'fairy tale' I have ever read. Voted Up+.

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Vellur 23 months ago from Dubai

A beautiful story, enjoyed reading. Voted up.

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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

This was a delightful little story. Your imagination made the story seem real..I loved it...

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mckbirdbks 23 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Mary - Your story is charming!

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Matt Easterbrook5 23 months ago from Oregon

Very nice story Mary. Thanks for being so creative and interesting. I voted this hub up in most areas. I commend you on a hub well done.

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The Examiner-1 23 months ago

That was too beautiful to describe Mary. It was charming, adorable, lovely...I could go on and on but I will say how you did a wonderful job writing it. I loved it and voted it up, shared it, pinned it and Tweeted it.


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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Drgj, what a lovely comment. Think how interesting fairy tales were when there were no books!

Thank you Vellur.

Glad you enjoyed Ruby. Sometimes my imagination surprises me.

Hello Mike. Thank you.

Thank you so much Matt. It was fun to write and thrilling to have it so well received.

Kevin, you certainly made my day! Thank you so much for the votes and all the shares.

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cam8510 23 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

Mary, you made me want to be a fairy too. Are they all female? If so, we have a problem. This is a delightful tale. Congratulations on superb response to Ann's challenge.

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tillsontitan 23 months ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed Mike....remember, every Queen needs a king. ;)

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Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago

Mary, I love it, makes me want to take Ann up n her challenge. But I hope everyone will be patent with me. I have yard work an housework to do and a hubby that needs attention.

Voted-up, UABI and shared

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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Shy I totally understand. If spring ever comes here I'll be outside too. When you write it, we will come :)

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aviannovice 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This was the most beautiful story that I have read in a long time, and it really touched me. This should be a children's book, as it will affect others in the same way. It will bring hope, which is greatly lacking in this world.

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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Thank you so much Deb. I'd love to make it into a children's book but have to do lots of research to find out how.

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marcoujor 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mary,

Oh how behind I am in reading the wonderful work you have been sharing with us...

This is a story with appeal for all ages. I can also see Mommas reading it to their little ones with beautiful and magical illustrations - and sprinkled with life lessons of gentle kindness and consideration.

Voted UP and UABI and sharing. Love and hugs, Maria

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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thank you dear Maria. As I re-read what I have written I think it may well be worthy of a children's book. Thank you so much for the confidence, votes and shares. Love, hugs, and gratitude GF.

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James-wolve 21 months ago from Morocco

Beautiful fairy tale.Voted up!

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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

Thank you James.

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