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.
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 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy)
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.
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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