24/08/2017

FAIRY LIGHTS - a 100 word story

FAIRY LIGHTS

It has been a difficult year, weather-wise, and we have to make every sunny day count. Today we were working in the meadow, racing against time to finish before the rain, and we returned at dusk to find a temple had sprung up like a mushroom!
Its glowing walls beckoned and so, carrying torches, we followed our Queen, singing as we marched.
We were passing the timber structure when disaster struck. A human emerged from the temple, shrieked loudly enough to burst our ear-drums, and sprayed us with poison.

Only four of us survived – who will paint the flowers now?
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In the middle of a busy week, here is a touch of fantasy to lighten our lives! Thanks to Jan Wayne Fields for the photograph, and to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers on her blog  https://rochellewisoff.com/   Follow the links from her blog to read other stories prompted by the photo.

26 comments:

  1. Oh man... That was wonderfully written and so pertinent. We must stop killing our bees!

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    1. Thanks Dale, bees are a kind of fairy!

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  2. Loved that. It reminded me of a John Wyndham short story (can't remember the title).

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    1. Thanks Helen, tell me when you remember!

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  3. Enjoyed your story. Those dreadful humans tend to not believe in peacefiul cohabitation.

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    1. We kill anything we don't understand:-(

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  4. I admire your compassion for all life-forms.
    Wonderful story though I wouldn't have been able to grasp the crux without Dale's comment. So , thanks to you and to Dale.

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    1. In fact it is about fairies - Dale saw a deeper meaning.

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  5. You and I should combine our stories. Poor fairies, what a cruel fate. I love that they paint the flowers.

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    1. When I was small I believed fairies painted the tips of daisies pink!

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  6. Dear Liz,

    Those humans. And again my favorite quote from the old comic strip Pogo, "We have seen the enemy and he is us." Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Yes, humans will kill anything they don't understand.

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  7. I'm doing my best to support bees. A bee garden. Lavender. Hanging pots with flowers they love. Your story hit home.

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    1. We have two tubs and a bench, no garden, but it still attracts tiny wildlife.

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  8. Such a beautiful story but it filled me with sadness. Yes, the bees are dying. I saw a cartoon where a bee says "If we are wiped out, we are taking you with us." Little do we realise how sadly true that is.

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    1. Cartoons have been a useful political tool for centuries.

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  9. poor fairies. humans can be irrational sometimes.

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    1. Kill first, ask questions later.

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  10. Lovely take on the prompt. I could totally picture this

    Click Here to see what Mrs. Dash Says

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  11. Oh so tragic... human reactions is horrendous...

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    1. They are, and usually totally over the top.

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  12. That's what would happen. People go off camping to enjoy nature, then leave litter behind, are careless with fires and cigarettes, trample rare flowers...

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    1. You must see a lot of that with all your travelling, Patsy.

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  13. Paint the flowers....I like that.

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