The Useless Fairy

The Useless Fairy

September 21, 2012 Writing 35
Photo by Lora Mitchell

Soren held the candlestick high as she crept down the scarlet hallway of the Library of Fact and Fantasy. She paused every few seconds to listen to the sounds around her before she continued. It wouldn’t do to be caught roaming the hallway at night, not since her sister, Sage, had done it and been imprisoned in stone. She’d even lost a wing during the stoning, which was doubly bad. After all, what good was a fairy that couldn’t fly?

No, this injustice needed to be righted and fast. It was the reason she and the rest of their siblings dared the halls at night. They’d find the executioner and bring her to trial or they’d all be turned to stone trying.


This week Write on Edge challenged us to use Clue as inspiration and add the words “library, scarlet, and candlestick” to our stories.

The picture centered above was the #FridayFictioneers prompt hosted by Madison Woods.

As always I welcome constructive criticism. Please, share your thoughts in a comment.

Thanks for stopping in!

ThisWikipedia: This, in the English language, is the singular proximal demonstrative.


35 Responses

  1. Anne Orchard says:

    Your fairies sound very brave. I love the idea of the Library of Fact and Fantasy!

  2. Fascinating take on fairies and certainly a different way of looking at “stoning.” Thanks for the trip to the library. Nicely done.

  3. I would love to read more of this!

  4. Nicely done! And now I want to know more.
    All the prompts fit together well.

  5. Good luck to them!! I agree with the good use of “stoning.”

    Just a very small thing–you either want “executioners” to go with “bring them to justice” or “bring him (or her) to justice” to go with a single executioner.”

  6. writeondude says:

    Very good. As has already been said, there are definite germs of something larger there. NB. I subscribe to the theory that three-winged angels fly with a sort of helicopter motion.

  7. Wisper says:

    Ooo. I love the National Museum of Natural History. That is a great building! You have a great opening to an intriguing story. Even if you don’t get to it right away – revisit this. I’d love to read more!

  8. I am quite intrigued by the library and the secrets it must hold. This has potential to develop into something more!

  9. elmowrites says:

    This definitely feels lilke part of something much bigger, Sam. I hope you come back to it. Great writing – I’m right in amongst those books already and totally behind Soren in her quest. I think “It was the reason” might flow more cleanly that “This was the reason”, mainly because you’ve already used this in the previous sentence.
    I’m over here:

    • SAM says:

      You’re right. it does flow better that way. Thank you! I did come back to it, with another piece along a different vein. Hopefully the next few prompts will further the story along.

  10. Lovely! What a fascinating word you have opened. I am full with questions – can the faeries only exist in the library? is there someone/someones who order the executions? what is so special about the library at night?

    Always love a piece that leaves me wanting more!

  11. I love how you fit this into a quick piece. I think it’s fun and flighty, and yet heavy, too. The broken wing made me sad. And the picture did, too. Well done!

    • SAM says:

      yeah its sad for me too, but there’s got to be a point to it. Maybe whatever Sage is to do in the story is better done broken than whole.

  12. Carrie says:

    that picture is so odd and intriguing. I couldn’t think of anything to do it justice so I’m passing this week. Love you little story. It looks like one that could develop into more 🙂

  13. Annabelle says:

    That’s a story I’d happily read! And that’s quite a statue; I can see why it drew something interesting from you.

  14. Patricia (@patricialynne07) says:

    Ooh, I quite enjoyed that. Love the image you used with it too.

  15. boomiebol says:

    I just love this Sam, very well done!

  16. Great take on the prompt. How brave of her to go lurking in those dark, scarlet hallways looking for the executioner. Wonder what she intends to do once she finds him/her before he/her turns her into stone.

  17. Anastasia says:

    I love fantasy like this. You used the words perfectly.

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