The clearing came alive with fireflies everywhere. Lizbeth’s eyes grew wide as one lit on her hand. She stood still as one became many. The bugs lifted from Lizbeth’s hand hovering in the air, then launched to the sky. When the lights returned she stared in awe because they weren’t alone.
Lizbeth wanted to touch these beautiful creatures flying with the fireflies so badly she quivered with excitement, without thinking she pushed her hand into the flying colors.
“Ouch.” her finger was bleeding. She glared at the beings fluttering among the fireflies.
“Look what you did! I wasn’t going to hurt you!” Lizbeth’s shout blew the bugs in all directions. “I should put you in a jar, that’s what I outa do. Like the little bug you are; go around sticking people. Crap.” Lizbeth stepped back.
As Lizbeth watched, the tiny figure grew larger, almost reaching her waist. Perfect in every way like a porcelain doll and would’ve been lovely except for the scowl shooting daggers from those dark eyes. Lizbeth looked at the delicate hands holding the sword. Moments before that sword had done no more damage than a hat pin; now it could do a lot more than prick her finger.
To her right there more of creatures appeared, all in varying sizes. Lizbeth moved back, falling with a thud. The lovely firefly escort scattered leaving only the fairies surrounding Lizbeth. Gulliver’s Travels popped into Lizbeth’s mind, she hoped they weren’t carrying ropes. Lizbeth found herself more intrigued than fearful for she could hardly take her eyes from the hypnotic flapping wings reflected in the moonlight.
“You’re real. I’m sorry for scaring you. I wouldn’t put you in a jar. Not really. But you shouldn’t stab people.”
She eased up to her knees and crawled forward. The fairies heard the bells first, and then, Lizbeth caught the sound; Silver Bells. Their wings flapped once, twice and as if on cue all were airborne. Lizbeth sat back and the fairies soared heavenward vanishing into the night. “They're real.”
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Fairy Lights was selected for publication in the Anthology Once upon a time and available for purchase at Amazon.com!
Here is our first guest entry on Yearning for Wonderland for the Once Upon a Time Flash Fiction Contest, by Cameron Lawton.
Theme: Unexpected Fairy Tales Length: 350 words or less.