The Fairies – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s intriguing photo comes courtesy of Anurag Bakhshi.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

© Anurag Bakhshi

Click here to hear the author read the tale:

The Fairies

The fairies dance in the garden.
My old, jaded eyes see nothing, but the children tell me it is so.
The garden is rich with flowers, this much is clear.
More flowers than I have ever seen in one place, and many of varieties unknown to me.
There are trees from far-flung lands, which have no right to grow in this clime, and shrubs that seem to be not of this world.
They are large, waxy and yet somehow enticing.
The children climb the trees, make dens in the bushes, and weave garlands of bright coloured blooms.
The travellers, whom we do not trust, are camped not far away.
We discourage their presence, fearing their stealth and dishonesty, but they remain just outside the town limits.
To our displeasure, their children too visit the garden, mingling with our own.
Then Mrs Moore’s daughter, Mary, aged seven, disappears.
We search everywhere, then march on the travellers’ camp.
Tempers flare, weapons are drawn, Mr Moore wields an axe.
A frantic travelling woman interrupts.
Her daughter is missing.
Last seen playing hide-and-seek in the enchanting shrubbery.
She too is never found.
And the fairies dance in the garden.

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13 Responses to The Fairies – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Faeries that cant be trusted, travellers too. Legend and local mythology mixed with part truths, amd the reality of missing child. Faeries? Or something terribly human. Last hug. I will come back & Read some of Pinky’s work later 🙂 Cheers my friend. Wishing you the best. 🤗🙏🎈


  2. Susan says:

    Only in fairy tales are fairies friendly. Nicely done, C.E.


  3. Jules says:

    Perhaps they found an entry to a secret garden of peace…


  4. Wow, that was creepy, and scary.


  5. Wow, that was creepy, and scary.


  6. Meha Sharma says:

    Loved the descriptions. At times the enemy lies right in front of us but we are oblivious to its presence.


  7. Corine Gouy says:

    Il était une fois une histoire qui commençait ci bien et qui finissait ci mal !
    Bravo !


  8. Wonderful story! I love stories where fairies seem dangerous as well as beautiful.


  9. Iain Kelly says:

    But were the fairies there first? In which case they are all travellers on their land. A proper fairy tale with that real life menace.


  10. James says:

    Never trust fairies.


  11. abhiray59 says:

    Nice message. Outsiders are often suspect. Very few realise, may be they are suffering too.


  12. Brilliant!! 🙂

    Sometimes danger lurks in the most unlikely places!


  13. michael1148humphris says:

    Well said, what we think of as dangerous is not always what we should fear.


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