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Wood Sprite - a flash fiction entry to The Faerytaleish Pinterest Contest
I entered another flash fiction contest. This one is by Anna Meade from Yearning for Wonderland. Anna has some "fairytaleish" pins and the challenge for this contest is to write a short story inspired by one of the Faerytaleish pins (300 words or less)
and post in on my blog.
Here is the picture I chose to write a story for, originally pinned by Heather Sutherlin.
The cold seeped into my bones, making my teeth chatter. I
pulled my coat tighter around me and continued to walk. My campsite was around
here somewhere. I had just intended to take a short, refreshing walk through
the woods, but I must have traveled further than I meant to as I was having difficulty
finding my way back. I wasn’t worried though. I knew if I kept walking in this
general direction, I’d find the campsite again.
A movement to my right caught my eye. Something on the tree
had moved. I stepped closer to get a better look. At first, I thought the tiny
wooden stick with leaves on it that twitched slightly as I neared was just one
of those stick insects I’d seen on a nature program once.
But then a tiny little face turned towards me, with eyes
that sparked with intelligence, and I realized that I was very wrong. It had a
vaguely humanoid body and tiny leaf-like wings. I somehow knew it was female. Her eyes were almond-shaped. I could hear a
faint hum coming from her; it had a musical quality to it, a haunting but
unfamiliar melody that felt as though it was moving through me.
When her face turned towards me, I looked into her eyes and
I couldn’t look away. Thoughts and
images poured into my brain as if being projected there; the life and vibrancy
of the forest around me filled me with warmth and knowledge. I was filled with
purpose and knew that this forest and all of the life in it had to be
She flew away, but her message stayed with me. I knew that
my brief encounter with this magical creature had forever altered and expanded
my view of the world.
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