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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Five Sentence Fiction - Midnight

Lillie McFerrin

A prompt with so many possibilities  .  .  .

It took me back a couple of decades to Marci's childhood, where I discovered this event.   The challenge was to tell of it in five only moderately run-on sentences.


Like many 10-year-old girls, Marci believed in Fairies; and unlike most she had good reason to - so midnight at mid-summer seemed like the best time to go find one.

She sneaked out of the house and ran the five blocks to the little neighborhood park - the perfect place at the perfect time - and just then a connection to their world opened, and she stepped across.

Soon she came across a real fairy, the size of a grown woman with a wing-span at least twice her height, awesome and terrible in her austere beauty, who was not at all happy to see her.

She spoke strange words in her melodious voice, rippling like the fast water in a shallow brook*, but somehow Marci understood their meaning: "Go home child, you were not invited here - and you are not yet ready."

When Marci woke the next morning she thought it might just have been a dream, but years later she discovered it was all true.

~  ~  ~  ~  ~

Reduced to a haiku 

In search of fairies
A little girl at midnight
Is she just dreaming?

~  ~  ~  ~  ~

* It sounded more or less like this:  Mene kotiin lapsi, sinun ei kutsuttu tänne - ja et ole vielä valmis.

Marci's thread


  1. This is whimsical and fun! What an enjoyable little story!

  2. I've always wondered about fairies and if they exist. Now I know to just search for the nearest portal to the fairy world. Fun read!

  3. From what I've read -- the fairies are not always happy to see us -- or at least some of them. :(
    Thank you for the breadcrumb!!

  4. I like the language shown at the asterisk! I'm a great believer in fairies, myself.

  5. Why can't I have dreams like that? Nicely done! =)

  6. This is a great start to something bigger. Nicely done.

  7. So btfl amd a discovery in oneself:)

  8. Now I want to read the sequel about just what happened "years later." Charming piece.

  9. Fairies aren't just for children! Very intriguing...


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