A young woman aims to save her fairy friend, who is hunted by a demon, by creating an inescapable trap.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
Only precious things are locked away. Precious things…and dangerous things.
In doing a good dead, a young girl unknowingly crosses paths with a demon, who thereafter torments her. But she has a protector, in the very fairy who was the recipient of that good deed. The fairy wants to flee, but stays to shield the girl from the demon’s attention, trusting that once the girl grows up and stops believing in magical beings, the demon will lose power over her. But the girl begins to study magic, hoping to discover a way to help her fairy friend. Neither can defeat the demon. So they plan to trap him. But any single trap powerful enough to contain the demon would take many human lifetimes to create. What to do?
This week’s story, while it does stand alone, serves as a prequel of sorts to the Year Two story entitled “The Shallow Book,” in which a novice museum employee finds an intriguing book of spells and stories. That story’s ending left some unanswered questions, which I intended to just be whimsical and rhetorical. But I aimed to answer them as a jumping off point to write this new tale.
[Video description: No sound. Duration is 14 seconds. Digital drawing of a young woman facing forward seen from the waist up. At waist level is an open book with four streams of black smoke or fog flowing symmetrically out. The woman’s right hand points down to the book. She holds her left hand up and out, her fingers sliced and bleeding in the middle. Her mouth is open as if she is speaking. The faint outline of dragonfly wings shimmer behind the woman. The words “New Short Story” is displayed, centered and in all caps. A stream of energy appears in the palm of the woman’s left hand and shoots outward. The energy vanishes, the woman’s image pulses outward, then stops. The text vanishes and the story’s title “The Book of the Fairy Azurine” fades in. The title vanishes, and the website “storyfeather.com” rises from the bottom of the screen to center.]
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