The Fairy Blackberry

When her sister disappears into the fairy realm, a girl and her best friend mount a rescue.  But while it’s quite easy to get into the fairy realm, almost no one gets out.

On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

Video description

Trailer for “The Fairy Blackberry.” 53 seconds. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at bottom. Tagline reads, “When her sister disappears into the fairy realm, a girl and her best friend mount a rescue.  But while it’s quite easy to get into the fairy realm, almost no one gets out.” The title card and tagline fade. Digital drawing. At right, two little girls standing next to each other. The one at left stands facing forward, her long hair pinned to either side, arms at her side, looking and smiling down at the outstretched hands of the girl at right. The girl at right is seen from left profile, mouth parted, brows raised, looking down at her hands. Her upper arms are at her side, bent at the elbow with her cupped hands held out. In her palms, there stands a small human figure whose features are not visible, but whose face is raised up to the girl. Behind the girls is shrubbery. Along the left edge is a tree. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Since Valda was a small child, her grandmother and grandfather would tell her and her older sister stories about the fairy realm. Grandmother’s stories were full of danger, like dragons whose fangs dripped with blood, their bodies covered in scales, and their faces covered in fur. Grandfather’s stories were full of mischief, like sprites who stole the crown of a merciless empress, whose hunters hounded them until they hid in the hovel of a humorless harridan. But there was one thing their stories had in common. They always started with a warning.” Story title appears at top. Sparkle animations appear all over. Website URL at bottom center throughout and fades as text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”

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Episode Released: 9 February 2023

It’s quite easy to get into the fairy realm, you see. They want you to come to them. They need you to come to them. So quite easy to get into the fairy realm. But almost no one gets out.

There were eight hundred and eighty-eight doors leading into the fairy realm. And only eight leading out.

What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
I have no idea. I don’t think there was one. But here’s an intriguing word that appears in the story:
Harridan: a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew. (source:

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Story: “The Fairy Blackberry” Copyright © 2019 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by BENJAMIN CARR (Scythuz)*
“Dwarven Settlement”
“Crystal Caves”
“Ancient Ruins”
“Ice Cavern”
“Mystical Forest”
“Flying Fortress”

“Midnight Creeping”
“Spinning Tavern”
“Encounter of Misdeeds”
“Sinning Tavern”
“Lingering Evil”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Benjamin Carr and Jonathan Shaw is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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Find more stories by Nila at

(Stories centered on an intriguing word and its meaning)

Portal Button. Elongated rectangle. Rings of colored light emanate from the center. Inset on the left, an embossed circle with the Storyfeather feather logo, a feather quill shaped like the letter "f" with a drop of ink hovering below its tip. The circle is bordered with dots and dashes and casts a shadow. To the right of the image, the word "Definitions." At top right, the word "Year." Below "Year," the numeral "6."

Genre: Fairy Tale
Tags: Confusion, Frida, Illusion, Jam, Mirabel, Sister, Temptation, Valda

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