A little girl brings her stickers to life with a magic word, but when mayhem follows, her aunt and brother must help her find a way to reverse the magic.
Music: “Dwarven Settlement” by Benjamin Carr
Video description: “The Stickers Are Legion” Trailer. Duration, 42 seconds. “Dwarven Settlement” by Benjamin Carr. Digital drawing. At center, a girl facing forward with a book open in front of her so that her face is only visible from eyes up. Her arms rest on a surface, hands gripping the bottom of the book. The book’s cover bears several stickers: a coiled snake, a couple of frogs, stars, lightning bolts, a fairy, a cat, a rainbow between clouds, puddles of slime, and circular emotion faces. A few of the stickers appear empty, with the subject missing, and only the white backing remaining. Close to these empty stickers are the missing subjects. A puddle of slime lying behind the book at the girl’s left hand. A small tyrannosaur standing on her left arm, and spider-like legs gripping the top corner of the book. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A little girl brings her stickers to life with a magic word, but when mayhem follows, her aunt and brother must help her find a way to reverse the magic.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence in different colored letters: “…there was a neon pink ball of slime stretched around his legs. Multi-colored stars were bouncing up and down on his forehead. And various marble-sized happy faces rolled along his arm. Meena heard a distant hollow roar, and saw something climb onto her nephew’s head, a tiny tyrannosaur. It roared again and made the rainbow of stars scatter. She pointed to the dinosaur that was half the size of her niece’s hand. ‘Is that your lost sticker?’” Animations: Slime, cartoon stars, emoji faces, and a walking dinosaur sticker. Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and darkens, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”
Welcome to Year 10 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. For Year Ten, every month’s stories share a genre or theme, some anchor point that the reader can rely on. But within that, there are strange concoctions brewing. The genre’s merge, archetypes collide, mythologies mash…welcome to the Year of Fusion.
December Base Element:
Base elements for December: Magic, specifically, a magic word.
Fusion Element: Stickers. Lots and lots of stickers.
What if a little girl learns a magic word to bring her stickers to life, and she uses it when her older brother annoys her one too many times? As an older sibling who definitely had domineering tendencies, I had to use the older sibling as the inciting incident of the story. And as an adult who is and has been auntie-aged for a while, and is annoyed at how many fantasy stories are about teens, I made the kids’ aunt the protagonist, one who most certainly is not prepared for the mayhem that ensues when her sticker-loving niece brings a whole horde of stickers to life.
Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy
Tags: Book, Brother, Devin, Goblin, Magic, Meena, Rakhi, Sibling, Sister, Sticker, Stickers, Word
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