Sunday, December 11, 2011

A fairytale

For Sunday Scribblings



A picture of innocence. A pointy pink dress of satin and lace, wrinkled sparkly white leggings and silver ballet shoes. A garland sits lop-sided atop of a stack of golden hair. With her arms going this way and that she struggles to put on a pair of translucent yellow wings.

Wriggling from side to side she heaves up her leggings then straightens her headgear. She picks up her wand, adjusts the glittery star on the end, and then she’s ready. There are spells to perform, happiness to hand out and wishes to fulfil!



Falicia the fairy tip-toes out into fairyland. Thomas the ginger tom casts a wary glance in her direction as she totters across the lawn toward him. He sits nervously as she taps him gently on the head with her wand, then bends to stroke his sun-warmed back. Little Freddy pulls a quizzical face as the fairy, who looks very much like his sister, wanders over to his play pen. She reaches into her pocket then scatters a handful of stardust over his head. Freddy cries. Felicia wanders off in search of a more appreciative audience. She was certain that when she grew up she would become a real fairy.

Twenty years have passed and Felicia is ‘something in the city’. She is successful. People come to her with their dreams of wealth and she grants their wishes. Her stardust is now loan agreements and share documents. Her fairy land is the bank.

But in those quiet moments she is still that little pink fairy from her childhood. Those quiet moments when she drifts away and imagines herself flitting from flower to flower in a magic garden. When she sleeps she wears a smile as she swings from a rainbow and plays ring-a-ring-a-roses with the butterflies.

But she knows it will never be. She tells herself she was stupid to have ever believed it. The kids that teased her were right.

A dragonfly hovered outside her office window. Felicia turned her head, smiled and winked. A dozen pink rose petals floated down from the sky.

9 comments:

  1. That parting image is just beautiful..always believe in fairies..Jae

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  2. I love the contradiction between the last two paragraphs... denoting the inner struggle between dreams and reality, maybe? This was a very enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. The notion of fairies being really is total up to the individual as you have quite rightly highlighted here. Your conclusion however leads one to believe that acid rain is a serious problem in some areas of the world and your use of rose petals (meaning taken from the ground and risen) and pink ones (relating to the singer who wants to get a party started) certianly confirms that deduction.
    Over all well presented but most definitely one has had way too much whiskey!

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  4. I hope Felicia still has her job what with the downturn in the financial sector. She may even have turned into a mean old witch! The illustration however was a delight much like my granddaughter who loves to dress up. Let's hope she grows up to dole out the cash at the right interest later on in life.

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  5. In this instance it seems the fairytale holds more meaning than her reality. I wish she could have stayed in her wings.

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  6. Becoming a banker would take the wonder out of life. With interest rates what they are, granting people their dreams of riches is a harder sell than believing in fairies.

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  7. everyone keeps the inner child, sometimes, not so inner

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  8. magic - i hope she chooses it.
    I really like this piece.

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  9. A good year for magic! Nice imagery, thank you.

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