Lily and the Faeries

Hi everyone! Redbird Stormcrow here to regale you with stories from my home Cassari! This story was something my grandma told me when I was younger. 

Lily Tranelis, a half-elf bookkeeper, fell asleep on top of her book, scrolls scattered around her, after a long day of scribing. Once they made sure she was asleep, the faeries that had been watching Lily for a couple of months, appeared around her. Some of them started tidying up,  and one named Cerulean Sky placed a blanket on her so she didn’t catch a cold. One, by the name of Willowmist, braided Lily’s hair and placed a pretty ribbon at the end. Another faerie, by name of Ruby, brought Lily’s flowers that sat wilting in vials, to life with some small wisps of her flower magic.  Once everything was cleaned up and arranged, the faeries flew out of the window that Lily had left open and went and hid in the small faery houses that dotted her garden.

The next morning, Lily woke up and was a tad bit confused. There was a blanket on her shoulders, her hair was braided, and her flowers in the vials were in full bloom on the table next to her desk.  She moved the blanket and folded it up, setting it neatly in the basket on the floor and stood pondering for a few minutes, trying to figure out how her flowers were blooming, as she was sure they had been wilted the night before. 

As she was puzzling this out, she heard what sounded like wind chimes coming from the desk, then a high-pitched voice said, “Don’t think about it too hard, you might hurt yourself trying to figure this out.” 

Lily turned around to see a small fairy standing on her still open book. Her mouth opened to say something, then closed again when she realized she had no idea what to say to this small creature.  Ruby laughed again. As she stood up, she opened her wings fully so that the sunlight streaming in through the window made them sparkle and shimmer, making a kaleidoscope of different shades of red dance across the parchment.

“If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a fairy. My name is Ruby, and I am the reason your flowers bloomed. You always work so hard, so my friends and I decided to help you out a little.” Ruby grinned at Lily and flew to the flowers, hovering over them for a few moments to check their progress. 

Lily, finally finding her voice, whispers, “Where did you come from? How do you know how hard I work? And why did you help my flowers?” These questions were the only ones she could think of to say to Ruby at the moment, as she was still too startled to fully comprehend she was talking to a fairy.  She had read about them, and a few people had told her they had seen them, but this was the first time she had any experience with them. She sunk down to the floor as she stared at Ruby.

Ruby landed on one of the vials and shook her head at Lily. “We are all over the place. My little group lives in the little garden village you set up a couple of months ago. We’ve been watching over you ever since. I am a flower fairy and I thought it would be nice for you to see the blooms when you woke.”

As Ruby and Lily sat talking, Cerulean Sky and Willowmist flew in the window they had been peeking through. Lily just stared for a moment then smiled. “This is so wonderful! I have been told about your existence and always hoped I’d see you, but I never thought I’d have a couple of you in my house!” 

“All you had to do was pay more attention to your garden, Lily.” This came from Cerulean Sky. She was the leader of their small circle and spoke a bit more direct than most of them. Lily laughed, a bit of a blush spreading across her face. 

“I am really sorry about that.  I am not what you would call a ‘green thumb’ and I’ve been so busy scribing all these scrolls…” She cuts herself off in mid-sentence. “OH! The scrolls!! I need to go get these to Yisli before noon!!” She spun around and started gathering all the scrolls she had finished up last night. The fairies watched her, trying to stay out of her way so they didn’t get hit accidentally.  

She stopped long enough to smile at them. “I hope you will be here later! I’d really love to talk to you some more! Bye now!” She threw her cloak on after stuffing the last scroll into her bag and rushed out the door.

The three fairies looked at each other and then fell back into the blanket basket giggling hysterically.

“We have GOT to teach her to have some fun and not take everything so seriously!” Ruby said through her giggles. 

Cerulean Sky finally calmed her laughing and looked around Lily’s small hovel. “We should clean up for her a bit. Doesn’t look like she has touched a mop or a dust feather in weeks!”

The other two nodded their heads in agreement. “I’ll go get the others so we can make this place nice and shiny!” exclaimed Willowmist. She flew out the window to gather up the rest of the fairies and Ruby and Cerulean Sky started sparkling up the kitchen. 

Lily ran down the dirt road that lead to the main area of her small village, Earthwich. She waves to the various merchants as she heads to the church of Rahara, the nature goddess. She got to the chapel doors just as the town clock started ringing. “Phew, just made it.” she thinks to herself as she walks in.

Yisli is standing at the front, performing her daily rituals and prayers to Rahara. She turns and nods at Lily, and turns back to the statue of Rahara, never breaking her prayer. Once she is done, she turns around to greet Lily.

“Cutting it close today Lily!” The Elven cleric laughs as Lily walks up and hands her the scrolls. “Did you run all the way here? Your hair is all frazzled!”

Lily laughs a little, a soft blush appearing across her cheeks. “I am so sorry, Lady Yisli. You would not…” She pauses a moment and thinks about it. “Well, you might believe why I’m late! I was visited by fairies!”

Yisli was looking through the scrolls as Lily was telling her why she was almost late, and almost dropping the scrolls, she gets a tighter hold on the scrolls and looks up at Lily, startled.

“You were visited by fairies?” She motions for Lily to sit on one of the benches set up. She sits with her, placing the scrolls next to her, forgotten for the moment. “Please tell me what happened and what they said.”

Lily thought Yisli was acting a bit odd, but was too excited to ponder it for long. She told Yisli about the fairies, what they did, and the conversation she had with Ruby before the others showed up. Yisli nodded as she listened then smiled.

“You must say a prayer of thanks to Rahara! You have been blessed, my child. Fairies do not just show up to anyone, and they certainly do not offer to help unless they want something. This is very special, Lily. You say your prayers. I must take these scrolls to the elders and tell them of your encounter. I shall return soon!”

I hope you enjoyed this first part and that you come back next month for the next bit! Make sure you share Fae Corps Publishing  with your friends and family! 

~Don’t forget to love each other – Brian Foster~

Fairy love and Pixie wishes,

Redbird the Faery Mystic

Announcement!

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We have updated the very first anthology that we ever did. If you have missed out on it, now is an excellent time to get it!

Announcement!

Meet the Author : Luisa Kay Reyes

Her story The Long Lost Maiden Of Light is such a delightful addition to Through the sunshine.

Luisa Kay Reyes has had pieces featured in “The Raven Chronicles”, “The Windmill”, “The Foliate Oak”, “The Eastern Iowa Review”, and other literary magazines. Her essay, “Thank You”, is the winner of the April 2017 memoir contest of “The Dead Mule School Of Southern Literature”. And her Christmas poem was a first place winner in the 16th Annual Stark County District Library Poetry Contest. Additionally, her essay “My Border Crossing” received a Pushcart Prize nomination from the Port Yonder Press. And two of her essays have been nominated for the “Best of the Net” anthology. With one of her essays recently being featured on “The Dirty Spoon” radio hour.

Meet the Author : KA Masters

KA Masters is so busy writing that our request for a picture has thus far been unanswered… Hopefully that will change by the time we have to put the book together… We paused for the weekend to give time for the request to be answered, however it is time to continue to introduce these amazing authors to you.

KA Masters is a fantasy writer who specializes in twisted fairy tales and zombie-infested historic fiction. She attributes her passion for Greco-Roman mythology and Germanic folklore to her alma mater, Dickinson College. For more information on recent publications, please visit her Goodreads blog at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5366967.K_A_Masters/blog

In exploring this author I found this. It really looks interesting to me. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13233597-so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-brains

Meet the Author : Tish MacWebber

This is the second time that we have been blessed with working with Tish. Her eye for detail, and general Upbeat personality, make working with her so much fun. Her story continues the story from Under The Mists, though it works as a standalone.

Tish Mac Webber’s writing is her purpose, creativity is her passion, and jewellery designing is her pleasure.
She is the author who is Always Thinking… the jewellery designer who is Always Blinging…The woman who is Always Beautiful… and her superpower is always being full of surprises!

#Tishspiration, her creation, is defined as the art of surprising yourself. She is inspired by the ocean, especially where the Atlantic Ocean kisses the beaches of Cape Breton Island, where her own story began.

Tish MacWebber, Always Blinging… her jewellery designing hobby is the latest addition to her website. Her speciality is creating one of a kind, custom designs for her clients. She loves to delight her customers with her interpretations of what they order, staying true to her gifts of being full of surprises, and putting her talents to full use.

Her newest addition to her many accomplishments is as a representative for Younique. She is exploring her own beauty and helping others find theirs. You can follow her progress at https://www.facebook.com/alwaysbeautifulwithtish/


In October 2018, her first book, From Where I am Sitting… A Collection of Cat Tales was published and is available on Amazon. It will be accompanied by her Limited Cat Tales Jewellery Collection, which can also be found on her website. Tish MacWebber is currently writing her second book, in which she will explore her concept of #Tishspiration. You can find more information about these and other projects at https://tishmacwebber.com/

Under the hill by Rose J. Fairchild

This was sent to us a little bit ago but it was lost in email for a time. It was in response to a prompt/picture we shared. We think that Rose did a extraordinary job writing this.

Monday sunbeams

Today is the deadline Through the Sunshine. I plan to take the weekend for Cyn and I to go through the entries. Monday there will be a post that will reveal the authors and story titles accepted. We are going to start sharing bios and spotlighting authors after that. We are looking for a June release.

Deadline is near

So we extended the deadline! And it was for good… As we have received some more amazing stories since the extension. We really want you to answer the call for submissions! Remember the story requirements are 3500-5000 wc and a light or good fae subject. To enter send it as a doc format to faecorpspublishing@gmail.com with the subject of Through the Sunshine.

We will be helping the authors in the anthology by editing the stories, so if it is a first draft it is still acceptable. We look forward to what you are sending us!

Prompt!

This looks like an entrance from the faerie realm. Does it inspire you? Write a poem about it and send it to us. We will feature it on our social media. Write a story and we may use it in Through the Sunshine – our upcoming anthology. Deadline was extended til Feb 14th at midnight!

Enjoy coming up with something and let us see what you got!

Happy Writing!

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