A Fairy Tragedy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic


A Fairy Tragedy

The story I am about to relate has brought shame on all us fairy folk. As you probably know the duty of all fairies is to assist the human race in whatever way we can; but mostly we try to help those people who help themselves! For thousands of years fairies have been unseen helpers. Have you ever had the experience of being lucky; crossed the road and just avoided some madman on a motor bike; suddenly discovering the keys you couldn’t find, after searching high and low; or perhaps finding you had more money in your pocket than you expected. Well, it’s more than likely a fairy had something to do with it!

For those of you who don’t believe in fairies let me tell you something about us before I have to unfold the sad saga of Oberon Lupine. Fairies are everywhere, but mostly, as you know are to be found at the bottom of your garden. Fairies are outdoor folk, invisible to grownups but sometimes visible to children and animals; if you look very carefully you can see them “beavering” away helping to make the plants and flowers grow. They have a close affinity to trees in fact a whole branch of my family are actually tree elves who’s task it is to maintain and monitor the health of trees. In particular they try to ensure that birds have access to what trees provide. They encourage woodpeckers, owls and other birds to nest and enjoy the shelter of trees. Over the years fairy technology has advanced in leaps and bounds and far exceeds that of humans; fairies can control the weather, influence crops, communicate with all the animals and birds and of course we also have access to magic. We can make things appear and disappear; we can make thing move without actually touching them. Have you ever been gardening and found that your spade or fork is not in the place you left it, or the secateurs have vanished. Well it’s probably a young fairy having fun at your expense. Mind you humans don’t make it easy for us fairies; they cut down trees, build houses on open spaces and generally pollute the environment; but despite human interference fairies still try to help.

I’ve heard the human expression “whistling in the dark” and perhaps that’s what I’m doing now telling you about all the good fairies do. It helps ease the pain of Oberon Lupines lack of judgement. It still makes me sad thinking about it; but perhaps I should start at the beginning. The Lupine family are farm fairies; they’ve lived on the Morgan’s farm for three generations; Jethroe Morgan the current farmer has long suspected that fairies assist him in running the farm. He’s never seen one of course but over the years he’s achieved outstanding success. His cows have given prize quantities of milk; chickens have been prolific in laying eggs, crops have prospered and even hedgerows and trees on the farm have teamed with birds and wild life. You might say that thanks to us fairies Jethroe Morgan’s farm is in harmony with nature. Until recently no one suspected anything could go wrong; but then no one had reckoned with Oberon Lupine.  I suppose in every generation we see a naughty fairy but I’ve never come across one so bent on mischief! Oberon Lupine should know better. He comes from a good family he’s been brought up to respect fairy law so his fall from grace is all the more disturbing. Let me tell you what happened. For some time things had been going missing on the farm. One of the older fairies suspected Oberon Lupine was stealing things and making mischief. It all came to a head when one of the younger fairies actually saw Oberon Lupine stealing eggs from the hen house. He made them invisible and then came back later to collect them. Apparently Lupine had a passion for eggs and ate them at every meal; of course as the number of eggs declined the farmer’s wife became more concerned. One evening when Lupine was again stealing eggs he was spotted by Spike the farm-yard dog who barked furiously and scared Lupine off. Apparently Lupine was so mad at being frightened by Spike that he swore to take revenge. The following day Lupine went to Spike’s kennel and stole his bark. Poor Spike he opened his mouth and nothing came out. No longer could he warn everyone that the postman was coming or that the “milk churn men” had arrived. Spike couldn’t make a sound. The farmer and his family were all sorry for Spike but no one knew how to restore Spike’s bark. Even the fairies couldn’t help because as you probably know one fairy can’t undo another’s magic. Spike moped about the yard and everyone including us fairy folk tried to cheer him up. Of course we all shouted at Lupine to undo the spell and allow Spike to bark again; but all he did was laugh. Lupine didn’t care. It was a sad time for the farmyard; but worse, much worse was to follow. Two days later when the farmer’s wife went to feed the chickens she found to her horror that the fox had got into the hen house and killed all the chickens. Poor Spike had watched it happen he’d tried to shout and warn off the fox but with his bark gone the fox took no notice. Spike recalled the last time a fox tried to break into the hen house. He’d made so much noise the famer woke up and came dashing into the farmyard brandishing his shotgun. Poor Spike felt the tragedy was his fault but the real culprit of course was Oberon Lupine. At his trial by the “Fairy Council”  Lupine did show some remorse and promised that in future he would try to help people; but only one punishment is permitted for those found guilty of causing the death of a fellow creature, banishment from fairy society. So if you do see a lonely fairy at the bottom of your garden it’s probably Oberon Lupine, be kind to him.

 


Submitted: January 20, 2018

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hullabaloo22

Nicely done, Peter. A family-friendly tale.

Sat, January 20th, 2018 9:58pm

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Thanks, for reading; as you can tell I've been away with the fairy's for some time!

Sun, January 21st, 2018 1:06am

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