Red

Dirt caked her soft dress. She’ll wash it later. For now, though self-assigned, she had to complete her mission before the sun set - she had to find it.Laughter reached her, drifting from the house at the bottom of the yard; soon it’d turn to cries.She had to hurry.She sped over the ground, eyes darting.At... Continue Reading →

The Gift

Hiding beneath the roots of a grand gum, she heard the tiny sobs.Her charge had been playing outdoors again. Did she hurt herself?The fairy, wings tucked away, peered through grass above. She could see the side of the little girl, hands cupped, tears dripping onto dusty clothes.Something hung out of her fingers.Should she let her... Continue Reading →

Protector

A scream cut through her from across the meadow and she raged into action, dismissing her injury and climbing up the nearest lookout.Her arms trembled, not used to her own weight, but she needed to ensure her charge was okay.Her heart pounded at another squeal and she cursed her clumsiness; she would’ve been on top... Continue Reading →

Porcelain

Waves hushed sounds of traffic far behind. Tiny fingers grasped mine, pulling past flowers and trees, little feet skipping over loose stones.I took one step for her four.She hadn’t told me our destination; “it’s a surprise Mummy.”She glanced back, round eyes gleaming and all smiles, “we’re close!”I couldn’t help but smile with her, adoration running deep.Her... Continue Reading →

Invincible

Mind cycling through the daily routine, I slowly slide off the bed. I waddle around with my swollen belly, pain erupting from inconveniently placed baby kicks.I feed the animals, step back inside, breathe. Head spins from standing too long washing dishes. Turn on washing machine, more pain; crouch down, turn, bend, breathe.I waddle up the stairs.... Continue Reading →

Nutty Aunt

"Why are you so stupid?" He roared at her."Don't touch me!" She screamed back.The yelling grew louder and echoed up the stairwell. I cuddled one of my younger sisters.We tip-toed downstairs, tear streaked faces glancing down the hall. My hands shook.Reaching the front door, we ducked outside.Fresh air.We raced, hearts pounding, to our neighbour's, knowing she had heard... Continue Reading →

Life cycle of a book

Each printed marking felt warm on my leaves. Though the binding hurt a little, it was finished soon after and I was in darkness.Rumbling, stop, start, up and down, until the light came again and I saw many others like me.Many, many others.Light and dark cycled, until a creature held me.The creature opened me, our souls linking all through the wondrous moments it spent with me and my... Continue Reading →

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