I almost despaired with this week’s prompt. It looks so ripe with succulent possibilities but I couldn’t think of anything for the longest time. I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks with book signings and events. Happy to be back with this one. Thanks, as always, Rochelle!!!
It’s Just Business
“Why would any fairy wear shoes made of something from a spider’s butt?”
Peaseblossom flicked her wings, wishing she’d stayed in bed.
“You had sparrow eggs and goat cheese for breakfast, didn’t you?” Pyewacket kept his eyes on the dark forest path.
“Never mind. Spider web makes the strongest boots. Shh.”
The spider snored in the web’s center, a black shadow against the moon. High in the oak, a luminous web-wrapped bundle danced at the end of sticky strings.
“Willowkin, the Queen’s bootmaker.” Pyewacket rolled spider web into a ball. “At least he was until today.”
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10 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: It’s Just Business”
That pretty amusing. I can imagine the little fairies sneaking up on the spider!
I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting 🙂
Wonderful. I hope Willowkin had good workers’ compensation coverage – or at least a good salary during his time of employment in such a risky occupation. I love the imagery and feel of this.
Hahaha. I don’t know if fairies qualify for Obamacare– I think it’s too late for Willowkin anyway. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you liked it.
I loved this story and especially the line…’a black shadow against the moon’. Lovely images, iridescent names and an otherworldly feel. Well done.
Thank you so much! Usually I write darker stuff in the winter and save the fairies for spring, but this seemed a nice combination–magic and death–always good in December 🙂 Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
That’s a dangerous job and Willowkin paid the ultimate price 🙁 At least Pyewacket got his boots.
Great story, and I loved the names 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this week’s offering. Glad you enjoyed it.
Oh no, not the bootmaker!
The poor little guy. The others don’t seem to be mourning him too much so maybe working for the queen made him arrogant. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you liked it.