Creative Challenge: Faeries

I’ve mentioned before that I’m inspired by a challenge. Right? Yeah, pretty sure it’s come up once or twice. So when I saw a writing contest posted by one of my Triberr buddies, Anna Meade, I couldn’t resist. If you’re a challenge-loving  kindred spirit, you might want to jump on board. There are still a few days left. (Click here to check it out.)

The Challenge

Here is the contest description in Anna’s words:

To win, write a piece of flash fiction (300 words or less) on your (fictional or not) first-person encounter with a faery, goblin, or fantastical being of your choice.

The prizes are:

1st Place: A copy of The Fairy Ring [by Mary Losure] and a 10 page edit by Anna Meade.

2nd Place: A copy of The Fairy Ring and a 5 page edit by Anna Meade.

3rd Place: A copy of The Fairy Ring

I’m not one that writes much (or any) high fantasy–urban fantasy is about as surreal as my stories get. I’ve never written anything involving a faerie (or fairy). But I couldn’t resist the dare. Getting it under 300 words was really tough, too. I’ve never written a story that short. I spent a day or two letting ideas simmer before I wrote. I love what I ended up with–in fact, this is the prequel of sorts to another short story I’ll be writing for A Consortium of Worlds. So, if you like it, stay tuned. There’s more to come.

Winning or losing isn’t really my concern as much as just the opportunity to rise to the challenge. I’ve done something new. I’ve written a 300-word story including a fairie. With my own twist on it, of course. It’s probably obvious (since my name isn’t Joe), but the first-person POV in the story is not my own. With that in mind, I wish you happy reading!

The Muse

I was doomed. My dream was slipping through my fingers. Those fingers flew across the ivories, coaxing the great wooden beast. They pounded out notes, struggling to go where I willed. Focus, Joe,  focus.

Clunk! My fingers stumbled, tones clashed. I frowned. I tried again. Another horrific crash.

Sighing, I dropped my hands into my lap. That’s when I heard it. Like a hummingbird, the soft flutter just behind my right shoulder. I whirled. Nothing there. An eerie feeling crept over me.

I couldn’t shake that sensation of being watched. Not even in the shower with hot water pounding over my shoulders. Cranking off the faucet, I pushed aside the curtain. That’s when I saw the intruder.

She stood on the toilet tank, eyeing me with a coy smile and flushed cheeks. Though less than twelve inches tall, she was clearly a grown woman. The slinky dress accentuated her curves.

I hollered, grabbing a towel. My face flamed. But when I turned back, she was gone.

Back at the keys, I couldn’t get it right. It was late. I was exhausted. Eight hours until the audition and I needed sleep. But if I blew this one, my dream was shot. Forever.

When my fingers faltered again, I  reverted to my favorite piece.

I glanced up. She stood on the piano, watching with an enamored expression. I blinked, but didn’t stop playing. Moments passed.  She dropped to her knees, then onto her stomach. Chin in hands, she gazed at me.

Something flickered. I jumped. Translucent wings flashed on her back and vanished again.

My eyes darted to my hands. I gaped.

My fingers flew, moving like the wind. I switched to the audition piece, played it flawlessly.

Wide-eyed, I stared at the faerie.

Her lip curved in a smile.


What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, if you take Anna up on the challenge, post it in the comments. Let everyone know you’re participating.

You might also be interested in:

Creative Challenge, People Watching Part 2

Create Limits

Creative Challenge: Doodle Your Way to Success Part 2

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  1. #1 by Donna B. McNicol (@DonnaBMcNicol) on February 17, 2012 - 8:34 pm

    I really enjoyed it. Like you, I don’t write fantasy and most of my flash has been dark…including the one for this contest. LOL!

  2. #3 by Rebecca Fyfe on February 18, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    I really enjoyed your story. It brought back a faint memory of a legend about faeries being muses to humans. Loved the story. Thanks for sharing! (I am a participant in the challenge too)

    • #4 by Becca Campbell on February 18, 2012 - 7:58 pm

      That’s cool. I haven’t heard of the legend, but that angle worked well with the plot I was going for, not just in this story but in the following story I’ll be writing.

  3. #5 by Courtney Cantrell on February 18, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    Aw, I love it, Becca! Engaging and adorable, and it flows well. Good work. : )

    • #6 by Becca Campbell on February 18, 2012 - 8:01 pm

      Thanks, Court. She did come out as a bit adorable, but that faerie isn’t someone to mess with…just wait for ACoW2. She’s really going to show her darker side.

  4. #7 by Anna Meade (@ruanna3) on February 19, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    What a charming muse she is! Thanks for entering, Becca.

  5. #9 by Adriana Ryan on February 19, 2012 - 8:16 pm

    Man, you guys are so talented! I love this one! The snippet Anna posted on Twitter totally lured me in. :D

    I think I’m sitting this one out… faeries aren’t being muses to me!

    • #10 by Becca Campbell on February 19, 2012 - 9:59 pm

      Thanks, for the kind words Adriana. Aww, too bad you aren’t doing it. Maybe you can do the next one. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. #11 by SJI Holliday on February 20, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    That’s great, could really picture the scene :)

  7. #13 by J. Whitworth Hazzard on February 20, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Very nice. A la Fabulous Baker Boys.

  8. #15 by Margaret (@charitygirlblog) on February 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    Love the literal interpretation of the muse – and the reinvention of the myth. Very sensual!

  9. #17 by L.S. Taylor (@ls_taylor) on February 20, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    The image of the faerie on her belly, watching the narrator, really sticks with me. What a delightful story!

  10. #19 by Steven (@ashviper) on February 20, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    Ah, really enjoyed this. Good job.

  11. #21 by Dee on February 20, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    Fantastic image of the nonchalant pose vs the surprise. Rich contrast and sensation feasting!

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