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Intruder In The Garden


PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Melanie Greenwood

“What are you doing in my garden?” asked the fairy, her sword level with James’ nose.

James froze.

The fairy, because that was the only word he could think of to describe the tiny, fluttering creature currently pointing her cutlass at him, was scowling.

“I asked you, what you’re doing in my garden!” she demanded.

“Your garden,” James spluttered. “This is my garden! I just bought it.”

“Pah,” the fairy snorted, “You humans. You cannot buy fairy gardens.”

“I could show you the paperwork,” James suggested.

“Paperwork!” laughed the fairy. “Trust me human, paperwork is the least of your concerns.”


(100 Words)

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Josh Wrenn says

    Even as a human, I am a little baffled by the concept of land ownership.

  2. Haha! Well, at least she’s tiny, huh? Although I’m not sure that’s going to be much comfort to our new “landowner” as time passes.


    • Perhaps! One should always make sure to read the fine print to avoid the accidental purchase of small, flying, mythical creatures wielding swords.

  3. bykimberlylynne says

    Can’t buy it, but maybe he can earn it? I think – hope – they’ll work something out. (Love the wallpaper, BTW, have I said?)

    • It’s new I think, unless I’ve used in on a previous template a forgotten about it completely, but thank you all the same. I’m hoping this will be the design that sticks for the site, I’ve played around with it enough by this point I think. Thanks for reading.

  4. Big grin on my face. Loved it, and can easily see this as the beginning of something longer. In other words, it makes me want to see more of these two characters.

  5. I reckon that after a shaky start, they’ll get along famously and she’ll defend his garden from those pesky pixies.
    Great dialogue!

  6. A wonderfully enchanting story. This fairy is very appealing – she’s definitely incharge of the situation.

  7. They didn’t get off to very good start, did they? If I saw a fairy with fluttering wings, I would do whatever she said. Nicely done. This maze needs a fairy.

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