Failure to Fly

“Duck!” Charlie called out to his sister.

Instead of heeding his advice, she continued forward and smacked into the stone wall.

Charlie heard a loud thump as his sister smashed into the wall.

“Sis, are you okay?” He nervously hovered over a clump of grass until he noticed movement beside the overgrown heather. He swooped toward her. “Why don’t you listen to me?”

Caroline ignored her brother’s scolding.

“The Queen said one more accident and she will snip your wings.”

Caroline turned in Charlie’s direction and snapped, “Then don’t tell her.”

Charlie stood silent for a minute then said, “I won’t tell.”

A tear rolled down Caroline’s face, “Please help me fly Charlie.” She lifted herself off the ground and looked into his eyes, “Please, what kind of fairy will I be without wings?”

Charlie draped his arm over Caroline’s shoulder and gently guided her toward home. “Come on Sis, we will try again tomorrow.”

Photo Prompt:

Photo provided by Graham Lawrence

Photo provided by Graham Lawrence

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Each week a photo prompt is shared. Writers are asked to write a short story about the photo using only 100 – 175 words. If you would like to read more submissions to  FFfAW visit the link

12 thoughts on “Failure to Fly

  1. Priceless Joy

    I love stories about fairies! And, I loved this story. I hope he will be able to help her fly tomorrow because she has a will of iron. 🙂 Great story! Welcome to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers! We are happy you have found us and hope to read more of your stories.

  2. Midwestern Plant Girl

    Great short story clip! I’ll have to check this site out for the winter. . When most of my subjects are sleeping 😉

  3. Ameena k.g

    What a beautiful and creative way to use the prompt. This reminded me of tinker bell and Barbie which I both love. The relationship between the brother and sister did it for me. Great piece.


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