The Fairies Tree
by C. A. Zraik
"From the hoary wood of Bois Chenu will come a young girl who will do great deeds..." ~ Merlin
Early in the Fifteenth Century of war-torn France, a twelve year old girl visits the ancient wood of Bois Chenu, a thick forest that extends up the slope of the valley and stands sentinel above her village of Domremy.
The little girl goes to discover who and what she really is. The village children taunt her, claiming she was switched at birth by the Fey, and that is why she is so homely. Jeannette d'Arc sets out to prove them wrong. She enters Bois Chenu, intent on finding answers at the Fairies Tree, and in doing so, determines the fate of an entire country.
As to her own fate, upon a fiery dais, Jeannette is asked if she has any last words. She looks at the people below her, and in a soft voice asks them not to be angry with her, that everything she had done was for a people and a realm she dearly loved. Then she looks at her judges and whispers, "I forgive you...."
- C. A. Zraik, June 2011
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