by Van Pornaras
Yesterday, Ava's days were spent carefree gathering flowers, searching for Faeries and chasing after Wishes, (the down of a thistle). As a human, she did not know the light, fluffy, floating seed, was the key to saving the entire Enchanted world. Not until a tiny faery and the household Brownies informed her of its importance, was her purpose determined.
Upon her steed, Ava's heartbeat as loud as the footfalls of her thundering horse. Carthya was less than a days ride away and at sundown of that day, the entire Faery world would perish if she was late.
For in her pocket was a Wish, and the seed for a new Elpitha Tree, the life source for all the Enchantlings. If the seed did not touch the Enchanted Carthyan soil by sunset on the Summer Solstice, all the Seelie court would die, Faeries, Brownies, Unicorns and the likes.
The Elpitha Tree bore but a lone seed in its lifetime, and this tree's seed was stolen many years ago by a Goblin. Hoping it would give him power and wealth had planted it in the human world where it spawned the Milk Thistle plant and not the Mystical Tree the he had expected.
The seed of that thistle, still had the magic of the Elpitha Tree in it, non the less and since that time, the Enchanted world had waited for the winds to bring a seed back to Carthya. Almost four centuries had passed without any luck. The breezes were not kind to the Enchantlings, thus the hopes of them all, were nestled in a pillbox in Ava's pocket, as she rode with determination to Carthya.
The tiny nine year old slammed her heels into the ribs of her horse to get to the Enchanted World in time, all the while, unaware that the Underworld was closing in on the Faery stronghold, en masse, with the news of the Elpitha Tree's state. After countless, unsuccessful attempts, over the centuries, to take Carthya by force, this would be their time. A victory over the Faeries before their fate was sealed, was the only way to win...with honor. Led by the Goblins, allied with dragons, giants, griffons and the entire Underworld, a full on battle would ensure their place in history.
Ava's arrival at Carthya would put her in the midst of the advancing tide of UnSeelies pressing on the Enchanted lands.
This brave, young, girl,determined to save the creatures she loved, was on a collision course to a violent end, and although she had the Wish in her pocket and a Faery chaperone alongside, it would take more than a miracle to save them all.
This is not your average light and fluffy fairy tale. It is full of adventure and suspense and can be very dark at times. That being said, my daughter, at age seven, enjoyed the telling of it at bedtime.
- Van Pornaras, November 2012
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