This post is for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) Challenge, run by Priceless Joy. The FFfAW challenge is that you write a story of 75-175 words inspired by the photo prompt below. This week’s prompt was provided by Ady. Thank you Ady!
“Thompson here yet?”
Billy jumped, squawking in surprise at the sound of Rafe’s voice. His wings unfurled, lifting him briefly off the ground. With his nerves already taut, his friend’s cat-like approach was enough to set his heart racing.
“No,” he finally replied. “You sure he knows to meet here?”
Rafe didn’t respond, merely cast an exasperated glance in his direction. Billy flushed. He knew they’d all received the same message. The brightly decorated bench was a place they all knew only too well. Despite his gift of speed, Thompson was – unsurprisingly – late.
As the sun reached its pinnacle, the glow of the opening portal indicated their wait was over.
“I’m sure I granted gifts to three of you.” The lilting voice twined hypnotically around Billy’s senses, easing his nerves.
“I’m here! Sorry.” Thompson skidded to a stop, eyes locked on the ethereal figure emerging from the light.
“Good,” the Fae Queen said, smiling gently. “Follow me.”
For twenty years they’d enjoyed their gifts: flight, stealth and speed. Now it was time to repay their benefactor.
Word Count: 175
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