Blue Fairy

Once upon a time, a farmer dug a well.  The waters tasted sweet and his crops flourished.  One morning, a tiny blue-skinned fairy appeared on the wall of the well.

“I stirred magic into your water.  You must answer this riddle or I’ll take it away.  ‘Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it, you die. What is it?’”

Distressed, the farmer hunched.  On the ground, he spied an empty mason jar and captured the fairy.  The farmer’s family lived happily ever after, with the occasional tap-tap-tap from the jar that sat on the kitchen table.


This one was quite challenging for me but it ended up being fun!  “Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge by Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story using only 100 words in response to a photo prompt.  The photo was taken by Connie Gayer.  It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  You can find other stories here.




16 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    The only way to deal with intrusive fairies who ask questions about nothing

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    1. You figured it out! Fairies are pesky creatures for sure. =)

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    I guess that’s one way of not answering a riddle 😉

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    1. The farmer’s a quick thinker. =)

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  3. yarnspinnerr says:

    Nothing! Clever take.

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    1. Thanks so much! =)

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  4. Loved this original take on the photo prompt! Although I feel a bit sorry for the fairy. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thank you, Susan. It’s true, it wasn’t fair. =)


  5. draliman says:

    Ooh noo, poor little fairy 😦

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    1. I think she’ll figure a way out, she’s quite clever. Don’t worry (haha).

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  6. Dear Brenda,

    Clever farmer. Your story made me chuckle. Cute.



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    1. Thank you, Rochelle. Glad to make you chuckle! =)


  7. jillyfunnell says:

    Nicely told and a clever riddle. I too feel sorry for the fairy. Do fairies need air holes in their mason jars? If so I hope she has plenty.

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    1. Yes, the farmer made sure he punctured holes in the lid. The farmer didn’t even try to answer the riddle, he just captured the fairy. Poor thing. =)

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  8. pennygadd51 says:

    That’s an original and fun take on the prompt. Come to that, it’s a fun take on a fairy story! That fairy’s going to be furious when she finally escapes…

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    1. And I am confident she will escape. The farmer and his family will be in trouble (hehe). Thank you for reading and commenting! =)

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