First Frost

Aylsa promised him she would leave that life behind.

But, what would it hurt to help? 

She entered the forest as the temperature rose with the sun and the frost began to melt.  Droplets dislodged from pine needles and fell toward the forest floor.  She dove to catch as many as she could.  For each droplet saved, the soul of a winter fairy crossed from Solstice. By the end, twenty beautiful souls stood before her.

“Thank you, sister.  Now, it is our time to live as you.”

Their collective magic melted her human form and sent her back to Solstice.

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Having been away for several weeks, I’m so happy to return to the “Friday Fictioneers” writing challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we are to write a 100-word story.  This week’s interesting photo was contributed by Ronda Del Boccio.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, click HERE.

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Traveling back to the US to spend time with family, I enjoyed a bit of snow while there.  Something I don’t get to do here in Hong Kong.  It was magical so this week’s photo reminded me of icicles on a tree and the story went from there.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my story!

 

56 Comments Add yours

  1. Dear Brenda,

    A magical story with a seemingly bittersweet ending. Lovely.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you so much, Rochelle! I do tend to go that way. =)

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  2. Create Space says:

    Lovely story Brenda, I’ve missed you here on WP but I hope you enjoyed your time back home. Xx

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    1. I did indeed enjoy my time. It’s my yearly visit with my parents and whoever is in town when I’m there. I look forward to catching up with your posts in the next week. Thank you for reading and commenting on the the story! =)

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      1. Create Space says:

        My pleasure Brenda, I’ll be watching out for you. Xx

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  3. Violet Lentz says:

    A quintessential fairy tale. Beautiful write, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Violet!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Good to have you back, and a magical spell too 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Iain!

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  5. Welcome back. I loved your story. 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. =)

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  6. plaridel says:

    i like the magical tone of this story. it’s like breath of fresh air after the rain.

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    1. What an encouraging comment, thanks so much! =)

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  7. Jade Li says:

    Captivating tale.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jade!

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  8. notestowomen says:

    A sweet fairy-tale, Brenda and welcome back 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Adele!

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  9. Welcome back! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! =)

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  10. draliman says:

    A wonderful magical story 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Ali!

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  11. ceayr says:

    Just love fairy stories, but that broken promise will cause heartache

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    1. Unfortunately so. Thanks for commenting! =)

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  12. Sandra says:

    Good to see you back – missed your offerings. And this is truly magical.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! It’s nice to be missed. =)

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  13. granonine says:

    Lovely story, beautifully written. And welcome back 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda!

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  14. gahlearner says:

    This is beatiful and has everything a good fairytale needs.

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    1. Very encouraging comment! Thanks so much, Gabi. =)

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  15. Dale says:

    Nice to see you again, Brenda! And with such a lovely fairy tale, to boot!

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    1. Thanks so much, Dale, it’s good to be back. =)

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  16. Ann Coleman says:

    I liked your story! And nothing makes you appreciate snow quite so much as not seeing it for a while!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann! It’s true, I remember not enjoying snow so much when I lived with it. =) I’m sure the neighbors were confused or amused as I danced around the front yard with my camera.

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  17. Abhijit Ray says:

    She gave life to twenty fairies. It is time for her to go.

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    1. That’s true, I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thank you for commenting, Abhijit! =)

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  18. Magical and otherworldly. Would her significant other miss her? What did the fairies mean they would live as her? Replace her? So intriguing.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed and that the story left you wondering. =) Thanks so much, Fatima!

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  19. What a lovely faery tale Brenda. Welcome back!

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    1. Thanks so much, Anurag, happy to be back! =)

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  20. Tannille says:

    Hauntingly beautiful Brenda!

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  21. Margaret says:

    An intriguing story. It has a lovely sense of mystery and I love the idea of the melting droplets being fairies.

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    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! =)

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  22. michael1148humphris says:

    Your magic writing carried me into a Scottish highland forest, lovely

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    1. Oh, that sounds lovely. Thank you for saying so, Michael! =)

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  23. Such an enormous sacrifice to make! I can see why he wanted her to leave this life behind. Hope your trip home was as magical as your story (with happier endings!) 🙂

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    1. Yes, my trip home was wonderful! Thank you, Dawn. =)

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  24. magarisa says:

    How kind of Aylsa to save those souls! I love the image of her diving to catch as many droplets as she could. Somehow, I don’t think she expected the souls she saved to take over her life. Beautifully written.

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    1. Thank you so much, Magarisa, for your encouraging comments. Indeed, she didn’t expect the souls to send her back.

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  25. Nobbinmaug says:

    That looks to be quite the sacrifice. I guess, to paraphrase Spock, the good of twenty outweighs the good of one.

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    1. Love the quote! It was indeed a great sacrifice for her, she simply wanted to help. Thank you so much for commenting. =)

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  26. subroto says:

    Such an intriguing end to a magical tale. Nice one.

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    1. Thank you so much, Subroto. I’m glad you enjoyed the ending. =)

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  27. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh a lovely story that has a sense of sadness too.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, Laurie! =) Thank you for reading and commenting.

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