GENRE: MG - Fantasy
A jaded fairy gets roped into seeking a magical Stopwatch with a boy who doesn’t want to grow up.
My light sparkled and spun in circles, just like fireworks on the fourth of July. I even managed to pull off a strobe effect. The fireflies were dazzled and came flocking to me. When they saw I was a fairy, not a fabulous hunk of a firefly, they became angry and pulled my hair and tore my dress.
As I escaped and looked behind to see their scowling faces, I flew straight into something soft but firm and was knocked onto my back with my legs straight in the air. When I recovered I found that I was sitting in the palm of a boy’s hand. I sighed. It really wasn’t fair! I had just gotten rid of the last kid. I didn’t even bother trying to fly away. I knew the drill. I stood up, still in his hand, and tidied myself as best I could.
The boy, meanwhile, had brought his hand up nearer to his eyes. When he saw me, he shrieked and stared at me with wide open eyes and mouth.
I decided to give him a moment to regain his dignity. But it didn’t happen, so I intervened.
“I’m not an exhibit in a freak show, so you can close your mouth and stop staring, thank you.”
He shut his mouth so quickly that he bit the tip of his tongue and winced. I was feeling annoyed and grouchy by this point so I threw my hands up in a dramatic gesture of despair.
“We’ll never get anywhere at this rate.”
He recovered sufficiently to stammer, “Are… are you really real?”
“Of course I’m real!”
He gulped and then said, “But you’re a fairy!”