The Book Fairie
By Donna L Martin
If twasn't for bad luck, I would have no luck at all. But everyone has the luck of the Irish on St Paddy's Day I am told, so I went in search of my good luck one bright spring afternoon and you'll never guess what I found.
Why, it was the Book Fairie himself! Truth be told, he was more leprechaun than fairie and everyone knows how sneaky leprechauns can be. But I was sneakier and stumbled upon the brightly dressed fellow as he lay sleeping under a tree with his pot of magical books scattered all about him.
Quickly I tied a bit of twine around one green-shoed foot and the other end around the tree. Everyone knows a leprechaun yearns to be free and once tied up, they can not get away until one wish be granted.
"Hi, ho, Book Fairie, wake up! I have caught you fair and square so you must grant me my one wish!" I call out to my resting captive.
Emerald eyes open to stare at me in sleepy-eyed confusion until he realizes I have tethered him to his tree. But instead of angry shouting, it is tinkling laughter I hear as the leprechaun slowly grins and says, "Ahhh, you have caught me true enough, but the question is what would you do with me now? One wish granted is indeed what you may have but be careful what you wish for, as all magic comes with a price!"
I should have listened to the Book Fairie but I was so proud of the fact I had tricked him, I never stopped to think he might trick me in return. Boldly pointed to his treasure of books, I replied, "That is the book I want. Now grant me my wish and be gone with you!"
His smile grew wider as he placed the book in my hands and said, "As you wish, but remember...I warned you!" And with a flash of pale green smoke, my leprechaun disappeared. Taking his place at the foot of the tree, I sat down and eagerly opened my prize...
***Okay, it's your turn. What happens next? And to help celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, for every person who leaves a comment, adds a sentence, or finishes the story, their name will go in the hat to win a St Paddy's Day prize pack! So come on, join the fun and see where this picture prompt takes us!***