I got like eleventy thousand requests for a short fairy tale about my terrarium so here goes...
"It's not a very good hat, is it?" Tuft remarked. She let out a startled hoot as a drop of dew landed on her birch-colored wings. "It's missing the center bit." Brocket sniffed the shining circlet. "Maybe it's a belt." He frowned, then nudged the sparkling object to one side in order to nip at a particularly succulent patch of clover.
Fallow was using his back hoof to itch his ear. "Well, I wouldn't wear it." He licked his spotted flank protectively. "Looks sharp. I say, shove it back into the roots and be done with it." Tuft flew up over Fallow's head and landed neatly on Brocket's shoulder. "I read in a book once about these things called "crowns." "Like the tree?" Brocket asked, casting a glance up at the Great Frost Fern. "They're not a bit alike."
"No, no, no," she hooted. "Its a different kind of crown. It's a Circle that a King wears." "What's a King?" Fallow asked suspiciously. "I do not care for any of these new words. They sound like Trouble." Tuft lowered her voice to a whisper.
"I seem to remember a King is a Somebody chosen by an invisible Man in the sky to be Very Important." Tuft cast a nervous glance to the sky and ruffled her feathers. Brocket rolled his eyes.
"That's rubbish," he said. "Maybe it's an ancient charm. Perhaps we should take it to Frozen Charlotte and see if it helps any." "Poor Charlotte," Fallow sighed.
"I don't see how a lump of dirty metal could help her," Tuft remarked, hovering on silent wings over the crown. "She's frozen." "It couldn't hurt," Brocket argued. "Fallow, what do you think?"
"Worth a try. Anyway, I can't bear the way she just stands there. It makes me uncomfortable." Tuft, Brocket, and Fallow all cast a glance back into the woods. "Then we are agreed," Brocket declared. "We shall take the crown to Frozen Charlotte and See If It Helps. But first, let's have a spot of tea." #fairytale #danamcswainauthor #terrarium #writersofinstagram #writersofcleveland #writing #shortstories #wip