Friday, April 6, 2012

Creepy Hollow Fae: Flimsickle

Year of study: second
Assignment type: group (with mentor)

“Look at its funny wings,” says Aria. “It’s so weird how they’re attached to its head.”

“Ooh, look, look, it’s flying now,” says Honey.

The flimsickle’s membranous wings spin around the top of its head as it glides from the fitting room door onto a rack of jackets. Its slender, pale blue body is no taller than the spiked heels lining a shelf not too far away. Hard to believe this creature can cause damage to anyone. “It reminds me of one of those things humans fly in.” I say. “What do you call them?”

“Helicopter,” says Ryn, sending a smirk my way. He enjoys it way too much when he knows something I don’t. “Hey, Tora,” he says as our mentor hurries into the shop. “When can we do a real assignment? I mean, this flimsickle thing is like the most pathetic fae ever.”

“The most pathetic fae ever is about to land on your head,” I point out. Ryn’s mask of contempt slips from his face as he backs into a shelf of jeans. He grabs a pair and swats at the flimsickle.

“Don’t aggravate it!” says Tora. “The very reason we’re here is to stop it from shedding its wing dust, not to give it a reason to shed even sooner.” She herds the four of us into the nearest fitting room. “Okay, get your gloves on, everyone.” She pauses while we mentally call to the gloves that are part of our invisible cache of guardian weapons. They appear on our hands, sparkling as though lit from within by a golden light. “Good,” says Tora. “And remember the shielding spell we learned to protect our eyes?” We all nod. Ryn slips an eye-roll in when Tora’s not looking. “Okay, let’s make this a competition. Vi and Honey on one team, and Ryn and Aria on the other. Now, let’s see who can catch the flimsickle first.”

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Like this flash fiction? Find out more about the Creepy Hollow series.
If you'd like to know more about my A to Z flash fiction pieces, read my A to Z Challenge Theme for 2012 post.

P.S. Don't forget the giveaway happening here till the end of today (EST)!
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Mina Burrows said...

Filmsicle: very cool. I love this piece. Great job.

Rekha Seshadri said...

An interesting name and idea. Bought the first in your book series Creepy Hollow. Hope to be able to read get to it in may after the A-Z and other stuff. Good luck with the rest of the challenge. ;)

Lady Gwen said...

Flimsickle - I love that word and the description of it. You have a great imagination, Rachel. Loved it! I haven't started the book yet - waiting til I'm done with edits in a week or two. But I'm looking forward to it and the world you created:)

Anonymous said...

Oooo...what does its wing dust do? So cool.

Fairview said...

Sounds to me like it turns into something dangerous, right? The lesson being don't underestimate your opponent?

Just wonderful stuff. I'm loving your writing.

Sharkbytes said...

Cute story. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge this month.

Sarah Pearson said...

I love this one. I'm so impressed by your imagination.

Brooke R. Busse said...

From what I've learned about Ryn and Vi, the teacher just did a very dangerous thing.

Iliadfan said...

This made me so happy that I just bought a copy of Guardian. REALLY nice!