Friday, March 9, 2012

#RomanticFridayWriters: I Love You Because

Winner this week of the Featured Writer's Award. Hurray!

Romantic Friday Writers is a flash fiction blog-fest every two weeks. We are given a theme and asked to write in 400 words or less something romantic about the theme. This week is: I Love You Because.

As I considered this week's theme, it occurred to that I write current day shorts between a man and a woman. Please don't judge me. I am a fantasy writer. Why not up the stakes and write about fantastical creatures? So here we go.

I Love You Because

What-Not took the wing cleaner and tried to reach behind his back to get the annoying bit of dust that had collected between his shoulder blades and wings. He nearly fell over. Laughter that sounded like a thousand tinkling bells made him frown. He stood up straight and turned to confront the observer.

Dip-and-Sway twitted between two aspens. Her petite frame perfectly enhanced by pink folds.

"What you laughing at?" What-Not trust out his lower lip in stubborn pride.

Dip-and-Sway twirled, giggling still. "Oh silly, you know you can't do that without help. Why don't you ever ask?"

"Ain't none of your business."

"I've watched you," she said. "The flower dusters flutter about close to the groaning trees. I see how you wait for the right opportunity to spray too much of the glittering powder over the bluebells. You can't help but catch some in your wings. All fairies know this."

"You gonna tell?"

"Have I yet?"

"Well..." flustered, What-Not held his tongue.

Dip-and-Sway came closer. She smelled of sweet grass and glistening water. Her blue eyes sparkled like fireflies. Long fingers wrapped between his. Her touch sent electric bolts through his body. Then he knew, fairies lived forever, but there came a time to mate. He'd be 500 in a few more days. All his life he assumed that no one would choose him. He was clumsy and awkward, stumbling over his own air swell. "Why?" he could say no more.

"I love you because," her voice soft. "Your eyes glitter and your nose turns red when you disagree with someone. I love you because, your purple hair gets lose around your collar when you fly. I love you because, when I dropped the mushroom sauce on my dress you winked at me and didn't join the others in their laughter. I love you because my heart dances when you pass me and if we touch, the night turns to hope that I may love you in the mists of Longlier. I love you because you are you. All stubborn pride and gentle whispers. I will be honored if on the day of choice, I am yours."

What-Not stood on legs that felt as if rubber had replaced all his muscles. "I am yours." Fairies rarely kissed, but he kissed Dip-and-Sway. Their wings fluttered as one.

Word Count 400

I hope you liked it.
Nancy

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20 comments:

Jamie Gibbs said...

Very nice, Nancy :) Nice inclusion of fantastical creatures but maintaining the romance too :)

Anna said...

Dear Nancy,

Faeries can fall in love too!

Love the names 'What-Not' and 'Dip-and-Sway'!!

Excellent post!

My faery-characters are all hovering in the air, cheering, waving and fluttering with their wings!

Well done!

Anna

Anna's RFWers Challenge No.33 'I love you because...'

Donna Hole said...

Oh yes I liked it! So sweet. Young Dip-and-Sway is enamoured of the near-bad-boy fairy What-Not, who doesn't follow the polination rules.

So cute and heartfelt. Beautiful imagery and world building. I can see myself in this world, and as a part of these characters.

........dhole

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Awh that's cute Nancy!

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks everyone. I'm Having a bad day so I will be slow to come along to your blogs. Please bare with me.
Nancy

Talei said...

I'm loving the description of the faeries, a lovely post, Nancy. Have a fab weekend! ;)

Andy said...

Hello Nancy.
Love is for everyone...even faeries (smile).
Loved the names you used for your characters too.
Nice entry for the theme.
Thanks for sharing. Hope you're feeling better too.

My Darling Bride

Francine Howarth: UK said...

Hi Nancy,

So loved the names of the characters, which perfectly encapsulated their personalities! Which by the way, came across beautifully within your descriptive prose... Lovely.

besF

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Talei, Andy and Francine
Thanks for all the great compliments. I'll be by soon.
Nancy

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

A faery love story beautifully rendered. You are indeed a fantasy writer Nancy. The character names are exquisite. Loved it!

Denise

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Denise
Nancy

Adura Ojo said...

Sometimes, the beauty is in the little details - I love the big as well as the little details of your fairy world, Nancy. You painted a vivid picture and I was right there with you.

Adura Ojo said...

Hope your day gets better, Nancy. Hang in there and take care.

Adura x

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks Adura for both comments. Today I feel wonderful. There is a cool spring breeze coming through the window. Everyday is a challenge, but today makes me feel hopeful that I'll be 100% soon.
Nancy

Kiru Taye said...

Oh, I like it very much. It's great to read about faeries falling in love.

J.L. Campbell said...

You've done well with the descriptions, so that I can picture the setting and your fairies. Really cool story. Me like very much! :)

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Kiru and L. J. Your comments are encouraging.
Nancy

Laura said...

Love Love Love this! I'm sorry I'm here so late, but boy I'm glad I came :)
Laura x

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats, Nancy, we're sharing the RFW featured writer this week.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Laura, so glad you stopped in and so thrilled you loved my story.

Hi J. L.
Congratulations to you as well.
Nancy