The Fairy Ring Writing Contest Submission – Victoria Boulton

This entry courtesy of Victoria Boulton.
White Lies
A unicorn! She was luminous with beauty in the silver light. My inner-child rose up from the depths of my heart, dancing and laughing. I wished that I had never silenced her and had dared to believe.
I came out from behind the tree trunk and held out my hand as you would to a skittish pet. “Hello.” My voice was soft with nerves and stupid with wonder.
The unicorn snorted and pawed at the ground, and I thought she would flee, leaving me forever wondering. But then my heart soared up on a wave of heat and happiness as she approached. My fingers twitched as her breath tickled my palm. So close, I thought. She lowered her horn.
Broaam!” The unicorn was knocked aside by a boulder of brown flesh – a troll, a lumpy, misshapen man with curved claws and walrus-like tusks.

“Don’t!” I threw myself forwards, grabbing the arm he had drawn back to strike.

I staggered as he shook me loose, but at this reprieve the unicorn trumpeted her victory and lunged, burying her horn deep into my belly.
Broaam!”The troll grabbed the unicorn and flung her; she hit a tree with a sickening crack! I sank to my knees; the unicorn did not stir.
I pressed shaking hands to my belly. “It’s… so wet…”
Girl.”I looked up and he scooped me into his arms. “You were foolish to approach a white fey,” he rumbled as he carried me. “I will bring you to the goblinfolk- they are clever with their hands and will know what to do with you.”
I struggled not to faint into the chest of my saviour, half-dead because of the lies my mother read me when I was a child.
Artwork by Christian Damm,


  1. Donna McNicol
    Feb 19, 2012

    Bravo! Well done…

  2. Dee Solberg
    Feb 19, 2012

    I LOVE the twist!

  3. Victoria Boulton
    Feb 19, 2012

    Thanks so much for your kind comments!

  4. ruanna3
    Feb 20, 2012

    This was a delightful surprise. Thank you for entering :)

  5. moonduster
    Feb 20, 2012

    Well done! Definitely captures my interest! :)

  6. Shiraz Akhtar
    Feb 20, 2012

    Brilliant work! Delightful to read.

  7. SJIHolliday
    Feb 20, 2012

    What a clever twist, love it :)

  8. charitygirlblog
    Feb 20, 2012

    Never judge a book by its cover an’ all. Great morality tale there!

  9. That was an unexpected turn. I really like that the troll wasn’t the bad guy. This feels like it could be the prologue to something bigger.

  10. Becca J. Campbell
    Feb 21, 2012

    Great piece. The reversal was a nice touch. :)

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