Five Sentence Fiction: The Library’s Whispers

I almost missed this week’s Five Sentence Fiction by Lillie McFerrin. That would have been a real loss, as she chose this week’s theme – my favorite, Faeries – and mentioned me and my Faerytaleish board most graciously.

The Library’s Whispers

All she’d said was “I never want to leave this place.” – a simple, childish wish, but someone had heard her.

Years passed and her beloved books crumbled to dust from the rain that pattered through the sunken skylight. She splintered every piece of furniture in her rage but one, though she never sat.

The wind rattling through the eaves sounded like a whisper, sounded like a giggle.

She pressed her face against the chill glass of the window and watched as yet another twilight faded from the sky.


  1. Angela
    Jun 28, 2012

    Straight from the mouth of the fairy queen! Almost creepy how well you know the minds of these little creatures.

    Sobering and shocking, and very in the vein of the traditional fae lore. Love it!!

  2. Lisa Shambrook
    Jun 28, 2012

    Amazing imagery, oh and those little wishes we think are so insignificant…uttered in the moment…who’s listening?

  3. Eva Rieder
    Jun 28, 2012

    Such a lovely little piece! I agree with Lisa—the imagery is fantastic. I particularly like the splintering of the furniture!

  4. Lillie McFerrin
    Jun 28, 2012

    And, this is exactly why you’re the fairy queen. Dark in the most exquisite way!!!

  5. Rowanwolf
    Jun 28, 2012

    Dark and delightful and leave it to the fairies to teach us to wish with care!! Precious. And a wonderful photo to go with it. Loved it!!

  6. GomessQ
    Jun 30, 2012

    I rarely comment on your work, but EXCELLENT. The picture adds a lot, too. Something I wish more authors- and publishers- would be braver about experimenting with.

  7. Angie Richmond
    Jul 13, 2012

    You’ve captured the very essence of my soul. All hail the Fairy Queen! Lovely Anna, just lovely :)

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