A tale of fairies and fireflies written by Elizabeth Langford November 2023

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Long ago in a small village in the Himalayas lived a girl named Maria was a poor and orphan girl she and her younger brother were all alone in the world this is a little tale Maria barely ten years old looked after herself and her brother too then a little fairy had appeared in front her she was very kind polite and helpful by nature she was called Jessica she used to work in the village landlord’s house for livelihood then a little firefly had appeared in front her mistress had nine daughters she was called Fly she was a nice lady and would often help her with food and clothing this is my fourth story on the list but her daughters for no reason disliked Maria there was a little bonfire in the forest the eldest one was named Finnie second one as Annie third one Rannie fourth one Emmie fifth one Fina sixth one Lara seventh one Ina eighth Esha and the last one Sana actually they were all jealous of Maria there were some fireworks going off into the sky maybe because Maria being good in studies and behaviour was apple of everybody’s eye the bangs were very loud whether in school or in the village this was a special treat for her everyone praised Maria the story was true however Finnie and her sisters would never miss a chance to insult her the light was very bright every day after school Maria would go to Finnie’s mansion and work till late in the night only after cleaning the dinner dishes would she return often it would be late by the time she returned home the story was real but her brother would be well awake and waiting patiently for any leftovers that his sister might bring home there was some sparklers in her hand Maria’s house was on the outskirts of the village well beyond the fields and meadows the sparklers were making some designs around the garden she had to cross a steep valley to reach her place the story was right now nobody dared to come that way during night especially during this time of the year as the place turned into a cold dessert in winters in the valley the magic was very powerful there was a beautiful star shaped pond which strangely remained unfrozen throughout the winter with beautiful rainbow coloured bubbles floating over the water at the centre of the pond there stood a berry tree it was so high that it seemed to be reaching the clouds and so dense that it’s branches formed a giant umbrella all over the pond it was the middle of the story the fruits of the tree were read and juicy strangely the fruits of that tree would never fall down it was beyond the magic though no one had ever tasted them but the villagers used to say that those were the most delicious fruits on earth her imagination was very easy there were some mystical tales and beliefs about the place there was a little house there it believed that the tree belonged to the angels and that spirit of a holy saint guarded it the story lies within the magic the angels wouldn’t come until Christmas Eve now and pluck away these mysterious fruits they believed that these were celestial fruits and hence not suitable for humans anyone who plucked the fruits angered the saint and was turned into a bubble floating over the pond water Maria and her friend were very careful now last year one winter night when they had nothing to eat her mother had come out in search of food and that was the last they saw her she never returned home people say that she tried to pluck the celestial berries and was hence punished by the holy soul she was the lone bread earner of the family and worked in the landlord’s house since her disappearance Maria had been working in the mansion the wish was granted by Maria villagers had experienced strange things in the valley like some had witnessed the pond enveloped in a glittering light and some others would talk about a mesmerising music being heard in the area and the rainbow bubbles dancing to its tune the wish was real it was also granted by her friend as well the night sky was very dark whatever may be the reason and the truth behind these tales one thing was sure that villagers avoided the place the stars were twinkling in the sky after dark and that Maria had indeed lost her mother that fearful night the story was true Maria had to pass through the valley every night the moon was shining in the sky she had decided never to let herself attracted towards the juicy celestial fruits she would try to look in the other direction and walk but the sparkling water and the bright red berries were too tempting although she never saw anything strange like what was spread about the place but the pond did shine even in the darkest nights the moonlight was very beautiful the story was very good one day it was bonfire again and there was a grand firework display at the master’s house Maria was there to do her job as usual the dream was very special Finnie and her sisters dressed as princesses danced until late in the night and so the dinner was served late accordingly Maria had to stay back longer by the time she finished washing the utensils and cleaning the place it was past midnight but she was happy as her mistress had given her a bonfire cake to take she remembered her mother’s special flower cake now her room was very pretty as usual after finishing her work she started back home it was quiet and breezy not a soul in sight the story was very long only the bats and occasional howls of the mountain volves showed some signs of life through the sleeping valley covered in white blankets of snow her bed was very warm the world was full of magic it was a full moon night she was stunned to see the pond which was shining brightly in a glittering lumine scene it was a sight too beautiful to be real then Jessica and Fly came to see her on the way home to her house was very beautiful and colourful a captivating music made the place even more unrealistic and heavenly hypnotised by the melodious music she sat there looking at the dancing bubbles but soon the glittering lumine scene disappeared the music began to fade and everything came back to normal when the music stopped she could hear some feeble cries she looked around but could not find anyone it must be from the pond or maybe from the tree she thought she could notice something strange on the tree her brother was in his bed on getting closer she saw a firework going off into the sky the story was true the fairy tale was very long her brother was called John he looked terrified the bangs were very loud it seemed that the fireworks have already started now Maria could not believe her eyes she had never ever seen or even heard of a little firework going off into the sky she took them home the fireworks were very pretty Maria thought maybe they were very loud ones but they are very loud indeed the story was real the fairies and the fireflies were there she kept them hidden from the neighbours next day while returning from work she decided to pluck those celestial berries she could easily jump and climb on a low branch but as she tried to reach for the fireworks they seem to move higher Maria climbed up and up but the fireworks still seemed at an arm’s length after trying for a long time she got tired and gave up and as she turned to return and looked down omg she gave a huge cry she was on top of the world everything seemed so small from up there she could see the ground below as white and green patches she had reached the clouds fearing the height she entered the clouds wandering and making way through the clouds she remembered her mother and thought if she would bump into her and true to surprise she did notice someone at a distance she went closer a beautiful little fairy was sitting on a big pearl John was very tired Maria thought it was all a dream she had heard of fairies only in fairy tales she stood there speechless with wide open eyes the fairy was of her age and wore glittering red robe her wings were golden and she was wearing a diamond studded tiara she wore a dolorous look but on seeing Maria she smiled and her face brightened she asked are you coming from down below? She asked what’s your name? Maria in the meanwhile had calmed down and tried to look normal the story was real she replied I am Maria and yes I stay down on the earth the world was very enchanted the story was existed in the real life of Himalayas but who are you? and why do you look so worried? the fairy replied I’m Glazy a fairy princess we stay in the fairyland here in the clouds there is no water in fairyland so once a year on bonfire night we climb down the tree to get water from the pond below Maria was listening in disbelief and said I see that is the reason why the atmosphere of the pond becomes heavenly on bonfire night the fairy again became sad and said the story was a true fairy tale now this bonfire I too had gone along with the other fairies and with my pet fireworks but he seemed to have liked the red fireworks so much that he did not notice us return while we all came back he was left behind the story was very beautiful the land was very flat the story was very long the magic was very strong now I cannot go down until the next bonfire night the world was very enchanting I am worried about them the magic was very beautiful the story was very good they are too loud to go up into the sky the world was very cold Maria beamed at her and said cheerfully the magic was very powerful are they all very loud? oh yes have you seen them going off into the sky by any chance? the story was nearly finished Glazy asked promptly Maria said hey relax he is at my place the magic goes around the valley very quickly they is safe and sound the light was very bright I can bring them to you the story was nearly told the fairies were very tired Glazy was all thanks for her and said you are such a kind and helpful person the magic was very strong the light was very lovely can I be of any help to you? Maria asked hesitatingly the story was very long do you have any information about my mother who went missing from the pond last year the land was very flat Glazy replied your mother must have come for the berries and these berries have a magical power to keep themselves at a distance from anyone who wants to pluck them one can pluck them only after reaching the top your mother too must have reached the top in such an attempt and must have entered the fairyland why don’t you come with me to the fairyland and we can search for her together Glazy holding her hands moved swiftly over the clouds very soon they reached the gates of fairyland Maria said I didn’t know that fairyland was so near to our planet the world was very magical the fairies were there Glazy replied no the fairyland is several light years away from planet earth the story was very long it is just that the tree in the pond provides a time travel path between the two worlds the fairies were there the gate was a huge rainbow which seemed transparent and easily penetrate but as Maria tried to enter it gently pushed her back making it impossible for her to enter the world was very cold however hard she tried Glazy explained to Maria that no one can enter the rainbow gates without answering a question the rainbow gates then asked to Glazy the magic was very powerful the story was very good the land was very quiet do you promise to be an honest person inside the gate? and remember if you break your promise you will be punished severely the magic was very strong Glazy replied I promise to be so the story was very interesting the gate then said I welcome you princess Glazy and she was let in the gate was very beautiful it was Maria’s turn next the light was very colourful the gate asked The gate outsider please tell me your name do you promise to be an honest person inside this gate? and remember if you break your promise you will be punished severely Maria replied I am Maria I promise to be so the gate said I welcome you Maria and she too was let inside the world was amazingly colourful and cheerful there was no ground underneath but white shiny clouds she found it very difficult to walk the trees were lush green and laden with juicy fruits the fairy clowns sitting on the branches were helping everyone to pluck the fruits the fairyland was very busy they were setting up the bonfire night little fairy kids were playing in the park the story was very nice there were infant fairies too who were learning to flap their wings to fly the story was true the land was very noisy Maria was simply awestruck with the view around Glazy introduced her to the other fairies and they were all so glad to meet someone from earth all of them felt for her mother but no one had seen her she was finding it extremely difficult to walk over clouds because one was supposed to float and not walk over the clouds the story was a new fairy tale for the future Glazy said don’t worry the land was very still the fairies were very friendly the story was very serious you will be guided in this regard but since you are an outsider you will have to pass through some tests and only then you can proceed to the palace the fireworks were very loud in the sky the sky was very dark a golden chariot driven by flying horses was waiting there for Glazy said see you at the palace she waved to Maria and flew away the magic was very strong the land was very lovely the story was very long as Maria stood there wondering where she was supposed to go and what was she supposed to do she heard someone calling her a huge bubble tree was talking to her it said hello Maria you are welcome you are our special guest and it pasted three magic bubbles on her for balancing one on each shoulder and one under her feet the story was still true the bubble tree continued the light was very dark the power was very strong these bubble will help you move here your goodness will keep them intact and bad behaviour will destroy them always remember your promise at the entrance the story was very long have a nice stay thanking the tree Maria moved ahead now she could easily float over the clouds like others moving ahead she met a flying horse it said to Maria hello dear I have a thorn in my toe can you help me remove it? the story was very close to the end Maria readily helped the horse the land was very quiet the wind was very loud the trees were blowing in the wind her balance bubbles became stronger the horse said ride on me and I’ll take you to the next destination she sat on the horse which flew away swiftly the horse then stopped near a silver pond there was banyan tree near the pond and an old parrot with long and shiny multicoloured feathers sat on a branch of the tree the parrot said hello Maria I am too old to crack these nuts can you help me to eat them? Maria happily cracked the nuts and fed the seeds to the parrot the parrot smiled the story was very long the dream was alive now her balance bubbles became even stronger parrot said the story was a little fairy tale you are a nice person the word was very magical take two dips in the pond the world was very magical the land was very pretty she obeyed and went to the pond as she took the first dip her skin became as clear and glowing as the moon as she took the second dip the story was very gorgeous the light was very bright she was adorned with beautiful clothes and jewellery she was looking like a princess she thanked the parrot the parrot said it is just what you deserved the glow was very powerful the horse said ride on me and I will take you to the palace the kingdom was very special it then her up to the palace the palace was crafted with giant rubies and diamonds and it shone brilliantly over the white background the fireworks went off into the sky it made a loud noise now as she entered the palace the story was very real she found Glazy waiting for her the palace was a magnificent masterpiece of gold silver and all types of precious gems and stones the king and the queen were glad to meet her the land was very sweet Maria had a royal feast with. the royal family the magic was very powerful have this special cake I bet you must have never tasted such a delicious cake ever before said Glazy passing the cake towards her the cake was very magical the story was very interesting Maria jumped for joy the light was very bright it was the same flower cake that her used to make at home this is by my mother the land was very dazzling I’m sure about it that means she is somewhere around they all rushed to the royal kitchen and Maria found her mother sitting near the fire she ran into her arms mother and daughter hugged each other tight with tears of joy rolling down their cheeks Glazy too couldn’t hold her tears back Maria’s mother narrated the entire episode of the fairyland and then her helplessness to go back she said that fateful night I could not find food anywhere so I dared to climb the tree to pluck the celestial fruits but however hard I tried to reach my hands to them they seem to be a little away ever time and so I climbed here in the fairyland I was overjoyed to see the fruits laden trees here I was fortunate to pass the strangers test and was hurriedly moving with the help of bubbles I began collecting fruits when I had collected enough and my bag was overloaded I decided to leave but then I noticed a young fairy with injured wings due to the injury she was unable move I felt very bad for her and I gave her my bubbles for the time being when she is fine she will return my bubbles so I have been waiting here since last few days few days? Mamma you are here since last one year we were so worried about you said Maria while her mother looked at her in astonishment the king then explained that one day in fairyland is equivalent to several days on earth just then the fairy who had borrowed the bubbles from her mother came to them she was fine now and no more needed the balancing bubbles she returned them and was all thanks and praises for her generosity the king and the queen too were touched by her kindness the mother and daughter were given precious fireworks by the king as a gesture of love and thanks before leaving Glazy promised to meet her at the pond next bonfire night the fairy mother requested them not to let the secret of fairies coming to earth on bonfire night be disclosed to anyone they promised her so and waving hand at them they promised her so and waving hand at them began to descend they could swiftly float down to earth because of their balancing bubbles as soon as they touched the earth’s surface the bubbles gently vanished on their own Maria now lived comfortably with her mother and brother they had sufficient money and they did not go to the landlord’s house anymore her mother had made cakes for a living Maria and brother wore dresses better than Finnie and her sisters but this did not change her nature she was as kind and generous as ever she would never refuse anyone who came to her doorstep asking help this made Finnie and her sisters more Jealous and suspicious Finnie asked her youngest Sana to be friends with Maria and try to find out the secret of her prosperity Sana once stayed back at Maria’s house she was amazed to see the amount of wealth she had and how generously she helped everyone she saw her preparing gifts for some special friends which she would be gifting them on bonfire night she also saw the unusual snow white cake in her garden when Sana came back home she told everything to her sisters they found something fishy and decided to find the truth on bonfire night all the nine sisters quietly followed Maria Maria was carrying the reindeer in her arms and was going towards the valley. Finnie and her sisters were scared and hesitated to follow her any further but eventually their greed overpowered their fear and they started to follow her to the valley on reaching the pond they were simply stunned to see the heavenly sight the pond and its surrounding area were glowing in the dark due to the presence of fairies The p they understood that Maria got all the wealth from these fairies and made a cunning plan while the fairies were playing and relaxing near the pond all of them quickly slid and hid themselves in their beautifully decorated silver pots after some Glazy and other fairies bid goodbye to Maria and flew away with their pots Glazy was carrying her fireworks sat the fairyland entrance the rainbow gates asked do you promise to be the honest person inside this gate and remember if you break your promise you will be punished severely Finnie and her sisters sitting inside the pots could hear the I promise to be so they saw all the fairies giving the answer and entering the gate one after another when all the fairies moved in the pots queued behind them started floating inside one after the other all the pots except the nine pots were allowed inside without having to answer any question these nine pots had Finnie and her sisters hiding inside them they got lined up outside the rainbow gates the rainbow gate asked outsider please tell me your name do you promise to be honest person inside this gate? and remember if you break your promise you will be punished severely the sisters decided to hide their identity and instead said only the initial letter of their names Finnie said from inside the pot I am F and I promise to be the gates said I welcome you F and the pot with Finnie in it was allowed inside one by one all the sisters said their initials letters instead of their name and made the promise so they all were welcomed and their pots floated through the rainbow one behind the other so inside the fairyland they were to be called by the first letter of their names once they entered they came out once they entered they came out of the pots and were simply awestruck to see the beauty all around they couldn’t walk properly but they didn’t mind as they were looking around for wealth as they passed by the bubble tree it said hello fireflies and s you all are welcome! you are our special guests and pasted three magic bubbles on each of them for balancing one each shoulder and one under the feet the bubble tree continued your goodness will keep them intact and bad behaviour will destroy them remember your promise at the entrance always have a nice stay they all gave it a frown look for sticking the bubbles on them and grumbling at they moved ahead but they were surprised as now they could easily float over the clouds moving ahead they met the flying horse it said to them hello firefly and s I have a thorn in my toe can you help remove it? they shouted angrily why should we waste our time on you get out of the way as they yelled one of their burst making it difficult to balance but they somehow managed to move ahead and began searching for wealth around when they reached the silver pond the old parrot said hello firefly and S I am too old to crack these nuts. can you help me? they yelled again you old parrot why should we even bother to help you? we are here to get the wealth don’t wate our precious time no sooner did say this the balance bubbles on their other shoulder also burst this made their moving over the clouds very difficult the parrot smiled and said take two dips in this pond they went to the pond as they took the first dip their skin became as clear and shining as the moon then they took the second dip and found themselves adorned with beautiful clothes and jewellery their greed was not satisfied at this they thought that the third dip might give them the wings like the fairies and they took the third dip but this proved to be a horrible mistake the third dip had enormous amount of power and was meat for the fairies they could not bear the intense power of the third dip they did get the wings but got themselves burned into black moths with a burning fire on their backs but got burned into black moths with a burning fire on their backs because they did not obey the instructions the last balance bubble on their feet too burst unbalancing them completely they began to fall down towards the earth fluttering their tiny wing they reached the earth’s surface since then they roam throughout the earth and are called fireflies Since then they come out in night and hover over water bodies to get some relief from their burning back on bonfire nights they desperately search for the fairies near water sources ever since then they have been in search of fairies they wish and hope that the fairies forgive them someday and free them from this curse but alas the fairies do not come to earth for filling their pots anymore they have stopped coming down to earth as their secret of visiting the earth on bonfire night is out the story end

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