The Fairy's Gift
by LynnCee Faulk
Marvin stopped his ax mid-swing at the sight of the young girl, stumbling through the woods. Her hair was tangled and her dress hung limp and dirty off her frail frame. She lifted her leg to step over a branch and nearly fell. Putting down his ax, Marvin rushed over to her.
“Madame?” he said. “Why are you alone in the woods? Are you ill?”
She wet her cracked lips before speaking.
“Good sir, my mother has beaten me and turned me out.” With every word, a precious gem fell from her lips to the ground. Marvin looked down to see rubies, emeralds, sapphires and the biggest diamond he had ever seen nestled in the grass. He bent to pick up the diamond and in the sunlight he saw the rough edges of the gem were tinged with blood. He looked back up at the girl to see her eyes flutter as she fainted to the ground.
He scooped up all the gems from the ground and pocketed them. He then rushed back to his stack of wood, cleared off the cart and wheeled it over to the girl. Pulling a length of rope from his pack, he tied her hands behind her back, careful not to wake her. He paused before lifting her onto the cart to stroke her matted hair back from her damp forehead.
“Dream sweet, dear. You can tell me all about it when you wake.”