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Where the Fairies Go

Once upon a time in a far away land…Fairies and Unicorns used to live without fear and without enemies.  It was in a time when things seemed slower, the land seemed softer and the wind smelled sweeter.  Things were always blossoming and in full bloom year round, without harsh winters to turn the ground brown.  Birds always sang, and crickets always played their evening instruments under firefly spotlights.  This story is about one particular fairy. 

A fairy that was so beautiful and so enchanting, even the fairest maidens in the lands could not compare.  It was more than just her perfect skin and her perfect lips.  It was more than her long blond hair that fell into soft curls down her back.  It was her kindness and her  innocent spirit that enlightened the forest and kept the trees in sway and the bees in hum.  For Willow, she seemed to kiss every creature she met and feed every part of the forest that she touched.  

Willow had only one secret.  One secret that has never been whispered to the human world.  For once known, she knew the humans would try to capture it and all would be lost.  Including Willow.  For as long as he roamed the forest with her, she would remain safe and the forest would continue to grow.  Without her secret, she and the forest would be lost forever.  

And now, she feared the worst.  She feared that the humans had finally learned about her secret.  She feared that the humans had finally learned about something she had kept secret for 200 years.  The last unicorn.  

Willow led her dear friend down the forest path and took him to her forest knoll.   This spot was lush with toadstools and pixie pears, berries and honey cakes.  Perfect for keeping her unicorn happy with plenty of food to eat and safe from the human world.

While preparing a delicious feast over the fire, 

Willow glanced around and realized, in her hustle and bustle of preparing the foods, her beloved unicorn had vanished!  She called out over and over to him-hoping he would hear her.  

Willow spoke to the butterflies and asked if they had seen her unicorn .  

Minutes turned into months within a blink of an eye.  Willow sat saddened by her loss.  Without the unicorn, she, along with many of her forest friends would be gone forever.  Like so many species before her- extinct.  For you see, without the unicorn, magic would be lost forever.  And, without magic, fairies do not exist.  Fairies have fairy dust.  Fairy dust comes from the horn on a unicorn.  Without the unicorn and his magic horn, her fairy dust would be gone and all the magic with it.  

Finally, after 40 days of darkness, and as the forest began to dry up and wither, the sun finally broke through and with it, appeared her unicorn.   Willow was so happy to be reunited once again.  She immediately got busy preparing the forest once again to its full glory.   It seems that her unicorn did get trapped in the human world, but the love of a human child helped to set him free.   Willow prepared a magic fortress around the forest, and with it, sealed in the magic forever; only to exist in bedtime stories and folklore. 

Have you ever seen a unicorn?  If you have, you may have been kissed by a kind fairy.  A fairy named Willow.

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