I chased my dreams in the woods behind the house. I would run for hours amongst the trees.
My mother said, “I never should play with the fairies in the wood.”
When I asked her why, she said, “They drink.” Her voice was a stone.
“Like Daddy?” I asked.
“Like Daddy,” she said. Mother’s voice fell into dark water.
But all summer long, I chased my dreams in the woods behind the house. I would run for hours amongst the trees. Mother didn’t notice; she was too busy looking after Daddy.
Summer was almost over, and it seemed like my chance was gone. We had to move houses because there had been complaints. But on the last day I saw a gleam of light in the dark wood’s shadows.
I stalked the fairy so quietly. I know how to be very quiet. My teacher often said that I was the quietest girl in class.
In one swift movement I caught my fairy. He wriggled in my hand.
I wasn’t expecting a male fairy. In my head I’d imagined a beautiful girl fairy with fluttering wings and a gossamer gown.
“What do you want?” he asked.
“I’ve been looking for you for a long time. I want us to be friends,” I said. I was determined to make the best of things.