Last week the baby finally arrived, but it looks like Mommy is in big trouble! Will she be okay? Let’s find out!
Take it away Shannon!
32- Shannon Christensen
If she followed Morana’s instructions to get help, Natalia might live and the boy might grow up healthy, wealthy, and destructive. This baby could destroy them all – fairies and humans, regardless of Janelle’s help.
She considered this. The boy could turn out to be like Marci, and could be helpful to Janelle’s people. Then again, maybe not. If he were more like Bethany, then all the risks and sacrifices made by Marci, by Sian, by Janosc, by herself and so many others would be futile.
She did not have to help. She should not have helped earlier by bringing Morana. Certainly, the humans would not have helped a fairy mother. She could simply leave Natalia and the boy in Morana’s care and let luck or fate have her way.
Natalia moaned again and Morana pleaded.
As a mother, Janelle sympathized with the compulsion to care for an infant. As Marci’s friend, Janelle sympathized with the potential loss of a family member. As the new queen of the fairies, however, she understood that her own feelings were nothing compared to her peoples’ needs. She had accepted this when she ate the leaf. She had not expected to have to act so quickly on this new prioritization.
Janelle sighed. She would do what was best for the many, and not only the few.
“But, you must!”
“No. I must not.” Janelle turned and flew away from the house for the last time.
Write a Story with Me is a group endeavor just for the fun of it. A different writer adds a new 250 words each week. It is the ultimate Flash Fiction Challenge!
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Part One – Jennifer M. Eaton
Part Two – J. Keller Ford
Part Three – Susan Roebuck
Part Four – Elin Gregory
Part Five – Eileen Snyder
Part Six – Mikaela Wire
Part Seven — Vanessa Chapman
Part Eight — Ravena Guron
Part Nine – Vikki Thompson
Part Ten — Susan Rocan mywithershins
Part Eleven — Kate Johnston AKA 4AMWriter
Part Twelve — Julie Catherine
Part Thirteen — Kai Damian
Part Fourteen — Richard Leonard
Part Fifteen — Sharon Manship
Part Sixteen – Shannon Blue Christensen
Part Seventeen — Bryn Jones
Part Eighteen — Jennifer M. Eaton
Part Nineteen — Shannon Burton
Part Twenty — J.Keller Ford
Part Twenty-One — Susan Roebuck
Part Twenty-Two — Elin Gregory
Part Twenty-Three — Aparnauteur
Part Twenty-Four — Vanessa Chapman
Part Twenty-Five — Ravena Guron
Part Twenty Six — Susan Rocan
Part Twenty Seven — Kate Johnson AKA 4AMWriter
Part Twenty Eight – Julie Catherine
Part Twenty Nine — Kai Damian
Part Thirty — Richard Leonard
Part Thirty-One — Sharon Manship
Part Thirty-Two — Shannon Christensen
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This is so good Shannon. Janelle has morphed into a proper queen so quickly. Nothing like a trial by fire to toughen her resolve and force her to make the tough choices. I am so looking forward to applying my spin on the tale soon.
Oh wow, what a stunning twist that was! Funny thing is that I understand both sides of that, and how difficult that decision had to have been …. you’ve presented a real complication here for the future of the relationship between Janelle and Marci, too. I’m impressed!
Oh, Shannon! Tough choice for Janelle, and probably not one I’d have made for her, but good plot twist. Well done! 🙂