Microfiction: Her Teeth

She was weak when she signed it. She didn’t know if they could

kill her, and they didn’t know whether she could die. It was

put together as hastily as they could, and, looking back,

flawed as a result. Nobody could have known the consequences

then; they had had the upper hand for a moment, and they did

what they thought was best. The pact was signed willingly by

all parties.


The tributes started small, and her reciprocity was seen as

goodwill– rewards seen as marking one aspect of the journey to

adulthood. A coin, a toy, a banknote… trifles to an adult,

but to a child? Magical. Enticing. A tale of wonder to relate

to friends. But then they do it, too. After all… when they

fall out, what do you do with them? Where’s the harm in a

little trade? Fairies are all sweetness and magic, aren’t they?


There are none alive who remember her reign, and and she is

content with the long game… for now. A few more generations

and nobody will remember the slightest scrap of her story. Her

long memory, and the carelessness of the keepers of tales have

served her well: no text survives with the accounts of the

witnesses, nor the illuminations which required such a great

deal of red ink, and drawn with shaking, fearful hands.

Drawings of mouths, wrenched open… and empty. She was far

less subtle then, and could afford to be.


Of course, she can’t use them all. Many are unsuitable, and

most lack roots. Some are rotted to the center, or are filled

with noxious metal. And they’re all smaller, now. But soon,

she’ll have enough. A new generation will will wake to find

that wicked, wide smile before them… and will learn that

fairy tales rarely have happy endings.



Filed under Fiction, Writing

8 responses to “Microfiction: Her Teeth

  1. If you read the old ones… that’s certainly true….

  2. Rob

    I like it – kind of reminds me of the opening to H.G. Wells The war of the worlds in a way. I know its just a micro-story but I would have liked to have had a little insight on what the “fairy” was going to do with these teeth that was going to be so terrible. But nice work.


  3. Would you say this i more of a poem or a short story?

  4. Good tale for the tax season.

  5. I like that you left it to the imagination of the reader what gruesome plan she has for her collection

    • Thanks! In a short format like this, I really think it’s best to have faith in the reader’s imagination and let them supply some interpretation. I was hoping to evoke a feeling feeling of dread, and put a creepy spin on a “safe” character everyone knows about.

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