© Dawn M. Miller
“Be careful not to spill, Daddy.”
Jacob gently placed a full teacup on each of the three poles at his five-year-old daughter Emily’s direction.
“Thank you, Daddy.” She ran up to him and hugged him. “I love you.”
Jacob bent down to hug her. “I love you too, Sweetheart.”
He stood, took Emily’s hand, and together they admired his work. “Do you really think the fairies will come for your tea party tonight?”
“They’re really shy, Daddy. We can’t be around or they won’t come.”
“Then how do you know…?”
“The tea will be gone, silly Daddy. They’ll leave flowers in the cups to say ‘Thank you.'”
“Okay. We’d better get going.”
They walked across the field back toward home. Jacob planned to fulfill her fantasy later that night.
It was after nine before he could get away. Halfway out to where he’d set the cups, he saw fireflies fluttering around them, but they were so big. After they left, he walked to the cups. In place of the tea, each one contained an arrangement of wildflowers.
Jacob looked at the flowers in his hand and set them on the ground. Even fairies knew not to disappoint a little girl.
I wrote this for the Sunday Photo Fiction Challenge for August 27th 2017. The idea is to use the image above as an inspiration for crafting a piece of flash fiction no more than 200 words long. My word count is exactly 200.
I had a tough time with this one mainly because I don’t think the ending comes as much of a surprise. Still, I wanted to write something family-oriented and uplifting.
To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.