Round in circles

This is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales, a photo by Emiel Molenaar and a story to tell in three lines. Have a go. It’s fun.



They’d done it again, he fumed—fairy folk or not they were bad news and it meant another sweep of the harvester before the self-styled pagans arrived to take more photos.

Every summer it was the same, convoluted patterns appearing in the hay and the wheat fields—crop circles they called them, and the eejits with their long scraggy beards told him not to touch them, or the spirits would be angry.

He had lost patience, and at the winter solstice, when the real powers wakened to create the new year, he would cast the enchantment to draw the pathetic, artistic, circle-obsessed fairies into the rising sun and fry the little bastards once and for all.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

18 thoughts on “Round in circles”

  1. Haha! Lovely. That’s when the real magic is supposed to happen – the Winter Solstice. Which makes absolute sense to me – as an ancient person you really want to make sure those days get longer again. Like the idea of frying fairies too – troublemaking little buggers 🙂

    1. Glad you liked it. You’re right about the most magical time of year, when the days start to get longer. And in the hierarchy of supernatural beings, crop fairies are probably pretty low.

    1. I think if you believe in magic, or if you can make magic, or you’re part of a world where magic is real, you wouldn’t have any time for useless cheap tricks.

  2. I love this, and now I must advocate on behalf of the crop fairies.Perhaps the fairies and the farmer can come to an arrangement and limit where the art is produced. They can charge the New Agers a viewing fee! Fairy cottage industry to help keep small farming viable.

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