A Fairytale with a Very Bad End
When Mia of the Ferns became romantically involved with Colin of the Cacti eyebrows were raised, and the gossip and rumours ran rampant through the fairy world.
The Ferns were soft, delicate folk who kept to themselves and who were for the most part hidden from sight. The Cacti, on the other hand, were a sharp and spikey lot of fairies more often argumentative and outspoken believing they were superior to most of the other fairy groups.
Mia’s parents were beside themselves with worry over their daughter’s dalliances with Colin who as they explained to Mia was a nice enough fellow but a Cacti fairy and no good could possibly come from any union between the two.
Colin’s parents were equally worried telling their son they held little hope of anything resulting from the relationship as the fern Fairies were a weak and indecisive group and in a skirmish, they didn’t like her chances of standing up for herself.
The Cacti fairies were known for picking fights, it was in their DNA, they were happy arguing, fighting and picking a fight at every opportunity. They liked to throw their weight around, or it might be said to stick it to you at every chance they got.
But Mia and Colin saw things different. Colin found Mia the most beautiful fairy he’d ever met, and Mia saw Colin as a handsome fey who said what he felt and despite his innate prickly personality treated her with great respect.
However, one day Colin found himself in a terrible situation. His family intervened and decided he should marry Clara Spikey of the distant Candelabra cacti a tall sharp-witted and demanding fairy. Clara had long seen Colin as a potential partner, they were seen as a very compatible pair, and there was an air of instant excitement among the Cacti fairies when the wedding plans were announced.
Mia was devastated when she heard Colin’s news. She cried a flood of tears and despite pleas to Colin to stop the wedding he was powerless as the Cacti Fairies were very strict about who could marry who.
Mia spent many a night alone looking out across the gardens to the distant Cacti world wondering if Colin was thinking of her or was she slowly being forgotten.
She grew more and more depressed such that on one occasion she was found climbing the giant tree fern threatening to throw herself off. Her mother rescued her and reminded her once again that there were plenty of eligible fairies among the ferns.
But it took many years before Mia looked at another fairy.