Foolish Faerie Tales – Sunday Photo Fiction

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. A story about dodgy power bills begins after the photo.

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Humor

Photo by Alastair Forbes

Foolish Faerie Tales

Old man MacCallum found Holcomb fishing at the creek. “Mail’s in. Power bills are out.”

Holcomb hauled in a perch. “Thanks awfully, MacCallum.”

“Don’t thank me. It’s a bloomin’ bill,” growled MacCallum. He consulted his bill. “God in heaven! They’ll put me in the poorhouse yet.”

“Awful isn’t it? I’ve been thinking about installing a hydro turbine. I could make my own power and dodge these dodgy bills.”

“Don’t listen to that Greenie propaganda. The creek’s too shallow.”

Holcomb hauled in another perch. “The Gorlov turbines only need a meter to operate, and there’s three meters here.”

“Foolish faerie tales! It’ll never work. You might as well tell me that Naiads are herding the fish onto your hook.”

“The fish really are biting,” Holcomb noted.

“Ridiculous. No such thing as Naiads. By the way, what’s your bill like?”

Holcomb opened the envelope. He owed nothing. He didn’t have the heart to tell MacCallum the turbine was already installed. “About what you’d expect.”

MacCallum sighed. “Well, I’m off.”  He clapped Holcomb on the shoulder. “Don’t let the Naiads bite!”

As MacCallum walked away, the face of a beautiful young woman with vibrant green hair emerged from the water. She smiled and trilled sweetly.

Holcomb rolled his eyes. “Oh don’t worry about him. He’s just uninformed. By the way, thanks for herding the fish!”

The Gorlov Helical Turbine:
More info about Naiads:

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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12 Responses to Foolish Faerie Tales – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Al says:

    Fantastic. I love this


  2. Lyn says:

    That was good (sighs in satisfaction). You done good, Eric 🙂


  3. suejansons says:

    Cute little story! Love it!


  4. draliman says:

    Ha, that was great! A little belief goes a long way – cuts your bills and gets you your dinner!


    • EagleAye says:

      Exactly. It seems like a win-win situation. I’d like to go fishing in that guy’s stream. I’d like to have his power bills too. Thanks much, and thanks for reading. 🙂


  5. helenmidgley says:

    That was a great story, well done 🙂


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