The Tiny Savior – Sunday Photo Fiction

Photo by: Alastair Forbes

The Tiny Savior

Marcus didn’t believe in old lore as much as his wife. Even so, he didn’t mind making the occasional run to the alternative medicine shop. It was interesting with all its curious oddments. While he browsed, his 9-year old, Kevin, chatted with the shopkeeper.

“They were fighting,” Kevin said with glee. “The new hood ornament pushed the original until it fell off! Then it took the old one’s place.”

Marcus returned to the counter and snatched Kevin up. “Sorry about that,” said Marcus. “He has a vivid imagination.”

“Not at all!” said the shopkeeper. “Young Kevin is describing a Pinya’lefell.”

“A what?”

“A Hood Faerie.”

“Never heard of it.”

“Obviously, they only emerged with the advent of cars, so there’s nothing about them in the old lore. They’re real enough though.”

“Uh huh,” grimaced Marcus.

“They’re energized by the flow of the wind at high speed,” enthused the shopkeeper. He placed some honeysuckle atop their packets of yew bark and sage. “If your Pinya’lefell ever looks tired just rub some of that on it, and it will feel better.”

By now, Marcus had had enough, and he paid up.

About halfway home as they neared the narrow Huntbury’s Bridge, a car coming the other direction took up most of the lane. Marcus was forced to swerve. The other car passed as Marcus struggled to return to the narrow road. Tires squealed as the unmaneuverable Rolls skidded onto Huntbury’s Bridge, out of control. The rear end crashed through the guard rail and stunned them both. When Marcus recovered his senses, the car teetered on the bridge, half on, half off. The creek, 60-feet below, gaped as if anticipating their deadly fall.

Marcus gunned the engine, but got nowhere since the drive wheels hung in the air. Kevin began screaming and Marcus tried to shush him. But when Kevin pointed vehemently, Marcus realized why the boy shouted.

The little hood ornament had come to life! It strained, leaning forward as its wings frantically beat the air. Marcus couldn’t imagine such a tiny creature affecting anything, but incredibly, its efforts paid off. The huge car shifted forward fractionally. It wasn’t much, but it got the wheels back on the surface of the bridge. Marcus gunned the engine again and the car leaped forward, back to safety on the bridge.

Marcus ran to the front and found the Hood Faerie collapsed on its side. It was panting and looked near death. Marcus ran back and collected the honeysuckle. Gently, he rubbed the flower all over the tiny creature. After a few moments its breathing settled and it gave Marcus a tired smile. It would recover.

As they drove home, the wind invigorated the tiny Pinya’lefell. Soon it stood up again and spread its wings.

Kevin said, “Still think the medicine guy is crazy?”


Kevin smirked, “Still think I have a vivid imagination?”


Kevin scowled.

Marcus smiled at him. “And do me a favor. Don’t ever lose it!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Look here to see what others wrote in answer to the photo prompt above:

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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26 Responses to The Tiny Savior – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Neat story! One thing I miss in modern cars is the hood ornament. I suppose modern safety regs prevent them. But they were true art! My father owned a Jaguar that had one in the 1950s.

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  2. I loved this story! Great imagination! (You and Kevin). I am so glad they had the honeysuckle for the little fella.

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  3. Lyn says:

    That sound you might have just heard was me sighing with satisfaction at 6:00am. Loved this story, Eric. Kevin isn’t the only one with a vivid imagination and, like Kevin’s dad, I hope you never lose it 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hey! Good to see you again, Lyn! Are you back with a new computer? I hope so. I’m glad you started your day with satisfaction. And yeah, I plan to hold on to this crazy imagination as long as I possibly can! Thanks so much, Lyn. 🙂


  4. Donna says:

    What a great story I enjoyed reading it.

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  5. Francesca Smith says:

    Such an imagination you have!
    Very creative, and I do miss the ornaments on cars. Jaguar and Mercedes are iconic too.

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  6. phylor says:

    The family might consider planting honeysuckle vines all around the driveway and garage. Glad there are two people with vivid imaginations.

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  7. Great story about faerie, wished the car mascots could pull cars out of near fatal collisions. Useful to have.

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  8. Al says:

    Fantastic 🙂 I will never look at those ornaments in the same light again

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  9. Al says:

    One slight issue that made me stumble as I read it. “The read end …”

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  10. Danny James says:

    Wish my Camry had a Hood Faerie!


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  11. i b arora says:

    great story, i like it. wish something could happen like it in real life

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