Trading in Food

Elthea was a widow of ten years. Alone with no one to give her love to, she put it all into her cooking. She’d just finished baking Shepherd’s Pie when she encountered the faerie. She offered her pie to him. In return, he offered blackberries grown with faerie magic. Both wondered at the amazing flavor of the shared food. Soon they arrived at an agreement.

Ellsbeth discovered a bustling faerie village beside an ancient home made of mud bricks and grass roof. The pudgy faerie emerging from a faerie hut was just as surprised as Ellsbeth. Moments later, MapleShanks began explaining the whole story.

Elthea emerged, Shepherd’s Pie in hand. “Who be ye, tax lady? I’ve no gold for King George!”

“I’ve got this, Elthea,” soothed MapleShanks, accepting the pie.

When she’d retreated back to her cooking, Ellsbeth said, “King George? He’s long dead.”

“He was king when we first met her.”

“Then she’s over 250 years old! Does the faerie food stop her from aging?”

“No. We had to cast a spell. She’s immortal now.”

Had to? Is she a princess?”


“The key to powerful magicks?”

“No.” MapleShanks grinned sheepishly. “We couldn’t live without her Shepherd’s Pie!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

Shepherd’s Pie: “…(made with minced lamb or mutton) or cottage pie (made with minced beef) is a meat pie with a topping of mashed potato…”


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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19 Responses to Trading in Food

  1. Shepherds Pie is awesome if prepared right. Love the story!

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  2. prior.. says:

    hahah so fun
    and side note – have not had shepherd’s pie sine early 90s – and would love some – nobody seems to make it anymore around my faerie village


  3. James says:

    Them’s good eatin’.

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  4. Lyn says:

    Love shepherd’s pie! With perhaps a little jug of gravy on the side 🙂

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  5. I make it often always being sure to get the finest minced lamb.! I have to shooh the greedy faeries away!

    Click to read my story

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  6. Ha ha ha ha. The way to a faerie’s heart too then is through his stomach 🙂

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  8. Great story, Eric. The Shepherd’s Pie looks delicious. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  9. My kids tell me I make a mean shepherd’s pie. Maybe I’m immortal too lol. Good story Eric, and thanks for the photo

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