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Fairy Debt

YA Fantasy Short in Short Story

“I knew it would all end in tears the moment I saw the hat.”

In this short comedic fairy tale New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger doles out tea saturated prose and food driven biting wit suitable for a younger audience.

Cups is a fairy with a problem. She can’t grow wings because she under a death promise to a local king. So she takes service at the castle as the Least Jester hoping to earn her wings, learning a great deal about cupcakes, tea daemons, and Earth dragons along the way.

(Quick read: 5000 words ~ 10 pages.)

First published in Sword & Sorceress 22 (2007), reprint in Funny Fantasy (2016).

Check out this story’s Pinterest board for Gail’s visual inspiration.