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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 is under a death promise to a local king. So she takes service at the castle as the Least Jester hoping to earn her adult wings, learning a great deal about cupcakes, tea daemons, and Earth dragons along the way.

Written for young adult and middle grade readers, this story is actually for anyone who wants a slice of sweet whimsey wrapped up in values of friendship and acceptance.

This charming short story is full of fantasy and magic for children, and ideal for fans of Stephanie Burgis, Diana Wynne Jones, or The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye. If you liked it try Gail’s young adult Finishing School series or her full cast YA sci-fi audiobook, Crudrat.

This is a quick read at 5000 words (about 10 printed pages) available in print form in Sword & Sorceress 22 (2007), reprint in Funny Fantasy (2016).

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

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