The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

Another serious fairy tale. This one is inspired by the Kate Rusby album by the same name. Though the title conjures up a beautiful image there is no song about this girl, and I wanted to know about her. And so I wrote a story about her so I’d know. Hope you like it.

Once upon a time, in a kingdom so far away it has since been long forgotten, there was a girl who could not fly. All of the people of the kingdom had the most beautiful feathery wings like those of swans that allowed them to soar high into the clouds, but this girl had been born without them. She had always hoped that she would grow some as she grew older but, as she fast approached womanhood, she began to lose hope. The rest of the kingdom taunted and laughed at her and told her that she should leave, for she was not one of them. The girl had heard of lands far away where no one had any wings at all, but she was too scared to leave her homeland and travel the long and perilous journey on her own. And so she spent her days sitting atop the highest hill in the land, watching wistfully as the people glided and spun to and fro through the sky, casting shadows on the ground at her feet. She tried not to wish that she could join them and simply be content to watch them as they danced through the wind before her. But she couldn’t help but feel a little heartbroken every time she, after losing herself to their graceful flight, remembered that she would never be among them. Continue reading