Bring Me the Moon

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Caitrin Lenartz

 Once upon a time, an odd young girl caught the phooka.  He came upon her in disguise as she was building a ring of small stones and mocked her when she told him it was a magical ring she would use to catch a faerie.  Undeterred, the girl finished her ring just in time as her mother called her in for the evening.  With a wry snort, the phooka stepped into the ring, intending to kick the stones away.  Only he found he could not budge them, nor could he leave the ring.  The girl returned the next day to find the ensnared phooka damp, cold and very disagreeable.  Though mildly disappointed at the manner of faerie she'd caught, the girl nonetheless took quick advantage and in exchange for the faerie's freedom, made him promise not to prey on good people.  The phooka rolled his yellow eyes at her naive demand, but agreed, seeing he had no choice.  Before letting him go, the girl, irritated that he had no name other than "the phooka", called him Midnight for his sleek black coat and so unwittingly gave him both the complicated protection and vulnerability that was a name in the faerie world.Midnight kept his promise, though his judgement was sometimes slightly skewed from a human standpoint and for years, continued to visit the girl, drawn to the person who had the power to capture and name him.  While they were generally friendly, soon the phooka became protective and jealous of the young lady and eventually began to coax her to come away with him.  Quickly tired of the amorous faerie's less-than-romantic attempts, the girl made another demand of him before she would agree to go with him:  "Bring me the moon."    This tried and true method for being rid of unwanted faerie admirers would usually turn a suitor away in dejection.  But the phooka only snorted and replied: "Well alright."  And he was gone.For twenty years, the woman did not see him.  She married a man from her town and started a family, assuming she had rid herself of her faerie problem for good.  But when twenty years had passed, a spring day brought a familiar visitor to their house.  Ignoring the incensed questioning of the woman's husband, he presented her with a perfectly spherical jewel, pale and luminescent with a travelling glow that waxed and waned...

Published More than a year ago

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