THE TRUE FRIEND OF FAIRY FARNDALE
Fairy Farndale has a special friend, not far from
Someone said this might be a little girl who lives in a
Semi-D with a long garden that reaches way down into
The fairy world likes to be hidden away. Fairy Farndale
and the little girl are true friends and respect this. They
meet at the end of the long garden, well away from
They have a special cover-story. If the little girl is
discovered talking with her fairy friend, then she will
just pretend she has an imaginary friend. Well this is
nearly true. The fairy isn’t imaginary at all but
grownups can’t see her. So their secret is safe.
However, one day they were discovered and it was not
by people. Much worse, it was the Fairy Empress
She had heard it all from her two favourite Fairies in
Waiting, the ones who spy on the other fairies.
This was an important time for the Fairy Empress
Dowager. All the fairies were waiting for the return of
the Fairy King. What she wanted most was to show the
whole of the fairy world that she could rule on her own
without the Fairy King.
The Fairy Empress Dowager called a fairy trial because
Fairy Farndale had been speaking with the little girl.
Some of the fairies said privately that this was unkind
and going too far. But the Fairy Empress Dowager was
not to be argued with.
Fairy Farndale carefully prepared her case. She would
explain how she and the little girl has their plan to keep
their secret safe.
The Fairy Empress Dowager had other ideas. When
Fairy Farndale asked permission to tell her story, the
Fairy Empress Dowager just said no.
Many of those said quietly that this was a terrible way
to treat a fairy. As usual, the Fairy Empress Dowager
was not to be argued with.
Fairy Farndale was told she must never see her friend
The little fairy wiped off a little tear as she couldn't
bear the thought of leaving her friend without saying
goodbye. So later when no one was looking, she
slipped away to make one last visit to the long garden
that reaches way down into the rainforest.
Just as they were saying goodbye there was a
wonderful whoosh of sound and a sparkle of tiny lights
in the air.
Fairy Farndale whispered to her little friend, "This is
terrible. I've been caught again. I don't know what to
do. It's the Fairy Empress Dowager and her two
favourite Fairies in Waiting."
The Fairy Empress Dowager made a very grand
gesture with one hand as she said, "So, we've caught
you with your little friend."
But it was the little girl, not Fairy Farndale, who
replied. "There's no one else here. I was just talking
with my imaginary friend. Mother says I shouldn't and
father just makes fun of me. I can't see anything over
there but I can see the three of you very clearly." She
reached for her iPhone.
"There's no point in phoning, no one will believe her,"
said the Fairy Empress Dowager. She did this with a
knowing smile and a giggle that sounded silly in
someone of her age. She is already over four hundred
"Oh no, I'm not calling anyone," said the little girl.
"But I've taken some good pictures of you with the
camera in my phone. I think the nice people at Borneo
Post might like photos of fairies."
The Fairy Empress Dowager and her attendants left
very quickly. Fairy Farndale stayed. She said, "Please
don't show the photographs to all people in your
"It's all right," said the little girl. "We're friends. I didn't
switch on the camera app. But did you see the looks on
And they laughed, and laughed, and laughed.
The True Friend of Fairy Farndale
was published in
The Fantasy Gazetteer, Issue 6,