The Fairy with the Blue Wings


   Claire turned into a tiger fairy and roared. The other fairies screeched and lashed at her with their claws. The fearful little man was not at all happy about the ruckus. He put his hand over his mouth and shook his head. Claire and the other fairies rushed away with the wind.

The Dark Man

   After screeching and roaring through the air for many minutes, Claire spied movement far below, and she spiraled down to the ground as the other fairies flew along with the wind. She found people milling around aimlessly. Each one seemed blanketed by darkness.
   Claire flew up to a man and asked him, "Why does everyone here seem so sad?"
   "We are far from our home."
   "I'm so sorry," Claire said. "Can I help you?"
   "We don't remember our home," he muttered.
   "Maybe if we search together, we can find it! Follow me! I know it won't take long!"
   "I don't have wings like you do," he groaned.
   Suddenly Claire felt very sad. She patted the man on the arm.
   "I will search for your home," she shouted as she was rising high into the air.

The Sphinx among the Stars

   Claire was no longer a tiger fairy and suddenly couldn't remember how to get home. She flew around frantically, hoping to find the other fairies, and she noticed a man, all by himself, sitting on the ground. He had the hind legs of a lion, the tail of a bull and the wings of a bird. He was sitting with his eyes closed.
   “Can you help me find my way home?” Claire inquired.
   “No,” he replied. “I don't think so.”
   “Is something the matter?” Claire inquired.
   “No,” he replied. “I was just thinking of a star.”
   “Oh, how wonderful! Can I think of a star with you?” Claire asked.
   “Of course, but in a little while I'm going to fly high into the sky. I was hoping to bring a star back with me.”
   “I'll go with you,” Claire nodded.
   “You can if you like,” he replied. "But I can't help you if you fall!" He leaped into the air and flew high and even higher. Claire could hardly even keep up. Finally he hovered near a star and reached for it, unable to touch it. Claire watched for a moment, then became dizzy. She sailed back toward earth.
   “Goodbye!” she shouted.

Toad in the Flowers

   After she returned to earth, Claire searched for the fairies and discovered a toad squatting in the flowers. Whenever it croaked, a golden cross floated out of its mouth.
   “Can you help me?” Claire implored. “I seem to be lost!”
   “You are where you are,” it croaked, and another golden cross floated out of its mouth.
   “But what am I to do?”
   “You are a being, not a doing!” the toad croaked. “I can't help you if you don't know that!”
   “But I need to be home!” Claire exclaimed.
   “Home? Of course you're home. Where else would you be?”
   “You are no help at all,” Claire wailed.
   “You can kiss me if that will help,” the toad croaked.
   Claire frowned and stepped back. She flitted away, glimpsing a flock of butterflies far off in the distance.

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