You have returned. As I knew you would. Dragging yourself through the forest to my secret place...
So begins The Hollow Place, a one-page story based on artwork by Jessica Walsh which, in turn, is based on the word "Ciste" (meaning Burial chamber or coffin made of stone or hollowed out tree)
This story is one of several of my contributions to the Subverted Fairy Project (https://subvertedfairy.com)
Tired of the same old fairies? You know, the ones with butterfly wings who sit on toad stools staring wistfully at something in the distance. The ephemeral sprites of pop culture who flit about giggling and maybe get into a bit of good natured mischief. Have you had enough pixie dust, but you still feel an inexplicable, primal sensation when walking through an autumnal forest, sitting by a gurgling stream, or staring at the intricate bark of a tree? If so, The Subverted Fairy Project has what you’re looking for. We start with a colloquial word about nature to give our fairies a name. An artist renders that fairy any way they see fit. A writer then writes the fairy’s story, as a poem or piece of flash fiction. Our fairies are unbound by tradition. Unbound by expectation. Rooted in nature and made alive by organic collaboration, these are the fairies you’ve been seeking. Fairies like you’ve never imagined them.