Drabble: The Catcher and the Fey – by Amber K Bryant

by specklit

Jeremiah holds the cat while Ethan pries her gently from its jaws. He shakes his head as he notes the extent of the damage. Her wings are badly shredded and her neck is swollen where she’s been bit.

When finally her eyes open, Ethan is nearly overcome with relief. Even injured, live fey catch a far greater price than dead.

“So close.” Her voice is the growl of a cornered beast. “You were almost the Fey King’s slave.”

Almost.” He lowers her into a cage. “Get the cart, Jeremiah. We’re going to market.”

He scratches the cat’s chin. “Good kitty.”

Author’s Note: Is Ethan terrible for wanting to sell the fey or is the fey terrible for wanting to turn Ethan into a slave? Who’s in the right in this case? My money’s on the cat.

10 Responses to “Drabble: The Catcher and the Fey – by Amber K Bryant”

  1. Sarah Benson says:

    Really enjoyed this Amber!

  2. Debbie says:

    This was a lovely little story, Amber. How did you get so much conflict in so few words? Excellent! And I think both characters are equally cruel.

    • Amber says:

      I think you are probably right about them. They both have intentions that don’t seem entirely savory.

      Thank you so much for reading, Debbie! I just love writing these tiny little nuggets of stories.

  3. Bettina says:

    I really liked this little story! That’s the thing with flash fiction… you always want to find out more. It’s like having a delicious first bite of a cake, only to have the rest of it taken away… Well done! :-)

    • Amber says:

      That’s a great analogy, and it can also be applied to the writing of these tiny stories. You start out with a piece of cake and then you eat away at it, saving the best part (with all the frosting) for last–and that’s your story!

      Thanks so much for reading, Bettina!

  4. Timothy A Wiseman says:

    This was fantastic. Also, my money is on the cat being the least wrong here as well.

  5. zoraida says:

    Loved it and yeah your right the cat is on the right Ethan and the fey are terrible

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