Magnolia’s Hornet

Presenting my latest 750 word challenge story. This weeks picture is of The HORNET, a sculpture on the facade of the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo. It is the work of Gabrovo-based artist GEORGI BALABANOV (b. 1970).

This challenge was set by Miranda Kate, please find her on twitter @PurpleQueenNL. The challenge is part of her #MidWeekFlash game on Facebook, and the link is below the story.

My story this week is a follow on to one I wrote last year entitled Dandelions and Magnolia. I’ve provided the link for you to enjoy that too.
This story begin’s the day after Alex gave his love to a fairy. I hope you like it …

Magnolia’s Hornet

Yesterday, Alex was a regular six-foot-tall university student. He’d decided to help his classmate Maggie, having noticed something was upsetting her. This morning, he was a twenty-millimetres on tiptoes, Maggie was Magnolia and he was in a fantasy world.

Alex lay in the grasses looking at the sun-kissed dandelion flowers high above him. He wanted Magnolia to be happy and loved her, but could he leave human life for one as a fairy? He didn’t know.

“There you are, Ali-bug.”

Alex looked over his shoulder to see Magnolia fluttering her wings as she landed and settled beside him in a magical cornflower-petal dress. “Hey, sweetheart. It’s a treat to see you smiling so much,” he said as she set his pulse racing by smoothing a hand over his bare chest as her lips met his.

“I don’t think I’ll ever stop now,” she breathed, her chlorophyll-green eyes locked on his. “What’s the matter?”

“I knew you’d feel it, I’m sorry.” Alex sat up, taking her into his arms.

“You don’t want to be a fairy, do you?”

“Oh, I so do.” Alex smiled. “I want to fly about the forests while holding your hand. I want to snuggle in your owl-nest with you. I want to make your heart thrum as happily as you make mine.” His smile slipped and he sighed, “Thing is, I have family who will miss me. Not to mention a human-sized life.”

Magnolia grinned at him and brushed noses as she kissed him. Bounding to her feet, she poked his chest with her bare toes and giggled. “Come on, up you get, Ali-bug.” She’d called him that since he gave her his love.

“Oh boy, now what?” Alex rose and pulled on his shirt, allowing her to button it for him as he shook out his dragon-fly wings. The fairy village elder had performed a fairy-circle ritual on him last night, transforming him into a fairy.

Magnolia took his hand and they flew together. They flitted through the grasses, around magnificent wildflowers and dodged the thistles. “You’re not bound to this form like me,” she said having landed between the enormous thorns of a dog rose.

“Really? Why?” Alex helped her negotiated the spikes as they made their way up the stem to a buzzing pink flower. The buzzer made his eyes wild with fear. “Wah! That things huge!”

Magnolia approached the big yellow hornet and spoke to it in a strange humming language. “Come on.” she vaulted onto the big creatures back and hauled Alex aboard.

At once the insect leapt into the air, jerking the fairies around as it flew high over the woods like its military jet namesake.

“Are you saying I can return to human-form when I want?” Alex yelled against the wind as his university came into view below him.

“Yes – you will always be part-human, and therefore you can be in either form.” Magnolia let out a squeal of joy as the hornet dove into the complex, scaring a group of girls with its menacing buzz.

“Holy crap! Who needs a rollercoaster!” Alex laughed with excitement. “Okay, so how does it work?” he asked.

“You just touch your chest and wish it, like I did to shrink you.” Magnolia indicated the window to Alex’s dorm room.

“I just wish it?”

“Wait until we get in the—” Magnolia screamed.

Alex had touched his chest as the wish crossed his mind. The hornet swelled to giant-sized, panicked and slammed straight into the sandstone wall. Alex was three-foot and growing as he smashed through the window with Magnolia right behind him. He rolled over his bed and thumped to the floor at his full height once more.

“Maggie?” he called while sucking in lungful’s of air to calm his adrenaline-soaked body. Avoiding shards of glass he stood and marvelled at the fact, he wasn’t bleeding. Peering out the window, he was amazed to see the hornet’s head embedded in the wall like a hideous statue. “Maggie!”

“I take it you were a bit excited,” she said.

He followed her voice to a big brown teddy bear on the chest of drawers. She gave a cheeky wave from her position laying in its arms. “Who got you this?”

“My sister. Oh, Maggie, I’m so sorry. I was a little overzealous with that wish, huh?” Alex beamed at her and the two burst-out laughing.

 “Well,” Magnolia measured a tiny amount with her fingers. “Maybe, just a weeny bit.”

The End

Do you fancy writing a 750 word story for the above photo. Head over to Finding Clarity, follow the instructions and have fun.

Feel free to check out more of my tales in the Short Stories tab too.

Also Dandelions and Magnolia was remastered as part of my new collection A Compendium of Characters available on Amazon. Why not give a look.

Thank you for joining me on the website and for reading. Have a great day!

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  1. It’s great to see Maggie and Alex again! I just read about their first adventure your book A Compendium of Characters. Your imagination is outstanding, Mason. This delightful story can keep on living in further stories as far as I’m concerned. Well done, my friend 🙂

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    1. I think Maggie and Alex made one of my most favorite stories in the book. When I saw the hornet stuck in the wall in that picture, I knew I had to bring them back. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Jim. Thanks for reading.

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  2. We have a smaller pike here in Norfolk. I just did a google search. Mr Muskellunge looks like a fun fish to catch.


    1. I think he intends to spend more time as a fairy than human but feels the need to go back to see his family from time to time. Glad you liked it, thanks for reading Miranda.


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