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I’ll be honest: I got a bit behind with #FlashFicHive this week thanks to a bout of flu. Feeling better for the first time in a week, I finally got up to speed last night.

I decided to go really dark…

Nightmare beneath the Elms

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren

Living in the forest has long been a taboo. Yet Danni had no choice. Only her tattoo kept her safe from the monsters.

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Twenty-four flash fiction tales filled with folklore and mythology, creeping in on the edges of nightmares, and twisting around the various sub-genres of fantasy.

I know the freezing fingers reference came from my own experience typing this winter. The rest? Probably a remnant of my foggy flu mind. At only 459 words I’m sure I can shorten it a lot – or turn it into a much longer short story (or perhaps a novel?).

Anyhow, I’m happy with the imagery and a new dimension to Faerie I’ve created in this story. Who knew Dryads could become all dark and twisty?

Maybe Danni looks something like this?

So for those who don’t know:

Dryads are the nymphs of trees. They have a body outside of the tree, but they’re always connected to their tree (that’s why they are tethered to the land their tree grows in).

Ankou is the king of the dead – all who are Fae and die are taken by him (or Dullahans) to his realm.

Dark Fae are considered the bad guys in Faerie and serve the Dark King.

Dryads and their trees are really the same being: what happens to one, happens to the other.

What do you think? Is there something you’d add/change?

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