“Come out, come out! Where are you?” called out Aria.
She so desperately wanted to see them again. Were they hiding from her? She had been amazed yesterday when she saw them. It had filled her with glee, as she danced around in the flowers with them. When Aria had returned home she couldn’t stop talking about it to her Mama.
Mama listened intently at first, but then Aria could tell that her attention drifted and that she didn’t really believe her. She told Aria to stop dancing around and to please set the table for supper. Aria set the table but continued to dance and share with her Mama about her fairy friends.
They were so tiny and flighty, they made Aria giggle with unbridled joy when circling around her.
When supper was ready Aria finally stopped talking and ate her yucky brussel sprouts, but she didn’t stop thinking of them. That night she even prayed for them in her bedtime prayers. Her Mom smiled lovingly at her as she gave her a kiss and told her goodnight. Usually Aria was a little scared at night when her Mama turned off the light, but last night she was so focused on the pretty fairies that she wasn’t scared at all. She closed her eyes tight, hoping to see them in her dreams.
Sitting through school today had been so painful for she was eager to get back to the woods. Her teacher yelled at her several times to stop daydreaming, but Aria couldn’t. Billy Bob didn’t even annoy her when he pulled her hair.
Finally the end of the school day came and she ran to the woods as fast as she could, thinking she would burst with excitement. She had been sitting in the exact spot that they had been before and now it appeared that they were nowhere around. Disappointment started setting in, and she felt tears beginning to glisten in her eyes. They had to be here they just had too!
She turned her head and her face lit up like a thousand sunbeams. There was a real, live unicorn flying her way. Fairlight was riding it. She had met her yesterday, and Fairlight had told her all about Cupcake, her unicorn. Oh, this was the bestest day ever!
“Hi Fairlight! I am so glad you came!” Aria said, “Can I touch Cupcake?”
Fairlight smiled warmly at her. “Sure! Cupcake is very friendly when it comes to sweet little girls like you.”
Aria blushed and reached out to pet Cupcake. Her mane felt so soft and Cupcake sparkled, like she had diamonds all over her. Aria was in total awe!
“How would you like to ride her?” Fairlight asked.
Aria’s heart tap danced inside of her. “Seriously! I can ride her?”
Fairlight laughed, “Well I will ride with you, but yes, I would love to take you for a ride.”
Not being able to speak, Aria started jumping up and down with excitement.
“I will take that as a Yes! Hop on!”
Aria hopped on and held onto Fairlight around the waist, as they flew up into the sky.
Goosebumps were all over Aria, this was really happening! She was riding a unicorn! Then she had a quick thought, and she leaned in closer to Fairlight.
“Make sure you have me home by suppertime, please. We are having apple dumplings, and they are my favorite.”
You could hear Fairlight’s laughter and Aria’s giggle of joy as they rose higher into the air, soaring past the cottonball clouds in the azure blue sky.