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Escape From The Dark Queen


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Under the Double Star - Chapter One

Escape From The Dark Queen will free you from the typical, release you from the ordinary and transform your ideas about what a fairy tale is or ought to be. So different, so unusual, so delightful to read. The original has been enjoyed by both young and old, achieving 4.85 out of 5 on average over a dozen reviews. Why not find out for yourself. Read this sequel, then read the original. I can guarantee one thing. You have never read a story like it.


PROLOGUE: TOO SMALL IS HER SHOULDER


Lilly remembered well the feelings of loneliness and isolation in the months and years she had spent on the edge of the Fairy Kingdom. She remembered also the terrible sadness after her parents passed into the realm of fairy ghosts. The Elders had banished her, for reasons she could not fathom.


“We cannot afford to trust that the same thing won’t happen to other fairies, that they too won’t be orphaned by some strange and dreadful curse,” they had said.


They had not blamed her directly, but Lilly knew it by the way their mouths formed the words and by the way their eyes avoided hers and by the insight deep inside her ever thinking mind. She read it in the tone of their voices and in their posture as well. “If the body of a fairy has its own language, then theirs was loud and clear”, said Lilly often to herself, “You are responsible for their deaths.”


It was a troubling thought that soon became a truth in her heart, so that Lilly started to believe herself that it was her fault. After all, everything that had happened to her and her family was terrible. Then, when the fairies themselves disappeared and the burden of blame, though undeserved, fell heavy on her tiny shoulders, the weight of it became impossible to bare.


If she had been a stronger being, perhaps an angel or a winged beast of the forest or an eagle, she would surely have been able to carry the load. But as it was, her shoulders were simply too small.


Lilly had often wandered by the waters of the lakes bordering the Kingdom. She had seen the water lilies, with their great petals reaching high into the sunlight. The green, almost petal-shaped leaves under the flower’ formed boats that fanned out to support them. If you looked at them from high up in a tree, they appeared like stars against the comparative dark of the water. At night, under the light of the full Moon, the thousands of white flowers mirrored the stars of the sky, so that for a while at least, there were two heavens.


Lilly, the dragonflies had named her, when she didn’t already have a name. Not because she resembled the Lilies, but because of a small black lily fly which made the flowers its home. The dark lily flies were stark against the stunning white of the flower. And so they named her Lilly Black De-Small.


Oh how she had wished she was as white as a lily or even pale like the daisy. Then none of the trouble she had brought on everyone would have happened. Her parents would still be here. The fairies would never have disappeared. And she would not feel the tremendous guilt she now felt every time she heard their fading songs, night after night in the dreadful dungeons of the Queen.


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