Thursday, December 6, 2012
Thursday Tales: The Escape
Lissa struggled to breathe as the hand clenched tightly around her waist. He always did squeeze too tight. The door opened, his grip loosened, and she tumbled into her cell. Jessie followed in after her. Lissa drew a deep breath, filling her lungs with air again, only turning when she'd heard the key click in the lock.
"Goodnight, my fairies," came the commanding voice.
Jessie straightened her tunic as the door closed behind him. "Ugh," she exclaimed in disgust. "I swear, Lissa. His fingers get more and more intrusive every week. These girls aren't for the likes of him!" She patted her bosom protectively.
Lissa laughed softly. "Oh Jessie, he does not. Come on, we could have ended up with a lot worse owners than Mr Rastin. You've heard the horror stories of other fairies. He's pretty nice to us, captivity aside."
"I guess. But, it's still captivity. Do you remember what it was like to fly anywhere we wanted?" Jessie wandered to the edge of the cage and looked longingly toward the small window in the room.
"Only a little. It's been a long time."
Jessie was silent, but the sound of the cage's wire twisting around and around in its slot filled the room. "Lissa." She finally spoke. "Lissa, come here."
"What is it?"
"Lissa, this bar... it's loose. Really loose." Her eyes shone with excitement. "We could get out." With that, the bar popped out of its slot, leaving an opening just big enough for a petite fairy to squeeze through. Jessie tested its size, treading air just outside. "Come on, Lissa... we can fly out that window right now and be free."
Lissa hesitated. "Jessie, we don't know what's out there. There could be werewolves or vampires or dragons. And what if we starve? We don't even know how to find food, and Mr Rastin feeds us really well every day. And he provides us with clothes and beds and books and--"
"And a cage!" Jessie glared. "He keeps us in a cage!"
Lissa couldn't meet her gaze. "I'm sorry. I just... I can't."
Jessie turned toward the window. "Well, I'm going. I just can't stay locked up here anymore. I'm going." She turned and looked back at her companion of so long. "Please come, Lissa. Please."
A tear rolled down Lissa's cheek. "I can't. I'm... I'm afraid."
"Suit yourself, I guess. I'll miss you." She flew to the window, pushed it open, and was gone.
It had been 40 years since that night. Lissa sat on the couch of her fairy cage and looked out toward the window. She'd always wondered how her life would have been different if she'd gone with Jessie.
She'd always wondered what her life would have been like if she hadn't been afraid to fly.