“A Lumberjack’s Guide to Dryad Spotting” by Charles Payseur
Card picked: 6♦
Found at: Flash Fiction Online
I’m always on the lookout for stories with fantasy critters that aren’t very common. Dryads fit that bill.
This story is structured with a back and forth, by paragraph, between the burgeoning relationship of a lumberjack and his tent-mate and the instructions for recognizing dryads, the sometime dangerous tree spirits. As the romance advances, we also learn that parts of a dryad can be sold for good money. And money can buy a lot freedom.
“Come away with me,” you say, and you whisper your dream, of a small home ringed by tall shadows. Not safe but safer. Not perfect but beautiful.
This is a fairy tale and it might even have a happy ending. (As long as you’re not a dryad…)