This story continues a series of short fiction exploring some of the Faerie Shepherds and Shepherdesses within my fantasy world. Read below the story for further explanation and head over to the Tales of the Faerie Shepherds if you’d like to read more!

It was a night of stillness and shimmer. The lunar corona’s glimmer surrounded the moon’s orb with its circular frame in such a way that it appeared like some giant cat’s eye hanging in the sky, keeping watch over Arabeth. 

She rested the exhaustion of her head against the windowframe. Her fiery ringlets hung in disarray about her face. The night pressed against her milky skin, adding to the heaviness beneath which she drooped. 

The Cait Sith, feline faeries, were active tonight, so she needn’t fear. Tonight Arabeth could rest in peace. Auntie had gifted her their protection before her birth. 

During visits with her Auntie each harvest moon, Arabeth heard tales of the Realms, the Faeries, their Shepherds and all creatures seen—but mostly unseen. Auntie shared prophecies and pieces of visions as she was ready to hear them. 

As her eyes shuttered closed, Arabeth glimpsed the cat shapes surrounding her and heard their purred protection. She saw their dancing shapes turning around and leaping within the corona. She felt the softness in the Cait Sith who shifted her down onto her pillow and felt the comforting peace of Fia’s presence curled into her side, as he radiated warmth and surety through his deeply rumbling purr. 

Before the sound lulled her into sleep’s fullest release, Arabeth received another flash of a much brighter solar corona. It blinded her dreaming vision and sent horror coursing through her before the comfort of Auntie’s voice rose from deep within its resulting darkness. 

“Fear not, Bright One. Eail and I will lead the charge of that Greatest Battle.”

Lunar Corona” Copyright © 2019 by Joy E. Rancatore. All Rights Reserved.

What do you think about this world of mine that I’m building? If you enjoyed this story, please head over to read the entire Tales of the Faerie Shepherds series.

This month’s story flowed from the inspiration of a delightful monthly online writing prompt, #BlogBattle. As you will read on their site, “Blog Battle is a monthly writing prompt meant to inspire writers and entertain readers.” To read several outstanding stories inspired by June’s prompt, “Corona,” head on over to the BlogBattlers site!

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