Tickling Butterflies – The Pebble that Broke the World

Tickling Butterflies is an epic fantasy, containing 128 fairy tales that together create one huge story.

Here’s the story so farThe story continues:


The Pebble that Broke the Land

(Containing an alluring allegory of the pebble that changed the world.)


Once upon a time, in the Land of All Legends, during the time in which Death trained two armies to battle a curse creature more powerful than Death himself, Death felt a stirring in the air.

Death raised his hands, and the soldiers stopped their exercises.

Death looked around, for he thought he knew what was to come.

He looked aside. A pebble on the ground began to glow. The pebble’s glow radiated more powerfully until it blinded the soldiers. Then the glow broke apart into shimmering fairy dust, which danced in the air, in front of Death.

Death took out his list.

The fairy dust settled upon the list, and, with a last glow, became writing on the parchment.

Death looked at the new name silently. “I must leave the palace for a short while,” he whispered.

But when Death looked up, he saw that the Land of All Legends had lost much of its color. The sun, the sky, the woods, the stones, the creatures, and even Death – everyone and everything was now grayer and less colorful than before. Every Death was written on Death’s list with the stuff of the land itself. With each Death there was a bit less magic in the land. And since no new magical land and no new magical creatures were being formed at the Border of Nothing, this one pebble was too much for the land to bear.

The Land of All Legends had lost too much of itself, and now most of its color was gone. From this point forward, Death knew, with each new name on the list, the land itself would be closer to its own demise.

And so Death left the palace, and in his heart he wished that King John the Cute would not let him down this time as he had hundreds of years before. For even Death wanted the land to live.


(To be continued on Tuesday…)

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