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Snow Star

By Elizabeth Hopkinson
Dec 5, 2019 · 154 words · 1 minute

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From the author: A Flash Fiction Fairy Tale for Christmas. On Christmas night, the children gather in the snow cave...

On Christmas night, the children gather in the snow cave.  It is a merry gathering, with hot tea and cakes to warm them against the Arctic winter.  They sing their happiest songs, excited by the night that lies ahead. For on this one night, children are the most important people in the village.  And their merry songs are the magic that brings hope to their elders.

For only the clear voices of the children can make the song that will stop the Night Travellers in their passage.  On this one night, silver sleighs cut a path through the stars, pulled by golden-antlered reindeer and driven by courtly figures whose faces are hidden in hoods of fur.  When they hear the children sing, they will stop, just for a moment, and let drop a single silver star. It is the light that will keep the village through the winter, until the sun returns again.

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Elizabeth Hopkinson

Elizabeth Hopkinson, winner of the James White Award, writes fairy tales, fantasy and historical fiction. She reprints her short stories here.