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We have been dying for some time. Some say it is the children, that they do not believe. They say they have forgotten childhood, that they have forgotten how to play in the streets with scrapes on their knees, like we did and do, still. Others blame the clouds of poison that roll across the earth, carried by dark winds across the country. Some blame the metal of the modern world, the iron that is everywhere you turn these days. There is even iron in the air, and we breathe death with each lungful of it. The flying ones among us say the skies are turning gray. They say they can see flames and blue sparks everywhere they go.

The truth is, we do not know why the gates are closing.

The birds speak numbers these days, and chitter air-wave nonsense. Their necks twitch violently from the strain of too much civilization. The squirrels are starved and dress in rags, and the foxes no longer trust us. They once had such beautiful red coats, and now they look like children wearing their parent's clothes.

There are only a handful of us left. Puck began to cough, and cough, and coughed up black slime and dead animals. Then blood. Titania has turned quite mad; she waits by deserted playgrounds for some child to see her, but they run past in pursuit of robots and flying saucers. Oberon tried to blend in, to adapt, but died slowly from it. He spent the last year of his life watching sitcoms, until he was but a grinning skeleton. We stole him from the christian ground, and buried him in the woods where the shadows are darkest.

There are only a handful of us left. And we are all dying.
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Crystalled-Memory Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
AAAHHH!! I love it!!

That's so brilliant.


Dracawyn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
You've just alluded to several of my favorite myths and stories in the most delightfully depressing way.
I love the symbolism in this even though it kinda hurts.
rober2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Professional Writer
Thank you :)
KyuuketsukiOuDuzell Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
This is so sad! T_T But it's true. Too much focus on technology and growing up. Kids don't get to be kids, and when they do, again too much focus on technology and not on fairy tales and magic.

It saddens me even more when they take fairy tales and put modern settings... Like with this Dragon Wars movie... People are forgetting fantasy.

^_^ Thank you for this. It's sad but it makes me want to publish my fantasy stories even more.
rober2 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Writer
I love contemporary fantasy, though =/

I'll check your stuff out :)
KyuuketsukiOuDuzell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
^_^ I'm not saying I don't like it, there is some contemporary fantasy that I do like, but I guess I made it seem like I didn't. But theres a bit too much of it for my liking, or too much not done very well.
rober2 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Writer
Well, hope you like mine ;)

If you want to talk about fantasy, BTW, you should check out: [link]
KyuuketsukiOuDuzell Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
Ooo :D I'll check it out!
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