“A stunted fairy like you will never make it,” Carn snarls bitterly. “Your wings can’t take you that far.”
I glare at him, tired of the constant criticism. A squawk resounds below the tree.
“They don’t have to.” Without breaking eye contact, I leap from the limb, hoping my speculation is correct.
Only when I feel the feathery mass beneath me do I let out my breath.
Carn fumes as the flock of migrating birds takes to the air, unaware of a stowaway on their flight. I’ve never flown this high before. Bursting through the autumn leaves, my heart soars.
McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featured in various anthologies through Black Hare Press, Iron Faerie Publishing, Dragon Soul Press, and Eerie River Publishing. She has also published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, as well as a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.
Selected by the editor as a featured submission, February 2021.