Three quick fantasy stories to give the reader a taste of another world. That is how author Joynell Schultz describes her 2017 published Quick Escape: Fantasy Tales.
Bitten Alex loved dogs and was surprised that one he was trying to pet bit him. There was blood. Mom didn’t scream that much, she just calmly tried to treat the wound. But she had recognized the bite of the werewolf from experiences in years past. She couldn’t stop the change Alex would go through but she could minimize damage. She may have been able to manage things if a strange man hadn’t appeared with a claim to ownership of Alex. Mom and Alex had to run; Mom had to protect the child she loved. There is a surprise ending I didn’t see coming.
The Fairy Flu After reading this short tale, look again at the title. With a few minor alterations, the title is a pun. But you really have to read the story to appreciate it. Emerald was a good fairy and the kingdom’s only fairy godmother. She had to be present at the birth of the princess’s baby but she was very ill with the flu. She felt she couldn’t perform her duty but when she heard Obsidian would be present at the birth, she felt she had to try. Obsidian, Emerald’s childhood companion and rival, was everything dark in magic compared to Emerald’s light, positive outlook. The surprising ending is vengeance served well.
The Enchanted Apothecary Marie quickly inferred that Connor was evil, a person who would use dark magic to control nature. He came to her apothecary much more frequently than other customers. He always selected some of the cheaper items. When she asked his purpose for purchasing each item, he provided vague answers and seemed intent on using the purchased herbs for purposes that Marie knew were not usual. Consulting her book of formulas, Marie was able to see that all his purchases in combination could confer evil powers on Connor. It was time for a little deception of her own. Truth powder in cookies might work. The surprise ending supports the homily “The truth will out.”
This is a collection that I initially thought would be fun for children. Readers will have to judge for themselves but I thought the first tale was a bit too sad for the six-year-old and under crowd. There are a few problems with the proofreading but occasional lapses do not take away from the charm of this collection of fantasy short tales.