A Faery Story
by Cami Tapley
A Faery Story Synopsis:
As John Gardiner awakens to the truth that the life he’s been living isn’t the life he’s meant to live, he is saved a course of insanity by the magical appearance of a beautiful young woman intent on saving him. To what end, and to what life, John doesn’t care—he’s saved! However, no life is easy to live, one’s own or not, and among the things that John learns during the difficult journey home, is that living a life of purpose cannot be left to one’s destiny, it must be a willful choice.
About A Faery Story
I began writing A Faery Story in May of 2006. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis inspired the genre; on some subjects, prose can never do as much justice to the truth as fantasy can. A Faery Story isn’t a child’s tale; the message relies heavily on the life experience of the reader to interpret it. It’s a message of learning contentment, in parable form.
To come right out and say that people can’t view their life as important unless they do something that feels important, is a given. But there’s more to the craving. Sadly, it isn’t enough for us to accept that our truest value is largely a mystery known to God, and to the few special people He puts into our lives to care about us come what may. Too often, we will throw reality over for a mere feeling. The ordeal of the anti-hero, John Gardiner, in A Faery Story, can easily be any one of ours; in trying to be a sympathetic hero in a faraway place among strangers, he loses sight and ownership of the everyday hero he already was, with people who needed him right where he lived.
On the light side…using faeries to convey the story’s message could evoke the question, do I believe in them? And I would answer yes—in a very particular sense; I believe that if our puny minds can conceive of something, it stands to reason that it has a basis somewhere in reality. I easily concede, however, that the characterizations made by those of us who try to put shapes and names to things we can only imagine may be a bit raw at best. ; )