The Cleaning Fairy

Cleaning Fairy

The Rise of the Gnomes, Part One: The Cleaning Fairy

Father walked into the house. He tripped over a toy truck that lay just in front of the doorway, nearly losing his balance. His walk was further impeded by an array of blocks, stuffed animals, and marbles that covered nearly every inch of floor.

Hanging his hat on the rack and kicking a space near the door clear for his briefcase, he called out to Mother. “Lovey?”

Her muffled voice echoed from the kitchen, but he couldn’t make out the words. He shuffled through the debris in an effort to find her. A tiny head poked out of a lone shoe that sat atop a pile of dirty clothes and disappeared just as quickly. What was that?

Another little face appeared around a corner, followed by a fat, nearly naked little body. The little thing threw a sock at him, then ducked behind a chair.

Father made his way slowly and carefully across the room, picking his way through toys and towels, shoes and socks, and an occasional bit of left-over food. Something terrible had happened here, he knew it. And it had something to do with those little faces that kept peering at him from behind furniture and under the mess.

They were everywhere, those little creatures. They looked like small people, but with a gleam of maliciousness in their beady little eyes as they tossed things his direction and swirled them around the room like mini tornadoes.

Where was Mother? Did she know what was happening out here?

At last, he made it through the room and into the kitchen. Mother sat on the kitchen floor, her hands and feet bound by scarves and jump ropes, her mouth stuffed with a sock. Next to her, on the floor, lay the prone body of another small, human-like figure in a gingham dress. Blood stained her white apron, and her yellow hair was splayed out around her head.

Father rushed to Mother’s side, careful not to disturb the little body. He removed the sock from her mouth and began to untie her bonds.

“Lovey, what’s going on in here? Who are those little people all over the house?”

Mother wailed. “Those are the Gnomes! They’re taking over everything!”

Father gasped. “How is that even possible? I thought the Cleaning Fairy’s magic kept us safe from Gnomes!”

Mother pointed to the body on the floor. “The Cleaning Fairy has been murdered!”

About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

10 comments on “The Cleaning Fairy

  1. Ha ha ha! Avily, this was too funny!

    Also has that uncomfortable juxtaposition of familiar reality and horror-fantasy that is so popular these days. Heh. Nicely done.

  2. Oh dear!!! It led me visually through a serious and humorous display of what we might all have experienced on a metaphorical level.
    It is cute and made a good point in so doing.

  3. Thanks 🙂

  4. Don’t worry, the Cricket Revolution you keep talking about will kill off those gnomes in no time. If that doesn’t work, I can send you some of my cockroaches. 😉

    In a catalog I just got, from the “What On Earth?” Company, I found on the back page the weird spectacle of a T. rex capturing and eating gnomes, all in an integrated plastic lawn ornament. Sometimes I fear for the sanity of the world (to greatly underestimate my concern), and that product didn’t lessen my fear one bit. 😛

  5. […] of the gnomes. They killed the Cleaning Fairy. See what shenanigans they’re up to […]

  6. […] killed the Cleaning Fairy, and then The Gnomes rained down destruction. What will they do […]

  7. […] they murdered the Cleaning Fairy. Then, The Gnomes started running wild. So Mother came up with The […]

  8. […] first we met Mother, the Cleaning Fairy had been murdered. The Gnomes had risen to power. Mother devised the Plan to take care of them, and […]

  9. […] they murdered The Cleaning Fairy, The Gnomes started running amok. Mother instituted The Plan to take care of them. So the gnomes […]

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