Huh? Not making any sense? Because of the nature of these little flash fiction vignettes, I thought it would be helpful to index previous back stories and journal entries. Although Artiste’s tales are non-linear, it can help to read some pages in groups by threads of associated content. Of course you could just read them randomly, and trust that it will all come together at some point.

The beginning back story is always a great place to start:
• The Artiste Gullible back story

For this particular installment it also may help to read:
• The Edwardian Collective

↓ Transcript
[image] Picture of a pretty girl wearing a smirk on her face and a necklace with a cage containing a little man.

[text] As defrocked fairies, leprechauns live a simple ground-based life in semi-exile from faire folk. With little magic to use for their own defense they are forced to live within sight of the “wonders of what once was,” while daily scavenging amongst the dangers of outlanders, foxes, owls, and of course humans.

It is only through extraordinary luck that leprechauns manage to accomplish this feat. In fact, it is this exact point which underscores the leprechaun fortuity mythos. A legend that perpetuates unfortunate stereotypical folklore, old wives tales, and maiden opportunists.

Certain romantic maidens in search of husbands have taken to capturing the poor creatures, and prominently displaying their quarry in cages about their neck. They do it as proof of their wit, and industriousness, for leprechauns are very hard to catch. They also do it as a dowry for their future.

A leprechaun can grant three wishes to bargain for its release; a stake that would attract any young man’s eye. However, a leprechaun’s wish granting can be notoriously conniving, so it is best used with a fair amount of experience and wisdom.

A lesson that will profit any young man while enthralled with the magic of an opportunistic maiden.