One of our more original creatures is the tiny hum-fairy, from author Bokerah Brumley's Ishka's Garden.
“She settles on my fingertips, stepping down into my palm, the tops of her wings stretch out above and behind her like the ornate fins of a fishdancer, and the bottoms pool in soft, feathery puddles on my skin. She’s covered in luminescent plumage, something between a Skybird and a fairy; sentient, but not Fae. She folds her arms again and taps her foot on the fleshy part of my hand, just below my thumb.”
That’s how I describe Seesha in my short story, Ishka’s Garden. Leading up to this project, I spent time researching general mythology about fairies. I wanted to showcase both kinds. Ishka is a Fae Princess, and while my Fae aren’t pesky trouble makers, I still liked the idea of a small fairy-like creature. It’s sort of a cross between a hummingbird and a fairy—an enchanted, sentient hummingbird. For the Fae in the world I’ve built, sighting a Hum-Fairy is a good omen. They are harbingers of goodness, and all those that live in the Fae Realm are overjoyed to see one.
Are you excited to meet this little being? Me, too!