For the first time ever, Miss-Teeq regretted she wasn’t a ‘feline’ familiar. Trying to conduct a rescue mission on four stubby little polecat legs was proving to be more difficult than she’d anticipated. Getting chased by a bulldog when she was running with a Christmas tree fairy was bad enough; not chomping down and biting off the fairy’s arm with her pointy little polecat teeth was nearly impossible, especially when she kept tripping over the fairy’s hot-pink skirts. She couldn’t help sniggering, emitting a polecat ‘chuff’. Mab loathed pink.

Miss-Teeq managed to lose the bulldog and reached the edge of a park as the sun was rising. She laid the fairy down under a tree and scrabbled through a hole in the roots where she’d left a box with the counter-spell to turn the fairy back into her witch companion, Mab. Life was proving lonely without her, and she really needed someone to clear the cottage floor of insect legs and wings, not to mention other unpleasant things that crawled in during the winter months.

Miss-Teeq carefully lifted the lid from the box and sprinkled the contents over the fairy. Light exploded and, suddenly, there was Mab, back to her normal witchy self.

Mab sat up, bleary eyed, and squinted in the warm morning light. Mab frowned. “Miss-Teeq, why is it snowing?”

“Snowing, mistress?”

Mab’s frown deepened to a scowl. “What mischief is this? It’s bad enough that they dressed me in a pink dress. Now they’ve turned the snow pink too!”

“Erm,” said Miss-Teeq, “Pink, mistress?”

Mab blinked and rubbed her eyes. “Wait a minute, that’s cherry blossom! You left me as a fairy for four months?”

Miss-Teeq pursed her polecat lips and wrinkled her nose until the tips of her right whiskers touched her left cheek and the tips of her left ones tickled her right cheek. “Hmm,” she said, “Actually…” she whimpered, “It was more like sixteen months.”

“Sixteen!” roared Mab. 

“Well, it took a while to track down the counter-spell… Hepzibah, er jealous. Whizzbang you know. Then lockdown…” The glare from Mab silenced her.

“Nyx’s knickers!”

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Ha ha Carrie, I think I’m beginning to love the cantankerous Mab nearly as much as you! Although this time she has very good reason to be upset. A funny, vividly described story that had me grinning from beginning to end. Loved it!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Carrie, this is hilarious! I cannot blame Miss-Teeq for leaving Mab in that condition for sixteen months! Mab is not very pleasant to be around, but turns out to be quite useful in cleaning the cottage! I like how Miss-Teeq couldn’t resist telling her that it was sixteen months, not four! This is a great story.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

I’m looking forward to her comeback! I really like your characters. They are brilliant!

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Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
1 year ago

I love the little enchanted world you have created, Carrie! Even the idea of lockdown is a great touch to such a wonderful story…. ? 

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hi Carrie, what mischievous and fun characters you have created, and they just adapt to fit in every situation. I love this story Carrie.

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Susan Giles
Susan Giles(@susan-giles)
1 year ago

I enjoyed reading your story. From the protagonists name (Miss-Teeq) to her reaction to Mab’s retransformation the story made me smile, then chuckle out loud. Thank you for this story.

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Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke(@danielle-burke)
1 year ago

I love how you worked in the mention of cherry blossoms and the lockdown. The original misunderstanding about the pink snow is great!

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Such fun, Carrie! I’m anticipating (and eagerly awaiting), many more Mab and Miss-Teeq stories to fit with future themes 🙂 Another great story and the perfect picture to accompany it!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Sanda is right, it was fun, Carrie. You draw a perfect picture to my mind about Mab and Miss-Teeq. I am excited to read more and more stories of them that fit the future theme.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Carrie. I am very much excited for Mab and Miss-Teeq next adventure/story. I can’t wait. 

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