“Lucky Clover” by Barbara A. Barnett; Artwork (C) 2008, R.W. Ware
Looks like we get a bonus story from Flash Fiction Online in March thanks to that lovable patron saint of Ireland. From the story’s title alone, one might have a suspicion of what’s to come, but the events themselves that unfold are rather surprising in both tone and content…
“Lucky Clover” by Barbara A. Barnett opens up to a, I assume, long-going battle between leprechauns and fairies. And poor clover-wielding Seamus is right in the middle of it. Sure, all the other leprechauns inherited great items of power and family history such as swords and rings to use to their fullest. All he has is his worries and four-leaf clover. Still, he knows there’s magic within the green plant, and it’s not the kind us oh-so-stupid humans believe in.
Well, I liked it, but I had a problem understanding Seamus’s doubt that his comrades would look down on him for using such an unheroic item like a four-leaf clover to do battle with the fairies. I mean, hey, it got the job done right. Other than that, applause must be given to Barnett for crafting a very short piece of flash fiction (meaning it isn’t yet another 999 word story that just barely makes the requirements) that has a world to it and a character to root for. The actual action of fairies swooping down on little tiny luckmen reminded me of the Eoin Colfer books where mystical creatures run amuck unknown to the world. Regardless, it’s a fun piece that succeeds in telling a succinct story of a battle (sort of) well won.
Rating: 8.5 anonymous stars out of 10