Glights

Here is the installment for ‘F’ in the A to Z challenge. A fairy tale/folklore, wonder tale, magic tale, or Märchen is folklore genre that takes the form of a short story that typically features entities such as dwarfs, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. How often have we been lost in our imaginations of these fairy tale creatures? I don’t know about you but my creature always had magical powers that could fix anything or they were so magnificent in size that it shadowed everything that was boring. I took this opportunity to create my own creature. One that could possibly be overlooked and had nothing special. One that could lurk in both darkness and light, making you wonder if you really saw something move in the corner of your eye. Was it a mouse?


Long ago, before there was technology to remind us of every little thing, there was a world of the in-between. This world was everywhere. In-between doorways, in-between minutes, in-between the small space of the night and light before one emerges to relieve the other. Everywhere you look there are in-betweens. Now ask yourself, have you ever felt something, a breeze on your ankle but not be outside where there was wind? Ever thought you saw something out of the corner of your eye but you were alone in the room? What about when you think you forgot something but when you returned it was already taken care of? Who do you think turns off the stove or waters the plants when you forget? Or who closes your closet door to keep the monsters in while you sleep?

These little creatures do all the in-between work that lives in the in-between world and lives by the in-between time are Glights. They turn to shadows when lights are on and light up when the dark surfaces. They are our little guardians from our in-between moments that we often take for granted. They quietly remind us to be mindful of what is there in both darknesses and in the light.

From the quick glances bits and pieces of their description has been formed. They are no bigger than dust bunnies and seem to be just as fuzzy. They have small horns which we can only assume that helps them open things. They have antennas with lights at the end to illuminate in the darkness. They can both walk and fly without the need of feathers.

So, before you leave the house, open a window, or do anything that can’t be completed by technology remember the Glights. Give them purpose.

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  1. This was beautiful. They feel a little bit like the Finnish House Elves. I have a little statuette of one on my mantlepiece. How lovely, perhaps I should call him a glight. What a fleetingly perfect word for such a little beastie!

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  2. Your writing was definitely enchanting and loved your illustration too. Glights is a word I’ve not heard for many years and seems there’s no recognition of it in the dictionary for some reason. Wonderful post, can’t wait to read more, back later, cheers 🙂

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