Story A Day Challenge – Day 3 – The Cube

Day 3 of the Story A Day Challenge. Click here if you want to join in.This is more along the lines of a snippet than a true short story, or maybe I should call it a side quest. The characters come from my middle grade fantasy story about some magical kids who wanted to be fairy godmothers but weren’t allowed: Tomorrow (called Tommie) – a young fairy who is terrible at magic and Levi – a boy who can do magic but is not a fairy (along with the friends they make along the way).


The Cube

The wizard’s son Levi stood with his friend Tommie the fairy in front of the open mailbox. Inside sat a small blue box. Levi knew he shouldn’t touch it, but something whispered into his mind telling him to grab it and hide it. He kept his hands held behind his back.

Tommie reached towards the little box and it turned black. A quiet voice in the boy’s head told him the box didn’t want the girl to touch it.

“I don’t think it likes you,” he said.

“I think you’re right,” she replied.

“What do we do?”

“Do you have a glove?”

Levi nodded, went to his shed and returned with the requested item.

Tommie put it on and picked up the cube. It didn’t change. “I can sense a strange intelligence. Look closer, but don’t touch.” The boy leaned in. “See the grooves? There are more of them than it seems. It almost looks like a maze of some kind.”

“It’s a labyrinth actually,” a voiced sounded from behind them, startling them. Standing on the path was a young minotaur. He had the body of a regular boy but his head was that of a bull. He had glowing red eyes and was taller than both Levi and Tommie.

“Who are you and how did you sneak up on us?” asked Levi nervously. He knew the reputation of minotaurs.

“Sorry I didn’t mean to scare you. My name is Raythe.”

“A labyrinth you say? How do you know? Do you recognize the box?” Curiosity overcame the voice telling him not to trust the other boy.

“Yes, it’s my labyrinth. I sent it here. Well, not specifically here. I cast a spell to send it where I needed to go to make my wish come true. It came here. I can sense it wherever it is so I simply followed.”

“Your wish?” Tommie asked. “We’re trying to become fairy godparents! Maybe that’s why your maze came here. Can you share your wish with us? I bet we can help.”

“I wish to be good, or more accurately, I wish to not be evil.” At that statement the cube flared with magic and vanished.

The minotaur dropped to his knees and bowed his head. Levi felt an overwhelming sadness coming from him. “What just happened?”

“I can’t sense it anymore. My labyrinth abandoned me.” Raythe sobbed.


The Prompt

Your character is lost in a maze with the instructions to find a very important document or treasure hidden in its center.


Yesterday I felt I was too literal with the prompt so today I decided to twist it, turn it inside out and run with it. Now I need to send poor Raythe and his new friends on a quest to find his lost labyrinth. Minotaurs in my fairy world are an actual race who are born evil (not made by a god) and I think it will be interesting to see what happens to this kid as he tries to fight his fate and overcome his heritage.


Rough draft 395 words.

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4 comments

  1. Love, love, love this! I totally need to read more of this story.

    Side note: I saw your post notification before the actual prompt and in the sleepy haze of waking up around noon, I thought “cube” was the prompt, forgetting that you don’t put the prompt in your post title. Immediately, my mind started coming up with a story about a woman in a room with a cube covered in arcane runes. Jotted it all down for later use. So, thanks for the bonus prompt! 😀

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