O nce upon a time, in the south east of Ireland, on the outskirts of town was Wells House. Inside the special and magical grounds was an enchanted forest filled with fairies and woodland creatures. The air was cold and crisp for it was the Winter season. All of the fairies were tucked into their fairy cottages, cosied up by the fire. This was Fairy Flo’s favorite time of year, she loved the Christmas season, especially at Wells House as it was the most magical place to be at Christmas!

It was December 2nd, Flo and all the fairies were excited because they knew today was the day that Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of the Wells Elves would be arriving at Wells House and staying for the Christmas season. They just loved when they came to stay this time of year, though they were extremely busy during the day, come evening time the elves would play with the fairies and Santa would tell them of his adventures before bedtime. Oh and of course Mrs. Claus made the most delightful hot chocolate in all of the land!

All of the decorations had been put up by the team in Wells with the help of the fairies. This year Flo even got to put the angel on top of the Christmas tree (none of the humans could reach it as the tree was so tall!). They were all ready to greet Santa on the special day. It was 1pm and the crowds began to flow in, everybody was in the festive spirit playing Christmas games and wearing their Santa hats. The fairies however, had to keep a low profile. If the humans saw them it might frighten them so as always, they hid in their secret spots with some yummy treats to enjoy the arrival of Santa.

Flo’s hiding spot was close to the entrance, in one of the trees tucked right in to a shrub. She saw in the distance a round red figure, it was Santa! The excitement overcame her, and she flew out of her hiding spot and into the air and let out a shriek of excitement. Suddenly a little boy turned his head in confusion ‘what was that noise?!’ the boy asked as he turned. Flo froze! The little boy froze! Flo quickly flew back in to the shrub in hope that he would not tell a soul. However, the boy began to walk over to her. ‘Don’t be afraid, I promise I won’t hurt you.’

Flo slowly emerged from the shrub, the boy was amazed, he had never seen a fairy before! The two began to chat away, the boy wanted to know everything but unfortunately Flo was not allowed to share all of her secrets. They were getting on so well but then the little boy’s father called him to come see Santa at the front door. “Please do not tell anyone that you saw me here if everyone knew where we were hiding, we would eventually lose our magic!”

The little boy and Flo made a ‘pinky promise’ and said a quick good-bye. However, as the little boy ran away Flo waved her wand and said ‘obliviate’. Though she trusted the little boy, she could not risk any harm on the fairy’s livelihoods. The little boy will not remember meeting fairy Flo, but Flo will remember that kind little boy.

Fairy Flo has met quite a few boys and girls during her time living at Wells House but none of them will remember her. This is why Flo always passes a special message onto the team at Wells House, “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing”.

Flo sat in bed that night thinking to herself, the boy who I met could very well be reading this fairytale tonight and little does he know, he met his first Fairy!

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