Many thanks to the editors at Juked for publishing my short story "The Mimosa Tree." It's a dark, dreamy fairy tale featuring hummingbirds, a vengeful owl, cannibalism, and the moon.
It was inspired by the "The Juniper Tree," a slightly lesser-known fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.
"During her pregnancy, she craved fiddleheads and wild leeks and mushrooms that grew from damp earth under the brightest moonlight. She walked the woods on those spring nights, searching for them...By day, she gathered silvery feathers dropped by herons and doves, and she tied them with a ribbon over the headboard of her bed. In her garden she grew artemisia, yarrow, lamb’s ears, all the pale flowers and herbs that reminded her of moonshine...."