A little fairy flutters through the garden, singing happily.
A passing robin asks, 'Little fairy, why are you so happy?'
'It's my beloved's birthday today!' cries the fairy as she picks pansies.
'I'll put the prettiest roses on his windowsill as a gift!'
'How peculiar, a fairy who loves a human!' says the robin.
A butterfly stops to join the conversation. 'Fairies should be back inside the forest, and yet here you are picking flowers!'
The little fairy flies over. Her skin is pale as fresh winter snow, and her eyes as bright as the stars. Her little wings glitter beautifully as they flutter.
'But I've never been in the forest before! I have been trapped in a tiny glass bottle for as long as I can remember.'
'Oh, my!' cry the robin and the butterfly in unison.
– Unchanged Mind
'A human boy saved me,' says the fairy. 'He found the bottle that imprisoned me under leaves and soil, then brought me to his garden and set me free. This is my home now.'
'That's incorrect,' says the robin.
'Your home is the forest, where the flowers bloom far prettier than your pansies, is much better than a puny garden!'
Not wanting to listen any longer, the fairy flies away to continue gathering pansies.
'Stubborn kid, doesn't she know she can't stay with a human forever?' says the robin to the butterfly.
After gathering the most beautiful pansies in the garden, the little fairy waits happily for her beloved to return home.
She waits all day, until the sun sets, and finally a thin young man enters the garden.
'Ah!' The fairy flies in a big circle. 'I forget that my beloved boy has grown up.'
– Intense Warmth
As soon as the young man enters the home, he notices the bouquet of pansies sitting on the windowsill.
He says joyfully, 'How beautiful, who gave these to me? It's the most amazing birthday gift I've gotten today!'
Hearing this, the fairy begins to flutter up and down with pride.
But the young man cannot see her, for humans are incapable of seeing fairies.
The young man sets the flowers in a glass vase, but suddenly lets out a melancholy sigh.
'But what good are flowers, when the person I love is surrounded by them every day? If I try to see her myself, she will only turn away from me like a fickle wind...'
The fairy has never seen the young man this upset before. Her own little heart also feels as though it is about to break.
Please don't cry, my dear.
You saved me once, now it's my turn to save you.
– Fleeting Time
Such a cold-hearted woman... beautiful beyond words, yet her words are shape like edge. She asks me to prove my love, but what's harder than diamond, but lighter than air?
'Don't fret my dear. I know!' the fairy shouts excitedly as she shouts at him. 'Before you awake and you'll see it on your pillow.'
Heart-broken, the young man eventually falls asleep.
The fairy kisses his forehead, then removes her own wings.
From outside the window, a tree that has kept silent all this time suddenly speaks.
'Little fairy... without wings, you will never be able to fly again.'
'It is a small price to play to see his tears stop flowing.' says the fairy.
She walks over to the windowsill, and the tree extends a small branch for her to climb onto.
'But won't you feel heart-broken, as well?'
The fairy smiles. 'I'm very happy.'
– Transparent Wings
When the young man awakens, he discovers a pair of indestructible, but light as air, fairy wings on his pillow, 'An angel must have heard my pleas!' he cries joyfully.
The noble lady is in equal disbelief that he was able to find such a thing. She had the wings fashioned into earrings, but quickly set forth a new demand for him.
Out of ideas, the young man sighs deeply in the garden. The little fairy pokes her head out of a tree and, seeing him dejected, asks, 'My dear, why are you so glum today?'
Not hearing her, he continues to wallow in self-pity.
'Love is such a cruel but beautiful thing. I'd give anything, and yet she still asks for the impossible of me. Now I must find snow that does not melt in the summer just for a dance!'
He goes to bed troubled yet again, but the next day, he finds a glinting crystal snowflake on his pillow. He holds it up to the light and it shines brilliantly.
– Flowers Residence
Very pleased, the lady fashions a ring from the snowflake.
She says, 'I said I'd go to the ball with you, but how could I go without a necklace that shines brighter than this ring?'
That night the young man's groans wake the fairy from her sleep. Having given up her heart, she has become feeble and delicate.
'He is in pain,' she says to the old tree. She curls into a ball, looking like a flower bud withering away. 'But I have nothing more to give. How could I help him?'
The old tree whispers, 'Sleep little fairy. I am sure he will think of something.'
'I can't. He saved me, so I should do the same for him.'
Saying this, the fairy smiles and comes up with a plan. Her body begins to emit a beautiful light; she is burning away what remains of her life.
– Glimmer Elf
The young man discovers an shining pearl on his table. It glows warmly, and resembles the glass bottle he found in the forest long ago. No other jewel could possibly compare.
Overjoyed, the lady never guessed a penniless suitor such as he could bring her such a rare, priceless necklace. Wearing it, they go to the ball and she is the star of the night..
But at the ball's end, the pearl stops glowing. With the fairy's life energy spent, the necklace returns to its original form: an ordinary, little glass bottle.
'You fraud!' the lady screams as she rips it from her neck. She turns to leave, and never looks back.
Dejected, the young man returns to his home. The garden falls into ruin and the pansies never bloom again. As for the glass bottle, it vanishes with the wind at dawn's first light.
– Warm Memories