The Liana Vine

A long-ish short story

8300 words

At first, Alexander thought it was a child. Had Craig fathered an illegitimate son? They stared for a moment before one of the ladies exclaimed suddenly, “my goodness! It’s a fairy! Isn’t it? It’s one of those little creatures!”

In Victorian England, a naturalist unveils the discovery of a tiny race of people living on the East Indian island of Flores—people who are not quite human. Can these two sentient species live together on Earth? It will take 150 years and the invention of space flight to find out.