The Fairy Diary Day 25 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy replied, but his message was not discernible at first. The scroll had turned black within its case. I held it up to the sunlight to dispel the murk. After long moments of stillness his words surfaced from beneath the blackness. 

The strokes of his pen were as equally dark with foreboding. The High Fairy warned that tragedy lay ahead. 

It did little to prepare us for the reality. Least of all for our new found companion, Dunfallon.

He had skipped ahead in his excitement to be home – only to be greeted by scenes of destruction and slaughter. 

Rumble rushed to his side to comfort him. And attempted to hold him back from his family burrow. Unsuccessfully. 

I led us out of the burrows immediately. 

We still do not know what our enemy looks like. But we have seen his cruelty.

The Fairy Diary Day 24 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Dunfallon reports that we should arrive at our destination tomorrow. Rumble gets more excited with each landmark that the little fellow points out. And there have been a lot of those. I can easily imagine that he knows every blade of grass upon this whole plain and would know if any were out of place. 

He should prove very valuable when we set up the defenses for his people in the rolling hills. 

I am anxious even though the strange darkness has not returned. Or rather precisely because it has not returned. 

I wrote to the High Fairy but so far he has not replied. I shall keep him informed with my impressions. He seems to think they are worth something.

The Fairy Diary Day 23 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

So much has happened today – I hardly know where to begin. Our peril has been dire. And by comparison then how much greater (and surprising) has been our salvation. 

Our rest was interrupted midway through the night. A cold presence crept into our camp and a darkness covered the glowing moon. Its shadow enveloped Rumbletwist. And he lay there paralyzed. All I could see were his eyes pleading for my help. 

I called out for help myself. Rumble later told me that light swirled around the camp and collected upon my person and pushed the darkness back. 

The light held the darkness at bay until a tiny figure bounded into camp at dawn’s first streak of light. 

He was the tiniest pixie I have ever seen. 

He stood aghast at our plight. But then chuckled mightily as the darkness melted away.

His name is Dunfallon. And he comes from the pixie burrows in the rolling hills ahead. 

He and Rumble have become fast friends as we traveled the plain. He kept us from many pitfalls along the way.

The Fairy Diary Day 22 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It has been a long tiring day of travel. We had a pixie escort for the first half of the day. They left us when the forest gave way to a broad spreading plain and turned aside to help their brethren who inhabit and farm the area. 

Our goal lies straight across the plain to the rolling hills that ring a lone mountain peak. There another pixie band awaits our arrival. They had sent word to their woodland cousins of strange sightings thereabouts. 

Rumbletwist proves to be a marvelous companion. So full of stories that make our burdens light. And very knowledgeable – there is very little we have come across that he does not know the name for or how to use it or avoid it, if necessary. 

But most surprising of all he has deferred to my judgement for all decisions – making me in effect – leader. 

Beloved Father

Beloved Father

Beloved husband
Of one wife
Beloved father
Grand and great grand
Beloved friend
To all in his orbit
Stillness now covers
The frenetic pace
Time is run out here
And begun elsewhere
Rounded third base
And now safe at home
Beyond the hurley burley
Beyond our view
Under restful skies
By the side of the Eternal
Father and Husband
And Friend.

RWOz2

We buried my father yesterday. I wrote these thoughts as a tribute to him.

Love you, Dad.

The Fairy Diary Day 21 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabel writes:

I have caught my breath today. Things go much easier when I have tasks to perform with clear goals in view. So thankful for the direction of the High Fairy. 

Rumble and I have been setting the groundwork for the defense of the pixie burrows. He has brought fairy magic to combine with that of the pixies. This should render them hidden from all sentient beings. 

We will still have to seek out an encounter with the forces aligned against us in order to put our defenses to the supreme test. 

Rumble and I hope to sally forth into the unknown regions to the west. 

The Fairy Diary Day 20 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It has taken almost a full day to read the note from the High Fairy. The single page has grown into a scroll. 

I cannot believe it. I was lured out here under a false pretense. 

Rumble had no answers to my many questions about this change. I now know he was not the enemy that all supposed. He is quite devoted to the High Fairy, and to the Fairy Kingdom. And as such was only acting the part of a villain for a higher purpose. 

I know nothing as to what comes next. The message from the High Fairy only goes on in great detail about the great dangers we are all facing. There is a great evil abroad, threatening all the kingdoms surrounding the Fairy Kingdom. Rumble and I are here to help the pixies prepare to meet this peril. 

I feel so inadequate, so unequal to this task.

The Fairy Diary Day 19 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I camped just short of the pixie mound in which Rumble was sighted. I wanted to observe before making any contact, especially because my pendant was all asparkle and warm to the touch. 

But you cannot just lurk around a pixie settlement. I soon was spotted and was “invited” in. 

Rumble was there in their great hall. He even smiled before greeting me and began the introductions to the rulers of this pixie burrow.

He showed no awareness that as far as Nonin-gal-dith was concerned, he – Rumbletwist was considered an enemy. 

It was then that I finally heard from the High Fairy in the longest message to date.

The Fairy Diary Day 18 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The trail has gone cold. Not even a note from the High Fairy. 

I was at the point of continuing on his last known heading when a band of pixie scouts returned with news of a sighting of a fairy matching the description of Rumbletwist. 

They found him within the confines of another pixie community, one with whom they are allied. And because this individual has been welcomed into their mound my new friends here, no longer want to chance interfering in the affairs of their neighbors. 

Immediately I gathered my things and followed the lead of my pendant and a gracious encouragement from the High Fairy.

The Fairy Diary Day 17 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The pixies have finally given me back my things. Having chased off the human, the rest joined the ones who seized me. 

They carried me off to their great hall deep under the mound. They proved themselves friendly to me. Mainly because they believe I had taken their side against the human. Some of the younger ones as a prank ran off with my things when I had briefly put them aside. 

It took a while for the elders to track them all down and restore them to me. 

In the meantime the leader Nailbiter showed me every courtesy. They even offered their help in capturing Rumbletwist. 

I must weigh my next steps carefully.