The Fairy Diary Day 483 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

With everything prepared I had a prompting of sorts to check on the Crack of Doom before Merlin, Dunfallon and I left for his castle. All seemed in order. Four fairy guards were in their new posts high above the bell. I felt assured that it was as protected as we could make it. 

That is until I turned to leave that roost. 

An alarm sounded indicating that one of our traps had sprung. It was soon surrounded by almost everyone in the repository. 

We had once again caught the Will’o’the Wisp. And he was spluttering his displeasure for all to hear. 

We postponed our departure only for as long as it took Dunfallon to question the imp about his recent activities. Longer than that we did not want to indulge. We were satisfied that there was no imminent danger of further incursions. And having transferred him to his new cage Merlin made the decision to take him with us. (We want him as far from the bell as possible).

After exchanging farewells with everyone (and promises to Noralei that we would soon be reunited), Merlin whisked us away. 

The Fairy Diary Day 475 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei worked the night through fashioning a new cage for the Will’o’the Wisp. This was after, of course, we had finished placing some clever traps around the repository. 

The High Fairy busied himself putting in place an elaborate spell that should mask our presence and that of the bell from the outside. And in the offhand chance Willie discovers a way in, the effects of the spell will follow him in and hopefully blind him to the traps we have set. 

Having finished these preparations another thought suddenly occurred to me. Though we have fully warned the fairy troops here about Willie, we have not alerted them to be on the lookout for the black bird. 

I immediately went to the Caretaker to rectify that omission. 

The Fairy Diary Day 470 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Strange how things come about and when they do – one can see that it is all a matter of timing. 

Thus, with the arrival of Dunfallon and Cluyjil, Noralei came up with a solution – a substitute for her proposed measure. She believes that with the proper training Cluyjil would make the perfect protector for the bell. Merlin and I agreed and with a little persuasion we were able to win over the High Fairy and the Caretaker. 

Dunfallon is all for it and is already considering how to train Cluyjil for this very important role. Of course, the Caretaker must have the ultimate command of the dragon, so he will have to be trained also, but perhaps Noralei would be a better choice than the pixie for that task. 

There will be very interesting days ahead for all of us. 

The Fairy Diary Day 469 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The sudden appearance of Dunfallon caught everyone off guard. And because he brought Cluyjil with him (or vice versa) a small furor was raised among the fairy troops guarding the entrance. 

The Caretaker was beside himself at what he considered to be an effrontery to his authority. Thankfully the High Fairy and Merlin soothed his jangled nerves – until the worthy commandant asked the obvious question as to how a pixie and a dragon had found the hidden repository for the Crack of Doom.  

Back at Nonin-gal-dith, Dunfallon and his team (which included Rumble and Gibley) had learned that dragons have an innate sense as to the location of this most dangerous of bells. 

It was in that moment that I understood why it was that our enemy had set his sights on obtaining a dragon through his various agents. 

Now more than ever it falls to us to keep that from happening. 

The Fairy Diary Day 467 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Each of us – Merlin, the High Fairy, Noralei and myself made up a list of ideas on how to secure the Crack of Doom from any and all dire mischief. We then met with the Caretaker of the bell and its repository to seek his input on which ideas would be good and acceptable. 

It was a long session. And I was glad to have put my main one to his excellency well beforehand. Otherwise I would have embarrassed myself. To my proposal that we just destroy the bell, he explained that such had already been proposed but never carried out, for fear that in the very process of trying, the greater destruction of everything else would result. (To further illustrate Merlin told me that efforts to melt the bell proved deadly to those attempting it).

By day’s end we whittled our lists down to just a few measures. Under the Caretaker’s direction we shall implement them tomorrow. 

The Fairy Diary Day 466 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Her Majesty provided an escort to guide the four of us out to the secret hiding place of the Crack of Doom. These fairy troops will be added to the protective detail already in place. 

On the way out of the fairy capital we passed over the daisy ring defenses. As it would be expected they are much larger and more extensive than those surrounding Nonin-gal-dith. The High Fairy noted my interest and headed off my thought that similar arrangements should be supplied for the bell’s hiding place. He pointed out that such measures call attention to what they are defending, and we need to conceal it. 

And such was the case as we soon discovered – for the hiding place was much closer to the capital than I thought it would be. There was no road leading straight to it. The capital had dropped from view when the High Fairy directed us off the road towards a towering forest that appeared all the more impenetrable the closer we drew to it. 

Halting before a pair of tree monarchs his excellency spoke the words of enchantment and the brambles between the two unwound and parted, allowing our group to enter into the sanctuary beyond. 

Leaving the fairy troops to integrate with the others, Merlin with our assistance began to review the inner repository for ways to improve the protections around the bell. 

The Fairy Diary Day 465 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin called for me this morning. When I joined him the High Fairy was with him, stationed at the window and gazing off into the distance. 

I launched immediately into expressing my desire to learn more about the goblin dragon handlers. But before I got beyond the bare statement, the wizard nodded and said, “All in good time – but that is not why we have called for you.”

His excellency turned from the window at that point and gave his full attention to our discussion about the need to secure the Crack of Doom from the designs of our enemy. He made many astute observations based upon their meeting of yesterday with Noralei. 

We were just finishing when Noralei herself came in to inform us that permission was granted for us to review the bell’s security in its secret location. 

We are to make ready for the trip and depart tomorrow. 

The Fairy Diary Day 461 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The bell continued to hum – long after being struck. It was a welcome sign to all. That fact and the greater fact that we were all still standing was proof to us that the end had not come. But we did not know yet whether the risk had born fruit. I found myself contemplating whether or not we should strike it again. 

Then from off in the distance an echo reached our ears. A reverberation similar in tone to that of the Crack of Doom. And then the tinkle of seven silver bells looming larger as out of the thin air, the dragon Rayjil materialized bearing on her back our friends Noralei and Gibley. 

I was ecstatic with joy – flying loop de loops in the air around them. And Dunfallon clambered up beside them and squeezed both in a fierce embrace. 

Only then did I notice the distraughtness in Noralei’s face. And the Queen did too. 

Her Majesty asked, “What is wrong, my child?”

Noralei replied, ”You should not have brought us back. Not now. We were defeating the darkness.”

The Fairy Diary Day 460 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Although the Faerie Queen set things in motion yesterday by dispatching her personal aide to where the Crack of Doom is held in secret, Dunfallon and I were sent back to our quarters again – to wait. A fact that was not as grating on my pixie friend as before with the promise that the bell was to be delivered to a tower on the inner wall of the queen’s castle. There the Queen’s carpenters under the High Fairy’s supervision were assigned to prepare a scaffolding for it. 

We joined them when Merlin returned with representatives from the dwarves, the elves and the goblins. The wizard has calculated the necessity of each having a hand in the ringing of the bell. All responded willingly. 

So, after Dunfallon helped lash the bell to the framework of the scaffolding and most importantly of all had immobilized its clapper from swinging, we were ready to begin. The pixie and I lined up with the other representatives from the other lands around the object Rumble had fashioned and awaited the Queen’s order. 

At her nod we rammed the bell striker at the Crack of Doom.

Kkkkkkrackkkk!!!

We felt the sound first through our hands on the striker. Then in the air speeding away from the tower in a deep sonorous roar. 

Then the wait began. 

The Fairy Diary Day 458 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Only the High Fairy and Merlin were called in for the hearing regarding our petition to the Faerie Queen. The Queen herself was not in attendance. Her prime minister asked the questions. And by their account our two petitioners answered all the objections put forth in this first session. For it is now a certainty that this process will drag on. 

To say this is frustrating is an understatement. But in Dunfallon’s estimation it is an utter travesty. He wants them to move beyond the talk and actually do something to bring our friends back to us. I did my best to calm him and pulled out the volume on the Crack of Doom for him to read. 

Having read it myself, I better understand the reasoning behind the steps Merlin and his excellency have taken so far. The crux is convincing the Queen that this bell can be rung to call our friends back to this world without invoking the end of the age or bringing doom upon every living soul. Hence the creation of something different to strike the proper tone to be a beacon and not a destructor. 

In the end it is all pure risk.