The Fairy Diary Day 456 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The petition is finalized. The High Fairy has done it up in his own hand on a fresh parchment. He rolled it up, placed his seal upon it and has it encased in a container especially made for it. This he has entrusted to me for safe keeping. 

We leave tomorrow for the capital. 

But not all of us. 

It would be too much to take Cluyjil along with us. Our motives would be suspect if we were to take a dragon with us. 

The dilemma thus created only impacts Dunfallon. He is torn. But he is more convinced that he needs to add his plea in person for our missing friends. And especially in light of the fact that we are asking to use the single most dangerous artifact in our world for personal reasons. 

Rumble has agreed to stay behind here in Nonin-gal-dith, and see to Cluyjil’s care. 

The Fairy Diary Day 455 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We are all safely back in Nonin-gal-dith, having come by various routes. Though they left first, Dunfallon and Cluyjil were last to arrive. And while he will not say, I do believe they made a few detours – no doubt looking for leads on our friends Noralei, Gibley, and their dragon Rayjil. 

The High Fairy set Rumble to work in his library the moment they got here with a fresh list of possible objections to research. And I joined him after Merlin deposited me here. The wizard immediately turned around and made a quick trip to see Gilgorgon and convinced him to add his name to our petition. (I believe that will take care of at least three objections the Faerie Queen could have).

I left Rumble behind in the library once Dunfallon was available to accompany me to Noralei’s blacksmith shop. There I informed her sister what I knew about Noralei, and the pixie wanted her to look at the article that Rumble had constructed. I also took the opportunity to inquire after my cottage which she had so kindly offered to look after – it was fine – everything was where I had left it.

I took a few moments, for after tomorrow I do not know when I will see it again. 

The Fairy Diary Day 450 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin made the decision to return us to his castle. He chose Rumble and me to accompany him and allowed Dunfallon and Cluyjil to fly back on their own, the better to check once again for their friends. 

Once there, the wizard pulled a few volumes from his library and then buried himself in his study. 

Rumble and I wended our way up to the parapet and kept vigil, scanning the skies in the direction where Gilgorgon’s mountain lay below the horizon. 

Merlin’s major domo the owl took pity on us and sent up two goblets of golden nectar – to keep up our strength and sharpen our eyesight. After the first sip I could make out the distant dots of the pixie and the dragon, flitting hither, thither, and yon across the landscape. 

It seemed that as they drew closer the slower they moved. 

They touched down on the parapet with the setting of the sun. That they were dispirited was plain to see. 

Dunfallon took his mount down to the courtyard to see to his care. And we went down to wait in the antechamber to Merlin’s study. 

The Fairy Diary Day 449 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The pixie dumbfounded us with the announcement that Noralei and Gibley had gone missing while riding Rayjil. Dunfallon could not vouch that they were still both with Rayjil but he is holding to that hope. 

Merlin asked him for more details. So, Dunfallon began at the beginning.  The three dragon handlers had been taking their charges on longer and longer flights from the vicinity of the castle.  

The two dragons, no longer mere hatchlings, eagerly participated in these daily excursions. Throughout these new experiences they proved to be compliant and obedient, and always had returned to the castle by day’s end. That is until two days ago. 

Noralei had proposed the longest flight yet – a jaunt to and from Gilgorgon’s mountain. Dunfallon had chosen to remain at the castle because Cluyjil had developed a flutter in his right wing and hence thought it best to rest it a day. 

When the trio failed to return that night, Dunfallon was concerned but not as much as Cluyjil. The young dragon paced all night in the courtyard.  And was inconsolable until the pixie unshackled and mounted him in the morning. And flew straight for Gilgorgon’s mountain. 

There were no signs of their friends along the way or on the mountain. Instead Gabhe met them with word that Merlin and some fairies were expected soon. 

Thus we were brought up to date and the whole matter handed over to Merlin. 

The Fairy Diary Day 448 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Gilgorgon’s contingent accompanied us up to their mountain stronghold. They are a special group and make up the household guard of their king. They have been dispatched to prepare for his return. 

Out of respect for Merlin, they let the wizard lead the way. Their leader, Herblas, Gilgorgon’s chief steward, lagged behind often to note down repairs to be done in the future. (I must say that in most instances I could not see anything out of order). 

As we approached the portal entrance, Gabhe bounded forth and pranced excitedly around us. He was excited to greet us and perhaps even more elated at the return of Herblas and his cohorts. 

I thought that Gabhe was simply overjoyed no longer to be alone, but the next instant Dunfallon stood before us also – with a dutiful Cluyjil at his side. 

The pixie had flown on the dragon all the way from Merlin’s castle. And he brought important news with him. 

The Fairy Diary Day 444 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin wrapped up the goblin issue quite easily. They wanted only the area adjacent to their territory marked by their outpost. The area in which the dragon hid and created even more tunnels. It is a matter of security for them. 

The dwarves will concede that area but only under the proviso that they identify for them the route used by the dragon to worm its way into the vaults below Artoxon’s apartments. The goblins are to fill in that tunnel (or tunnels) and abandon it for up to a day’s journey away. 

The High Fairy has had a harder time leading the dwarves to an agreement on the fate of Artoxon and Bifitz. A simple majority wants them executed; the rest would be content with banishment. The latter is more likely. And I believe his excellency leans towards that conclusion.  But then the question becomes – to where?

Rumble and I may not know the outcome for a while, as we shall depart with Merlin as soon as he winds up the details between the dwarves and goblins. 

The Fairy Diary Day 420 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It was during my turn to wait outside Merlin’s study chamber when the wizard emerged at last. He was in a hurried state of mind but graciously lent audience to my questions on dragon development. 

It is Merlin’s studied opinion that Rayjil should suffer no ill effects from the lack of dragon shell in her diet. However, he was alarmed at my report about her latest ability. Initially. And happily changed his tune upon hearing about Gibley’s solution.  

Then it was Merlin’s turn to change the topic on me. He led me at a run up to the rampart parapet. The instant we came to rest the High Fairy landed and joined us. 

His excellency was the bearer of shocking news. The two dwarf kingdoms are now at war. 

The whole idea set my insides on edge.

The Fairy Diary Day 419 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Cluyjil consumed the last of his eggshell last night and is a strapping specimen. Thus far there appears to be no ill effect to the lack of dragon shell in the diet of Rayjil. And Rumble has located no other reference to the topic in the dragon literature aside from those of the goblin author. 

We therefor sought out a consultation with Merlin. Dunfallon left word with his major domo the owl. Unfortunately it was one of those times when the wizard had buried himself in his study with orders not to be disturbed by anything but a dire emergency. 

In the meantime I alternated between the pixie and the goblin, the better to compare the two hatchlings. Cluyjil has the advantage in size over Rayjil, but that seems only natural given their sexes. However, the male’s wings are maturing rapidly and he may begin his flight training on the staff very soon. Rayjil’s wings are hardly noticeable and she prefers to slither about like a serpent. 

But she did surprise us all when she left the staff to cozy up to Noralei. The instant she let go of the staff she disappeared from our view. Apparently she can make herself transparent but as of yet cannot control it. 

Gibley fitted her for a necklace with seven tiny bells. And so far she is quite taken with the merry little tune they jingle. 

The next few days should prove interesting.

The Fairy Diary Day 407 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We stumbled across a cave entrance that had eluded Dunfallon’s notice from the air, so Gibley just had to check it out. While I stayed outside with a dozing hatchling, the goblin went in accompanied by Rumble and Noralei. 

They were not gone long, for it turned out to be inhabited by an animal of some kind – absent at the moment.

Gibley did find a few scraps to give to his dragon later. 

We were about to move on when Dunfallon dropped in to see us. As he slid off the back of his eagle we all saw that he was wielding a knobby stick and made to strike the hatchling with it. Before any of us could react, the hatchling was awake and threw itself at the stick. It was soon wrapped around it and making contented sounds. The pixie laughed and explained he had found this dragon training staff near the cave that was farthest from the river. 

Dunfallon had recognized it from his library research. And Gibley confirmed its use by his people. 

His hope soared that he may soon be back with them.

The Fairy Diary Day 403 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I regret not going further than outside the other gate, but we were tired and wanted to rest up before venturing out into the canyonlands. My decision resulted in another attempt to wrest the hatchling from Gibley and us. I suspect that Artoxon set the plot in motion. And thankfully we believe neither Fliget nor Gnoston were involved. 

Both Dunfallon and I were awakened from a sound sleep to the sight of two burly dwarves creeping up to the swaddled hatchling. Our cries of protest awakened the others and we rallied around the dragon and its goblin. Rumble and Noralei beat them off with their drawn swords, forcing them to drop the sack into which they hoped to secure the hatchling. She bit the ankle of one of the dwarves before they both stumbled off. 

Our attackers did not enter the city, but made off for the canyonlands. So, we were a bit apprehensive when we exited the land of the dwarves and emerged into the first canyon. And like Rumble once said – a vast army could be hidden down here. 

Thus the very first thing, Dunfallon summoned his eagle and flew ahead as a precaution against being taken unawares.