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 462 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

To her credit the Queen brought balance and great calm to the situation after such disquieting news. She called for her prime minister to meet with the High Fairy and Merlin to go over this latest development. 

It was readily apparent that there was no immediate danger so we set out to be methodical in how we came at these new problems. The Queen ordered the Crack of Doom to be moved back to its hiding place. And we decided that Dunfallon should take Rayjil to Nonin-gal-dith, to be kept there with Cluyjil under the pixie’s care and that of Rumble. 

I was all set to question Noralei and Gibley about their experiences when Noralei surprised me with her own account, written down while they were on the other side. It was therefore clear to me that I should read through it first. 

In this Noralei agreed, but said she wanted to preface my reading by relating the fact that it all began with a sighting of the Will’o’the Wisp. This startled all of us. 

So I sat with the High Fairy and Merlin and we read her scroll together. 

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 459 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The Faerie Queen held court this morning, and all of us were invited in. She was fully conversant with our petition and had been well briefed by her prime minister (who strangely was not in attendance). The High Fairy did all the talking on our side, answering quite skillfully each objection hitherto unraised – a testament to the thoroughness of our preparations. 

Still, sitting there engrossed in the proceedings, I gained no sense of which way her majesty was leaning. She was serene through it all, and made me proud to be her subject. 

When the hall fell silent after his excellency finished his last explanation regarding the risk involved in striking the Crack of Doom, the Queen surprised us. Instead of adjourning for the day, she asked if there were anyone present to speak for those who were missing. 

At this invitation Dunfallon leapt to his feet and without acknowledgement, mounted a spirited plea for the rescue of our friends. At the  close of his remarks the Queen’s composure changed. Before anyone else could speak, she stood and ruled immediately in our favor, commanding that we make the attempt at their rescue without delay. 

And I found that I loved our Queen all the more. 

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. 

The Fairy Diary Day 457 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Our reception in the Faerie Queen’s court, as expected, has been icy. (Not so with the populace which are accommodating and friendly enough – but then again they are not privy as to why we are here). We were dismissed with a nod each and ushered off to our own wing of the palace, where we are being made to wait for word about the time of our hearing. 

The High Fairy was allowed to deliver our petition to her prime minister once we were settled. We can only wonder what will happen next. 

Dunfallon was more restless than usual. He and I were allowed out into the adjacent garden which kept my pixie friend amused for a matter of fifteen wingbeats before his restlessness resurfaced. Before he could climb the wall I talked him back into our apartments to explore the bookshelves in one corner of the room assigned to me. 

Dunfallon found a tome on breeding dragons and I read with interest one which covered in great detail the bell called the Crack of Doom. As I held it in my lap reading, I sensed palpably darkness leaning over my shoulder. 

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 454 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It is decided. We shall all make our way to Nonin-gal-dith per the High Fairy’s wish and from there put our petition in for an audience with the Faerie Queen. His excellency foresees many objections to our request, so we will need to make up a list of what those objections might be and come up with a counter for each. 

Rumble has taken his first list into the library and there with Merlin’s help will begin the process. Only one day will be allotted here. Tomorrow the High Fairy wants us to be in Nonin-gal-dith (and in his library) to complete our research, and send in the formal petition. 

Dunfallon has been given the important task of transporting the object that Rumble has completed. It is in form much like the dragon training staff and thus Cluyjil should have little problem carrying it to our home village. 

Rumble will accompany his excellency there. And I shall go with Merlin. 

I am thankful to fill up my time helping, for when I find myself idle the fear grows within me for our missing friends. 

The Fairy Diary Day 453 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I was on the parapet to welcome the High Fairy upon his arrival. He was spotted by Dunfallon, out on his morning exercise with Cluyjil and they hastened back on the wing. Both of them followed us into the workshop where Rumble was hard at work at the forge. Merlin was directing his actions. 

Their work paused when we entered. 

I admit I did not know what they were doing, but his excellency did. And the High Fairy was not shy about demanding a halt to everything.

The wizard smiled and offered him the position of honor. Cluyjil trudged over and took the place beside his excellency. 

After the High Fairy asked why Noralei was not present, Merlin took this as his cue to explain all that has befallen our missing friends. And ended the explanation by declaring that we cannot stop our plan and that we require his intercession with the Faerie Queen to be allowed access to the Crack of Doom. 

His excellency sat in silence for the longest time, and so did we. 

Finally, Cluyjil stood to his feet and crossed to the work bench where he breathed fire unto the metal object Rumble had been fashioning. 

Then, the High Fairy simply and eloquently agreed to intercede with the Faerie Queen.