The Fairy Diary Day 623 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Revellers filled the streets throughout the day for the moon flower bloom festival. Dunfallon asked permission to join his elvish friends in the celebration. But I asked him to hold off until our preparations shipboard were complete – at least those of his responsibility – seeing to it that his “army” was safely stowed aboard. I wanted to have everything prepared for our departure tomorrow, pending of course, the return of Noralei and Gibley and the dragon, Conjil.

 The pixie soon completed his task in record time – and was about to go off to seek his friends, when I thought of another important task. While Rumble went off to dispose of the wagons, which we no longer needed, I asked Dunfallon’s help to fashion a dragon harness to pull our vessel. He agreed as it was rather a simple task, for he just recovered the harness used with the wagons, and rigged up a device to which it could be attached to the ship.

Dunfallon was putting the final touches to this, when Merlin returned with a sailor in tow. We both recognized our former shipmate, the elf Goff. The wizard announced that he would be the captain of the ship. And for his part Goff declared that he was encouraged to have such an experienced crew as Dunfallon, Rumble, and myself. And when I told him that Noralei would also be in our crew, he smiled with satisfaction.

After looking over the ship, our new captain declared it ready and dismissed us all to partake in the celebration of the moon flower festival.

Rumble and Dunfallon gladly went off, accompanied by Goff. As Merlin was staying with the ship, I chose to stay with him and talk over the coming voyage.

The Fairy Diary Day 258 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Finally Captain Dorgone has the ship on our desired heading. Northward, with following seas. (Thanks to Merlin, I do believe).  

The captain and Goff suspect that Hawk was the one who had tied down the rudder. Especially having learned what Noralei had observed about him on their shift.  She recognized the cord used on the rudder as unique to him and further suspects it has magical qualities. (Merlin is examining its remains). 

His disappearance though remains a mystery. Was he a hapless victim in the storm? Or having accomplished his designs had he escaped somehow? Rumble thinks he may well have been a dark elf. 

Dunfallon kept pestering the wizard for news about his friends up in Dromadil, especially the troll Geog. I pulled the pixie aside and promised we’d all confer together with Merlin some time later this evening after seeing to our important tasks. 

I know I am just as curious as he is.

The Fairy Diary Day 253 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

When Rumble and I began our watch this morning it was all very different. Not only had the storm passed behind us, but the land to our north had disappeared completely from that horizon. It is now more paramount than ever that we begin to round in that direction. The captain is doing all he can to claw our way up to the north, but it is clear we are being pushed much further to the west.

By midday the sky in every quarter was darkening – except our current location. 

It was eerie to be in bright sunshine and to see a band of black surrounding us. Dorgone and Goff have never seen the like before. Dorgone called up the other watch to aid during the coming blow. 

I feel I won’t be able to write for quite some time. 

The Fairy Diary Day 250 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Between the captain and ourselves we decided to stop our enlistment efforts after securing just two other crew members. Rumble, Noralei, Dunfallon and myself agreed to actively participate in the tasks of sailing the ship – under his instruction of course.

(Besides we have other skills that should prove helpful on our passage north).

We followed the fishing fleet out of the bay in the wee small hours of the morning. When it turned south, we turned north. 

The captain split the crew into two watches – Rumble and myself will report to the older elf, Goff, for the day shift – and Noralei and Dunfallon will serve with a much younger elf, (who wants to be called Hawk), on the night watch. 

It was a good day for sailing with favorable winds. Though they are pushing us northwards there is a good deal of westering which is needed to round the shore that is directly ahead. The land no one will name lies further west, then north.