The Fairy Diary Day 451 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I had to restrain Dunfallon this morning. He wanted to go out with Cluyjil again even before the sun was up. I prevailed upon him to wait for Merlin who had sent word through the owl that he would soon call us in to review his discoveries. 

Rumble heeded the cue and took him aside to encourage him to be patient. It was good to see the two friends spend the time together. He led the pixie down to the library where they combed through volumes that the owl had returned from the wizard’s study. 

(Rumble had hopes for clues as to what Merlin had uncovered).

After another round of golden nectar for all, including Cluyjil, Merlin sent for us. 

Solemnity cloaked the room as we claimed our seats in the wizard’s study. Instead of telling us he put the seer’s stone through its paces – image after image trotted around land after land – none of them bore back an image of our missing friends. 

Dunfallon asked the question on all our minds – “Do our friends yet live?”

Merlin nodded affirmative and said, “But not in this world.”

With gravity he continued. The key is in Rayjil’s ability.  He indicated the volume open in front of him. In the rarest of cases, dragons who can disappear do not just turn invisible, but are transported to another place altogether. Another world? Another reality? None can say. 

The problem therefore remains – how to call them back. 

Merlin looked at each of us in turn and declared that we must find that means to call Rayjil back. 

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 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 358 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Not having any thing further with which to busy ourselves, Noralei, Rumble, and I took our ease. We walked and talked down in the gardens of the courtyard, telling our dreams and wishes for when all this is over. Looking forward to again being home in Nonin-gal-dith. 

Of course our conversation often strayed to Dunfallon and his quest to find Willie, but we resisted the urge to join Merlin in his workshop as he followed our pixie’s progress.

Then, our calm and quiet was disturbed by the sudden appearance of a black bird atop a trellis of roses. It stood perfectly still and silent – just glaring at each of us in turn. 

It launched into the sky when Merlin came running out. On his heels came the wizard’s owl who completed the rout of the intruder. 

Merlin brought grave news. Dunfallon needs our help. 

The Fairy Diary Day 189 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

This morning Noralei and I passed out through the gates of the castle to check the approaches. We found a patch of the plants – some in bloom (ugly) – others just sprouted – and a good many gone to seed. We collected their reddish seeds and took them to Merlin. 

The wizard set his major domo the task of clearing the outside approaches of all these plants he can find. Dunfallon will accompany the owl and torch them.

Merlin wants the enemy totally in the dark as to our doings here. 

As Merlin examined the seeds, Rumble, Noralei and I looked on. Imagine our shock when he removed the husk on the first one and all its neighbors’ husks opened also – revealing unblinking eyes staring back at us. 

Merlin scooped all but the first one into a stone jar and sealed it shut – remarking, “I see that I have more work to do.”

The Fairy Diary Day 179 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We now know what was behind everything. -The need for our presence called for days ago. -Merlin’s distraction since we got here. -And the task the wizard set for Noralei. They were all bound up together. 

Merlin sent the owl around with an invitation for us to join him in his study. We dutifully arrived at the designated time. The owl greeted us, as the wizard was not present. All the major domo would say was that Merlin would be with us soon. 

Dunfallon filled the time by telling us all about the plan he had concocted with the owl for his reparations. He has obligated the owl to help him change some lead into gold. All he needs is some lead and he thinks he can get some from Gilgorgon the dwarf just for the asking. 

Finally Merlin appeared and launched into his explanation. There has been an unwelcome presence in his castle ever since Willie arrived. His unease grew to the point that he had consulted with the High Fairy and together they divined that the Wisp was acting as a conduit to this other presence. Spying on him. The two concluded that we needed to be brought in. 

Each of us have something to contribute, starting with Noralei who has added panels to blind the spy. 

Next Merlin is asking Dunfallon to talk to the Wisp. That done, we will know better what Rumble and I can do to help.

The Fairy Diary Day 95 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Rumble checked in with me today for two reasons. First to say he progresses with his studies about humans. And second he thought it best to hear my input on what else he should do. 

I encouraged him in his endeavors. And suggested he locate a detailed map of their land. 

He replied that he knew just where to look. But before he left he asked if I had seen Dunfallon. 

It turns out that neither of us had seen our pixie friend all day long. 

So I took it upon myself to track him down. 

I spent a frustrating hour in the village to no result. And a trip out to the pasture revealed a contented goat but no Dunfallon. 

At last I did find him deep in conversation with Merlin’s owl. As I saw he was fitfully employed, I left satisfied to pursue my own assignments. 

The Fairy Diary Day 93 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

As ordered, I returned to the High Fairy’s chamber this morning with Rumble and Dunfallon in tow. The pixie was wide-eyed at the sights within. It was a task just to keep him focused on the meeting at hand. Even so he was the first to notice that an envoy from Merlin was present in the chamber. 

The High Fairy told us to pay him no heed as he would share his message later. Still it was difficult not to glance at the owl waiting atop its perch on the far side of the room. 

His excellency recounted to my friends all that we have learned from Willie and ended with a plea for all of us to undertake a new mission. To the lands of the humans. 

To this the owl added the intelligence about the enemy running rampant in the human territories. Thus our suspicions were confirmed from our experience with the refugees on our way back to Nonin-gal-dith. 

Though the High Fairy proposed that we take time to consider our answer before committing to the mission, each of us volunteered on the spot.

The Fairy Diary Day 65 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I can sense the time is at hand. The very air around me seems charged with excitement. I look out upon the scenes in front of me and everything is crystal clear. So clear it hurts your eyes, like it was freshly washed and scrubbed. 

My comrades are ready also. Especially Rumble at the prospect of returning to Nonin-gal-dith. He was expounding about showing Dunfallon around our fair town. 

The next minute I found myself reminding him that we have a more serious reason for returning. Merlin entered before he could reply, so we both turned to him expectantly. His tone was sober but not without a smile about his eyes. 

He invited us down to the great hall for a farewell gathering. There Dunfallon was already waiting for us. 

After we were seated the old owl led the other birds present in a sweet symphony of sound. 

Then Merlin spoke. He announced our departure for tomorrow, then encouraged all assembled to fellowship together. 

It was a sweet time. 

At the close, Merlin took me aside and presented me with a talisman. By it I can summon him in the time of dire need. But he cautioned me to be prudent in its use, and only when all other measures have been exhausted.

The Fairy Diary Day 64 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Dunfallon’s turn today to try out his new skills in front of an audience. The owl invited us up into the tallest tower of the castle. And to our amazement and amusement the pixie trotted out on the back of a golden eagle. The two made a curtsy before turning and hopping up to the window sill. 

And from that lofty perch launched themselves into space. After five or six rapid circuits of the tower and a screaming dive down to the castle courtyard, the flying duo presented themselves before us. 

Dunfallon is one proud pixie.  But he did dismount and give praise to his powerful companion. 

I wondered what was next for his other mount – the doughty mountain goat.  As an answer to my unspoken question, Dunfallon ran to the goat and told him not to worry for he would not forsake him.

I learned from the pixie later that the eagle will only come when he calls him. And he held up a silver whistle on a chain about his neck and winked.