The Fairy Diary Day 565 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we are all feeling quite glum. Thankfully no one but Rumble and Noralei’s sister took note of our arrival. Perhaps we need to take in the peace and quiet of Nonin-gal-dith and try to calm ourselves. I know one pixie who should do so. He is still seething over Rayjil being forced to stay at the repository. 

Noralei has agreed to take Cluyjil in, until such time as I return him to Merlin’s castle. But I think it more likely that I will take him on a search for the wizard in Laguayil or Dromadil. 

I think we shall need Merlin to advocate for Rayjil and Noralei before the Faerie Queen – like he did on behalf of Tinadell. Already I have heard from the High Fairy that he cannot get in to see her. This attitude smacks of ingratitude – especially in light of all we have done for the kingdom and for this world. 

The Fairy Diary Day 564 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy greeted us upon our arrival. And the Caretaker appeared right behind him and was about to speak when his excellency ordered him back inside. Then, he presented us with an edict signed by the Faerie Queen. 

It was an order commanding the requisition of any dragons passing under the shadow of the repository to be its property unto perpetuity. 

This immediately drew a protest from all of us – but especially a strident one from Noralei and Dunfallon on Rayjil’s behalf. (Tinadell remained silent – neutral – no doubt due to his probationary status in the kingdom). I challenged this pronouncement by pointing out that in no way could this order be applicable to Cluyjil for he was a member of Merlin’s household. 

The High Fairy acceded to my reasoning but in the next breath said he was sorry, but Rayjil would be subject to it and must remain. 

Noralei tried to argue that she may yet hear from Glossom about her request for a breeding pair. But his excellency again said he was sorry, and that Rayjil must stay. 

At these words the Caretaker returned and claimed Rayjil. And to our consternation led her away. 

I asked the High Fairy if we could appeal the stipulations of the edict. He said he would go to the Queen and ask her for an audience. 

In the meantime he advised us to return to Nonin-gal-dith. 

With heavy hearts we all mounted Cluyjil and set out for home. 

The Fairy Diary Day 563 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It was a time of leavetaking. 

Merlin departed first. With his blessing he left Cluyjil to help in our transport back to the repository. He shared with Dunfallon and me that he had a strong premonition of a need to look into Laguayil and Dromadil. He hopes that our actions here have brought them relief. 

With the wizard’s departure we turned our attention to Gibley. He and Conjil are staying here in the Land of Plenty. The goblin wants to travel throughout the land to check on what changes may have occurred since the rift was sealed off. Only then will he return to the canyonlands and report his findings back to his uncle and the clan. 

The rest of us waited for a message from the High Fairy that he had returned to the repository to summon us there. When his confirmation came we paired up – Noralei and Tinadell on Rayjil – and Dunfallon and myself on Cluyjil. After our swift journey across the colors of the rainbow we touched down in front of the repository. 

The Fairy Diary Day 537 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Things have become more complicated today. Noralei returned with Rayjil in the early afternoon and word has spread already that the dragon is here to stay – not just passing through as on former occasions. The Fairy Council has summoned Noralei to meet with them about their concerns. 

I jotted a note on the scroll to the High Fairy and petitioned him to come as soon as possible. The weight of his authority also would be welcome in Tinadell’s case. 

Besides we need to talk to him about the promise Noralei made to the Caretaker. She plans to fly with Rayjil to the canyonlands and treat with the goblin clans about procuring another dragon for the repository. I am curious to hear what thoughts his excellency has on that topic. 

The Fairy Diary Day 534 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It has been a momentous day. And we were all witness to it. I must say that it began with the view of the sunrise from my chamber window this morning. It warmed my heart with its beauty. I took it as a favorable portent for the day. 

The prisoner was brought in encumbered as yesterday. (And it seemed to me more downcast than before). However, instead of placing him in the cage, the chains came off and he was caused to stand before the Faerie Queen on her throne. 

First Her Majesty ordered Tinadell’s gag removed. Then she announced that his banishment was lifted… but replaced with one restricting him to the confines of Nonin-gal-dith until such times when his services were required. 

We learned later that the High Fairy had negotiated the release of Tinadell, very much along the guidelines outlined by Merlin. 

He was given into our care and we were ordered to leave immediately for Nonin-gal-dith. Noralei, however, set out for the repository to retrieve Rayjil and will rejoin us afterwards. I asked the High Fairy to accompany her to ensure there would be no problems with the Caretaker. 

Thus, Tinadell had his first taste of freedom on the road to Nonin-gal-dith in the company of Rumble, Dunfallon, and myself. For now we talked about everything but what it might be that he would be called upon to do. 

The Fairy Diary Day 530 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin departed to his castle with Cluyjil this morning. Soon after a guard of fairies left the repository with Tinadell for the capital. We, (that is Dunfallon, Noralei and myself), were to follow, but a disagreement with the Caretaker arose when Noralei proposed to take Rayjil with her. 

Despite there no longer being a threat to the repository and the Crack of Doom, the Caretaker does not want to release the one remaining dragon here to go with her. He has come to rely on a dragon being part of the defenses. (I certainly hope he is not motivated by an implied loss of prestige if he were to lose her services). 

I spoke and confirmed Noralei’s right to take her dragon with her, but added that now might not be the time. For I pointed out to her (as she very well knew) it was forbidden to take a dragon into the capital. 

In the end we compromised. For now Rayjil will remain on guard until we can come back once Tinadell’s fate is decided. But when we do she will take her dragon to her smithy shop in Nonin-gal-dith.

Thus we set out for the capital on foot – with a grumbling pixie (who had been counting on making the trip on the dragon).

The Fairy Diary Day 528 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

In the end circumstances forced our decision. 

I had come to the conclusion that my team and I would return – without Tinadell. I had written the High Fairy and put in our request for them to strike the bell as soon as they received it. This I told Tinadell, and promised that I would do everything within my power to bring him over later. 

We assembled and mounted our dragons and took flight. 

However, the very ground rose up to meet us, wracked by a great turbulence. I sensed the Land of Darkness was reverting to the Land of Plenty. I made a snap decision and ordered Gibley to turn Cluyjil around, and together we rescued Tinadell from the mounting cataclysm. 

The instant we rejoined the others, we heard the reverberation of the Crack of Doom. And almost before I knew it we were back at the repository – with much to explain. 

The Fairy Diary Day 512 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin arrived this morning- just before Dunfallon, Noralei and Herblas touched down on Conjil. The wizard was all business. He breezed on past for a minute inspection of the repository. (Feeling snubbed I wondered if I should have sent an apology to him also). 

Dunfallon and Noralei kept my attention off of those thoughts by filling me in about what the pixie had learned from Willie. The Wisp was not agitated as originally described, but gleefully boastful about being released soon. He crowed that his master was coming. And that soon we all would be dead or in thrall to the Dark One. 

(Thus I do believe I misread Merlin’s attitude – he was not snubbing me but motivated by a sense of urgency).

And so it proved when he gathered us together. He thanked me for making it possible for us to respond sooner to the pending danger.   He announced that of those present – Noralei, Dunfallon, Gibley, Herblas and myself will go. 

All three dragons are to go also. He and the High Fairy will guard the Crack of Doom, as soon as his excellency returns from Laguayil with Navril, who will be the sixth member of our party. 

In the meantime we went about what preparations we could. 

The Fairy Diary Day 509 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

When I arrived at the repository Gibley and Dunfallon were waiting there for me with Conjil. No one said a word – for the bag with the beacon stone preceded me – pulling me along. They followed me in past the fairy guards who parted to allow us entry. 

The Caretaker met us and ushered us to Cluyjil. I felt rather awkward to reel the bag in and to fuss with it to free the necklace from its interior. But once the stone was out of the bag it flew from my grasp and lodged itself on the bony breastplate of the dragon. It was a bit of a struggle after that to get the chain of the necklace over Cluyjil’s head. But when that was accomplished, the questioning began. 

The chief question being – where was Rayjil? 

I told the tale of our encounter with the black bird and asked the Caretaker’s permission to strike the Crack of Doom. 

Lacking a dwarf on the team to wield the striker with us, we were uncertain of our success. Instead we doubled up on fairies by asking the Caretaker to help. 

There was a long wait after we rammed the the bell with the striker – longer than the first time we rang it. Then, out of the rising mist that threatened to block the moon from view, our dragon Rayjil came straight for us. And she appeared injured. 

We gathered around the shivering dragon. Her right wing bore a puncture that was ragged and bleeding. Gibley and Dunfallon dressed the wound and the Caretaker ordered some new bedding laid down for her. 

Cluyjil and Conjil laid down one on each side of their fellow dragon and kept her warm throughout the night. 

The Fairy Diary Day 508 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I flew on. Aided somewhat by the beacon stone necklace which pulled steadily forward towards the repository.  Still, I stopped frequently to rest. In those times thoughts flooded in about what I had done. 

Had I lost sight of the big picture? Would Rayjil have been safely with us, if I had not run off with her? Might there have been some other way to convince everyone to go along with my idea?

I had to shake off those nagging questions, for now more than ever I must get to the repository. And not just to see to the pairing of the beacon stone with Cluyjil. I also needed to strike the Crack of Doom to summon Rayjil back from the other side. 

As I neared the Faerie Kingdom capital I had to resist the beacon stone which wanted to pull me straight over it. I thought it wiser to go around and thus avoid any further complications.