The Fairy Diary Day 163 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Rather than pressing onwards along the main road in the effort to discover where the refugees departed it, we followed the troll brothers on a shortcut to that part of the second chain of hills that guards the valley of their homeland. 

It was a most pleasant walk through a picturesque landscape. Although there was one section near a swamp that conjured up unpleasant memories of the Will’o’the Wisp. I asked Geog if he had ever encountered such beings. He told me no, not in this swamp, but he added that often he has spotted flickering lights floating in the woods around his family’s place. He’d never gotten close to any and for sure, no one ever went missing on account of them.

This piqued Dunfallon’s interest but before he could act on it, Rumble took him aside to remind him what we have come here for.

The Fairy Diary Day 131 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We passed by the first human outpost today. Dunfallon checked it out from the air and Rumble made  sure all was clear on the ground. While they saw to their tasks I talked with Noralei about her time at Merlin’s castle. And eventually circled around to her observations about the Will’o’the Wisp. 

She knew little more than the new prison she had helped fashion for him. It is larger inside than the outside confines – part of the spell Merlin cast over it. He is right at home for it contains a good deal of his swamp. And at times he sings like a contented song bird. Though she says she understands not a word. 

And I knew that Merlin must know that of which he sings. 

We moved into the outpost at the ‘all clear’ from the boys. 

And I was left to ponder.

The Fairy Diary Day 87 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Willie has been behaving oddly today. Usually he is all vociferous to begin with, and quiets down by the end of the day. Instead he was been silent the day long. And looking very pale. 

Dunfallon is concerned he may just fade away. But I have suspicions he is up to something. 

Perhaps if he disappears altogether he hopes we will open the lantern and he can escape. 

Rumble shares my suspicion and is keeping an even closer eye on him. 

The guards tell us they will be turning back the day after tomorrow. I wonder if knowing that fact will embolden Willie to more aggressive action. 

I think that though he is getting weaker the farther we get from his beloved swamp, the more desperate he will become.

The Fairy Diary Day 78 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I awoke this morning to find Dunfallon gone.  I shook Rumble and together we looked for him. 

His goat was still tethered in the same spot as last night and did not seem to be disturbed by the absence of her master. 

We called out for him, but there was no answer. And strange to say, it was unnaturally quiet around about. No bird song.

Again and again our search ended at a nearby pond. The ground thereabouts was marshy and beyond the pond was quite swampy. 

Then Rumble said what I was thinking. That we needed to search the swamp for a will’o’the wisp. And our missing friend.