The Fairy Diary Day 664 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I do believe that we are farther from Nonin-gal-dith than when first we entered these pixie woods and that holds true even though we have come out on the other side of the forests. The path Rumble plotted for us kept us not only far away from the swamp of Will’o’the Wisp – it also kept us at a great distance from the main pixie burrows. 

That is why I granted Dunfallon’s petition for him to pay a visit to Nailbiter’s burrow – with the proviso that he return to us this night. 

The road chosen by Rumble was very smooth and passed through picturesque forests and meadows. It is surprising therefore how few pixie burrows there were in that most perfect of settings. 

We crossed over the road the humans use between Aznastria to the north and their sister kingdoms to the south. It called to mind our friends King Nimrood and Caywyn, and made me wonder how they fared during the freeze and the Frost Fairy incursion. 

Rumble called a halt when we came to the fairy road that will take us to Nonin-gal-dith tomorrow. Here we will wait for Dunfallon to find us. 

I wonder if he will remember to show up. 

The Fairy Diary Day 578 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It has been a long, long day. We arrived at the capital of our Faerie Kingdom very late in the evening. We flew more or less directly here. We skirted around a few problems, and did not stop at Gilgorgon’s mountain for the obvious reason. 

However, Dunfallon wanted to swing around to Aznastria to solicit an endorsement from King Nimrood, but I told the well meaning pixie ’no.’ With the hearing set for tomorrow I did not want to chance any untoward happenstances. (And anyway I was sure that any human endorsement would not be looked upon favorably by her majesty). 

The High Fairy met us and brought us to an inn outside the capital where he had arranged a place to stable Cluyjil. Merlin decided that it would be best to leave Willie (in his cage) tethered to the dragon, to the end that they could look after one another. Then it was that the wizard revealed the substance of his discussions with the Wisp – Willie wants to be released back into his swamp in the pixie territory. Merlin went on to say that we could discuss it further after Noralei’s hearing. 

His excellency led the wizard, Dunfallon, Navril and myself up into a suite in the palace set aside for us. There Noralei and Rumble were waiting up for us. 

After the briefest of reunions Noralei herded us together into the library to talk over tomorrow’s hearing. 

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.