The Fairy Diary Day 690 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Today will live long in my memory.

I set aside my armor and my pendants for the first time in an age. Clothed in a robe of gossamer and shod with golden sandals I was escorted before a throne at the entrance of the repository by my closest friends – Rumble, Dunfallon, and Noralei. Tinadell smiled down at me. Flanking him were Merlin and the prime minister on one side, and Gibley with the five dragons on the other. Everyone in my dream of yesterday was in attendance. So many faces, and all smiling for me.

The Fairy King addressed me, “Meribabell of Nonin-gal-dith you have found favor with me and our fairy folk. You are worthy to take up the mantle of the High Fairy.”

At this the prime minster stepped forward and spread the mantle over my robe.

Tinadell then continued, “And if you promise to faithfully serve me and the fairy folk…”

At this I replied, “ Yes, I promise.”

“ Then receive the sign for your office.” He turned to Merlin and handed him the chain of office – whose gems glistened like a rainbow in the sun.

The wizard stood before me, knelt, and placed the honor around my neck. Its weight settled there and then lightened by its own power, spreading its warmth over my whole being.

The cheers of all reflected off of the trees of the repository behind the throne, and seemed to center upon the spot where I stood. Gabhe at that instant added his bleats of praise and seemed to bound everywhere.

Navril and Herblas then ushered my friends and me from before the dias to the great common area of the repository.

I admit that my tears kept me blurry-eyed thereafter.

And the idea consumed my thoughts that tomorrow upon my return to Nonin-gal-dith, my work truly begins.

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 526 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Naturally our discussions moved directly to our return to our world. I wanted to write to the High Fairy to request that they summon us back, and asked Tinadell if he wanted to come with us. 

He fell silent for the longest time. Then, stated that he would not hold us here and to please see to our own return. Dunfallon and Noralei spoke as one, asking him did he not want to return? 

He assured us that indeed he did want to – but added that he did not think he would be allowed. For long, long ago he had been banished by the Faerie Queen for trying to usurp her place at the time of her ascension to the throne. 

He wandered from place to place until that fateful day that he fell in with some goblin dragon handlers. They had needed a small fellow to help them search for a green crystal that had fallen into a crevice here when it was called the Land of Plenty. And there within he encountered that entity that fed on his unhappiness and changed this land overnight. And he had been in its thrall until we delivered him. 

I took out the scroll and then and there wrote the High Fairy. I gave him the news about the success of our mission – our encounter with Tinadell – and pled for permission to bring him back with us.