The Fairy Diary Day 504 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Much to our relief, Merlin returned this morning. After checking a multitude of black bird sightings in and around Dromadil the trail had run cold. However, that fact was not what brought him back but rather the alarm sent out when Rumble opened the hidden cupboard. 

As it turns out it did contain the metals he had put aside with which to fashion a necklace for the beacon stone. And after examining the design Noralei had drawn for it, he gave a most hearty approval. 

That done, the wizard turned his attention to the swallowed gems. He questioned Dunfallon and Gibley about their charges – had there been any noticeable changes since the incident – in behavior or abilities – good or ill effects. 

All they could report was an increased appetite for fire plants. So Merlin advised them to keep an eye out for any changes in their fire breathing. 

The High Fairy spoke up at that point and said that Herblas might have learned something to illuminate the matter – and he prodded the shy dwarf forward. 

Herblas asked to look down the throats of the dragons. Dunfallon protested that he had done so already and found nothing in Rayjil. Still the pixie coaxed her to open her gullet, and there at the back of her throat – for all to see – the gem was lodged in a space in front of the igniter. A check with Conjil revealed the same. 

Merlin invited the dwarf and the dragon handlers to convene with him in his study. 

I joined Noralei and Rumble in the workshop to watch them as they got back to work- but found my thoughts wandering as to what else unlooked for would happen next. 

The Fairy Diary Day 503 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei had mostly good news to report this morning. Rumble found everything she needed in the wizard’s workshop, secreted away in a hidden cupboard. She may be able to start forging the necklace soon, but because these metals were hidden away she was hesitant to commandeer them for the necklace. The owl could not rule one way or another without the say-so of his master. So, we went to the High Fairy for his advice. 

His excellency did not appear to welcome the question, especially as it would involve his making a decision in the absence of his friend. But he sighed loudly and ordered Noralei to proceed while adding that he would take all the responsibility upon himself. 

When Dunfallon learned that Noralei was about to begin forging the necklace, he also made a petition – he thought it important that all of us witness this momentous event. And since we all agreed, we all crowded into the workshop, including the dragons. 

Herblas gave Noralei two of his purple stones that were of the same size and shape as the goblin one, so that she could have a better idea for the link for the setting. 

Then a strange thing happened – in the act of passing the stones to Noralei, they flew out of the dwarf’s hand – one each into the open mouth of a dragon. 

We immediately stopped what we were doing in order to consider what had just happened. 

The Fairy Diary Day 453 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I was on the parapet to welcome the High Fairy upon his arrival. He was spotted by Dunfallon, out on his morning exercise with Cluyjil and they hastened back on the wing. Both of them followed us into the workshop where Rumble was hard at work at the forge. Merlin was directing his actions. 

Their work paused when we entered. 

I admit I did not know what they were doing, but his excellency did. And the High Fairy was not shy about demanding a halt to everything.

The wizard smiled and offered him the position of honor. Cluyjil trudged over and took the place beside his excellency. 

After the High Fairy asked why Noralei was not present, Merlin took this as his cue to explain all that has befallen our missing friends. And ended the explanation by declaring that we cannot stop our plan and that we require his intercession with the Faerie Queen to be allowed access to the Crack of Doom. 

His excellency sat in silence for the longest time, and so did we. 

Finally, Cluyjil stood to his feet and crossed to the work bench where he breathed fire unto the metal object Rumble had been fashioning. 

Then, the High Fairy simply and eloquently agreed to intercede with the Faerie Queen. 

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 355 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Concern was growing for our absent pixie. He should have completed his tasks long ago. I prevailed upon Merlin to check on his whereabouts. The wizard managed to call up his image on his seers’ stone. 

Dunfallon and his eagle were a long way from their assigned locations. We could only surmise that he had completed those tasks and was off on some business of his own. 

At least he was safe. I would have a few choice things to say to him on his return. 

I turned over the last of my gleanings on crystals to Rumble so he could get up more maps for us. 

I joined Merlin and Noralei in the wizard’s workshop and watched them put together a new lantern/cage for Willie. And now and again I took a peek at the seer’s stone. 

By all appearances Dunfallon is on his way back.

The Fairy Diary Day 354 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei had stayed in Nonin-gal-dith to straighten a few problems created by her inexperienced sister. On one hand she had been failing to meet the needs of their regular customers – missing deadlines – product that was adequate, but not up to her normal high standard. And as for the other hand, a dispute was about to break out that could easily have descended into an all-out fairy dust-up – all due to the monopolization of her sister’s time by one of their more obnoxious clients. 

So it took awhile for Noralei to balance out the problems and rescue their business. 

That said, she was so glad to be back at Merlin’s castle and looking forward to the prospect of learning more from the wizard. Especially about what had happened to the lantern/cage she had built for the Will’o’the Wisp. 

So she disappeared with Merlin into his workshop, while Rumble and I returned to our projects. We will have quite a long list for Dunfallon for whenever he returns from the north. 

I know I am curious to hear from him – particularly about that story he is saving for when we are all together again.

The Fairy Diary Day 177 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I feel a great weight lifted off of my shoulders with our arrival here at Merlin’s castle. I hope never to be embroiled in human affairs again. Thankfully Merlin has not bundled us off to our next mission. Surprisingly he has not yet broached the topic to us. So I am thinking it must not be as crucial as he had led us to believe. 

For now he is allowing us to take our ease. And I think Dunfallon, for one, welcomes the opportunity to forget his latest escapade. 

I asked Rumble to meet with the pixie to renew their friendship and to help him get past his guilt. And perhaps he can help with his desire to make up for the humans’ loss of those lambs. 

Noralei collected me and took me on a tour of the workshop in which she constructed that small lantern and the iron proof barrier. 

I suspected she was trying to help me recover too from our latest hardship. 

I welcomed the diversion.