A Fairy Rare Adventure. Chapter 4; The Forgotten Ones

Aiden stood silent, people passed by like an a dream. He was waiting, quietly gripping to the hope that she got his message. He glanced up from his hood to the clock that stood erect form the fountain that he sat on. “3:00. 12 minutes.” He spoke sharply like his piercing blue eyes that seemed to darken his other features.

Aiden shoved his pale hands under his clock and closed his eyes. His first mission was only half complete. He had revealed Adelina’s true identity to her and now, he had to begin the second stage of the plan. She has to believe me. But she needs to understand, we don’t have much time. If she gets tied to this world, there’s no chance.

Aiden huffed and turned to look into the clear waters f the wishing fountain. “Foolish mortals, thinking this water will grant them wishes.” He muttered with a bitter undertone as time continued to pass until a shadow crossed with his. “Did..I make it..on time?” Aiden almost smirked at her voice and turns to see her.

Her hands on her knees, hair windswept and a fawn nosing her legs. She was wearing a long forest green skirt with a pale yellow top. Upon that, was a brown hassled poncho and black foot done her feet. A purple headband brushed back her red braids and our exposed her two colored eyes. Adeline straightened and looked at him intently. “What did you want with me this time?”

Aiden was a bit taken aback by her demand, but keep his face clean of emotions. “We still have much to discuss, but not in the open. Shall we get something to drink at The Swift Helm?” He gestured towards the tavern to their left. Adelina glanced at it and sighed. “At this moment, I don’t care as long as you get me the answer I need.” She crossed her arms and walked with him to the doors.

“Hey Adi! What’s up?” A solemn girl with a slight smile greeted the two as she laid down a tray of drinks at a table near the door. Adelina let out a sigh with a forced smile as Ae galad hid between her legs. “Just showing this newcomer ‘round town Ophelia.” Ophelia Souli, a server at the tavern, smiled from under her blonde bangs which hid her eyes. She brushed her hands on her apron and led them to a secluded corner in the tavern.

“I figured you would to stay away from the action.” She explained while clutching her tray before glancing at Aiden. “Pray traveller, what is your name? I’m a friend of Adelina’s and I could take you around town since Adelina has that exam this evening.” Aiden blinked and glanced at his escort. “I was not aware of this, pray what is this said exam?” Adelina bit her lip and began to nervously pet her fawn’s head.

Ophelia coughed. “It’s the scholars exam. Adelina wishes to be one and this is the annual test for those aspiring to take on the respected profession. If she passes, she will be certified as one and could a traveling scholar or remain here and take residence in the lord’s manor. I’m not sure what kind of scholar she wishes to be, but she always wanted to be one.” The quiet girl gave him a nod.

“Call me when you ready to order.” She called over her shoulder as she returned to her work. Aiden pondered Ophelia’s explanation. It wouldn’t hurt if Adelina passed, but then we would definitely have to leave. Her scholar skills and her abilities would be proof of who she is and belongs to. But what did she want to know from me? Aiden sighed, clasping his hands together on the table. “What did you want to ask me?”

Adelina, who was glad Ophelia had left, did not look at him right away. She kept her smooth hand on Ae galad’s dainty head and her eyes began to wander in the midst of her memories. “What happened last night? Am I going mad?” Now her fierce orbs were fixed upon him, glaring and pleading for answers. Aiden gazed back, unfazed before he spoke again.

“It did happen, but I suppose the Moon dance, remembering who you are, how you came to this world and disbelief all collided inside you and thus you collapsed. You aren’t going mad, but I can suppose you are confused.” Adelina snorted. “That goes without saying, Aiden.” Aiden managed a slight grin. That’s the first time you’ve said my name actually. “So as I returned you to your house, the Moon gave you some of her dust as a reminder of what happened between you two.”

Adelina listened with a meek expression, stroking the bottle in her pocket. A reminder? I don’t really remember what happened to me last night anyway. Silence had fallen over them, Adelina trying to tie the loose pieces together and Aiden quietly waiting for her other possible questions. “Aiden, if you are a Fay like you say you are, do you know what these are?” Adelina whispered as she pulled out the light beating stone and the envelope and laid them on the table.

Aiden carefully looked at them before picking up the stone. It’s light flickered in his hand before suddenly going dim. “Hmmm, seems like it only responds to your touch. May I ask why you haven’t opened the envelope?” He asked, noting its seal with wary eyes. Adelina looked down, not ashamed just afraid he would see her fear in her fair face. “I can’t read the words on it.”

Aiden looked at her with no clear expression before carefully picking up the envelope and looking over. “Some lettering work they did here, whoever wrote this.” He said with an undertone of respect. Adelina nodded, she agreed it was indeed beautiful handwriting what ever it was. “Can you read it?”

Aiden held the letter in front of him while stroking his cloak tassels. He then shook his head, handing her the envelope. “Sorry, I can’t read it. Must be a higher dialect of our language.” Adelina tucked her belongings away her in poncho, wishing he would stop referring to any mystical as ‘theirs’. It gets kinda awkward for me now. Again, how can I be a Fay? I get that I was left behind by some strange woman but….

She turned to wave Ophelia over. “Ok, those were my first group of questions. Lets get something to drink.” Aiden nodded. “Thank you. What is there to drink here in this realm anyway?” Adelina sighed, still remembering he said he was a fay since their ears were pointed. “I really still don’t believe we are fay you know.” Aiden gave a curt nod. “I know.” But you will believe me after tonight or tomorrow.

Ophelia came over with a notepad and a faint smile. “What would you like?” Adelina cleared her throat and looked at Ophelia with a smile. “Two Mad Punches please. Can mine have a hint of sugar please?” Ophelia nodded as she wrote down their drinks. “Sure. Coming up.” Ophelia quickly ran to the back to prepare their orders, leaving them alone again. Aiden raised an eyebrow. “Any other questions?”

Adelina nodded. “I have plenty of them, but I only have time for a few. One, how did you know to come here to find me?” Aidan leaned back, letting out a soft sigh. “Ahh, that is true. Let’s say I followed your scent that floated by on the wind?” Adelina gave a shocked look before delivering a swift to his kneecap as her response.

Aidan hissed out air and griped his knee. “I see you don’t take to Fay jokes too well.” Adelina’s answer was a sharp glare. “Fine, I tracked down the woman who left you here in this world and asked her for the directions here. I learned from asking around Newwich that you didn’t live in town preset and you only came to the market on certain days. So I waited and then you ran into me.” Aiden finished explaining and crossed his arms. Adelina remained silent while rubbing Ae galad’s head.

Aiden glanced around the tavern. Most of the occupants were men with a some mingling women. None seemed to care they were there, but he couldn’t shake a feeling of discomfort. “Adelina, when is this..scholar’s test this evening?” Adelina gave him an inquiring look as Ophelia brought their drinks over and left them. “It’s at 7 sharp. Why?”

Aiden nodded, secretly relived it was at early time. “Because we don’t have much time. I need you to journey with me to our homeland.” Adelina blinked. “As in…leave my home and family..” Aiden smacked the table, a look of annoyance and kindling anger in his deep blue eyes. “This realm isn’t your home and your real family is not here!” The entire tavern seems to quiet and stare at the odd, hidden boy and the thoroughly surprised girl in the corner.

Adelina had backed herself against the wall at Aiden’s sudden outburst. My home and family are not here? But then where are we going? Does he really expect me to believe him?! Adelina straightened herself and boldly looked at Aiden as the tavern returned to its normal bustle. “Ok, say what you say is true. I am a Fay and I do travel with you, where are we heading?” Aiden sighed, more in relief then anything. At least she’s somewhat accepting the idea.

“We would leave Newwich and head to the nearest Mirror Gate which lies East of here. It would take a few days at least to reach it, not to mention there are other fabled creatures out to get you.” Adelina blinked as Aiden continued. “If we leave tonight, we might beat them to the Mirror Gate in time to protect you and possible our home. It would also guide these creatures away from your precious orphan home.” Aiden finished with a ghost of a smile dancing on the end of his lips.

Adelina bit her lip before sipping her drink along with Aiden. She thought hard on the recent events and contemplated her options. I could refuse, but then I risk the truth of those evil creatures attacking my only home. If I accept, I leave everything I now and travel with a boy I barely know or trust. If I’m honest, the second option seems better cause I still have the chance to return and see my family. My adopted one anyway….

Aiden tried the oddly scented drink slowly, taking his mind off the current matters for a moment. “This is a curious beverage the mortals have made. You often drink this?” “I will go with you.” Adelina sipped her drink and looked on to the square out the window beyond Aiden. She swallowed back her fear, but refused to look at Aiden. “Can you explain everything to my family? Martha and I wanted to spend some time together in town before the exam. Since we rarely see each other that is.”

Aiden nodded politely. “I can do that. After the exam, meet me at the East Gate of town. There we will start our journey and you may say your goodbyes then.” He took other cut of the spicy drink as Adelina merely gazed at hers. “Thank you, I’ll see you there.” Adelina pulled out 2 coins from her hip purse and abruptly ran out with Ae galad. Aiden watched her leave and sighed. “Just a bit longer. Just a bit-“ He hushed himself as he stood up.

Aiden glanced towards the back of the tavern to see someone leave quickly. His piercing blue eyes only caught the person’s dress before he dropped his tip on the table. “I don’t have time.” He pulled up his hood and strode out The Swift Helm without looking back. He gazed up at the blue grey skies before turning west towards Adeline’s home. He had much to do before her exam finished.


A Fairy Rare Adventure. Chapter 3; Hidden Trails and Old Maps

The moon had danced her way back down behind the granite, white mountain peaks and the sun was began her ascent. The butterflies were flittering and fluttering their through Auntie May’s garden in the back as the birds called out to each other in their sharp, quick mornings songs. Adelina rolled over and felt herself land with a loud Thud! She gasped and sat upright. She blinked when she saw her attic room, not the firefly and cornflower field she had fallen asleep in.

“What? How did I?” She stopped herself to process last night. Did I ever leave in the first place? Could I have been sleepwalking or just dreaming? Adelina broke herself free from her tangled blanket binding her. She went over to her chest and opened it. It made no clicking sound, which was odd. Did Rosy come up to borrow something again? Adelina spotted her cloak placed neatly on her straw and elmwood chair in the far corner.

“That’s never there unless….” Adelina felt something in her tunic pocket and slowly reach her hand inside it. She also found it extremely odd that she was already dressed for the day as she felt something cold and round in her pocket. She grabbed it and pulled it out, revealing a clear small vial filled with a silver dust.

Adelina’s two colored orbs widened in shock. “Is this…..Moon-“

“ADELINA! TIME TO RISE AND START THE DAY!” Adelina jumped in surprise at Auntie May’s voice and up the vial went. She gasped and reached up to catch it. It slipped from her gasp and she ran around the room, tossing it in the air until she finally clasped it close to her. That was too close. She sighed and put it back in her pocket, deciding to study it later.

Adelina slid down the old, creaking steps, ran through the living/heath room and hopped through the doorway into the kitchen. Auntie May was busying flipping the pancakes on the iron pan on over the fire. Adelina gained and picked up the wicker basket standing the on counter. “I’ll get the eggs.” She said to Auntie May’s back, hoping to get some fresh air and thought outside. Auntie May turned around and smiled. “Of course. The others are already getting their chores done.”

Adelina nodded. She smiled as the she stopped int he doorway to watch the busy little bodies zip around and across the yard. Gary and Rosy had their tiny hands full tending to the horses, Dan and Don were working hard on gathering water, Pearl and Opal sat back to back in the garden pulling weeds and many other little hands were hard at work. Adelina grinned and walked across the yard towards the chicken coop. She gently lift the latch to their pen and closed it behind her.

Adelina strode to the far left corner where the hen house was. She knelt down to the east side and slid a slender board to the side. Behind the slide was the eggs, she reached in and began to gently place them in the basket. She grinned and blew a loose red strand out of her face as the chickens began to wake up. Clucking and crowing began to erupt inside the house as she finished gathering the eggs. “Easy now girls and guys.” she said in a soothing voice as she turned to front door. She opened it and out they flew, free. Suddenly she frowned.

Adelina was walking slowly out of the chicken pen with the eggs when the wind blew gently against her face. She raised a hand to keep hair of her eyes, but something thin and white hit her hand. Confused, she took the piece of paper and opened it to unveil beautiful lettering, saying thus..

Meet me in the town’s tavern at 3:12 sharp. We need to continue our talk.


Adelina stood still, staring at the little note. What are the chances this came to me? But the wind wasn’t blowing before… She slipped the note into her egg basket and quickened her pace. The other children looked up as Adelina flew past them and burst through the back door. Too many questions were burning through her once clear mind. The midnight meeting, the note, her memories, it was all too much for her.

Auntie May looked up from her knitting as her oldest child chased through the door, looking flushed and bewildered. “Adi, calm down child. What happened in the pen?” Adelina brushed away her hair and looked at May straight in the eyes. Her two colored pools stared deep into Auntie May’s steely gray eyes. Adelina swallowed hard, putting down the basket with a thump. “How did you find me? How did I first enter this house?”

Auntie May’s eyes widened in surprised at the sudden question. She bit her lower lip, seeing the younger children beginning to crowd in the doorway. May inhaled and stood up. “Children, return to your work. Your big sister and I need to speak alone.” Adelina glanced back and watched the younger kids nod and walked back to the garden. Some, however, gave Adelina curious and worried looks.

“I knew someday you would get curious. I suppose it’s time anyway.” Adelina whipped around at Aunite May, who resumed her seat near the fire pit with her knitting. “Auntie May, I know I never asked before, but something happened and I need to know. How did you find me? Please..” Adelina strode over to her Auntie’s feet and sat down. She watched as May merely smiled at her, but it was a sad smile, like a great and terrible secret was about to be shown. “Well….all is well. Sit tight.”

Auntie May sighed and began to speak again while Adelina hugged her knees close to her chest. “It was only 15 years ago, I had been in the town a few years and I was quite well known there. This was before I started my orphanage out here in the woods. I was a part time bookkeeper then. It was after the watchmen had called out the 10’o clock hour chime. I was alone, reading by the fire when I could have sworn I heard a woman’s voice.”

“My curious nature urged me to investigate, but recently there had been a humorous accounts of break-ins with thieves so my cautious side begged me to remain where I was. However, when the wind died down, I could hear more clearer what the woman was speaking. It was an old language that only a few handful of people know these days.”

“So, I got up slowly and walked across the cold, wooden floor to the heavy oak door. I could feel the woman’s words hitting my heart though I knew them not. I reached out my shaking hand and unbolted the door. The voice stopped and I swung the door open. The wind blew into my eyes and I raised my arms to block the it and the debrief flying in it.”

“Finally, I opened my eyes to see quite the sight at my porch. The woman was there, but she was wearing a heavy linen black cloak with a hood to cover her hair. She wore long black gloves and a lacy choker ‘round her neck. Her outfit seemed to be a simple dress and dark leather boots. The woman also wore a full mask, ceramic with a face like the moon, but puzzled in expression. She appeared as if she had just run form the woods with ease, like the wind.”

“I looked from her to a basket that lay in front of her and my door. Inside was a small child, eyes bright as the stars floating above and was dressed in a simple white dress. I knelt down, slowly as not to startle the strange woman, and peered at the child. I had so many questions, but my voice had escaped me. Silence remained between us as we both looked at the innocent child.”

“Suddenly, she spoke to me in a quiet voice. “Can you protect this child?” I gazed at her confused, why would she want me to keep her child? “I…I..I could, but is the child not yours?” The woman shook her head. “My lady, this child’s mother, feels her home cannot her daughter much longer and to save both her land and her daughter, she sent me to find her a home here.” I listened, nodding slowly as I gradually lowered my eyes to the cheerful girl, cooing int he basket.”

“Suddenly, I had an urge to care for this girl, who was far from home and in possible danger. I understood I would be putting my normal life in danger as well, but this girl was helpless against the evils of the world. I looked at the woman straight in the mask, not the face since I could not see her eyes. “I will care for her. Pray, does she have a name?” The woman nodded and reached into her clock and removed two items.”

Auntie May stopped her tale there, getting up and walking towards her room. Adelina looked form the chair to Auntie May and back, a bit puzzled and helpless. “Come here Adelina, I have something to give you.” Adelina gave her Auntie a quizzitive look, but got up and followed her into May’s room.

Adelina stepped into May’s room and sat on the ottoman at the foot of the small wooden bed in the middle of room. She watched as Auntie May went to her desk and from the upper left hand drawer, she pulled out an old envelope and and a smooth, small, polished, almost glowing stone. Adelina held out her hands and Auntie May slipped the envelope and stone into Adeline’s fingers.

“She said the letter was for you as well as the stone. However, I do not know what they are for or what the words on the back of the envelope means.” Adelina frowned and flipped the paper over. In amazing lettering, a phrase in blue ink was etched on the papyrus.

An nin precious -iel

Adelina swallowed. What is this? I can’t read it and who was that woman? If she referred to my ‘mother’ as a lady, does that mean I’m a lady in training? Also, what is this stone? She transferred her attention to the lovely stone laying quiet on her palm. It seemed to have a tiny light in the center, flickering and beating like it was a heart.

Adelina’s hands started to shake, it felt like too much, but yet she needed to know this. Auntie May gazed at her oldest orphan with sympathy. “I know this is a bit much, but maybe you needed to know this. Now tell me, do you believe me?” Auntie May bent down to Adelina and lifted her chin. Adeline’s orbs were on verge of tears and words were lost to her. She could only manage a nod as she clutched the stone and letter hard.

Auntie May embraced Adelina, softly shushing her and rubbing her back. “It’s ok….It’s alright…” she murmured, although she wasn’t convinced herself all was well. Auntie May loved all the orphans dearly and wanted them to leave and have their own lives at some point, but she was afraid the most for Adelina. She never truly knew why Adelina was dropped off for her or why Adelina looked and sometimes even acted different from the other children. But, deep down, she had a feeling Adelina needed to find out for herself.

Adelina cried, out of fear, our of shock and even a bit of angry tears spilled from her eyes. What now? Too much has been going on…first Aiden, then the meeting and now this?! What’s a confused girl supposed to do!??!! And the scholars exam, what will become of it? “Auntie….I need some space…” Adelina hastily said as she tore from the embrace and ran out the bedroom and up the creaking stairs to her own room. Auntie May watched in silence. “Take your time, child. Choose your next trail wisely.” May spoke in whisper as she rose up to return to her knitting.

Adelina lay still on her bed covers, staring blankly at the wooden floor as the morning light cast a warm, green glow onto it’s bare planks. So much new secrets…too many strange events…all flowing through the recess of her mind. Maybe…Aiden knows what happened. Wait, why am I thinking about him?!?! Well, he did seem to know quite a bit about me. it’s worth a shot, but I need.. Her stomach interrupted her thoughts, sounding her mental alarm for lunch.

“I suppose all this crazy fairy and orphan dilemmas can wait until after lunch.” Adelina said with a small laugh as she slowly got up from her bed. Lunch in Auntie May’s house was rarely formal and that was proven by the squeals and loud yelling from the younger children. I’ll grab a light lunch and go eat with Ae galad. Adelina forced a smile and slipped in among the mob of hungry children and grabbed a pre-made sandwich and a canteen of some drink. “This will work.” She quickly put them and a book in a basket and rushed out the front door.

Adelina flew down the main path with swift feet, eager to meet her fawn friend in the little stream where most animals came to cool down and play at this hour. She turned a tiny, unnoticed trail to the left and pushed past the branches and bushes before bursting out into the open. All the little animals, bunnies, squirrels, birds, deer and even a skunk looked up from their drink to see Adelina approaching with a solemn look.

Ae galad bounded over the stream and nudged her hand gently, big blue eyes peering curiously into her face. Adeline managed a smile and rubbed the fawn’s small, fuzzy head. “Oh Ae galad, I knew you would make me smile for a bit, but a lot has happened since yesterday….” The animals gave her curious looks, but most went back to drinking from the clear, cold stream. The animals were used to Adelina and even became friends with her, but Ae glad was the closet to her.

Adelina sat down next to the stream and slowly began to eat her cucumber sandwich as the animals gathered around. She had so many questions, but wasn’t sure where to start or even who to ask. Adelina reached into her pockets, pulling out the tiny vial of shining, silver dust, the glowing heart stone and the old envelope and laid them on the ground. They are seemed connected to her in some way, but why? Who was she that all these events were happening o her?

Just why am I different? What do these mean? Who would know…Aiden! I know, I still need him to explain himself after last night. Plus, Martha and I have the exams today… Adelina frowned and waved her fist in the air. “He’s gonna get it for that, but maybe he would know what these are.” Ae glad laid his tiny head on Adeline’s knee to which she smiled. Rubbing his head gently and sipping her drink, she calmed down a bit. “Yeah, I really need to keep my head about me. Ae galad, do you wanna come into town with me to meet Aiden?”

At the name, all the animals seems to stop and looked at her, but the expressions she saw she could have sworn that they would speak to her and say things that would move her shock level higher. But it was a fleeting moment and the animals returned to their drinking. Adelina frowned, feeling her heart slow down as if it had sped up. “That was odd….” she mused, shrugging it off and standing up. “Come Ae galad, we must head to town.”

A Fairy Rare Adventure. Chapter 2 Fireflies, Flowers, and Mysteries.

Dinner was over, May was cleaning, the kids were outside playing and Adelina was on her bed, thinking. So much had happened in a few hours and she needed to be alone. Adelina sat the the soft cot and was gazing blankly at the boxes on the floor. Her mind was traveling back in time to the boy, the lord, the woods, the words Auntie May spoke and the heart wrenching question Rosy had asked. Adelina grabbed her stuffed animal and squeezed it. “I want to become a scholar, but I don’t want to leave them forever. I’ll still visit, but yet. I’ll be…alone.” Adelina stared at the bear’s blissful expression, wondering how something can be so obviously happy. At least it doesn’t have to make these decisions like I do. Also, should I go tonight? I don’t even know him, but…….

Adelina got up off the bed and went to her mirror. She brushed back here locks to see her pointed ears. She sighed, wondering what the boy meant. Martha has the same deformity so why did he say it wasn’t? I need to know, but I’ve never snuck out before. I better plan it out carefully. Adelina went over to her trunk and carefully opened it. It creaked a bit, but made no further noise. Adelina knew that pretty soon that Auntie May would put the children to bed and retire as well. “If I wait long enough, I can sneak out.” Adelina nodded to herself and jumped back onto her bed. For her view, the sun was starting it’s decent. She remained still and heard Auntie May trying to get the kids inside. Just a few more minutes now. Just a little longer now….

Minutes passed and Adelina gently placed her bare feet on the wooden, cracked floorboards. She took up her cloak on the true and went step by step, downward on the slim stairs. Her soft, bare feet made no noise to disturb the dreaming children in the operate rooms. Adelina glanced down the hall and spotted May sleeping peacefully. She took big steps across the hall until she was safe past the corridor of rooms. Ok, now grab boots and a snack. I know the way. Here I go. She seemed to dance across the woolen rug, through the kitchen and finally stopped at the door. She grabbed her gladiator sandals and laced them up. She tried the door, but it remained shut. “Storm it, she locks it.” she muttered under her soft breaths.

Adelina locked around her for the key, but saw a different way out. “The window.” It was a large window, wide enough for a teen to crawl through. She grinned and picked up a stool to place under the window. She undid the latch, pushed herself out and flew onto the soft grass below. “I’m out, but not free yet.” She closed the window and took off. The wind was blowing against her back, making herself go seemingly faster. Adelina pulled her hood up as she ran along the pale, dying sunlit path. The sun was big on the horizon and she quickened her pace. I gotta make it! I need to know. The woods seemed to be a blur around her as Adelina flew on the beaten track. Suddenly, a break in the trees appeared up ahead. She skidded to a stop.

There was before her thousands upon thousands of cornflowers, blue and purple striking against the dying red light of the evening sun. Adelina was breathing heavily, in awe and trying to regain her breath. Her two colored orbs took in the clashing colors until a dark spot broke it all. Adelina gasped when she saw him, but quietly advanced towards him through the delicate flowers. He was still wearing his hood and stood silent. Does he even know I’m here? She reached out her hand, but he turned around with lightning speed. She gasped and recoiled back until he grabbed her hand. “You actually came. I’m surprised yet glad.” He spoke softly yet with a sharp edge.

Adelina gasped at him speaking. She saw his hand on her hand and suddenly, she saw visions and flashes of images she couldn’t see properly. Adelina shook her head and her heart sped up in her chest. Why am I reacting like this? What is going on with him? She tore her hand away form him and glared at him. “What did you want from me?” The boy didn’t respond, but stared deep into her eyes. He seemed to pierce her own heart with those blue orbs. Finally he spoke, “I was right. You saw those images and felt those strange feelings didn’t you?” Adelina was taken aback, but nodded. “How did you know?” The boy smiled, a white encouraging smile, and spoke again. “First, you need to see me fully.” He threw back his hood and Adeline’s two colored orbs grew in shock.

Time speed to slow down for them. The dying light was snuffed out, the wind picked up and the trees groaned against the biting chill. The blue flower seemed to glow as the stars slowly perked out, dancing to the heavenly music. The pale blue moon also showed her pale face and smiled to softly smile and wrapped the two teens in her gentle light. The blue, lilac, pink and red flowers swayed gently in the night wind and seems to join into the melody of the night. Adelina saw these things, but her gaze was frozen on the boy in front of her. He at first was expressionless, but then a gentle smile crawled on his light-struck face.

Adelina breathed softly, daring not to break the atmosphere. Her lips and hands were shaking in shock at him. Her legs wanted to move forward, but she couldn’t find the will to move them. She stood as still as the marble statue that stood in the town square. The wind blew her stray red locks in front of her pale face. the boy walked slowly, walking gently among the buds, approaching her. Adelina gasped silently when he stopped a foot away from her. The silence stayed until he spoke. “I am Aiden. I came here to find you.” Adeline merely stared. ME!??!?! Why me? How come he has ears like mine, but says mine aren’t deformed? Adelina shook her head rapidly before looking back into his deep eyes. “Why do you say my ears are normal? What did that mean?”

Aiden sighed and ran a hand through his tousled black hair. “It’s a long story. Do you want it bluntly or softly?” Adelina frowned and crossed her arms, trying to cover the fact she was shivering. “Bluntly would get me to the point.” Aiden smirked and didn’t waste a second. “You and me are both fairies, according to mortals.” Adelina snickered slightly, thinking it was a joke. Yeah, that makes…… She saw his face. He was serious, yet he had a mischievous twinkle in his orbs. He’s not lying. But…..if I was a fairy, wouldn’t I have known? Aiden watched her as she processed his answer. Well, she’s quick. I hope she stays that way on the journey. he walked closer to her.

Adelina snapped out of her mental wandering when he grew close. “What are you…?” A shock vibrated throughout her body. She gasped for air sharply, but a warm flow then washed over her. Images, songs and visions pranced through her mind. Adeline tried to speak, but the overflowing feelings seemed to damper her voice. The sensations were suddenly too much and all went black for her. Aiden caught her as she fell into his arms. “Sorry, I guess I must have rushed it a bit.” He slowly sat down on the wet and soft grass and laid her down. She is a faye. The reaction to my touch shows it. But since it was her first, it must have been a bit much. I’ll wait until she wakes again. But, at least I found her. Please be strong, you have a lot to learn and don’t slow me down!

Aiden sighed and reached into his sweater. He pulled out a small marble and wooden pipe. He grinned and put it up to his lips. Soft, ringing, sweet notes sang out from the slim instruments. The crickets stopped their song and took up the tune, nightingales also sang to the silken melodia. Aiden played a tune he had heard as a child, he lost himself in the song and started to get up and dance. Adelina groaned quietly and fluttered open her eyes. What is that tune? It’s……like I’ve heard it before. She rubbed her eyes and sat up. Adelina gasped silently as she watched Aiden frolic to his own melody. An urge to get up and join him filled her mind and she stood up quickly.

Aiden heard her moments and opened his eyes. He didn’t stop playing, but he did started to move towards her. Adelina felt her feet slowly move to the rhythm. Wait, I don’t know these steps and yet…I feel like I do. She cast aside her basket and her cloak and joined the dance. The fireflies came out as she spun through the flowers. Aiden followed her, madly playing the haunting song. Adelina felt like the moment went o for years and yet passed in a second. The fireflies’ light blurred together and the crickets, nightingales and Aiden’s pipe all intertwined into one harmony and Adelina was stunned by the next moment.

Music, a haunting sound vibrated the air. Adelina froze and her dance slowed to standstill. Aiden stopped playing as he knew the sound.

I rise slowly up, pale light falling
I see all the land, olden times ring
I watched the land from it’s beginning
I was the guardian, to whom night clings

Adelina inhaled and exhaled. “What is that? That voice…” Her bright eyes turned to look at him. “Who is singing that? I know the song, but how? How is any of this….?” Tears formed in her eyes. Aiden sighed and walked closer. “I know, this is much for you. But stay longer. Listen.”

Aiden looked up into the night sky and Adelina followed his gaze. The fireflies had come out and were swirling, dancing in the wind around them. Their small lights gave them a warm glow to the pale colors of the flowers among which they flew.

I know many a tale, some old and new
Do ye see not the faye, how far they flew?
Do ye not see the knight, salient and brave?
Do ye not see the dragons lay in their graves?

Adelina heard the song, suddenly an image filled her eyes. A child on a porch. The moonlight covered the small being. A hooded figure. What is this?! Aiden leaned to her. “I know. Sing it.”

Adelina listened to him and realized the words. She didn’t understand how she knew them, she just did. “Alright, but tomorrow you better explain this.” she answered shaking.

Moon, moon, singing through the night
I wish to see the land as you, so bright
I watched you set my path a light
Guide me now to the place of sprites

Your pale face has gone away
Why now do you wane?
Moon, I plead you
Why do I feel so blue?

The words she spun rang through her heart. It seemed so natural. She felt almost like the moon herself was listening. She looked up into the moon’s pale waxing face and slowly moved forward. She sang softly, yet loud enough for Aiden to hear. Aiden walked her walk, inching forward away in the field. He knew the power of the Moonsong and that she had to complete before tomorrow. I have to tell her. Plus, we only have so much time. He looked up at the pale ruler of the stars as he heard the next stanza.

Mortal child, are ye awake?
Why then do ye ache?
Hush now, and hear my song
If you can bear my tales nightlong

O young one, what do you seek?
The road you tread is not so bleak
Remember the olden days
For you will find your way

Adelina gasped inwardly as a small, cold yet soft voice sang back to her. She looked up at the moon and saw a figure there. It appeared like a glowing woman, sitting on the moon. She reached out her hand to Adelina, silently asking her something. She seem to glide down and danced slowly around the stoked teen. Adelina was entranced and her feet followed the woman in her swinging motion.

Pale ruler of night, why can’t you stay?
I long to find the hidden fay
Why don’t they not see?
From my world I wish to be free

Moon, thank ye for thy comfort
May I or you feel no hurt
I shall write a song for thee
May we sing it as a plea

Those few moments of song filled Adelina with strange desires. She couldn’t explain the joy and warmth that entrapped her heart, but she couldn’t stop to think. The dance and song thrilled her and kept her moving with the glowing woman. Aiden watched as Adelina dancing among the moonbeams and grinned. “I know. It’s almost time for her to go. I know.” he whispered to the wind.

Mortal, you have a heart of kindness
The night will always cure your blindness
Moon, I will await your silver light
My heart will never have fright.

There, journey on. Never slow your pace
May no one ever forget your grace.
Moon, I have been here for long
Forever will I sing your Moonsong.

Suddenly, at Adelina’s last word, the woman took her hand. Adelina felt her put something in her hand and the wind blew closer. Adelina tried to move to cover her eyes, but the dust entered her orbs. Was was that? I feel so….dizzy? Adelina swooned and fell down. Aiden was there and caught her. “Good night Adelina. I’ll see you at dawn.” He whispered. The fireflies retreated to their grassy homes and the moon hid behind the clouds. It is done.

A Fairy Rare Adventure Chapter 1 The Dawn

Many stories began the same way. With the grand phrase, “Once upon a time…” But why is it time? Why not a mornings’ light? This tale is different, it tells the tale of an extraordinary girl named Adelina. This is a story of her and friends’ fairy rare adventure.

In a land not far from one’s imagination, lies a prosperous region. It’s name was Whenua kanorau and the kingdom was named fakaafe’i Whare. The people who populated it called the city casa for short. It’s morning now. Light broke over the mountains top and forced its way into the sleeping kingdom. It wormed its path through the winding streets, the dark alleys, the closed glass windows and into the castle towering above it all. In the attic of one house, a young girl was awaken by her mother shaking her. “Adelina Rivers! You get up right now.” “Coming Auntie May.” Adelina got off her cot and stretched her bare white arms. She blew her red wavy hair out of her two different colored eyes. She walked down the stairs while putting on her robe.

Auntie May, a mid-aged woman with brown hair, grayish eyes and a tan complexion turned around. She sighed as Adelina slowly came down the creaking, wooden steps. “Could you be any slower? I need you to go into town today. The other children are already up, done their chores and are playing outside.” She shook a wooden spoon at Adelina, but with a smile. Adelina smiled as well. Auntie May wan’t her real aunt, no one knew where Adeline’s family was. But that didn’t stop Adelina from treating Auntie May like her own mother. “Oh Auntie, I was up real late studying from my book. I promised you that I would pass that exam! Besides, my chores are in town anyway.” her two colored eyes sparkled as she snuck a biscuit away from Auntie May. May sighed and lightly smacked the spoon on Adelina, “You rascal.” They both smiled, they truly were like mother and daughter.

Adelina hopped around her room while eating her small breakfast. She slipped on her boots, short skirt, tank top and slid her leather jacket over it. She finished her biscuit while put her red hair into a messy low bun and tie purple ribbon around her thighs. “Okay! I’m ready for town now.” She spun in front of her mirror before jumping downstairs. She ran from the narrow steps, through the living room to the small kitchen. “Thanks and cya Auntie May!” she shouted as she grab the list of items and a basket. Auntie May rushed to the doorway and shouted after Adelina, “be careful and be back for supper!” Adelina yelled back with a wave. “Yes Auntie!”

Adelina laughed as she ran along the trail to town. She glanced at the woods around her and smiled as critters watched her. Home. Auntie May works hard since she runs a kind of orphanage. Poor her, I want to help. That’s why this scholars exam is so important. I better hurry if I want to catch up to Martha. Adelina picked dup her pace, breaking out into a run as the town came into view. The magic exam she was studying for was for young adults her age in order to enter a high-brow magic school in the city. Adelina hoped to become the best magic welder and help her fellow orphans find homes, plus help Auntie May settled down.

Adelina thought of these things util she bumped into someone on the road. “Watch it! oh Adi! It;s you!” Adelina felt herself enveloped in a bear hug and laughed. “Martha! Sorry, I was lost in thought again. Any news on your family or just in general?” Martha laughed, brown curls bouncing and blue eyes dancing. “No, the kingdom is peaceful, the royal family, town….life is good. Now come on! Let’s go shopping!” Martha grabbed Adeline’s hand and they both ran into town. It was market day and small performances caused the street to be extra crowded. Adelina squeezed past people to head towards the candle vendor, but a sudden jerk in the crowd caused her to fall. Martha reached out…

…….but a different hand caught Adelina by her waist. She gasped slightly and opened her eyes to meet a young man’s face. He had deep blue eyes with stark black hair and a pale face. He wore a green hoodie with black pants and brown colored shoes. Woah, I’ve never seen him before….. Several people started to whisper and pointed them and he pulled her up. “Be more careful in crowds like this….” Suddenly, he too stared at Adelina. She sighed and rubbed her pointed ears. “They are merely deformed. Please…” He frowned slightly. “They aren’t deformed.” Adelina stared back at him as she looked at Martha. Martha shrugged and puled back her hair to show her pointed ears to prove him wrong.

He didn’t look and leaned towards Adelina. She moved her hand to smack him away, but his whisper stopped her. “Meet me at sundown, cornflower meadow.” He stepped back and walked away. Martha and Adelina watched him walk away. Martha walked dup to her best friend and nudged her. “Who was that? What did he say?” Adelina didn’t answer, she was wondering what he could want. Martha sighed and grabbed her arm. “Come on, we got stuff to do. We gaze away cute guys all day.” Adelina woke up from her mental wandering and nodded. “Yeah! Plus, we have to visit the library today.” The girls ran over to the candle vendor and their shopping spree finally started.

Adelina had been dragged all over the market, but Martha finally was at the perfume vendor while she walked to her preferred vendor. “Ho there Adelina! Coming here again today eh?” Adelina grinned and flung a rad wave out of her bright visage. “Morning Mr. Gates. Yes, I’m back more books. Same genre.” Mr. Gates was the old book merchant and funny old man. He always wore a stocking cap with a tiny silver bell on the end. He smelled like leather and knowledge as many would say and would always give a goof talk to anyone. Adelina personally thought he was the only other person besides Martha who didn’t mind her deformity. Mr. Gates walked up to the small desk facing the street from under the makeshift tent. “You know, you should have some free time to read other books child. I have the perfect ones.”

Adelina smiled and shook her head. “Mr. Gates-“ He raised his shaking hand to stop her. “I know, I know. I know how important that exam is to you, but you must not stuff your mind with facts all the time. Let lose your imagination and travel in your book. In addition to you history books, take this novel with you.” He went through his stacks until he came back with two good sized books and one smaller sized book. Adelina looked at them and grinned. “Oh well, there’s no arguing with good old Mr. Gates.” They both laughed as Adelina gave him coins. “I might be back tomorrow. Good day Mr. Gates!” She left and Mr. Gates sighed. “She’s very bright, but is missing something important.”

Adelina slipped the books into her basket and pulled up her hood. I hide them for a reason. But…what did that boy mean? She spotted Martha at the soap vendor and started to cross the street. “Clear the way! Runaway horse!” Shrieks filled the busy air and people rushed to the sides of the streets while Adelina froze in the middle. A black stallion came charging down the street, straight at her. Martha screamed, “Run Adi!” Two more riders came up behind the horse, lasso waving. Adelina turned towards the horse and held out her hand. “Easy, stressed one. Easy” she called out. The horse seemed to listen to her calm voice and slowed down to trotting and then walked dup to her. The street went quiet.

The two riders stopped and one rode up to her. “What is your name girl?” he asked harshly with a slight glare. Adelina rubbed the horse’s nose and looked dup at the man. He wore imperial clothes and had the golden spurs of a high lord. He reeked of some strange smell like apples and roses, which disgusted her. Those two scents shouldn’t be mixed like that. She grimaced, but answer with confidence. “My name is Adelina Rivers.” The other rider snickered and whispered something to the lord. He too grinned. “You are the elven lady? Then I am Lord Camembert.” The street started laughing at his insult, but she ignored it and gave the reigns to the other rider. “Good day Sir.” Adelina nodded at Martha. “Let’s look at the soaps then go home.” Martha nodded quietly and they went inside the vendor.

Adelina roamed around the store, trying to calm down. She was shaken, having been insulted for her ears again. Martha watched her distraught friend randomly grab soaps and look at them. Martha walked up and handed her a red bar. “It’s a floral scent. Get this one. You could use it tomorrow for the exam.” She winked, brown eyes twinkling. Adelina couldn’t stop herself from laughing and graciously taking the soap. “Thanks Martha. I’ll get this and meet you tomorrow.” They embraced and Adelina went up to merchant to buy it. Martha really does understand me. Well, we both have the same deformity, but she’s my bestie. “Thank you for stopping by.” The woman smiled as Adelina left. Martha rushed to the tent flapped and waved. “Dia a ‘dol còmhla riut!” Adelina laughed and skipped backwards. “Dia a ‘dol maille ribh cuideachd!”

Adelina strolled along the road, looking for the path to home. Travelers would greet her with smiles and tipping hats to which she would smile back and nod. Some gasped at her ears or children would run after her. This was her normal life. People knew her as the Wandering Dawn Elf. Martha was called something else, but Adelina always forgot because it wasn’t important to her. Most of the time on her journey home, people walking on the long-trodden road would hear her singing and see her skipping. But today, they frowned at her for she did neither one. Adelina kept her head down for pushed-back thoughts were invading her mind now. Should I go? I know the area well, but who was he?’

And where is he from? I’ve never seen him in town before. Those eyes though……so blue… Hey! Wake up Adi, we need to run home! Adelina shook herself and laughed, her cheerful self back in place. She run up the hill, along the trail, and into the woods.The squirrels, birds and other woodland critters looked up at her ringing laughter and joined in the chase. Hearts were beating fast and lungs were aching for air as they ran towards Auntie May’s warm house. One fawn in particular ran up to her and she quickly petted it’s ears. “Hello there Ae galad!” The fawn nudged her and the chase continued. A tiny smoke pillar was seen by Adelina’s sharp orbs and she sped up. One by one, the critters left until it was only her and Ae galad.

She slowly stopped running until the children were in sight. Most of the children were younger then the 15 year old. “Look, it’s Big Sister Adi!” a young brown-haired, green-eyed boy called out. All the kids and ran to her and the fawn. Ae galad pranced around Adelina and she laughed. My usual welcome. Again. She knelt down and scooped up the first boy up. “ Gary, you don’t always have to call when I return silly.” Adelina laughed as Gary and the others hugged her study frame. Ae galad nosed his way through the crowd of little hands and eyes. Adelina also forced her way through the 10 to 4 year olds. She made it to the door with Gary and put him down. “Tell the other kids we have about 10 minutes until dinner. Go.” Gary nodded and ran off. Adelina walked inside with Ae galad following her. “I’m home Auntie.” she called out.

Auntie May sighed in relief when Adelina’s voice rang out. “Good, mind setting the table dear? Supper is almost done.” Adelina nodded and put her basket down on a chair in the common room. She went to the cupboard and brought down earthenware bowls and placed them on the long rectangular table with silverware. “What is for supper Auntie?” May smiled at the young teen as Adi approached her. “Potato soup. The kid’s favorite.” Adelina smiled and hugged her guardian. “I don’t know how you do it, but you care for 10+ kids including me. I promise I will pass that exam tomorrow!” May merely shook her head and looked at Adelina from stirring. “Thank you, but don’t forget about yourself. Oh look it’s ready.” May brought the soap onto the table, but Adelina stayed where she was.

She watched all the kids pilled into the dining room and mused over May’s words. Don’t forget about myself? What could she have meant? Adelina shrugged and walked over the table. She was sitting next to Gary and another boy. Across form her was an 8-year old blonde girl. The girl, who’s name was Rosy, spoke up after she swallowed. “Big Sister Adi, if you pass the exam, will you leave us forever?” Adelina blinked and the room fell silent. The younger children whimpered slightly at the idea while the older ones tried to shush them. May cleared her throat. “What happens afterwards will be her choice and we will accept her decision whatever it may be. She is always welcome here now eat your supper.” Rosy nodded and supper resumed it’s joyous noise. Adelina also took up the happy vibe, but secretly was waiting to be dismissed. I need to think in my room.