Defenders of Nebeldal Part 3b
At Titania’s palace, Hedin and Emerald head to a large guarded door. The guards at the entrance block the way with their spears. Surprised, the shapeshifter fae speaks to the guards.
“Good afternoon, we have an appointment with the Queen. Our friend, Lady Eret gave us authorization.” Hedin informs then while taking Emerald’s hand.
“Sorry, the Queen is at an emergency reunion. Access is restricted until further notification.” One of the guards tells them.
“I’m Emerald, my father is Chief Trubet. He and Queen Titania are friends. Let me enter or I’ll tell him!” The young fairy orders upset.
“Sorry, Miss Emerald. I can’t let you in.” The guard replies worried. “The palace is in state of Alert. Troops inform they’ve seen human activity in the valley.”
Hedin in silence takes Emerald back to the isle and walk away from the door. “You better warn Hari about this. We don’t want the troops finding Eila.”
“Yes.” Emerald nods and takes her finger to the ear, but then exclaims. “Oh no! The gold thread is gone!”
“Not good. It means Hari’s magic is over and the gold tread dissapered.” Hedin says. “Let’s hope those three can manage to get here.”
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At the forest ring, the girl and the fairies keep heading to the center as they talk. “I notice you refer several times to the Useelie. What is that?”
“The Unseelie Army is composed of groups of ill hearted elemental creatures. At first there were unorganized groups of malicious fairies either expelled or resigned from the Seelie. It was until Queen Mab managed to unite the Unseelie races and she declared war to all Seelie elementals. We formed the Seelie Court and create an army to stop the invasion.” Red responds.
“Queen Mab wants our magic source to be more powerful. That’s why we are here protecting the valley.” Hari continues explaining.
“You both are giving too much information to an outsider.” Soli interrupts.
“That’s fine, Miss Twyleth Teg.” Eila tells Soli. “You Seelie, they Unseelie. You good, they bad.”
“My name is Soli.” She interrupts the girl. “Not Miss Twyleth Teg.”
“Nice to meet you, Soli… and Hari and Red.” Eila responds with a smile.
“Now tell us why they turned you to a kid.” Soli enquires. “You did something bad?”
“My memories are truncated. I remember straight until my sixth birthday. Mom, Dad and my friends, but after that point I only remember I was alone in an unfamiliar shack in the forest. Then bad people entered it trying to capture me. I ran out and lost them at the forest. They’ve been following me since then. Days later, I found the shack alone and enter the place to find clues of what’s happening…” Eila tells the group.
“Yes I saw all that when I read her mind.” Hari continues. “You found a big book and some personal things. The book is some kind of spell dairy Druids use. You found out it was yours and in the last annotation you were around twenty years old.”
“True, then I took some personal things and escaped. Reading the book I found out about the entrance to the valley and here I am.” Eila adds.
“And how you managed to pass the outer defense ring, miss… What’s that?” Soli asks and then points ahead.
The group finds a dense field of Blackthorn trees with long branches interconnecting them. So dense, it looks like a wall. Soli walks forward and inspects the spiked trees.
“Funny, we usually can walk between the trees.” Soli states. “No problem, I’ll go under it and dig a tunnel for us three.”
“Wait, what about Eila?” Hari replies.
Without responding, Soli takes one of her drilling crystals and goes underground. The group waits for a few moments and then the ground quakes. Soli is pulled out of the ground while being wrapped in blackthorn lines.
“Let me go!” Soli shouts wiggling.
Then an unfamiliar voice is heard near. “I advice you to stop struggling or you will end hurting yourself.”
The Blackthorn wall opens and a thin, pale skin fairy walks toward the group. She has a Victorian dress that is actually a doll dress. Her hair seems to be made out of blackthorn vines reaching the ground. She walks emotionless dragging her long hair.
“It’s a Lumansidhe.” Eila says.
“For a human child, you seem to know well my race.” The Lumansidhe responds. “I can see you are an Oak guardian. We Lumansidhes are Blackthorn guardians. Greetings, human I’m Nomo.”
The blackthorn vines trapping Soli free her and retrieve underground. The vines are part of Nomo’s hair the surface and the Lumansidhe’s hair retract to half way down her back.
“Nomo, we are huntress. Please let us pass. We have to take Eila to Titania’s palace.” Red tells the Lumansidhe.
“I can’t, as a guardian of the Blackthorn ring; I can’t let you pass, Sorry.”
“Please Nomo.” Hari exclaims. “Emerald is waiting for us.”
“Emerald you say? Is she safe now?” Nomo widens her eyes for a second.
“Yup, she is at the palace. In fact, this girl saved her from the gnomes.” Hari replies flying over Eila.
“The other day, I told Emerald not going further from our Blackthorn ring. We were in alert for two days.” Nomo tells the group. “I appreciate you helped Emerald. She is always helping others. Although she is part of the aristocracy, she treats everyone the same.”
“Then you are letting us pass?” Eila asks the Lumansidhe.
“I can’t. We received specific orders of not letting pass anyone and I think you are the reason, child.” Nomo tells the girl.
Red raises her wand and orders Nomo. “Let us pass or I’ll turn you to ashes.
“You know it won’t work. My comrades will be here in a moment and will dispatch you all.” Nomo chuckles. “However I will help you. If you follow my instructions, you’ll have a better chance to reach Titania’s palace unharmed.”
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Moments later, the blackthorn wall opens. The group passes and heads to the palace. As they walk the main road. All kind of elemental creatures stand aside the road watching the group.
Lowering her sight, Eila walks while being escorted by Soli and Red. Hari is flying behind Eila using again her puppeteer stings on the girl. Eila’s wrists are tied together while the pixie makes her walk.
“This is so embarrassing…” Eila murmurs while Soli walks smiling and saluting everyone.
“Fear no more, folks. We capture the evil monster” Soli exclaims as she waves at the forest creatures.
“Shut up!” Hari orders the underground fairy.
“Noom said we act convincing. I’m doing my best effort.” Soli replies to the Pixie.
The group walks for minutes until the reach the central lake. A large group of Titania’s guards are waiting for them at the shore forcing them to stop. Eila recognizes the elder Guard.
“Elmo… Oh dear…” Red murmurs as she steps forward. “Greetings guards, we found this human child at the outer rings. She did not oppose resistance and we arrest her. We are bringing the girl to the Queen so she can decide what to do with her.”
Hari then flies near the ear of the girl and clears her throat repeatedly until Eila reacts and exclaims rolling her eyes up. “By the Code of the… Seelie Court, I demand an … audience with the Queen…. Oh and requesting asylum in this place.”
“Elmo waits patiently for the girl to finish and then responds to the huntresses. “Nice try, but I’ve been informed by the Chicken Patrollers that you attack them and helped this intruder escape here to the center of the valley. Therefore I’m placing you all under arrest on the charges of Treason. Guards, arrest them!”
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As this takes place, at the fairy kidnappers’ lair, Spring Rain explains to Violet Petal, her plan. She murmurs it to the newly prisoner’s ear. Violet Petal gasps a couple of times as she hears the risky idea.
“This is mad!” The new prisoner says softly.
“This is not my plan, Violet Petal. It was planned by the fairy that was here when I arrived. I didn’t follow her lead and now she is gone. If you don’t follow it, you’ll have to tell it to the next fairy after they dispose of me.” Spring Rain murmurs to the new fairy.
At that moment the drawer is opened and for the first time, Violet Petal is able to see her partner. In shock she discovers that Spring Rain is all weak and skeletal. Her arms look like sticks and her skin is pale. The dying fairy looks straight to Violet Petal into her eyes and waits for an answer. Finally, the new prisoner nods back at her friend as they both are taken out by the Gnomes.
To be continued…