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The Faery Queen
Mathew Babaoye
Apr 9, 2016
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No Plagiarism!vkioeQHjcYw1N3EYyGvvposted on PENANA

Where are we going?copyright protection68PENANAWb3KWNZQE6

Queen Goldenslaughter’s wrapped arms now held the faintly glowing silver cage against her chest as she seemed to glide, with her long blue-black hair and black ballgown streaming ethereally behind her, through a dark inner courtyard of Caer Nochtcopyright protection68PENANAv9qOxFEfYQ

What are we doing?copyright protection68PENANAevS2yw06dv

Passing through a dark-shadowed inner gate (as clanking steps sounded behind her), she emerged out again beneath the starry sky to cross the dark outer courtyard and finally near the dark-shadowed drawbridge gatehouse…copyright protection68PENANAC9HGTDtTt8

Are we going outside?!copyright protection68PENANAZZhpNP4s43

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection68PENANAjjybl7IleV

The drawbridge began smoothly descending, revealing a sliver of silver moon hung above the vista of dark encircling mountains. Some heights were gauzy with faint Elemental aurora… then the drawbridge descended past low hills, and the dull plain below them, to land on the opposite side of the darkly gleaming moat with a soft *thump* afterwards…copyright protection68PENANARQ5yxZc1SF

Open.copyright protection68PENANA9RFqhsgmVl

Oh…copyright protection68PENANAqeEYqZ69lk

Oh indeed. She began gliding across the drawbridge…copyright protection68PENANA5cbaLI9XJ1

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection68PENANADSTijbKzyG

… and the drawbridge rose smoothly (as the approaching clanks finally stopped), eventually settling back into place up against the outer curtain wall of Caer Nocht with a soft *thunk*.copyright protection68PENANAVYUzWly2uT

Yes…copyright protection68PENANAnz6yKRgUO0

She smoothly descended the low hills now, bearing the faintly glowing cage among their shadows, then reached the dull plain below and began crossing it. Above: endless stars twinkled across the velvet black sky like distant, gently glinting diamonds…copyright protection68PENANAWsTPKc1vMz

Freedom!copyright protection68PENANAbHy6hvrPyW

Still wordless, she approached the distant end of the bluff which showed as an abrupt, curving line across the horizon. The arcing greystone bridge was the only way to cross it…copyright protection68PENANAJVwPthHKbw

A feeling of calculationWhy tonight?copyright protection68PENANAK7YEXIQZdD

Tch. Can it not just enjoy this now that I have given into its only demand? “Why tonight?” the Queen finally replied softly. “Because it is time. Time to find a way to change the Nature of Fate, in a wider world which does not end at my gates…”copyright protection68PENANAypl6vDBXs9

Change had always been the only constant in her unnatural life, although she had also grown accustomed to certain particulars of Rule: the material goods one, but especially her Will, Power, and Title. They had set her apart… although all recently felt eroded at the edges. Magic of larger scale, therefore, was more difficult now than it had been decades, or even scant years before, also making her slightly aware of the more uncomfortable Nature her precious Queenly Title encouraged now…copyright protection68PENANAUc5q2yHJjS

And yet.copyright protection68PENANAf40dIXWzWa

Immortal. Eternal. Forever. Goldenslaughter armored herself in the iron certainty of her own divinity while flowing upwards across the arcing greystone bridge against the night, and then back downwards to the ridgetop. Afterwards: she smoothly crossed it, before passing down the trail into darker shadows, absent the moonlight…copyright protection68PENANAcvzyC5be3E

And insubstantial, she became…copyright protection68PENANAoXRtnT25Cl

GoneMy current Nature is unintended, but a marvel. Nowthe glowing silver cage seemed to float alone down the dark-shadowed trail, against the dark-faced bluff. The cage came low, and lower… until it eventually emerged out into the ancient, immense trees standing like shadowed, moss-wreathed columns in the forest dark, all gentled by softly dappling moonlight. Her Nature reversed now, the moonlight fading her form back into pale reality as her long blue-black hair, and black gown, resumed visibly streaming ethereally behind her…copyright protection68PENANAXSpY67W2GT

The vanity is acceptable.copyright protection68PENANAdTpNs1SDgV

“Well enough for both of us,” she replied softly, nearing a fork along the path: one way lead east (towards the center of the vale), and one led north (into the older, wilder section of the Fae).copyright protection68PENANAiES98g2alF

Choices.copyright protection68PENANAvjxVhE2dHJ

Goldenslaughter glided north without hesitation.copyright protection68PENANA7UDwH5xzJO

A feeling…copyright protection68PENANAv1sobAEdLZ

It has been too long since last I visited. Perhaps she will have a happy solution for my problems, unlikely as that may be. She began unconsciously smiling anyway, with her steps becoming lighter upon the dark-shadowed forest trail (and despite the beautiful, staining moonlight)…copyright protection68PENANATgircz5fNM

A distant owlish hoot.copyright protection68PENANAYUGBqoHYYq

Whispering softly down into the glowing silver cage, she then breathed deep the cool, sweet dark air as her steps became lighter still, almost mincing…copyright protection68PENANANtsfRDQvRB

Ready.copyright protection68PENANAvKSNc4nhja

The dark immortal one now flowed into balletic, dancing steps forward, becoming a vague, slender form swaying hips gently with new gait. When the dark trees thinned ahead (showing through to a moonlit sylvan glade) she skipped back out into the moonlight, shading bonewhite again and spinning once (with her long blue-black hair and black gown twirling after her) before leaping back into the dark trees after and building a hum in her throat, which caused local shadows to begin dancing behind her, in turn…copyright protection68PENANA4i5LUw9Bv7

Pure.copyright protection68PENANA2iBuys8oYZ

Pure. Sweet. Familiar. Enthralled: she began running up a grassy rise (with her black gown fluttering behind her now) to eventually leap atop it, opening her red mouth to… pause, mid-piroutte: the Faen heart of the old forest was now spread ancient, brooding, and mysterious ahead of her, with a melding glow suffusing into the distance. So beautiful, still. Oh, there are times when I think a truly Faen life would suit me well for grandeur. Mm. Except for those–copyright protection68PENANA0tKThWXEeh

A hidden wyrd form suddenly bounded away through the trees, knickering oddly.copyright protection68PENANAPizV3trc5X

Tch. Except for those pesky wyrd ones. Queen Goldenslaughter abruptly snapped two pale fingers, which caused the ensorcelled, dancing shadows to immediately still.copyright protection68PENANAk7fVCOoKdn

Unfair to them.copyright protection68PENANAKdQv68s4MG

Eh? It mocks me? Odd. They are but shadows. “Save your words. This is what you wanted.” Her dark eyes serious now, she glided, (with regal bearing) down the outer slope, steadily approaching a steep drop covered in moss. Reaching the drop: she skidded nimbly down it before unfurling her ensorcelled shadows beneath her into a dark carpet which quickly SLID her across the gap before she flowed back up to standing opposite, never slowing while smoothly transitioning back into that seeming glide…copyright protection68PENANAmCZVx2pZfv

The Onta felt approving of her.copyright protection68PENANAWzDcvf0T0e

Leaves *crunched* beneath her gown-hidden black boots as she abandoned the beaten trail, heading off through the increasingly hoary old trees towards the old wild heart of the forest now, with its outspreading glow…copyright protection68PENANAgLs7hzfJD2

Beauty.copyright protection68PENANAqZEpVcrlbH

Glowing lichen now began gradually spotting the surrounding trunks, and nocturnal animals grew sly, singular, and subtly different among the foliage. The Wyrding continued… until the soft green glow illuminated more strange life…copyright protection68PENANAR8gukLKlFL

Wonder.copyright protection68PENANAAWx23OBjyf

Goldenslaughter’s red lips twitched, then she abruptly laughed aloud in delight and spun once around (with her long blue-black hair and black gown flying after her)…copyright protection68PENANAlYf0nadPwo

The forest returned a merry echo from some hidden wyrd.copyright protection68PENANAwnxNSSzDee

Ahem. Dignity. Biting her lip, Queen Goldenslaughter returned to composure while gliding off serenely again. She headed steadily further into the secret heart of the old Faen forest…copyright protection68PENANAoObVQeKryj

Look at that! And that too!copyright protection68PENANAGThVUF67vD

Rocks sparkled gently, pools of water showed with unearthly refraction, and more hints of distant wyrd motion were glimpsed ahead, with all becoming increasingly otherworldycopyright protection68PENANAw213PTVpw9

And yet.copyright protection68PENANAEVYPRO4CgC

Goldenslaughter had never been the type for gamse, so adjusting to Faen culture had been rough. After centuries of her harsh and bullying ways, many of the rank and file Faen had been drive out… which now sadly left only the stubborn, stupid, and stealthy ones. Carefully now. None will threaten you, but some may provoke, or play. Nearing purple luminescence… her eyes narrowed when it gradually resolved into the first glowing purple mushroom. The Satyr’s mark. She skirted wide, but the mushrooms still began multiplying steadily through the foliage until a suddenly revealed rocky escarpment descended sharply away on her left (entirely covered by the mushrooms all the way down) to a clearing full of long grass rippling from the wind blowing softly true. And… also sounding almost like a flute…copyright protection68PENANAVXwdTqSZyo

What is that?copyright protection68PENANAD5qE9gy5F5

Queen Goldenslaughter did not answer, merely tightening her wrapped arms about the cage before abruptly gliding away, steadily leaving behind the slowly fading wyrding wind. Once it was gone entirely: she frowned…copyright protection68PENANAfk0d9S1dui

… as a golden butterfly emerged between two trunks skinned with green-glowing lichen, ahead of her.copyright protection68PENANAQpfmC8Nv8m

What is THIS?copyright protection68PENANATMrkqBAZGg

The golden butterfly floated lazily through the rich, pungent air to eventually land against a nearby trunk. It now showed as a gold counterpoint to the green glow, its richly patterned wings then twitching only once more, before they stilled…copyright protection68PENANA4VA59KXbYr

A feeling…copyright protection68PENANAtORJbuSYZ0

Exposure to magic, over a long enough period, caused changes. Her Realm was GENEROUSLY rich in magic, which infused not only Faen and animal, but her own lovely people as they went about their daily lives, slowly changing them, generation by generation, towards the immortal. The elves were said to have come from such… but the Faen were whispered to be the next step after: immortals, but with their Nature’s somewhat twisted wyrd by overexposure. Faery were a benign cousin species, although some said the line between them was also thin…copyright protection68PENANAkTNMddnOd4

The Queen is different. She will help me. Queen Goldenslaughter glided past the golden butterfly, heading deeper through the trees… as more golden butterfly’s slowly began emerging on all sides, alighting aglow on branches, flowers, or rocks. The way now gradually became subtly layered with softly glowing suffusion (never quite bright enough to be called light), as strange motes of latent wyrd Power also slowly began floating upwards through the dreamy air…copyright protection68PENANA4h0Fn9qkko

Wondrous.copyright protection68PENANAMOdDxo8pm7

Home.copyright protection68PENANAqH1dtfrR3E

Little fool. “Your home is with me,” she growled, while gliding through it all towards their final destination: an area of dark trees amidst the glowing others, where a long ribbon of silver butterfly’s fluttered around a central clearing, within which a bubbling spring, lit within by a soft blue glow, waited at center beside a gentle rise of concentric flowered tiers leading off, into legend…copyright protection68PENANAW8WWOj5eEq

The Faerie Grove.copyright protection68PENANADqeQ4LfcbC

I am so excited!!!copyright protection68PENANAkBjlPNAgFE

Goldenslaughter slowed while approaching among dark trees now, trying to Will her thudding heart to calm before… she halted, the silver fireflies merely shifting to golden in their dancing glow, still uncaring. “We arrive.” On cue: the golden butterflies slowly formed a widening gap now, which allowed her passage onwards, through them. Always a good sign. She glided smoothly through the gap, then slowed to a stop again within the last shadows edging the clearing…copyright protection68PENANAVBNRyBbDQP

And peered out…copyright protection68PENANA4tfikj4zwf

The golden light slowly returned to the darkness behind her. Pretties…copyright protection68PENANAcQRvbGjMXZ

Glancing back: she stared upon the golden butterflies while they finished closing the gap, encircling the grove again. Tch. Be brave, this is but a social call, and my host is gracious. She turned back towards the clearing again, steeled herself for a moment anyway, and stepped firmly inside. Breathing deeply the air scented with rich urth, pollen, and unique minerals, she glided near concentric tiers of wild, exotic, and magic flowers before smoothly halting before them, and reaching a pale hand towards a solitary, dark rose (its petals trembling)…copyright protection68PENANArSAeK9QVMG

Oh?copyright protection68PENANALRa09ukd4Q

… before withdrawing her hand, and turning: two little faeries (one softly glowing blue and one green) hovered ahead. “Were you about to touch the Faerie Queen’s flowers?” the blue faery asked her, in a piping voice.copyright protection68PENANAtgGkMS06FX

“Her SACRED flowers?” the green faery squeaked.copyright protection68PENANA56QGlAPcwC

Tricksy ones. Goldenslaughter smiled pleasantly anyway. “They are not sacred…”copyright protection68PENANASht3hDyCRC

“She corrects us!” the blue faery exclaimed.copyright protection68PENANAtkT9FF2GLH

Ha. But this is not what I came here for. Queen Goldenslaughter raised a pale palm to ward against further accusations. “Peace: I am a Queen as well, and my time is precious. Where is your master?”copyright protection68PENANAEROuxa4nmB

“Not our master!” the green faery cried.copyright protection68PENANAZfStia6QMX

“We are heralds,” the blue faery explained.copyright protection68PENANAtfimpX2sDO

“Scouts!” “Whatever we choose!”copyright protection68PENANA9iFYMd8RAu

A feeling…copyright protection68PENANAsAJk32v9Si

The two faeries finally turned and glared at each other... before abruptly bursting into a fit of tinkling giggles.copyright protection68PENANA7lxqIXoKp1

I like them.copyright protection68PENANAyzjdx6rGX1

Goldenslaughter sighed. “Of course you would.”copyright protection68PENANAaqBULFXgOQ

The green fairy suddenly darted through the air, hovering near the cage to peer at its interior luminescence. “A present?”copyright protection68PENANAyWc6mU3KFt

“What’s inside?” the blue faery asked, also zipping close…copyright protection68PENANAMd36rBdSha

Goldenslaughter turned slightly away from them, shielding the faintly glowing cage with her body. “A surprise. And not for you.”copyright protection68PENANAUsBvnmbkC0

The two fairy’s cried out in protest…copyright protection68PENANAaaWnhjhl4W

Would you mind if I speak with them?copyright protection68PENANAORaSYBtbuK

Goldenslaughter startled to hear this revelation, then whispered down into the cage: “can you…?”copyright protection68PENANAmocXUAk5UW

A squeak, quickly followed by another. “She comes!” the two faery’s announced, in cheery unison…copyright protection68PENANA5572tpmKKr

Behavior fit for a Queen, now. Queen Goldenslaughter turned imperiously, with her shoulders set and her expression haughty (although a smile tugged the corners of her red mouth)…copyright protection68PENANAHziRrhtUsY

Golden butterflies were spreading out into two lines through the dark trees surrounding the mysterious Faerie Grove, forming a long, curving lane before halting in place, waiting…copyright protection68PENANAFPnSNhs7nn

Ooooh! I love a good show.copyright protection68PENANA4ttcwWBSGl

The two faerys zipped past her…copyright protection68PENANAjoUCgmTKgm

She smiled, slightly.copyright protection68PENANAIVc5OZng7L

… slowing by the lane’s endpoint at the clearing to then hover in place, one on each side…copyright protection68PENANADbf6oL2ZEJ

Goldenslaughter stared.copyright protection68PENANAkY8fAoBu8S

Bright was coming: slowly approaching through dark trees, it lit the way in a hue more pure than anything else so far (while also lending a brief intensity to each butterfly), ultimately bathing all in its enfolding radiancecopyright protection68PENANARRO3WC3kTa

She raised a pale hand, squinting…copyright protection68PENANA5wmkDK6GJK

The bright faded.copyright protection68PENANAp4IxkiWWN4

Her.copyright protection68PENANAPEVEHSgKc9

Yes… but lower your hand, fool. That light won’t hurt you, and you cannot hide yourself anymore. Queen Goldenslaughter lowered her hand now...copyright protection68PENANAViGhDk1J0L

Beautiful, mature, and softly, unchangingly radiant in her ceremonial gown, while floating before her upon still, spread wings of glowing, silken light, was…copyright protection68PENANAtqQbYbuU7h

The Faery Queen.copyright protection68PENANAZWWVADNRo0

I had almost forgotten the grandeur of her presence. “Mother,” she announced simply, and curtseyed low before her…copyright protection68PENANA1kiIBW2DF3

The two faery attendants gasped!copyright protection68PENANAp8tfksqPmy

“I am not your mother,” the Faery Queen replied calmly, while continuing to smile down lovingly upon her…copyright protection68PENANA7lv3h6H4X6

Goldenslaughter persisted. “But you are my oldest friend, my wisest counselor, and my first protector.”copyright protection68PENANA5ZqoI1kKFZ

The Faery Queen nodded. “Proud I was to be it, and proud I am to remain.”copyright protection68PENANAO48iksKKh6

“Mother of My Heart?” she tried.copyright protection68PENANAjosOsJU9OS

The Faery Queen gently laughed. “Daughter of My Kindness,” she agreed.copyright protection68PENANAfURFizHDkm

Goldenslaughter smiled now, but uncertainly. “May we speak together as of old? In confidence and trust?”copyright protection68PENANAC9qKrKdbvv

“I hope so.” The Faery Queen raised her arms left and right, then gestured with them. “Privacy, lovelies.”copyright protection68PENANAiOTKDluxvj

The two faery attendants (who were still whispering furiously about this incredible new bit of Court gossip) darted back out into the nearby forest. The golden fireflies slowly dispersed after them, fading away...copyright protection68PENANApKdhqwR79c

And the local area was clear.copyright protection68PENANAuMlUwMFKYb

Manners. Goldenslaughter stepped towards the gently rising tiers. “By the flowers?” she offered, gesturing now herself...copyright protection68PENANAfg091Dvwa0

The Faery Queen nodded. “And the spring.”copyright protection68PENANAPAL3RczJjI

Goldenslaughter glided over, placed the silver cage upon the first flowered tier, sat beside it and crossed her legs, demurely...copyright protection68PENANAVNugI13oM1

The Faerie Queen floated after her upon motionless glowing silken wings trailing fading motes of light… then came gently down beside the spring and sat upon its rocky edge. Dipping her delicate, slippered feet into the bubbling water, she sighed…copyright protection68PENANAA2hAbjdHPo

A Power like hers does not require such bodily care. Her eyes narrowed. “You don’t even use them.”copyright protection68PENANAIFYuIQGiAZ

The Faerie Queen gave her a prim look, while adjusting her seat slightly. “Desire is not always a match for reality.”copyright protection68PENANA1vNwLwyPUl

Goldenslaughter looked away, suitably chastised. “That is so.”copyright protection68PENANAQun85zsjgh

“I travel the wider world, meeting many,” the Faery Queen continued, glancing only briefly at the faintly glowing silver cage, “and it has always been thus.” The Faery Queen gave her a sympathetic look now. “The secret is to be yourself, and true to your heart of hearts. Do you embody your truth?”copyright protection68PENANAHYXGsGx9Z7

Goldenslaughter shifted, slightly uncomfortable. “I embody my Title, and have found Power for it.”copyright protection68PENANA80CWxos5dn

The Faery Queen exhaled softly. “You were a stubborn child, and are stubborn grown.”copyright protection68PENANAq4SOcXnFgD

Goldenslaughter gave her a simpering smile. “You will find no argument there, Mother of my Heart.”copyright protection68PENANAWYCUF5Acez

“Daughter of My Kindness,” the Faery Queen answered fondly. “Proud have I been of you… yet why were you so long absent?”copyright protection68PENANAjnAWj7lMdz

Unhappy at this rebuke, she stubbornly pushed forward with her agenda. “To solve a question regarding the nature of Power. And make you prouder still.”copyright protection68PENANAaED3sQ1Pvi

The Faery Queen slowly rose back into the air again on her motionless, glowing silken wings. “Where has it led you?”copyright protection68PENANAtsg6nVbX8p

Goldenslaughter bit her lip. “Round and round in circles until finally I am here to sit at your knee. A troubled child, as of old.”copyright protection68PENANAxrN8o7gKTt

“Daughter Dear,” the Faery Queen amended, while drifting nearer. “Your path is your path, and you will find it no matter what you think.”copyright protection68PENANAj48X7BO8rk

Tough love? Tch. She now clenched her jaw. “I am the Queen of Night, and the end of my journey.”copyright protection68PENANArUMH19Dc7L

“Yet troubled.”copyright protection68PENANACFdpNCx4mr

A sudden sigh. “Aye.”copyright protection68PENANAxGvGDDhsMJ

The Faery Queen softly laid a hand upon her pale brow.copyright protection68PENANAMdEzUFJyRQ

She closed her eyes. Help me.copyright protection68PENANAjuwwUk8rov

After a long moment…copyright protection68PENANASWboCO1UgO

… the Faery Queen withdrew her hand, and both her eyebrows drew upwards. “Things are changed,” she breathed.copyright protection68PENANAD31iCWXluP

She opened her eyes. “In what way?”copyright protection68PENANAcOjIke2tGr

You both know.copyright protection68PENANAYynaXZYZUf

The Faery Queen smiled gently. “So it can speak after all,” she murmured. “Hello, little one.”copyright protection68PENANANyjOQVLNgf

Little one? In the cage, only.copyright protection68PENANADt4XcobeSR

Are they truly speaking? A frown spread across her bonewhite face. “So you CAN speak with others?”copyright protection68PENANAGRq31n30mX

A feeling of amusementI don’t know. Can I?copyright protection68PENANAgawzYnuKbL

The Faery Queen shook her head, disappointed. “You are rude not to properly introduce us, Daughter Dear.”copyright protection68PENANA0Of4LrsXGl

Silence.copyright protection68PENANAOmcfpeCteZ

“It is a… Glory.”copyright protection68PENANAqv9X48kzSv

“A Glory.” The Faery Queen slowly floated around the faintly glowing cage, considering it. “Of which there are many. Wind and water, flame and sky, dark and light, blind and wise.”copyright protection68PENANAlSjBW52p2I

Tension.copyright protection68PENANAKR4X6ucJXr

“But what kind is this one?”copyright protection68PENANAIoWSm10GBT

The kindcopyright protection68PENANAcXLvyIBA7D

“–that does not talk over its betters”, the Queen of Night finished harshly, glaring at the faintly glowing silver cage…copyright protection68PENANAjSvoQBS2lQ

A feeling of irritation.copyright protection68PENANAu3eqVAsWh4

It–copyright protection68PENANAPt1BZAjAaq

Withdrawalcopyright protection68PENANAeuiJS9lKcG

Goldenslaughter glared upon it a moment longer, then finally turned back to find the Faery Queen staring at her. She flushed. “Apologies, Mother of My Heart.”copyright protection68PENANABGKQ7GrzCI

“For your behavior?”copyright protection68PENANAEscF3bgmMr

Goldenslaughter frowned. “Excuse me?”copyright protection68PENANAM0V5KNf6yr

The Faery Queen slowly drifted to the side, passing from her direct line of sight. “You will never get anywhere with it that way.”copyright protection68PENANAN97xZeerOR

Goldenslaughter turned, with her dark eyes narrowing. “What do you mean?”copyright protection68PENANA9sjl8nxpJj

“Are you not trying to forge a Bond?” the Faery Queen asked, while now slowly circling around her little one. “A Glory is to be wooed, not conquered in kind.”copyright protection68PENANAQwkLC5yRb6

Goldenslaughter twisted about, keeping the other in her sight. “There is something that I want.”copyright protection68PENANAiZgqxgFLHt

“From me? Or the Glory?”copyright protection68PENANACRWWd5jKu2

“From the world,” she stated firmly.copyright protection68PENANA3kyo5btE2F

The Faery Queen finally slowed her circling… then stopped, hovering in place again before the burbling pool and rising flowered tiers. “It must come from YOU first. Not your subjects, the Glory, the Lady, the Slythy, or myself.”copyright protection68PENANALlE2McirX0

Her expression suddenly went blank. “Do not speak of that one in my presence.”copyright protection68PENANAVzRRv4XOPs

The Faery Queen shook her head. “Daughter Grown Cold.”copyright protection68PENANARTMqhSBLxE

Goldenslaughter stood now, pulling up the cage to wrap both of her bonewhite arms around it again. “For the love we share, I will ask you this only once: how might I draw the hidden Power I seek and bind it to my Will, forever?”copyright protection68PENANAqi05lMhDdf

The Faery Queen gave her a sad smile. “If you continue as you are, then it is impossible.”copyright protection68PENANAE8Ov0kAX9p

Her teeth ground together. Of course. Why am I surprised? She curtseyed low, her long blue-black hair obscuring her face. “Thank you for your counsel. But I will find a way.”copyright protection68PENANAp0icrA52lD

“Goldenslaughter…”copyright protection68PENANAGMWHShtaVG

The dark immortal one did not slow, however: quick steps took her back out amongst the section of dark, shadowed trees, the area somehow seeming darker now. Her eyes were unexpectedly wet as the Faen forest around her became blurry in her vision, while she gradually left behind the pure radiance of the Faery Queen...copyright protection68PENANApzOe5PzGMI

Or it will find you.copyright protection68PENANA6cJopaZvck

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