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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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Writer Mathew Babaoye
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Nightglory (3rd Edition)
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The Faery Queen
Mathew Babaoye
Apr 9, 2016
15 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!T5Z3VEuQLoX0elGNVBMdposted on PENANA

Where are we going?copyright protection122PENANAQWTjRKMWeo

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 protection122PENANAE8uDbpiGg3

What are we doing?copyright protection122PENANA5d4jzL7umU

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 protection122PENANAIdQCwImiEB

Are we going outside?!copyright protection122PENANAHiJbWVBeCS

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection122PENANAiH5n1F89av

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 protection122PENANA3SIUueCQwg

Open.copyright protection122PENANArezbqw71LK

Oh…copyright protection122PENANAT3rZqtEzCP

Oh indeed. She began gliding across the drawbridge…copyright protection122PENANA4GHNAb1c2y

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection122PENANAtuM3GczNek

… 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 protection122PENANAx8oZ7PtMo6

Yes…copyright protection122PENANABtMigmuizx

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 protection122PENANAQ32D7IQGw4

Freedom!copyright protection122PENANA14cp4kex6D

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 protection122PENANADI7q1nNvFn

A feeling of calculationWhy tonight?copyright protection122PENANA3wr59yO0el

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 protection122PENANA4gphFuBU1I

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 protection122PENANAyFqF6r3TXI

And yet.copyright protection122PENANAg0fH6pgVpv

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 protection122PENANAguLGLranmc

And insubstantial, she became…copyright protection122PENANA5USvAYWDSU

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 protection122PENANAl9UBR107Xp

The vanity is acceptable.copyright protection122PENANACdTnUEP42b

“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 protection122PENANAh75aDG8zj1

Choices.copyright protection122PENANAuFaog1qg9n

Goldenslaughter glided north without hesitation.copyright protection122PENANAGLBz9veZAg

A feeling…copyright protection122PENANAaSog21WbAf

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 protection122PENANAc5VmtboUsy

A distant owlish hoot.copyright protection122PENANAi8kTHupWt0

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 protection122PENANAdDSBTVCQ6d

Ready.copyright protection122PENANA6ii1FMc4GE

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 protection122PENANACZNXTvrjrU

Pure.copyright protection122PENANAjEycfr7Sie

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 protection122PENANA5oxnpd9ChQ

A hidden wyrd form suddenly bounded away through the trees, knickering oddly.copyright protection122PENANAhUQ4RJzi20

Tch. Except for those pesky wyrd ones. Queen Goldenslaughter abruptly snapped two pale fingers, which caused the ensorcelled, dancing shadows to immediately still.copyright protection122PENANAdlFLyVdGNv

Unfair to them.copyright protection122PENANAUSTsgjFqVW

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 protection122PENANAgcR6gIQP1S

The Onta felt approving of her.copyright protection122PENANAQeevZMqdte

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 protection122PENANAIn6CQmWvNR

Beauty.copyright protection122PENANAs34jal20b4

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 protection122PENANAT1j7xjTYwm

Wonder.copyright protection122PENANAceKjRBGN6t

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 protection122PENANAFyxJSH5VIg

The forest returned a merry echo from some hidden wyrd.copyright protection122PENANAZBiiIQBCO8

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 protection122PENANAZ1mKkel11r

Look at that! And that too!copyright protection122PENANAuH01rTJwPs

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 protection122PENANAMO457NVJpJ

And yet.copyright protection122PENANARpLe96sv7u

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 protection122PENANAXCcYEDRn9G

What is that?copyright protection122PENANAQWvU1DHWm7

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 protection122PENANAGewstGyWcG

… as a golden butterfly emerged between two trunks skinned with green-glowing lichen, ahead of her.copyright protection122PENANAr9iD7WgZkp

What is THIS?copyright protection122PENANAGamc5nPNkc

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 protection122PENANAU1rrtU81Qk

A feeling…copyright protection122PENANAHht0UBWbBh

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 protection122PENANABirXuxlkkG

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 protection122PENANAweHYGaSOcJ

Wondrous.copyright protection122PENANA8T1CTWeQ7P

Home.copyright protection122PENANA7J8zGC62Xq

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 protection122PENANAItFpslAk9M

The Faerie Grove.copyright protection122PENANA4iG5Vz29q9

I am so excited!!!copyright protection122PENANAZxS76zKdBH

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 protection122PENANAEkbjJDFkYP

And peered out…copyright protection122PENANA637M83mbcM

The golden light slowly returned to the darkness behind her. Pretties…copyright protection122PENANAkckdjrN4Eo

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 protection122PENANALiJXCsAhNz

Oh?copyright protection122PENANA6TCeFLh2Wu

… 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 protection122PENANAPhG9u0Ai4f

“Her SACRED flowers?” the green faery squeaked.copyright protection122PENANAGPyqNaTosG

Tricksy ones. Goldenslaughter smiled pleasantly anyway. “They are not sacred…”copyright protection122PENANAXzzAOfm5hi

“She corrects us!” the blue faery exclaimed.copyright protection122PENANAA7Agg5gRnl

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 protection122PENANA74bFuYPnmi

“Not our master!” the green faery cried.copyright protection122PENANA3jRCUFSgLa

“We are heralds,” the blue faery explained.copyright protection122PENANAzlh9CxeTpB

“Scouts!” “Whatever we choose!”copyright protection122PENANAewFpb9n1xK

A feeling…copyright protection122PENANAjA4adYP5eB

The two faeries finally turned and glared at each other... before abruptly bursting into a fit of tinkling giggles.copyright protection122PENANAfNWwXy4brt

I like them.copyright protection122PENANANG0t5cDtda

Goldenslaughter sighed. “Of course you would.”copyright protection122PENANAewKiHXgx2v

The green fairy suddenly darted through the air, hovering near the cage to peer at its interior luminescence. “A present?”copyright protection122PENANA8ij5OgDTs5

“What’s inside?” the blue faery asked, also zipping close…copyright protection122PENANAnfMnISzllM

Goldenslaughter turned slightly away from them, shielding the faintly glowing cage with her body. “A surprise. And not for you.”copyright protection122PENANAvzjgS1d8yg

The two fairy’s cried out in protest…copyright protection122PENANAEHyXMneqgG

Would you mind if I speak with them?copyright protection122PENANAwDWi1FaA0w

Goldenslaughter startled to hear this revelation, then whispered down into the cage: “can you…?”copyright protection122PENANAnw6HNYJ07h

A squeak, quickly followed by another. “She comes!” the two faery’s announced, in cheery unison…copyright protection122PENANAhLZPJLdYct

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 protection122PENANAEI7B08gbJg

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 protection122PENANAI7NOOANxBU

Ooooh! I love a good show.copyright protection122PENANAPSGOIqAWoM

The two faerys zipped past her…copyright protection122PENANAq3vxFwGVHp

She smiled, slightly.copyright protection122PENANAcpxZemA2Uc

… slowing by the lane’s endpoint at the clearing to then hover in place, one on each side…copyright protection122PENANAXJ5EyO49Kt

Goldenslaughter stared.copyright protection122PENANAWaxrIcXo8F

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 protection122PENANAOk5lkjIVlC

She raised a pale hand, squinting…copyright protection122PENANA7ilcWU114L

The bright faded.copyright protection122PENANAv0W3rEfp3n

Her.copyright protection122PENANA4SI9e2sWXO

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 protection122PENANAy57Ui4Oj5T

Beautiful, mature, and softly, unchangingly radiant in her ceremonial gown, while floating before her upon still, spread wings of glowing, silken light, was…copyright protection122PENANA5AT1DlGTKJ

The Faery Queen.copyright protection122PENANAhOB0XP2qM0

I had almost forgotten the grandeur of her presence. “Mother,” she announced simply, and curtseyed low before her…copyright protection122PENANAfk6meoq3Hw

The two faery attendants gasped!copyright protection122PENANAWM7QOLbuEV

“I am not your mother,” the Faery Queen replied calmly, while continuing to smile down lovingly upon her…copyright protection122PENANAeWKQWIGZ8s

Goldenslaughter persisted. “But you are my oldest friend, my wisest counselor, and my first protector.”copyright protection122PENANA0oM7K1vb4d

The Faery Queen nodded. “Proud I was to be it, and proud I am to remain.”copyright protection122PENANAH10PRPA2jf

“Mother of My Heart?” she tried.copyright protection122PENANAYxbIo8q48z

The Faery Queen gently laughed. “Daughter of My Kindness,” she agreed.copyright protection122PENANAw9XjgIkLTp

Goldenslaughter smiled now, but uncertainly. “May we speak together as of old? In confidence and trust?”copyright protection122PENANAZBq0qiP0l8

“I hope so.” The Faery Queen raised her arms left and right, then gestured with them. “Privacy, lovelies.”copyright protection122PENANAfjGr24At9J

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 protection122PENANA3GS1Z8JkUD

And the local area was clear.copyright protection122PENANAJTeaTFsIGN

Manners. Goldenslaughter stepped towards the gently rising tiers. “By the flowers?” she offered, gesturing now herself...copyright protection122PENANARW7ynaDYEM

The Faery Queen nodded. “And the spring.”copyright protection122PENANAHHszIsIsMC

Goldenslaughter glided over, placed the silver cage upon the first flowered tier, sat beside it and crossed her legs, demurely...copyright protection122PENANA5wvkGpZ98G

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 protection122PENANAXZC4y0fbYT

A Power like hers does not require such bodily care. Her eyes narrowed. “You don’t even use them.”copyright protection122PENANAXGBqgjSYME

The Faerie Queen gave her a prim look, while adjusting her seat slightly. “Desire is not always a match for reality.”copyright protection122PENANAASb6cRwc0E

Goldenslaughter looked away, suitably chastised. “That is so.”copyright protection122PENANASXEu2cuint

“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 protection122PENANAbk9MLq6DoS

Goldenslaughter shifted, slightly uncomfortable. “I embody my Title, and have found Power for it.”copyright protection122PENANAiYKt5XlBam

The Faery Queen exhaled softly. “You were a stubborn child, and are stubborn grown.”copyright protection122PENANAf2kTxn52Ft

Goldenslaughter gave her a simpering smile. “You will find no argument there, Mother of my Heart.”copyright protection122PENANAvQOFDz5Jcu

“Daughter of My Kindness,” the Faery Queen answered fondly. “Proud have I been of you… yet why were you so long absent?”copyright protection122PENANACvtnYykk9v

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 protection122PENANAGpx0j5np72

The Faery Queen slowly rose back into the air again on her motionless, glowing silken wings. “Where has it led you?”copyright protection122PENANASDTGjwfpgs

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 protection122PENANATTXmgWVBh5

“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 protection122PENANA6XuEYOJldR

Tough love? Tch. She now clenched her jaw. “I am the Queen of Night, and the end of my journey.”copyright protection122PENANAo5uhMOO2d4

“Yet troubled.”copyright protection122PENANAu7XstepoPG

A sudden sigh. “Aye.”copyright protection122PENANAuWDYABMkXZ

The Faery Queen softly laid a hand upon her pale brow.copyright protection122PENANAbm5FESutUH

She closed her eyes. Help me.copyright protection122PENANAxpPvRiKgHA

After a long moment…copyright protection122PENANAXbwAa7cXra

… the Faery Queen withdrew her hand, and both her eyebrows drew upwards. “Things are changed,” she breathed.copyright protection122PENANAXCx3ibVMEP

She opened her eyes. “In what way?”copyright protection122PENANAucejI6Csnk

You both know.copyright protection122PENANA3kwAVHH8E8

The Faery Queen smiled gently. “So it can speak after all,” she murmured. “Hello, little one.”copyright protection122PENANAjBLQE41ARG

Little one? In the cage, only.copyright protection122PENANApmTEGBKj48

Are they truly speaking? A frown spread across her bonewhite face. “So you CAN speak with others?”copyright protection122PENANAD7saInRpww

A feeling of amusementI don’t know. Can I?copyright protection122PENANAyP8kFMoHmf

The Faery Queen shook her head, disappointed. “You are rude not to properly introduce us, Daughter Dear.”copyright protection122PENANAoMChqiTbBX

Silence.copyright protection122PENANAjf5MqNahdG

“It is a… Glory.”copyright protection122PENANAOLvW5bJuS5

“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 protection122PENANAKgSmxjErvg

Tension.copyright protection122PENANAoOvuBViLdv

“But what kind is this one?”copyright protection122PENANAr1hXYm8HQ1

The kindcopyright protection122PENANANAhFXPYBgt

“–that does not talk over its betters”, the Queen of Night finished harshly, glaring at the faintly glowing silver cage…copyright protection122PENANASFinaTjsEw

A feeling of irritation.copyright protection122PENANAY6yf3xCces

It–copyright protection122PENANAd13vH1lGCC

Withdrawalcopyright protection122PENANAavhsSsmcU1

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 protection122PENANAJS8i8cPKo3

“For your behavior?”copyright protection122PENANAdC4h7MissV

Goldenslaughter frowned. “Excuse me?”copyright protection122PENANA5Cqm5jOrvJ

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 protection122PENANAseCBwKNlub

Goldenslaughter turned, with her dark eyes narrowing. “What do you mean?”copyright protection122PENANAoINtZVghoI

“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 protection122PENANActkCQpVFRr

Goldenslaughter twisted about, keeping the other in her sight. “There is something that I want.”copyright protection122PENANAokF1VcLIxg

“From me? Or the Glory?”copyright protection122PENANAUWYIqXDGf1

“From the world,” she stated firmly.copyright protection122PENANAoruJ4l9000

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 protection122PENANArok7pgjbYR

Her expression suddenly went blank. “Do not speak of that one in my presence.”copyright protection122PENANAsTNrBdoeUE

The Faery Queen shook her head. “Daughter Grown Cold.”copyright protection122PENANAgj6L2a6cb6

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 protection122PENANAcDvxKVO46M

The Faery Queen gave her a sad smile. “If you continue as you are, then it is impossible.”copyright protection122PENANAVzFI0gWpvR

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 protection122PENANA3La9wdkDpv

“Goldenslaughter…”copyright protection122PENANAJC9eaTaYYh

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 protection122PENANALTQrCRIzgd

Or it will find you.copyright protection122PENANAqkZBuwPO9e

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