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The Faery Queen
Mathew Babaoye
Apr 9, 2016
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No Plagiarism!ILskd66MBFKzK5RLEG7jposted on PENANA

Where are we going?copyright protection108PENANAQBbE7wMfzh

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 protection108PENANAah2CCfJI2k

What are we doing?copyright protection108PENANAoNU9SMUxs1

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 protection108PENANAQjD2XKyK07

Are we going outside?!copyright protection108PENANA1ap3N1jwKl

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection108PENANAR88Lh1xcy0

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 protection108PENANAepjRrhCZ1D

Open.copyright protection108PENANA62Nw5Axp7h

Oh…copyright protection108PENANAKYqTKHUiUt

Oh indeed. She began gliding across the drawbridge…copyright protection108PENANAi8SCZjTCjU

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection108PENANAfqX3W3EtsL

… 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 protection108PENANALcKb6vT1NN

Yes…copyright protection108PENANAu5WnIWHBy0

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 protection108PENANAwOqtRmwvQY

Freedom!copyright protection108PENANAhCb2OhxHik

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 protection108PENANAvNqra8oRJW

A feeling of calculationWhy tonight?copyright protection108PENANASgLiJCFg8w

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 protection108PENANAeq9qsXHZF0

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 protection108PENANAkaOKCYT0QD

And yet.copyright protection108PENANAXJTI1DlHTt

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 protection108PENANAe8TnymkglZ

And insubstantial, she became…copyright protection108PENANAgGa4rN3kNU

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 protection108PENANAYLDStFvOmp

The vanity is acceptable.copyright protection108PENANAiAxcX5yilU

“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 protection108PENANAiCAsH2fLn3

Choices.copyright protection108PENANAFlOidiYJ7k

Goldenslaughter glided north without hesitation.copyright protection108PENANA8pVGBTLac7

A feeling…copyright protection108PENANA4uKFXrHdc5

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 protection108PENANAgSq5bEo9ov

A distant owlish hoot.copyright protection108PENANAuxVpdxjZHv

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 protection108PENANA6MZRrXj9aw

Ready.copyright protection108PENANAeroFwzkVJI

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 protection108PENANAqdflDtTWsA

Pure.copyright protection108PENANAszmsqOpJXz

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 protection108PENANAfc0ESxdcsX

A hidden wyrd form suddenly bounded away through the trees, knickering oddly.copyright protection108PENANAVTabfNE8K7

Tch. Except for those pesky wyrd ones. Queen Goldenslaughter abruptly snapped two pale fingers, which caused the ensorcelled, dancing shadows to immediately still.copyright protection108PENANAJdG5F6U5QS

Unfair to them.copyright protection108PENANAE64FKXdY9G

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 protection108PENANAV5z5hOTWXE

The Onta felt approving of her.copyright protection108PENANA3GRJMxQGCG

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 protection108PENANAyhMDXxAavK

Beauty.copyright protection108PENANAQrPqx7eq3b

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 protection108PENANA56SWPEtFk6

Wonder.copyright protection108PENANAmSn9vkG6uc

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 protection108PENANAQlDGLaN0BQ

The forest returned a merry echo from some hidden wyrd.copyright protection108PENANAcHW4EMI7s3

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 protection108PENANAePWBYrVFyq

Look at that! And that too!copyright protection108PENANARoMv4yGRyi

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 protection108PENANAIKZEPDryLU

And yet.copyright protection108PENANABZKxBIZwox

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 protection108PENANAXfWKL0irSR

What is that?copyright protection108PENANAKACJfrnH08

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 protection108PENANABB8l9J49gs

… as a golden butterfly emerged between two trunks skinned with green-glowing lichen, ahead of her.copyright protection108PENANAGeIDYtDhVw

What is THIS?copyright protection108PENANA8F6KplcM2c

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 protection108PENANAUEN30XM462

A feeling…copyright protection108PENANAwNgfqfI4wE

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 protection108PENANAAFjGpI1Bu4

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 protection108PENANANpIBtIyfNF

Wondrous.copyright protection108PENANAiksyzSOhWl

Home.copyright protection108PENANAWw0fcpYe1t

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 protection108PENANAjPS1rlKZBx

The Faerie Grove.copyright protection108PENANAFTR7sqZgIW

I am so excited!!!copyright protection108PENANACEtCUG2SU3

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 protection108PENANAldTefkA0kc

And peered out…copyright protection108PENANAxZ5p6yQ6Py

The golden light slowly returned to the darkness behind her. Pretties…copyright protection108PENANA3rdw37c507

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 protection108PENANA9ml2ABnbBH

Oh?copyright protection108PENANAn9GtyN1oUQ

… 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 protection108PENANAXXhbtkjGqj

“Her SACRED flowers?” the green faery squeaked.copyright protection108PENANANAG8CgJ0sl

Tricksy ones. Goldenslaughter smiled pleasantly anyway. “They are not sacred…”copyright protection108PENANAHPuoj2bkr5

“She corrects us!” the blue faery exclaimed.copyright protection108PENANAap3rBwMUcd

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 protection108PENANAe0NU8qbSqE

“Not our master!” the green faery cried.copyright protection108PENANAd7uHvNKH7c

“We are heralds,” the blue faery explained.copyright protection108PENANANhCQJdnw8A

“Scouts!” “Whatever we choose!”copyright protection108PENANAJmBwhJWtCn

A feeling…copyright protection108PENANA7QuBy0oiIv

The two faeries finally turned and glared at each other... before abruptly bursting into a fit of tinkling giggles.copyright protection108PENANAvvN7mwlK2t

I like them.copyright protection108PENANAlLQWi7GfBi

Goldenslaughter sighed. “Of course you would.”copyright protection108PENANACI97jH8IZQ

The green fairy suddenly darted through the air, hovering near the cage to peer at its interior luminescence. “A present?”copyright protection108PENANAdvm1DJxYtA

“What’s inside?” the blue faery asked, also zipping close…copyright protection108PENANArPmiLEprU0

Goldenslaughter turned slightly away from them, shielding the faintly glowing cage with her body. “A surprise. And not for you.”copyright protection108PENANAKxJTE3AMLA

The two fairy’s cried out in protest…copyright protection108PENANADZ500IJxHd

Would you mind if I speak with them?copyright protection108PENANA892urO9Rf3

Goldenslaughter startled to hear this revelation, then whispered down into the cage: “can you…?”copyright protection108PENANAS0ABTfEu2p

A squeak, quickly followed by another. “She comes!” the two faery’s announced, in cheery unison…copyright protection108PENANA4FoaGoTqWA

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 protection108PENANAD4JGzauI1K

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 protection108PENANAMTKnvEC98E

Ooooh! I love a good show.copyright protection108PENANAzckYn1ngrj

The two faerys zipped past her…copyright protection108PENANAQ5oALXLgFM

She smiled, slightly.copyright protection108PENANA1sGMPcqrmz

… slowing by the lane’s endpoint at the clearing to then hover in place, one on each side…copyright protection108PENANA6VMrT9shpU

Goldenslaughter stared.copyright protection108PENANAAgZZQKWB1C

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 protection108PENANAo245PThflD

She raised a pale hand, squinting…copyright protection108PENANAPszBTtKmKa

The bright faded.copyright protection108PENANAglqfkh0gT1

Her.copyright protection108PENANATi4XnTRF9c

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 protection108PENANAjYFTAymkV6

Beautiful, mature, and softly, unchangingly radiant in her ceremonial gown, while floating before her upon still, spread wings of glowing, silken light, was…copyright protection108PENANAvbsVrMdr26

The Faery Queen.copyright protection108PENANAtWoyTMsLsC

I had almost forgotten the grandeur of her presence. “Mother,” she announced simply, and curtseyed low before her…copyright protection108PENANAYLBDEbc1v7

The two faery attendants gasped!copyright protection108PENANA81jAWKmacp

“I am not your mother,” the Faery Queen replied calmly, while continuing to smile down lovingly upon her…copyright protection108PENANAhFlGefsG1V

Goldenslaughter persisted. “But you are my oldest friend, my wisest counselor, and my first protector.”copyright protection108PENANAiZGUCl5OnB

The Faery Queen nodded. “Proud I was to be it, and proud I am to remain.”copyright protection108PENANAVvCe6zZtJb

“Mother of My Heart?” she tried.copyright protection108PENANAT0RfG5u9Mv

The Faery Queen gently laughed. “Daughter of My Kindness,” she agreed.copyright protection108PENANA45vLZ774Wv

Goldenslaughter smiled now, but uncertainly. “May we speak together as of old? In confidence and trust?”copyright protection108PENANAGR1i67R6BB

“I hope so.” The Faery Queen raised her arms left and right, then gestured with them. “Privacy, lovelies.”copyright protection108PENANAhuC9Jifes1

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 protection108PENANAKx6fi6nqbj

And the local area was clear.copyright protection108PENANAVRbW9i41oF

Manners. Goldenslaughter stepped towards the gently rising tiers. “By the flowers?” she offered, gesturing now herself...copyright protection108PENANACG9ePTx47Z

The Faery Queen nodded. “And the spring.”copyright protection108PENANA6Rxd7Pjugu

Goldenslaughter glided over, placed the silver cage upon the first flowered tier, sat beside it and crossed her legs, demurely...copyright protection108PENANANcmZ8vhdwF

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 protection108PENANAS9m1nbUVg2

A Power like hers does not require such bodily care. Her eyes narrowed. “You don’t even use them.”copyright protection108PENANAVnUsA1iUwy

The Faerie Queen gave her a prim look, while adjusting her seat slightly. “Desire is not always a match for reality.”copyright protection108PENANApkKLjTgA6N

Goldenslaughter looked away, suitably chastised. “That is so.”copyright protection108PENANAgYWC0kOVf4

“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 protection108PENANAYarSD2UVWq

Goldenslaughter shifted, slightly uncomfortable. “I embody my Title, and have found Power for it.”copyright protection108PENANAtlKe638nEe

The Faery Queen exhaled softly. “You were a stubborn child, and are stubborn grown.”copyright protection108PENANAbUd7weskaI

Goldenslaughter gave her a simpering smile. “You will find no argument there, Mother of my Heart.”copyright protection108PENANAp8TR0wTVrQ

“Daughter of My Kindness,” the Faery Queen answered fondly. “Proud have I been of you… yet why were you so long absent?”copyright protection108PENANAlVc6ajaiGO

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 protection108PENANAwSIK0fYsA8

The Faery Queen slowly rose back into the air again on her motionless, glowing silken wings. “Where has it led you?”copyright protection108PENANAbZh4QiBKd3

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 protection108PENANAAyYNE86OqN

“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 protection108PENANADXFmHFBG8b

Tough love? Tch. She now clenched her jaw. “I am the Queen of Night, and the end of my journey.”copyright protection108PENANAPja6o1oZLB

“Yet troubled.”copyright protection108PENANA2ma19PagEB

A sudden sigh. “Aye.”copyright protection108PENANA3hyJDgoeWx

The Faery Queen softly laid a hand upon her pale brow.copyright protection108PENANAqMQBSfCheo

She closed her eyes. Help me.copyright protection108PENANAShL3jVStbw

After a long moment…copyright protection108PENANA4fNDYrTnGQ

… the Faery Queen withdrew her hand, and both her eyebrows drew upwards. “Things are changed,” she breathed.copyright protection108PENANAU6DLHv0kMf

She opened her eyes. “In what way?”copyright protection108PENANAIFxtIQoBjA

You both know.copyright protection108PENANA7oPV1OnVc3

The Faery Queen smiled gently. “So it can speak after all,” she murmured. “Hello, little one.”copyright protection108PENANAM79pSRUTbH

Little one? In the cage, only.copyright protection108PENANA9UnGn5wMHQ

Are they truly speaking? A frown spread across her bonewhite face. “So you CAN speak with others?”copyright protection108PENANAmOebKg07bc

A feeling of amusementI don’t know. Can I?copyright protection108PENANAaXjkmcch5n

The Faery Queen shook her head, disappointed. “You are rude not to properly introduce us, Daughter Dear.”copyright protection108PENANAZehmVFssr9

Silence.copyright protection108PENANAiOYxZIN0QZ

“It is a… Glory.”copyright protection108PENANAc1WvljHyBN

“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 protection108PENANAVA2dXXSppk

Tension.copyright protection108PENANAzI8xf8g287

“But what kind is this one?”copyright protection108PENANA2l8YQuiy2U

The kindcopyright protection108PENANAmYvobsm4SL

“–that does not talk over its betters”, the Queen of Night finished harshly, glaring at the faintly glowing silver cage…copyright protection108PENANApstyZJGgLP

A feeling of irritation.copyright protection108PENANAoNawM115A4

It–copyright protection108PENANA0W2vkeYGjQ

Withdrawalcopyright protection108PENANAsIjWgjFXzr

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 protection108PENANAMYfXu2Yw7y

“For your behavior?”copyright protection108PENANAA7vCDQQBx9

Goldenslaughter frowned. “Excuse me?”copyright protection108PENANAsZSLW84B5E

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 protection108PENANA2SCiP7kODs

Goldenslaughter turned, with her dark eyes narrowing. “What do you mean?”copyright protection108PENANAndASQdIHPf

“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 protection108PENANAQifJ3bR8MX

Goldenslaughter twisted about, keeping the other in her sight. “There is something that I want.”copyright protection108PENANANPPq7Fystc

“From me? Or the Glory?”copyright protection108PENANAUQpuJgIsXx

“From the world,” she stated firmly.copyright protection108PENANAHOPXxT8o2V

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 protection108PENANAmQLcgTRPll

Her expression suddenly went blank. “Do not speak of that one in my presence.”copyright protection108PENANA1gcqKVHsnE

The Faery Queen shook her head. “Daughter Grown Cold.”copyright protection108PENANA05sP30JbpL

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 protection108PENANA7LBTXSMPH8

The Faery Queen gave her a sad smile. “If you continue as you are, then it is impossible.”copyright protection108PENANAbIon99jQCH

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 protection108PENANAvCNYsQYb1n

“Goldenslaughter…”copyright protection108PENANAX99y26rPW9

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 protection108PENANAY7Rnv1wOS8

Or it will find you.copyright protection108PENANAvnKjmc9koa

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