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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!cUzvpi6BreJpWRLMWXL9posted on PENANA

Where are we going?copyright protection47PENANAUUi0I7HqJK

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 protection47PENANAgVEQr39yFA

What are we doing?copyright protection47PENANAMo0IgMvdJg

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 protection47PENANAmEaEETMljv

Are we going outside?!copyright protection47PENANA6ArLqSPzqu

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection47PENANAadTbVaYqnH

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 protection47PENANAHJmSo1Man6

Open.copyright protection47PENANAFtG6e7Z3Hp

Oh…copyright protection47PENANAySCr4yB2ZY

Oh indeed. She began gliding across the drawbridge…copyright protection47PENANAKHI6A67mhv

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection47PENANAsWY93dh2hY

… 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 protection47PENANAsPR5gVERYE

Yes…copyright protection47PENANAQIlyPVFXiW

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 protection47PENANAsLTqVXDc0U

Freedom!copyright protection47PENANAbsJ2y0YcSW

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 protection47PENANAQIFchu7Wrq

A feeling of calculationWhy tonight?copyright protection47PENANATTbMk6JYjJ

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 protection47PENANATucDxKDwXv

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 protection47PENANAtNe8ZvD7s4

And yet.copyright protection47PENANAxmYJ8jQSh9

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 protection47PENANACbDPOaAsHx

And insubstantial, she became…copyright protection47PENANAYalcilIVsb

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 protection47PENANA00xZKGjAzB

The vanity is acceptable.copyright protection47PENANAJcMm1AxB3e

“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 protection47PENANA91oueHPXDi

Choices.copyright protection47PENANA8EjGD3mWDW

Goldenslaughter glided north without hesitation.copyright protection47PENANAxm8kJaVgMY

A feeling…copyright protection47PENANAvV0UpeBfbf

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 protection47PENANAyjTR0xUnux

A distant owlish hoot.copyright protection47PENANAj2UsmDChTo

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 protection47PENANAgpkgjJuVZF

Ready.copyright protection47PENANAaxZ4pZBjm5

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 protection47PENANARG7L8uoLLi

Pure.copyright protection47PENANAa1Iuh2eMYd

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 protection47PENANAr9LrdarOuO

A hidden wyrd form suddenly bounded away through the trees, knickering oddly.copyright protection47PENANAUmu27Dwwph

Tch. Except for those pesky wyrd ones. Queen Goldenslaughter abruptly snapped two pale fingers, which caused the ensorcelled, dancing shadows to immediately still.copyright protection47PENANAPzjy3BAhny

Unfair to them.copyright protection47PENANAvPHhhVsIJX

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 protection47PENANAwEj1GrFcY4

The Onta felt approving of her.copyright protection47PENANAuNDOmHpWZN

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 protection47PENANAvuDdMU8eDS

Beauty.copyright protection47PENANAcawvbcWRpU

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 protection47PENANAVUIzI5g82f

Wonder.copyright protection47PENANAWxKzKwuTL8

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 protection47PENANALXihsuuplT

The forest returned a merry echo from some hidden wyrd.copyright protection47PENANAkhO3Qw86Fa

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 protection47PENANAlBI5atCFmn

Look at that! And that too!copyright protection47PENANAN7l6oOATdW

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 protection47PENANANydBB37K9M

And yet.copyright protection47PENANAVvoDAz7det

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 protection47PENANAA2AV8ZKISX

What is that?copyright protection47PENANAEFwRg7VoS4

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 protection47PENANAbOzzsa8znn

… as a golden butterfly emerged between two trunks skinned with green-glowing lichen, ahead of her.copyright protection47PENANA2YpDUxCEgv

What is THIS?copyright protection47PENANACVa8NrgIQ9

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 protection47PENANAN2XnCpxLZV

A feeling…copyright protection47PENANA81UyEO6htn

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 protection47PENANAM6iXe6pvOf

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 protection47PENANAECiBZU1wF0

Wondrous.copyright protection47PENANAsO2mmHbsYF

Home.copyright protection47PENANAPLL8IZe8v3

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 protection47PENANAo9FGLEAMbg

The Faerie Grove.copyright protection47PENANANE4P0qwcTv

I am so excited!!!copyright protection47PENANARJgCRZC677

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 protection47PENANA9vhPc2uMPG

And peered out…copyright protection47PENANA2Ck7rlxYxr

The golden light slowly returned to the darkness behind her. Pretties…copyright protection47PENANAtoaJ11IE7Q

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 protection47PENANAMhl36x5BkV

Oh?copyright protection47PENANAhnxCuZX2Xu

… 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 protection47PENANAtrTDaVFTzN

“Her SACRED flowers?” the green faery squeaked.copyright protection47PENANAJl45pbCvNX

Tricksy ones. Goldenslaughter smiled pleasantly anyway. “They are not sacred…”copyright protection47PENANAq4lXHPXESV

“She corrects us!” the blue faery exclaimed.copyright protection47PENANA9mm20wYFqx

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 protection47PENANAs9TxfjJSOw

“Not our master!” the green faery cried.copyright protection47PENANAPeBaci0aXT

“We are heralds,” the blue faery explained.copyright protection47PENANA56fr9fY7Uo

“Scouts!” “Whatever we choose!”copyright protection47PENANAFnyzVNSEFG

A feeling…copyright protection47PENANAbvVMG85Gi2

The two faeries finally turned and glared at each other... before abruptly bursting into a fit of tinkling giggles.copyright protection47PENANAzn9OPi3NqY

I like them.copyright protection47PENANAc5lKEhxwVd

Goldenslaughter sighed. “Of course you would.”copyright protection47PENANAd6I8TohY5A

The green fairy suddenly darted through the air, hovering near the cage to peer at its interior luminescence. “A present?”copyright protection47PENANA1FXatNsxAS

“What’s inside?” the blue faery asked, also zipping close…copyright protection47PENANAwMYSxC9594

Goldenslaughter turned slightly away from them, shielding the faintly glowing cage with her body. “A surprise. And not for you.”copyright protection47PENANAimb1v4qM3w

The two fairy’s cried out in protest…copyright protection47PENANAm4bkeE8HcI

Would you mind if I speak with them?copyright protection47PENANAAIvyB2bK8k

Goldenslaughter startled to hear this revelation, then whispered down into the cage: “can you…?”copyright protection47PENANAPqH1sc5SZ9

A squeak, quickly followed by another. “She comes!” the two faery’s announced, in cheery unison…copyright protection47PENANAomdAHsfPar

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 protection47PENANAyKa4iL6uwf

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 protection47PENANAOmFvn8It1H

Ooooh! I love a good show.copyright protection47PENANACq4Q0LjfAt

The two faerys zipped past her…copyright protection47PENANAG8eRcxDj1a

She smiled, slightly.copyright protection47PENANAyPwelTm3mo

… slowing by the lane’s endpoint at the clearing to then hover in place, one on each side…copyright protection47PENANALYOPPOA83b

Goldenslaughter stared.copyright protection47PENANACJkQBxneRo

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 protection47PENANAppeVEzO1Cb

She raised a pale hand, squinting…copyright protection47PENANApo9ddZ2N75

The bright faded.copyright protection47PENANAYKPjAqQXFH

Her.copyright protection47PENANAm47AZLaONM

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 protection47PENANAZdb9ro8tcg

Beautiful, mature, and softly, unchangingly radiant in her ceremonial gown, while floating before her upon still, spread wings of glowing, silken light, was…copyright protection47PENANAyb0nuBOkzu

The Faery Queen.copyright protection47PENANA1Vy9wyVGnI

I had almost forgotten the grandeur of her presence. “Mother,” she announced simply, and curtseyed low before her…copyright protection47PENANAtnWEwn2FRe

The two faery attendants gasped!copyright protection47PENANAWppXNTyCe7

“I am not your mother,” the Faery Queen replied calmly, while continuing to smile down lovingly upon her…copyright protection47PENANA6g3FpzekgC

Goldenslaughter persisted. “But you are my oldest friend, my wisest counselor, and my first protector.”copyright protection47PENANA3JZZnvnqbe

The Faery Queen nodded. “Proud I was to be it, and proud I am to remain.”copyright protection47PENANAE7E44sYC4c

“Mother of My Heart?” she tried.copyright protection47PENANAKbtORSo5cE

The Faery Queen gently laughed. “Daughter of My Kindness,” she agreed.copyright protection47PENANAIfnHfLdCbo

Goldenslaughter smiled now, but uncertainly. “May we speak together as of old? In confidence and trust?”copyright protection47PENANAQQvvUzXTc2

“I hope so.” The Faery Queen raised her arms left and right, then gestured with them. “Privacy, lovelies.”copyright protection47PENANA6XdzL4raaE

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 protection47PENANAOSUbA9WNL8

And the local area was clear.copyright protection47PENANAbCYH7Sh4Mu

Manners. Goldenslaughter stepped towards the gently rising tiers. “By the flowers?” she offered, gesturing now herself...copyright protection47PENANA6SrkrdpTnA

The Faery Queen nodded. “And the spring.”copyright protection47PENANAxbtrn3BkQm

Goldenslaughter glided over, placed the silver cage upon the first flowered tier, sat beside it and crossed her legs, demurely...copyright protection47PENANAs2ZqJ6j0b5

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 protection47PENANAuiXWCpa2ix

A Power like hers does not require such bodily care. Her eyes narrowed. “You don’t even use them.”copyright protection47PENANACQJ5h69TrZ

The Faerie Queen gave her a prim look, while adjusting her seat slightly. “Desire is not always a match for reality.”copyright protection47PENANAgT2fkMlDNx

Goldenslaughter looked away, suitably chastised. “That is so.”copyright protection47PENANAIiPGes5ouo

“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 protection47PENANAW7eGcwMlpe

Goldenslaughter shifted, slightly uncomfortable. “I embody my Title, and have found Power for it.”copyright protection47PENANAlF7oUrag5X

The Faery Queen exhaled softly. “You were a stubborn child, and are stubborn grown.”copyright protection47PENANANOfDuu5ATA

Goldenslaughter gave her a simpering smile. “You will find no argument there, Mother of my Heart.”copyright protection47PENANAZPHdvUJig9

“Daughter of My Kindness,” the Faery Queen answered fondly. “Proud have I been of you… yet why were you so long absent?”copyright protection47PENANAwCOE0J5a0a

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 protection47PENANA7OZnrtRx4K

The Faery Queen slowly rose back into the air again on her motionless, glowing silken wings. “Where has it led you?”copyright protection47PENANA73APh5J0oZ

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 protection47PENANAaUCZzCIEMJ

“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 protection47PENANAPUxPiYi9vn

Tough love? Tch. She now clenched her jaw. “I am the Queen of Night, and the end of my journey.”copyright protection47PENANATDrusIzcJX

“Yet troubled.”copyright protection47PENANAcTSOSrqB6d

A sudden sigh. “Aye.”copyright protection47PENANAkW8RLqQ4zm

The Faery Queen softly laid a hand upon her pale brow.copyright protection47PENANAst0TXsBxEk

She closed her eyes. Help me.copyright protection47PENANAvQdoF6Q5HW

After a long moment…copyright protection47PENANAi2TqUFRKKq

… the Faery Queen withdrew her hand, and both her eyebrows drew upwards. “Things are changed,” she breathed.copyright protection47PENANA7cU76SAHpf

She opened her eyes. “In what way?”copyright protection47PENANA2U6fiLm8Q3

You both know.copyright protection47PENANA595ZAZFrKp

The Faery Queen smiled gently. “So it can speak after all,” she murmured. “Hello, little one.”copyright protection47PENANASSCN0IFAp4

Little one? In the cage, only.copyright protection47PENANAQrZWHiH3ry

Are they truly speaking? A frown spread across her bonewhite face. “So you CAN speak with others?”copyright protection47PENANA7xIdwjdbLX

A feeling of amusementI don’t know. Can I?copyright protection47PENANABDPdqPW6qm

The Faery Queen shook her head, disappointed. “You are rude not to properly introduce us, Daughter Dear.”copyright protection47PENANAagOadvsVzT

Silence.copyright protection47PENANAtHqcUXv78g

“It is a… Glory.”copyright protection47PENANA5KUVYlLUrb

“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 protection47PENANAgCs4MFAeAa

Tension.copyright protection47PENANA84RygMvMUE

“But what kind is this one?”copyright protection47PENANA30oXVnjHhK

The kindcopyright protection47PENANATxnlC91coB

“–that does not talk over its betters”, the Queen of Night finished harshly, glaring at the faintly glowing silver cage…copyright protection47PENANAnwGf4X2AJW

A feeling of irritation.copyright protection47PENANAeMXDKT03Ah

It–copyright protection47PENANAOtPbOskQFI

Withdrawalcopyright protection47PENANAr2e8hj5jTP

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 protection47PENANAg7CeLm7LpH

“For your behavior?”copyright protection47PENANA3eaSpZlKP0

Goldenslaughter frowned. “Excuse me?”copyright protection47PENANAsh2Hpk1vEU

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 protection47PENANAkV2W9NjgzJ

Goldenslaughter turned, with her dark eyes narrowing. “What do you mean?”copyright protection47PENANAXCX8vn8Q7X

“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 protection47PENANAQAfThFejbS

Goldenslaughter twisted about, keeping the other in her sight. “There is something that I want.”copyright protection47PENANAdvNgsW4MdD

“From me? Or the Glory?”copyright protection47PENANAvbgtjLQrCX

“From the world,” she stated firmly.copyright protection47PENANAptxFmPlA8w

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 protection47PENANAtm1hDudIhr

Her expression suddenly went blank. “Do not speak of that one in my presence.”copyright protection47PENANAlMCCgVo6n0

The Faery Queen shook her head. “Daughter Grown Cold.”copyright protection47PENANA4NuCtQrOrA

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 protection47PENANAkVWmcARqi8

The Faery Queen gave her a sad smile. “If you continue as you are, then it is impossible.”copyright protection47PENANAREVtgbpFiN

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 protection47PENANAFmA9Y40qSs

“Goldenslaughter…”copyright protection47PENANA0dnXzAxq0Q

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 protection47PENANAzSuulLFKqY

Or it will find you.copyright protection47PENANAx6k8fjcgJ5

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