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The Faery Queen
Mathew Babaoye
Apr 9, 2016
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No Plagiarism!tZeKX7ygwN15RJ2XalNSposted on PENANA

Where are we going?copyright protection93PENANARXtrzCiRpo

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 protection93PENANAdSnrDlzbC5

What are we doing?copyright protection93PENANAZDbQndNxzB

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 protection93PENANApqyTS7waZV

Are we going outside?!copyright protection93PENANAzcOXErjeCV

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection93PENANAjBzvsWIfti

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 protection93PENANAQSIpMBxiMx

Open.copyright protection93PENANAdlJ1jotCC5

Oh…copyright protection93PENANAxWH6r93apw

Oh indeed. She began gliding across the drawbridge…copyright protection93PENANAsgpaFbMdty

… metal slithered, wood groaned…copyright protection93PENANAKGUuIdSbQv

… 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 protection93PENANAhnrZuS8y2x

Yes…copyright protection93PENANA4uNuFtFsG8

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 protection93PENANA1rPWVyaOK0

Freedom!copyright protection93PENANAj2oK1TDarG

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 protection93PENANAHvbvZRZFjG

A feeling of calculationWhy tonight?copyright protection93PENANAOl7Eh3drRX

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 protection93PENANAraZPV1Jyba

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 protection93PENANAfTGqpGholB

And yet.copyright protection93PENANA49WcOdf1F6

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 protection93PENANAY6hYWc0FKb

And insubstantial, she became…copyright protection93PENANAQ05wqucITx

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 protection93PENANAjXHgawupx9

The vanity is acceptable.copyright protection93PENANAwwgNvd0vTL

“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 protection93PENANAGJLMgbgsU9

Choices.copyright protection93PENANA0e7IuheZHL

Goldenslaughter glided north without hesitation.copyright protection93PENANA9eip2ND2ix

A feeling…copyright protection93PENANANZgyLwK2ZE

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 protection93PENANAbZSjImAWmi

A distant owlish hoot.copyright protection93PENANAIvx0VzOyB6

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 protection93PENANA6o6mWSTGUT

Ready.copyright protection93PENANAl5TdoBAZyW

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 protection93PENANAihrPhnp6W0

Pure.copyright protection93PENANAc2pjpmbi35

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 protection93PENANAcob5BAHcAf

A hidden wyrd form suddenly bounded away through the trees, knickering oddly.copyright protection93PENANA8SwAIOY8UU

Tch. Except for those pesky wyrd ones. Queen Goldenslaughter abruptly snapped two pale fingers, which caused the ensorcelled, dancing shadows to immediately still.copyright protection93PENANA87WyqlUCEX

Unfair to them.copyright protection93PENANAHQmSWYtDa3

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 protection93PENANATjWpUFeSN8

The Onta felt approving of her.copyright protection93PENANAMWgJuH4ojJ

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 protection93PENANAm0zJTwHn9S

Beauty.copyright protection93PENANAq2cns62GZQ

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 protection93PENANAPMM6vgNAF6

Wonder.copyright protection93PENANAj27TL1ptoz

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 protection93PENANAlPCxc5EfLE

The forest returned a merry echo from some hidden wyrd.copyright protection93PENANA5BqSIW9vxO

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 protection93PENANACQRJKDLa6a

Look at that! And that too!copyright protection93PENANAJsZm0crEsc

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 protection93PENANAiyOJqwFz2c

And yet.copyright protection93PENANAoE3foNSaXZ

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 protection93PENANAkHrk3rwu6Z

What is that?copyright protection93PENANAHoxw7X3Nw5

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 protection93PENANA0UK3a8R3iP

… as a golden butterfly emerged between two trunks skinned with green-glowing lichen, ahead of her.copyright protection93PENANA2CxuWAVt51

What is THIS?copyright protection93PENANAsNqZjyXnlt

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 protection93PENANAsmocqzlhCD

A feeling…copyright protection93PENANA7EgE8df4Hk

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 protection93PENANA6a8was57Pr

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 protection93PENANABhN0udzPub

Wondrous.copyright protection93PENANAtCQKgYXv3F

Home.copyright protection93PENANAQ9PYGZqL6g

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 protection93PENANAcIxZI2dhRI

The Faerie Grove.copyright protection93PENANAslkj5Ai36l

I am so excited!!!copyright protection93PENANAIXuxVbxmWE

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 protection93PENANAC8ma84cmm4

And peered out…copyright protection93PENANA4Ppo8uZqx6

The golden light slowly returned to the darkness behind her. Pretties…copyright protection93PENANALg3gOZrllo

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 protection93PENANAZYxm8Frl1N

Oh?copyright protection93PENANAp6COuKjuaQ

… 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 protection93PENANAAW6DdVCEgY

“Her SACRED flowers?” the green faery squeaked.copyright protection93PENANA2gWzC5f3qh

Tricksy ones. Goldenslaughter smiled pleasantly anyway. “They are not sacred…”copyright protection93PENANARQntESdYno

“She corrects us!” the blue faery exclaimed.copyright protection93PENANAOXlVByQed7

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 protection93PENANAcfo9P1f55G

“Not our master!” the green faery cried.copyright protection93PENANAmWwKpbDDa0

“We are heralds,” the blue faery explained.copyright protection93PENANA2YYnUzVLO8

“Scouts!” “Whatever we choose!”copyright protection93PENANAT1ohbeiqjn

A feeling…copyright protection93PENANA7GjErJQ5n0

The two faeries finally turned and glared at each other... before abruptly bursting into a fit of tinkling giggles.copyright protection93PENANA5pZ3NTDJFs

I like them.copyright protection93PENANASzthQEv95P

Goldenslaughter sighed. “Of course you would.”copyright protection93PENANAwdwQRXAH2X

The green fairy suddenly darted through the air, hovering near the cage to peer at its interior luminescence. “A present?”copyright protection93PENANAH8nGcaAQUg

“What’s inside?” the blue faery asked, also zipping close…copyright protection93PENANAiMPM3FryPx

Goldenslaughter turned slightly away from them, shielding the faintly glowing cage with her body. “A surprise. And not for you.”copyright protection93PENANAomKUdBSNiV

The two fairy’s cried out in protest…copyright protection93PENANAL048Ggjh7e

Would you mind if I speak with them?copyright protection93PENANAxp0mc32DCR

Goldenslaughter startled to hear this revelation, then whispered down into the cage: “can you…?”copyright protection93PENANAa1dUWqwOeP

A squeak, quickly followed by another. “She comes!” the two faery’s announced, in cheery unison…copyright protection93PENANAKZPO8w5sNc

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 protection93PENANAGkCGHPKJtn

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 protection93PENANAADoOyke59s

Ooooh! I love a good show.copyright protection93PENANAUUsJJAfO32

The two faerys zipped past her…copyright protection93PENANA1JnEq4tbNW

She smiled, slightly.copyright protection93PENANAyoAXc9ires

… slowing by the lane’s endpoint at the clearing to then hover in place, one on each side…copyright protection93PENANAU8mmS5X8U0

Goldenslaughter stared.copyright protection93PENANAaVJyAaD3lq

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 protection93PENANA0UPAS2KatY

She raised a pale hand, squinting…copyright protection93PENANADo7ZLZ5I7Z

The bright faded.copyright protection93PENANAIiVsRvDuzY

Her.copyright protection93PENANAVATKbLNVVh

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 protection93PENANAUyF1yq1D89

Beautiful, mature, and softly, unchangingly radiant in her ceremonial gown, while floating before her upon still, spread wings of glowing, silken light, was…copyright protection93PENANADRszkj5YNE

The Faery Queen.copyright protection93PENANAWJfPtqAhlw

I had almost forgotten the grandeur of her presence. “Mother,” she announced simply, and curtseyed low before her…copyright protection93PENANAyf5dhEEjiM

The two faery attendants gasped!copyright protection93PENANAsVEVvZeAX2

“I am not your mother,” the Faery Queen replied calmly, while continuing to smile down lovingly upon her…copyright protection93PENANAfUMuKfUkxg

Goldenslaughter persisted. “But you are my oldest friend, my wisest counselor, and my first protector.”copyright protection93PENANAR5wWiNAW7S

The Faery Queen nodded. “Proud I was to be it, and proud I am to remain.”copyright protection93PENANAJAOovjnKUl

“Mother of My Heart?” she tried.copyright protection93PENANAM9fyDZOxkl

The Faery Queen gently laughed. “Daughter of My Kindness,” she agreed.copyright protection93PENANANbrk8J7JGf

Goldenslaughter smiled now, but uncertainly. “May we speak together as of old? In confidence and trust?”copyright protection93PENANACqPrOkLc4F

“I hope so.” The Faery Queen raised her arms left and right, then gestured with them. “Privacy, lovelies.”copyright protection93PENANAxRONqrMfZ7

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 protection93PENANABNj27rMfbs

And the local area was clear.copyright protection93PENANAuNTjfHD0UI

Manners. Goldenslaughter stepped towards the gently rising tiers. “By the flowers?” she offered, gesturing now herself...copyright protection93PENANAFsztf0V2fU

The Faery Queen nodded. “And the spring.”copyright protection93PENANA9QIsTPUF55

Goldenslaughter glided over, placed the silver cage upon the first flowered tier, sat beside it and crossed her legs, demurely...copyright protection93PENANA8AT1T8Jx9E

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 protection93PENANAgO6PimQeo5

A Power like hers does not require such bodily care. Her eyes narrowed. “You don’t even use them.”copyright protection93PENANA9xWR0QHUvM

The Faerie Queen gave her a prim look, while adjusting her seat slightly. “Desire is not always a match for reality.”copyright protection93PENANA0EmTGg2qOb

Goldenslaughter looked away, suitably chastised. “That is so.”copyright protection93PENANA440bUjxKxV

“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 protection93PENANAQGtNytDgo8

Goldenslaughter shifted, slightly uncomfortable. “I embody my Title, and have found Power for it.”copyright protection93PENANA3oNqitGkTv

The Faery Queen exhaled softly. “You were a stubborn child, and are stubborn grown.”copyright protection93PENANAwXzx9tRGep

Goldenslaughter gave her a simpering smile. “You will find no argument there, Mother of my Heart.”copyright protection93PENANAC565SEzvUY

“Daughter of My Kindness,” the Faery Queen answered fondly. “Proud have I been of you… yet why were you so long absent?”copyright protection93PENANAEXmrnEV4ZO

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 protection93PENANAzwM84VCVCR

The Faery Queen slowly rose back into the air again on her motionless, glowing silken wings. “Where has it led you?”copyright protection93PENANAkeWqjP5Tl0

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 protection93PENANARZXerlTnpT

“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 protection93PENANAbZpY8uULqw

Tough love? Tch. She now clenched her jaw. “I am the Queen of Night, and the end of my journey.”copyright protection93PENANACKLzb5phYK

“Yet troubled.”copyright protection93PENANAhQKe4bAXy0

A sudden sigh. “Aye.”copyright protection93PENANAQKZgJ8KETa

The Faery Queen softly laid a hand upon her pale brow.copyright protection93PENANAawVV670voZ

She closed her eyes. Help me.copyright protection93PENANAfFPZUTbuRK

After a long moment…copyright protection93PENANAvIuuYeDJSw

… the Faery Queen withdrew her hand, and both her eyebrows drew upwards. “Things are changed,” she breathed.copyright protection93PENANAU32QZ8X0Dl

She opened her eyes. “In what way?”copyright protection93PENANAZT1PSVJ3qA

You both know.copyright protection93PENANANWjirhx41p

The Faery Queen smiled gently. “So it can speak after all,” she murmured. “Hello, little one.”copyright protection93PENANAAVtDLsMJsq

Little one? In the cage, only.copyright protection93PENANA5sj6hb20ft

Are they truly speaking? A frown spread across her bonewhite face. “So you CAN speak with others?”copyright protection93PENANAB3pUlQcTUd

A feeling of amusementI don’t know. Can I?copyright protection93PENANAiv9L8VeVEG

The Faery Queen shook her head, disappointed. “You are rude not to properly introduce us, Daughter Dear.”copyright protection93PENANAlJ8EPpQSq6

Silence.copyright protection93PENANAl19LWvC8ox

“It is a… Glory.”copyright protection93PENANAmH2vsbrG65

“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 protection93PENANAnsOv6EVXxm

Tension.copyright protection93PENANA3TocEkHgt6

“But what kind is this one?”copyright protection93PENANANQNQlg2MX8

The kindcopyright protection93PENANASkBHQImMFT

“–that does not talk over its betters”, the Queen of Night finished harshly, glaring at the faintly glowing silver cage…copyright protection93PENANA8JMwWrREIl

A feeling of irritation.copyright protection93PENANAKwbxmwNpjK

It–copyright protection93PENANAxc59TVRgIw

Withdrawalcopyright protection93PENANA9QgWncneQ6

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 protection93PENANAzACK8ZhWoB

“For your behavior?”copyright protection93PENANAGWOM5HHWYp

Goldenslaughter frowned. “Excuse me?”copyright protection93PENANAt7gJ4DWrSM

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 protection93PENANAysnadvavsy

Goldenslaughter turned, with her dark eyes narrowing. “What do you mean?”copyright protection93PENANA78uVVADCwB

“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 protection93PENANA20JjJNWGfP

Goldenslaughter twisted about, keeping the other in her sight. “There is something that I want.”copyright protection93PENANAsNiQYvm81O

“From me? Or the Glory?”copyright protection93PENANAG8Xb4SLHvi

“From the world,” she stated firmly.copyright protection93PENANAjxi2Q2PNI4

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 protection93PENANADbSW1QsnYt

Her expression suddenly went blank. “Do not speak of that one in my presence.”copyright protection93PENANAcEC9QG1Bow

The Faery Queen shook her head. “Daughter Grown Cold.”copyright protection93PENANAUH4cKVfAJX

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 protection93PENANAFn9xjbnLym

The Faery Queen gave her a sad smile. “If you continue as you are, then it is impossible.”copyright protection93PENANAeL1RURxWtW

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 protection93PENANAtnEyAotPYd

“Goldenslaughter…”copyright protection93PENANANEAXbU8zFH

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 protection93PENANAWUsXLmPjji

Or it will find you.copyright protection93PENANAfMGUkgjO6h

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