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The Library Disaster Umber didn’t even bother to look up when the door opened. Glancing at the clock on the desk, she saw that it was 7:56. Four minutes until the library closed. Four minutes until she had to leave.
“E… excuse me?”
She looked up. Standing in front of the front desk was a… girl? Boy? Whoever it was, they appeared to be around sixteen. And their hair was bright blue.
“What is it?” Umber asked grouchily, without bothering to close the book in her hands.
The blue-haired person blinked rapidly and shifted uncomfortably. “Um, could I get a job here?”
Umber raised an eyebrow. “You’re asking the teenager?”
“Well…” the person trailed off.
Something like pity caused Umber to tell hir, “You’ll have to see Mr. Kawashima. His office’s over there.” She waved vaguely toward
The Fae Child- Council The door opened before the green Fae had even knocked. Standing on the other side was a tall, rather dark-skinned elf. His black hair was pulled away from his face in a horsetail, revealing a sharp widow's peak. He wore elfin armor and a bow and quiver of arrows slung over his back. His green eyes were cold when he said, "Ah. The Fae. At last, some civilized company." Stepping aside, he gestured for the Fae to enter. His eyes followed Chase with a trace of disgust.
The room beyond was large enough to fill most of the hill, with a large, round wooden table in the middle. Many of the chairs were already occupied by small, plump men with beards of varying lengths. Dwarves.
Several tall, thin creatures, all of whom appeared human except for their long ears, stood in various places around the room. They all turned to stare intently at the Fae. Some fauns also stood above the dwarves, as well as two centaurs.
One of the dwarves as
The Fae Child- Call Not three days later, the Fae began preparing for a journey. They never said anything, but Chase noticed them hunting more. And kirin were beginning to gather near the Fae dwelling. And then, one day, the green Fae woke him at dawn.
We are leaving, it told him.
He sat up and yawned.
Okay. How long will you be gone?
You are coming with us.
Chase's eyebrows went up. What? Why? Where are we going?
The elves have called a council.
Then why am I going with you? Am I not too young to attend?
Running a hand through his hair, Chase wondered if this had anything to do with his leading Serena back to her village. Surely that wouldn't cause so much trouble the elves would find it necessary to call a council.
Instead of answering his question, the Fae got to its feet and said, Mount up. We are leaving.
Chase's kirin friend nudged his back and sno
The Fae Child- Aftermath Be careful not to move around too much, the blue Fae told Chase as it finished wrapping the bandages around his wounded leg. It is very deep. There is only so much our magic can do.
Thank you, he replied as the Fae got to its feet and nodded shortly. The Fae were all miffed that he'd disappeared without telling any of them, and even more so that he'd aided a human and gotten himself injured.
He'd protested that Serena had meant no harm, but they didn't seem to believe him. They only shook their heads and went about their business.
A nudge on his back brought him out of his thoughts. His kirin friend stood behind him, worriedly poking him with her muzzle.
I am okay, he told her. She gave an apology for leaving him by himself.
No, he replied. I told you to run. It would have been worse if you had been caught. You have no hands to grip tree branches with! He held up his hands and wiggled his fingers, grinni
The Fae Child- Spring The humans surrounded him, brandishing rusty farm tools in front of them like weapons. Chase looked up at them bleakly. Blood from his wounded leg was turning the fallen leaves red.
One of the men frowned. "A boy? I don't recognize him."
"I didn't see him with the bandits," another said.
"Could he have been living in the forest?" asked another.
"Only Fae live in these woods," the first replied, looking around. "So we need to get out of here as soon as we can."
"Think he understands us?" inquired a fourth.
"Hey," the first man said loudly. "Do... you... understand... us?"
Chase stared at him, unresponsive. Clutching his wounded leg with both hands did little to stem the blood. He held perfectly still, like a rabbit hiding from a forest cat, too scared to even twitch.
"Don't use a word that big," another scolded. "It's three syllables! He won'
The Fae Child- Traps When a kirin ran, space bent around them and shortened the distance. Even when they happened to be carrying two passengers. For that reason, in no time they had arrived quite near the village. Chase could see that most of the buildings were intact and people were milling around and repairing damage. The wind carried the smell of new graves to the west of the village. After the kirin slowed to a stop, Chase dismounted and let Serena carefully lower herself to the ground.
"Don't come into the forest again," he told her. "Be glad I found you and not someone else. Do not test your luck again."
Her eyebrows went up. "There are more of you? People live in the woods? I thought only Fae did."
"I am Fae," he told her again, turning toward the kirin and reaching for her antler. She snorted and danced nervously.
He frowned and rubbed her muzzle, asking, What is wrong?
Then, too late, he heard it too.
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