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Emma Mason ([personal profile] parental_guidance) wrote2014-10-06 10:17 pm

into the woods

Emma does not often think this, but she would dearly, dearly like to be back at school at this particular moment.

Her parents brought her to the club to 'socialize', but they're the ones doing all the socializing. And now they've met some business friends of her dad's, and there's some secrecy clause about an upcoming deal, or something? So her mother's at the bar getting a drink with the guys' wives, but Emma's only twenty. So here she is, wandering around on the golf course, enjoying the sunset and trying to kill time until she can go back inside. And really, honestly missing school, where she doesn't have to go through this nonsense.

Finally she decides she's had enough of being outside- however much her mother protests that really, Connecticut is lovely in the fall, it's also chilly- and she starts to make her way back to the clubhouse. She's walking up the golf cart trail through the trees to get across the last hole when suddenly she realizes-

-the clubhouse isn't there any more. There's just more forest.

...what just happened?
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
There is forest and there is also a little blue-haired fairy girl with gaudy butterfly wings and about three feet of height if that.

"Oh goodness!" she says. "A lost mortal. What's your name, dear?"
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 02:36 am (UTC)(link)
"You're very lost," says the fairy. "Follow me, don't talk unless I ask you a question." She takes off with the gaudy butterfly wings and off she goes into the forest.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 02:39 am (UTC)(link)
Eventually the fairy gets bored of flying and lands on Emma's shoulder and directs her. "Bear left a bit more. Go faster."

The latter command is repeated a few times.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
Well, where she gets to go is a little bungalow made of rocks near a riverside. It is not made for someone her size, but the fairy makes her squeeze into it without breaking anything and sit in the corner. Then the fairy makes her sit in a corner, nice and still. The fairy feeds her some sort of weird fruit, by hand, bit by bit, and then leaves her there alone, going into another room with an afterthought, "You can sleep," over her shoulder.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 02:53 am (UTC)(link)
The fairy wakes her up the next morning. The fairy wants her to make breakfast - the fairy tells her how - and then feed it to her. The fairy then wants her to make her a new dress. She gets an old one to copy and a sewing kit but no instructions. Also, she is supposed to sing while she does it.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 03:03 am (UTC)(link)
The fairy doesn't seem to care if she's crying. She wants to be made lunch, and later dinner, and be sung to, and when the dress is done she wants shoes.

Emma is allowed to stop singing when the fairy wants to go to sleep.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
The fairy remembers to feed her the next morning after the fairy has had her own breakfast, and offhand remarks that she may pour herself water from the pitcher if she's very thirsty. The fairy goes out but forgets to say she can stop singing. The fairy comes back with food and wants Emma to put it away and make lunch. The fairy wants Emma to brush and braid her hair, prettily, no pulling. The fairy wants a footrub. The fairy goes out and gets beads and comes back and says they go on the shoes.
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
Eventually the fairy is annoyed by the scratchy voice and tells her to drink more water. Her next foraging trip sees her home with cream-colored berries that she makes Emma eat; they don't taste very good but they smooth out the audible burrs in her voice. The next time she goes out after that she comes back with a little harp and tells Emma to teach herself to sound decent on that while the fairy isn't around to listen to her practicing.

Occasionally the fairy forgets for a day or two to feed Emma anything but the cream-colored berries.

The fairy wants a book scribed into a blank one. The fairy wants Emma to keep the place clean. The fairy gets Emma to do her hair twice a day
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[personal profile] alicornucopia 2014-10-07 03:30 am (UTC)(link)
After a couple of months, the fairy injures a wing and doesn't go out for a few days. And then, while the wing is still healing, she hands Emma a large piece of pretty yellow and orange fabric and tells her to figure out some reasonably pretty way to wear it, and then she sits on Emma's shoulders and makes Emma carry her through the forest (bear right, up the hill, left, through those bushes, don't scrape the fairy against any branches, faster faster).
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[personal profile] imeanforever 2014-10-07 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
The fairy directs her conveyance (who has been told somewhere along the line to quit singing) to a gathering of fairies in a little glen. There are other fairies there. Most of them don't seem to be the same species. They've all got wings, all generally more like insect wings of some kind than like birds' or bats' wings, but not necessarily very like - one has wings like curtains that happen to be able to move, one looks like he's got fish fins attached down his spine in a flying-friendly manner, one's got leaves, one's got a beetle casing on his back. They're mostly shorter than Emma, although the curtains one is an inch taller and the leaf one isn't that much shorter. They look at Emma. They look at the fairy who owns Emma.

"Hello everybody," says the blue-haired fairy sitting on Emma. "Am I very late? I hurt my wing and this useless creature doesn't run very fast."

"You are late," comments leaf-wings.

"Sorry," says the blue-haired fairy.

"You missed the opening remarks. The representative is gone now," says leaf-wings.

"Well, you didn't come to a decision without me, did you?" exclaims blue-hair.

"We did not," says leaf-wings.
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[personal profile] imeanforever 2014-10-07 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, did the representative say anything interesting?" asks blue-hair.

"Nothing substantive," says fishfins.

"Then my position's what it always was, I don't want them here."

"Which you'll enforce how?" wonders leafwings.

"Well - well, you're a sorceress, aren't you?"

"I am."

"I thought you didn't want them here either."

"I didn't make up my mind. And you'd need me on board to keep them out. And then you were late. Why did I not want them here again...?" muses leafwings.

"That makes the vote tied," says beetle-shell. "That's no good. And we need Promise even if it were more against than in favor. Curses, River, you couldn't leave earlier?"

"I didn't know how slow my useless vassal was going to be!" shrieks, apparently, River, kicking Emma hard in the collarbone.

Promise's wings flutter a little. She inspects her fingernails.

"Rain Dice for your vote," River suggests.

Promise snorts derisively.

"What do you want?" shrieks River, kicking Emma again.

"Maybe I just want neighbors."

"You don't want neighbors!"

"He was cute," insinuates Promise, "the representative."

"You're just deliberately antagonizing me. I don't want them here - they'll be upstream, where they want to go!"

"I guess you'd better figure out what I want, then," says Promise, fussing with her hair.

"Just tell me!"

Promise thinks.

Promise peers at Emma.

Promise says, "I'd take your human."
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[personal profile] imeanforever 2014-10-07 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
"But - but she's mine! I caught her myself fair and square!" screeches River.

"Well, I'm going to have to do something to occupy myself if I don't ingratiate myself with the cute sorcerer breeder -"

"I wouldn't have figured you for touching breeders," snorts curtains.

"I'm new, I don't know what I like yet," shrugs Promise.

"Maybe you don't think you can keep them out," sneers fishfins.

"I can keep them out. I'm better than he is and it's my turf. Question is whether I'm motivated," says Promise.

"You're just being mean to me," whimpers River.

"You were late."

"Because you've always cared so much about punctuality," sneers beetle-wings.

"I'm new," repeats Promise, "I don't know what I like yet."

"Fine!" says River. "She's useless anyway! I'll give you her name after the others go if you'll keep the breeders away."

"If you don't follow though I'll let them move right in, right upstream from you," Promise warns.

"I know, I'll actually do it."

"And you can't just tell me her name and fight with me over her, either -"

"Free and clear," growls River. She kicks Emma again.

"Fine, then. Breeders will have to find someplace else to settle down," says Promise.

And the fairies except for River disperse.
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[personal profile] imeanforever 2014-10-07 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
"Everybody gone?" says Promise.

Nobody answers.

"Okay. Give."

River grumbles. "At least let me make her take me home first."

"Oh no you don't. You'll just keep inventing excuses until I'm working for free."

River scowls. "Put me on the ground," she tells Emma.

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