I nearly dropped my fork halfway to my mouth when I noticed a light out of my sister’s eyes. Hovering over James’ plate with a slice of his bacon bigger than her held aloft by tiny little hands was an actual, luminescent fairy. I quickly looked to verify with my own eyes as well.
“Man-slave! A fairy! A fairy is eating your bacon!” exclaimed Emma.
Luckily, the little creature ignored her.
“Is that some sort of magic?” asked Brandon.
“She’s so cute!” exclaimed Brenna right over him.
“I thought all of the fey were dead. She is one, isn’t she?” questioned Jarod at the same time.
Possibly to himself over the fuss, Marco said, “I’ll have to figure out what she likes to eat and order doll-sized dishes.”
:This is really happening.: stated my sister and I at once, still disbelieving what we were seeing.
:I’ll text Lady Pendreigh.: agreed Mai, understanding my thoughts on the matter.
If this really was what we thought it was, we were all in danger.
James raised his hands for silence, staring all of us down until the loudest noise was the fairy fighting with the bacon. I was impressed by how much she was eating and how quickly she was eating it.
“She lives in the woods on my estate and followed me home.” he announced.
“You are a man of many surprises, James.” replied nii-san in his thick Japanese accent.
If not for Lady Pendreigh, we would worry what he would tell mother about this discovery, but mother wouldn’t dare encroach as long as Lady Pendreigh was here.
As the little fairy wrestled a sausage, James smiled and said, “I don’t think you’ll have to try too hard to find something she’ll eat, Marco.”
Smiling and nodding, Marco seemed to agree.
“After my leg heals a bit more, would you allow me to stroll through your woods and see if there are any more like her, James?” inquired nii-san. “This is quite the discovery.”
James looked hesitant as he said, “Give me a few days to think on it. Oh. Wait. Weren’t you leaving after the auction?”
“Due to my injury, and now this discovery, I feel a need to extend my trip, as long as you don’t mind me taking advantage of your hospitality a while longer.” he replied.
“Oh. Of course. Stay as long as you like.” insisted James.
“James, don’t move.” ordered Lady Pendreigh the instant she arrived. She was staring intently at the fairy.
:Seems we were right…: mumbled Mai.
I was just as distracted as she was, having watched as the fairy glanced at Lady Pendreigh before diving into James’ shirt, still holding what remained of the sausage.
“She really does find you scary, doesn’t she.” commented James as he smirked at Lady Pendreigh.
He might as well have struck her with the brief moment of distress that showed on her face.
Then her emotions washed away, and she said, “Funny, considering she’s one of the most dangerous creatures my family ever encountered. She could kill most of you before I could react.”
Before she was finished speaking, my jaw dropped. Images were flooding through our minds. In them, we saw Lady Pendreigh wreathed in fire and pointing at James’ food. As the little fairy hid, Lady Pendreigh swept up the last piece of bacon, devouring it as she smiled down at the little creature. We continued watching as the image went through other possible ways that Lady Pendreigh might take the food away.
:That’s amazing!: exclaimed Mai.
:I know… Why didn’t we think to take James’ bacon in such a manner!: I teased, despite being equally awed at the fairy’s telepathic abilities.
“Apparently, she believes you’re here to steal her food.” explained Emma.
Nii-san and Lady pendreigh looked confused, so we told them “She has telepathy!”
The fairy’s thoughts suddenly changed, picturing James angrily waving his finger at Lady Pendreigh. Outside of her thoughts, she flew out of the pocket and up to Lady Pendreigh in a most defiant manner. Then she dove back down at James’ plate.
“Charming, but she’s dangerous, James. We need to find a place where she’ll be safe away from people.” stated Lady Pendreigh.
“She has a place. She lives in my forest.” insisted James, staring her down.
“But she… the forest. How many are there?” she asked, closing her eyes. “I always wondered why there wasn’t so much as a bird there. Who did this? How?” She was quiet for a moment, casting numerous spells, when suddenly she winced before sitting down. She rubbed her temple as she said, “I can’t advise anyone to study the enchantment around the forest. There are defenses I’ve never seen before.”
Mai and I glanced at one another. The forest was off limits, so we avoided it. We never considered what might be in it. The idea that there was an enchantment there beyond Lady Pendreigh was frightening. Who could have made such a thing?
The fairy suddenly darted off into the hall with another of the sausages, and we wondered what startled it. A moment later, we saw the fairy fluttering around Aaliyah as she entered the room.
“Marco, could I get another plate?” asked James.
“Me too!” exclaimed the diminutive girl, wearing her secretary glasses and munching on the stolen sausage. She finished chewing and then asked, “What?” Pointing the sausage at the fairy, she said, “She offered.”
The little fairy ignored the sausage pointed at her, already eating other things.
“Busy day today, everyone!” announced Aaliyah, crawling onto James’ lap. “Boss-man, sir, you’re going to be late for training if you don’t hurry. Alpy? What’s wrong?”
“Hmm? Nothing. James, will you let Ai and Mai handle training everyone today and take me into the woods?” inquired Lady Pendreigh.
We sighed, having intended to spend the morning with Jarod and nii-san.
“Why? What do you want to do?” asked James.
“I suppose we can make time, but as your tenant agreement states, you’ll have to sign a visitation form to enter the forest and be escorted by the boss-man.” muttered Aaliyah as she looked at James’ phone.
“Emma, will you join us as well?” offered Lady Pendreigh.
“Of course!” exclaimed Emma, grinning at her.
We could guess that Lady Pendreigh wanted Emma’s company because of the exceptionally strong fey blood running through her veins, but we still felt put out by being given work and left behind.
“I’m sure most of you want to see them after meeting this little one.” stated James as he motioned to the fairy. “I’ll see how we can manage after gauging how the fey react with these two.”
Jarod was obviously feeling disappointed as well, but at least he might join us. He obviously had much he could teach in the martial arts lessons.
Everyone finished their food quietly while watching Lady Pendreigh creating balls of light and sending them toward the fairy. Residual energy poured off the little creature as she caught the lights and sent them back. The entire time, images danced in our heads, showing us different ways to maneuver the light. There was a questioning tone to it.
“What’s her name?” asked Emma.
James paused with his fork halfway to his mouth as he said, “Apparently, they don’t use names.”
“You’ve gotta name her.” insisted Brenna. “We can’t just call her ‘fairy’ all the time.”
Smirking, Brandon said, “Unless that’s her name.”
Brenna hit him, but he kept grinning. We agreed with Brenna that a name was appropriate.
“We could name her ‘Lucia’.” suggested Mai.
Nodding, I said, “Or perhaps ‘Lucita’, since she’s so small.”
“I like ‘Glimmerwing’, because she glimmers and has wings.” offered Emma.
“Could just call her ‘Laser’, since that’s how she’ll kill you.” stated Lady Pendreigh, though she was still smiling at the fairy.
“That’s horrible! You can’t name a girl that.” protested Brenna.
Looking intrigued, Jarod asked “Can she really create lasers?”
“According to what I’ve read, which is admittedly one account, these little ones created ‘beams of divine light which burned through scores of men’. The author is credible though.” replied Lady Pendreigh.
Jarod was grinning instantly, probably considering wacky ways to make use of such magic.
:Wacky, but brilliant.: admitted Mai.
We could never argue against his brilliance. He really was remarkable.
“You can’t tame them or reason with them. There’s no trusting fey. They feel, and they react. If you’re going to give her a name and admire her like a pet, you should realize that she’ll probably outwit you and destroy you in a moment of anger. Though I feel my family went too far when they attempted genocide against these creatures, I’m not going to tell you I approve of keeping them in the house either.” explained Lady Pendreigh.
Despite her warning, the rest of us continued debating on what the best name would be, at least until the plates were taken away. Then we demanded everyone, at least those who were coming, to get to practice. If we were ordered to act as instructors, we wouldn’t let Lady Pendreigh down.