Lord of the Fairies, Chapter 4
Lord of the Fairies, chapter four.
It was a surprise to say the least, to hear that Mrs... Sah? Taoba's husband had been attacked, but the moment the boy had gasped out his message Geniden's mother pulled the pan of bubbling stew from the hearth, undid her apron and swung a bag from a hook on the wall.
Then all he could do was follow as this suddenly purposeful woman led the way from the kitchen and out to follow the boy that hurried off the way he'd come.
'Mother's the healer.' Geniden stated simply to Nick's question. The little girl, Sabara, was on Geniden's other side and keeping pace with a worried expression.
They were at the place in moments, it wasn't a large town really, and Nick saw the man that must be Geniden's father sprawled on the ground. His head was propped on a pillow made from a folded shirt and he appeared to be unconscious, his fairy was lying inert on his chest.
A tiny person flashed across the space between wife and husband, and the unconscious fairy
Lord of the Fairies, Chapter 3
Lord of the Fairies, chapter three.
As Geniden rounded the corner, she stepped out.
'And just where do you think you've been?' She waved a finger in his face, her other hand on her hip. 'Your mother has been worried sick, and you know we saw Jano and his gang come back already, so we thought the worst. If they didn't catch you, you'll wish they had when- oh...'
There was a tall boy with him, almost a man and he looked like he'd fallen into a pachi bush on his way here.
There was an embarrassed pause as she looked between him and Geniden, Geniden looked at the ground and the tall boy looked puzzled.
'Geniden, could you introduce me? After meeting your other acquaintances I would like to meet a friend of yours.'
Her friend shot him a questioning look, as if surprised by something, but he moved back to look at her for a second, and then back at the ground. His toe began stirring the dust of the flagstone paving on the street.
'Nick this is Sabara Manaan, we
Lord of the Fairies, chapter 2
Lord of the fairies, chapter two.
'I don't think he wants to go.' The voice was casually pitched, but there was an edge concealed in the blandness. 'I don't know about you, but right now I'd be happy to leave now and stay near my home for a few days.'
Jano turned, stepping back a little towards his gang, and Geniden got a full view of the strange person on the path.
Taller than Jano, but much leaner than any of the boys that were there, the boy standing in the middle of the path wore ragged looking trousers and a loose shirt that was grubby and ripped from some kind of mistreatment. He had dishevelled looking brown hair and piercingly direct eyes that appeared to be golden in the light.
The boy stood at his ease for a moment as they gaped at him before sauntering forwards with his hands in his pockets.
'Who the hell are you supposed to be?' Jano managed to sound almost normal, for him, but Geniden saw him looking at the boys with him, and even Tessa, very quickly out of
Lord of the Fairies 1
Lord of the Fairies, Chapter one.
Geniden reached for the pachi berry very, very carefully. The sweet round fruit was nestled in the midst of a tangle of thorns, more tightly guarded than any berry he'd picked today, but it would be worth it when he got it. The berry was enormous, almost as big as his fist.
Well, his palm wasn't very big yet, but his Da said that he'd grow as big as him soon, so it didn't matter much.
'Oh… Taipan, you'll have to get it, I can't reach!" The doe-eyed fairy on his shoulder took her thumb out of her mouth and smiled.
'I know, but I like to get them myself if I can. And it's bigger than you are, can you lift it?'
Taipan made a determined face and mimed rolling up her sleeves.
Sure enough when she darted into the net of brambles, she hefted the pachi with ease. Taipan had always been stronger than she looked. A flutter of her wings and she drifted carefully back through the tangle to his shoulder. He held up the bowl and she dropped the huge berry towards it
Lord of the Fairies, Intro
Lord of the Fairies, Introduction.
‘Oh fvorshta… where am I?’ He put a hand to his head, well at least he’d managed to turn a swear word into something garbled and foreign sounding, so he couldn’t have been too badly hit.
‘Nick! Nick! Come on we’ve gotta go!’
There was a gentle pressure on his chest, and his shirt was being lifted a little around it, the voice was familiar, Krysta’s, but she sounded faint.
He tried to open his eyes, but failed, and raised his hands carefully to try and clear the rime of gum that had fused his eyelashes together.
‘Woa-oah! Careful!’ once again, Krysta’s voice, but faint and higher pitched than it should be. The pressure on his chest vanished... or... lifted.
‘Here, let me, you’ll only pull them out like that.’ Krysta’s voice was really close, but there was no sense of her leaning over him… He had to admit that his half sister had gotten better at maskin