Saturday, December 2, 2017
Welcome all. At last we are back in Thistledown! It thrills my heart that this serial was warmly embraced by so many.
With that in mind, I should probably keep this to myself, but because of several… “non writing” or maybe “personal issues” — I can’t find the right words, but I just haven’t been able to enjoy writing it as much as I have the other serials. However, now that National Novel Writing Month is over, I am here to finish this faery tale. Even so, it will take several more episodes.
I feel this part of the story could stand alone, without the previous episodes.
Yet, it has been about six weeks since we were in Thistledown… so here are some blurbs to remind you. If you need more, click on the left-pointing arrow at the bottom of the post. The previous post has a link to every episode.
Previously in Thistledown…
“Bedlam, you never mention anything from when you were small. I don’t think you remember that part of your life. Haven’t you ever wondered why you don’t remember anything from when you were very small?” River asked……
River Mindshadow gazed at me doubtfully. I remembered Lavender Cozy, the healer, saying that my friend would be able to “follow the shadows within the mind.”
“Then Fallow Blackmoon came here, and told you that she was a seer. And she has no double here!….. Fleur let me look through the images at the Trumpet office, but I didn’t find anything that looked like the strange seer. I want to know if people have ever disappeared from Thistledown.”
With a gasp I told my friend, “Field Yewwasp said she looked familiar! Do you think Fallow Blackmoon actually came from Thistledown, yet somehow became part of the colorless faery-verse?”…..
Fleur Thistle came upon Bedlam and River as they speculated. “That’s too magical of a message to be ignored. Besides, a hummingbird brought it to you! You have to listen to it. I’ll dig up the Trumpet archives.”
While Fleur was digging through the newspaper archives, River and Bedlam ran into Rhymer Rainbow and her aunt Willow.
“Rhymer once told me that her aunt has a ton of spell books,” River suggested with an eager flutter of her wings.
And indeed Willow Rainbow had spell books aplenty — and cookies. She helpfully said, “But I’ll have to leave you on your own. My crochet circle is meeting, or I’d be glad to delve into the books with you. You girls take some cookies and help yourselves to the books. Rhymer will you show them to the library?”
Here begins Act 2. Now… Episode 14.
Act 2, Episode 14
The Etheraris Spiregris
“Oh, just one thing. Use any of the books you please,” Willow Rainbow had told us. “But not the Etheraris Spiregris. It’s far too dangerous. I really should get rid of it, but it seems so wrong to do away with any book!” she added.
Then Willow left River, Rhymer, and me alone with her marvelous collection of books, including the Etheraris Spiregris.
Well, of course we went straight to the forbidden book. You knew that was coming!
River Mindshadow glanced from me to Rhymer Rainbow. I knew she must wonder how Rhymer would feel about disobeying her aunt Willow. However, Rhymer was the first to touch the forbidden book.
“Please! Aunt is such a tease. Nothing else she could have told would have made us so bold,” Rhymer said as with both hands she tilted up the large volume.
“Bedlam, do you think maybe that magic periwinkle colored muskox hair will point to the right spell?” River asked as she fluttered to Rhymer’s side and carefully turned the ancient pages of the book.
As I moved nearer the book the muskox hair once again started to sizzle and point. While Rhymer held the book tilted so we all could see, River continued to slowly turn its pages. She slowed her hand when the hair seemed to pause at one page.
“Rain of the Arcane? That’s a good name,” Rhymer commented in typical rhyming fashion.
However, the hair drew away from the book. River turned to the next page and the hair sparked, giving me yet another shock.
“Do you think this is the one?” River asked excitedly. “A Perversion of Phantoms,” she read aloud the title at the top of the timeworn page.
At River’s words the long muskox hair fell limp against the page. My hand dropped, resting against the page as Rhymer and I echoed River in stating the name of the spell. All three of us were touching the pages of the incantation as we spoke.
“The name of the spell reminds me of how we were talking about learning whether people had disappeared from Thistledown. Missing faeries being like phantoms,” River continued.
The three of us exchanged a look. It was spontaneous, a coincidence. We didn’t mean to speak in chorus but as one we gasped.
“A Perversion of Phantoms!”
Abruptly the heavy volume snapped shut. The periwinkle muskox hair was still within, like a bookmark. The room spun wildly. It was like looking into a kaleidoscope.
Then the world shattered.
The farmhouse floor beneath my feet seemed to heave and twist. I winced as my wing, still only partially healed, reflexively unfurled to keep my balance. Quickly I moved my hands away from the book and caught the hands of River and Rhymer.
A Special Note
Months ago, when all the faery naming fun began, River Mindshadow was named in honor of Olga Núñez Miret. She has just released a new inspirational book. It’s in both English and Spanish, on one volume! Click over and check it out.
Thanks for flying in to visit. I hope to see you next time when we’ll see where the girls landed after the Etheraris Spiregris snapped shut.
This Week’s Faery Namers
Click the links to reveal the identity of the namer.
Rhymer Rainbow https://whenwomeninspire.com/
Willow Rainbow http://cerobinsonauthor.com/
River Mindshadow http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/
Hugs on the wing!
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