Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 15 — Hummers, Hair, and Hanks

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Welcome back to Thistledown, one and all.  We left Bedlam, River, and Rhymer in a fair amount of faery trouble.  I know you want to know what happened to the girls, but this episode switches to the point of view of another character.  I expect you’ll be surprised by which one.

From Episode 14…

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.

Quickly I moved my hands away from the book and caught the hands of River and Rhymer.

Now, Episode 15…


Midsummer Bedlam 15

Hair, Hanks, and Hummers


Ruby-topaz_hummingbird_flying in Tobago

A hummingbird with iridescent feathers in the orange hues of a sunset darted along a forest path.  Bob the hummingbird had brought Bedlam Thunder a magical muskox hair.  He had to admit that even with his communication skills, it took some doing, but he finally made her understand that the electrically charged hair would lead her to what she wanted most.

Or at least Bob thought she understood…  It was so hard to tell with girls.  However, Bob had let himself be distracted and he’d left Bedlam the magical muskox hair.  Once he got his priorities back in order Bob started tracking the faery girl.

Finally, he came to a yellow farmhouse with a thatched roof.  A small duplicate stood to one side of the house.  It was an elaborate chicken coop.  A chicken with multi-colored feathers squawked and clucked at Bob.  Clearly something was amiss.  Though they didn’t have nearly the same flying skills, chickens were just as flighty as hummingbirds.  Bob thought they were even more so, as he tried to make sense of the clucks and cackles.

Bob darted beyond the open door of the yellow house.  He knew Bedlam had gone inside.

Chickens at cottage vintage

“Well hello, little one!” Willow Rainbow greeted the tiny bird.  “My goodness, you surely do seem excited ― even for a hummingbird.  Did you mean to join our crochet circle?” Willow asked.

Her little joke got chuckles from Blossom Stargazer, Crescent Glimmer, Luminous Twinkle, Pepper Stargazer, and Tinder Willowtree.  They all sat amid what must have been a hundred hanks of yarn and almost as many crochet needles.

Bob recognized hanks of blue yarn spun from the hair of Blossom Stargazer’s muskox team.  That hair was not brilliantly magical like the periwinkle colored hair Bob gave Bedlam Thunder, but it was not completely without power.

He expected to find Bedlam inside the farmhouse.  Bob was certain something was wrong.  He fluttered into the room where all the spell books were.

“The hummingbird seems upset about something,” he heard Tinder Willowtree say.

The faeries got up and followed Bob.  The air in the room was heavily charged with static electricity.  It tickled Bob’s feathers uncomfortably.  He saw the hair on the women’s heads lift up.  Their wings rustled and Bob knew they sensed something too.

“I thought the girls would be in here, studying away,” Willow Rainbow murmured in a concerned tone.

“Based on these half-eaten cookies, I think they must have left abruptly,” Luminous Twinkle added.

Then he saw it.  The periwinkle muskox hair dangled like a book mark from an ancient tome.  Bob recognized the volume.  The faeries all saw it too.  They made a collective gasp.

The Etheraris Spiregris.

The End


 This Week’s Faery Namers

Click the links to reveal the identity of the namer.

Blossom Stargazer

Willow Rainbow

Crescent Glimmer

Luminous Twinkle

Pepper Stargazer

Tinder Willowtree

I hope to see you again next time.

Hugs on the wing!



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88 thoughts on “Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 15 — Hummers, Hair, and Hanks

  1. Hummingbirds, faeries and intrigue, I love it. I have always been mesmerized by hummingbirds, they are magickal. Another amazing episode Teagan even if I am ummmm…. a bit late. Sorry my friend. Would love this as a coloring book as well, wouldn’t that be fun!!

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    1. Suzanne, first I have to get this out of my system… Yay, you got your new stove!!! Congrats, it looks like it’s the best.
      I’m happy to know you enjoyed this episode.
      Funny that you should mention a coloring book. (BTW there are several beautiful fairy adult coloring books out there.)
      I’m experimenting with doing a coloring book with scenes from Atonement, TN. I haven’t told anyone because I don’t know if I can make it work. Over the weekend I collected and sized a lot of images I used for the Atonement posts. I’m going to make line drawings from them (by hand — I didn’t find software that would do exactly what I want). If I can draw them well enough I’ll see about having a book printed. That’s the other big obstacle. I don’t *think* Create Space works with that size… maybe they do. I haven’t looked that far ahead. But if i can make the drawings, I’m sure somebody can make the coloring book. Unfortunately, it probably would not be cheap…
      Anyhow, you really tuned in on my wavelength! While you’re on a hot streak, see if you can tune in to the lotto numbers. 😉
      Many thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing!


    1. Teri, there is no shortage of creativity in your own noggin. 😀 But you are so kind to say that. (I wouldn’t wish “being in my head” on my worst enemy…) Some fantasy stories don’t need logical boundaries. So I just take off the limits… Great big hug right back, my friend.

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  2. Your writing is such a delight, Teagan. And how fun to come upon the faeries and the hummingbirds and the colorful characters, and then to be left with a cliffhanger. Thank you for this great scene, the magic…and do not ever stop writing, my talented friend.

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    1. It’s great to see you, Jet. I know you’ve been through so much, and that you’re still dealing with it. So I appreciate your encouraging words all the more. I hope all is well with you and yours.
      You’ve brightened a Monday of a Monday for sure. Hugs on the wing!

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  3. Not sure where I’ve been or why WordPress fails to do my work for me but I’m well off the pace here. Loving the flighty hummingbird character btw though the crocheting faeries remind me rather too much of Aunts and, as with Tuesdays, I have a thing about Aunts in packs. Superficially nice and warm but unutterably terrifying with their need to wear hats indoors (what are they hiding) and their tea slurping and miasma of lavender and mild incontinence. Sorry, I seem to have had a flight of fancy… maybe it’s this blog….

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    1. Ha!!! I see an Aunts in Packs story in your future, Geoff, with wonderfully creepy undertones.
      No worries. WordPress has messed with me too many times — failing to send notifications. I managed to fix the problem a couple of times. Then when it happened again (and they stopped sending notifications even about my own blog!) I gave up. I try, but I can’t keep up with everyone without the notifications. I don’t mean to be all “tit for tat” but sometimes the only way I can keep up is via returning visits for comments. I appreciate you taking a moment to drop by. Hugs on the wing.

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  4. Oh no, I missed this, I’ll blame WordPress because, once again, they’re not sending me a lot of notifications (very sad you got on that list, dear Teagan, I’m so sorry)…it’s not all they’re doing, wow, what a mess. But enough about them, this post is a delight, like the post’s author. ❤️
    Visited all, did a bunch of sharing, and then had to smile again, just had to, I had no choice, visiting your blog just causes that automatic response.
    Hope the week ahead treats you kindly, dear friend.
    Mega I want to be a hummingbird hugs xoxox 🐦 🤗 ❤️

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    1. Hi Donna. You didn’t miss a thing. I only posted this Saturday at 12AM.
      But I agree about the WordPess mess… I don’t get anybody’s notifications. I’ve gone through hoops to fix that a couple of times, and I just don’t have the patience or energy to do it again. I try to keep up with everyone, but sometimes seeing a comment is the only way I remember. LOL, I guess Bob gets his “flightiness” from that part of me! (There are way too many thoughts in my head for me to remember everything… I refuse to say it has anything to do with age!)
      It’s always a delight to see you, whenever you get the chance.
      How are you feeling? I hope the bruising has gone away… What a frightening thing.
      Wishing you wellness. Mega hugs! (And I wish i were a hummingbird too.)

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  5. I have finally caught up with you again now, Teagan. I also enjoyed Bob the Hummingbird and his role with the muskox hair. That is a good, vivid description of the interaction with the faeries.

    We had a hummingbird come by here yesterday. A few of them seem to stay around in winter, even though there is no hummingbird feeder here, and can been seen in the apple trees and blueberry patch in spring.

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  6. Very nicely done, Teagan. You gave us even more time to worry and a little support for our rising level of concern – now I am one of a crowd who senses danger. I wish I had an answer, but I like this episode a lot.

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    1. Thanks so much Dan. I always value your thoughts.
      My “storytelling” style took an unexpected (to me) turn after the hiatus, with the point of view shift… and it seems to be staying away from Bedlam doing the telling for a good while. If this was a book, rather than a blog, I would need to make a big point of calling this Act 2.
      Since I want to keep including all the many characters, this is the best way I’m able to go about telling the faery tale… I’m just rambling here. Thanks for letting me.
      I’m happy you enjoyed this episode.
      I’m sure Maddie must have plenty of snow to enjoy. And that “mount Maddie” has a head start of being built. Stay warm. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. A gasp? Then I’ve done my job! 😉 It’s good to see you Deborah.
      Yes, I’m tucked under the electric throw (with my contentedly bathing cat sharing). It’s been snowing all day but so far (happily) it has not added up to a lot. Hopefully it stays that way, and melts faster than usual. I hate snow and ice…
      Happy weekend hugs!

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      1. It’s good to be catching up some on my blog reading! My schedule and routine have changed and I’m still trying to find my balance. Blogging and reading them is paying the price right now…well and laundry, but that’ll always be there waiting for me. 🙂

        Snugging with the cat, and electric throw sounds warm. Hope you’re watching a good movie, or reading a good book too.
        Happy to hear you’re safe and warm. Happy Week-end to you too! xx

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  7. What a great episode Teagan , I love the chickens. They remind me of the chickens we have on the farm in Germany. We also have some ducks there and I was amazed how well they can fly, especially when the hens want to get away from the nasty drake. I don’t remember seeing a chicken fly. Hugs my friend and a relaxing weekend.

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