Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 30 — Meanwhile Back in Thistledown

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Welcome back to the faery land of Thistledown.  Things have taken a much more serious tone in recent episodes.  Our friends might resort to drastic measures as they try to fix the situation. 

Bob the hummingbird has something up his tiny sleeve (err rather wing), but he sees no way to accomplish what he needs to do without using the dark magic of the cave of the abyss. There is not enough magic in the colorless world where he followed Bedlam Thunder. 

The friends Bedlam has made in that murky place think the only answer to saving Thistledown from the reality of Bedlam’s horrific vision is to sever the link between the two worlds.  Bedlam’s seer instincts tell her that breaking the link would be disastrous for both worlds.  She also knows her friend Bob is there somewhere, but his whereabouts are unknown to her. 

With all that, it’s been quite a while since we paid a visit to the home of Bob and Bedlam — Thistledown.  The faeries there were in the midst of their weeks long Midsummer celebrations.  So we return to them now, as Bedlam looks back and describes what was happening in her home.


Midsummer Bedlam 30

Meanwhile Back in Thistledown

Be Still And Know

Image by Kirt Tisdale

Some people think it should have bothered me, hurt me, even scarred me, but I couldn’t see it that way.  Most of the Thistledown faeries are a positive, happy, generous lot.  Their joy multiplies more and more as it is shared.  They also live for parties.  That’s why it didn’t bother me to know that everyone went ahead with the Midsummer parties even though they had no idea where I was or what had happened to me.

The party Peaches Dragonfly gave was the grandest of them all.  Her cousin Pick Dragonfly made sure the liquid refreshments flowed, including his special agave juice.  (See Episode-9, Gone to the Dogs.)

Poppy Songbird did aerial acrobatics high above the stage.  As the Dragon’s Nest band played, her cousin Holly Songbird made a dramatic entrance through the beautiful arch that Carver Eastdoor created for the occasion.  Candy of all sorts exploded from the arch when Holly hit the high note of her opening song.  (See Episode-7 Doors and Doors.)

Then Skypainter Morning flew high above the stage.  He had finally perfected the moving image he wanted to use.  He tied the magic of the scrying pool to the images he cast against the clouds.  It was unlike anything that had ever been seen in Thistledown.  The partygoers gasped and shouted, cheering Skypainter on as he made the cloud painting more complex and realistic.  (See Episode-4 A Finder.)


Sunrise by Kirt Tisdale


He recruited Moon Shadow and Valley Hummer to help.  Moon played her flute, adding emotion to the moving paintings.  Valley summoned the huge flock of brightly colored hummingbirds.  Their flight was like an intricate dance to the music and echoed the movements of the paintings.

That’s when things started to go wrong.

The hummingbirds stopped their aerial dance.  For a moment they silently hovered in place.  The onlookers murmured to one another in puzzled, worried tones.  The hummingbirds began to chirp to each other.  Their voices became a raucous cacophony.  Abruptly all the hummingbirds flew away.

Then Skypainter’s wonderful images wavered as the clouds darkened.  The paintings rippled as if something might have dropped into the scrying pool, which was part of the magic that Sky used to project them.  Gradually the images transformed into something horrible.

Replacing the glorious paintings Sky had created in the clouds was the horrible vision which the very same scrying pool had inflicted upon me.  That vision had devastated me, and as a seer, I was somewhat trained for it.  The horror of it was too much for the faeries of Thistledown.  They cried and screamed.  Chaos ensued.

The Midsummer party fell into bedlam.

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Altered image via Unsplash

 The End


This Week’s Faery Namers

Click the links to reveal the identity of the namers.  Be sure to visit the “secret” bloggers who have faeries named in honor of them in this episode.

Pick Dragonfly

Peaches Dragonfly 

Poppy Songbird

Holly Songbird

Carver Eastdoor

Skypainter Morning

Moon Shadow

Valley Hummer


Tune in next weekend for Episode 31 — A Perversion of Phantoms.  Until then…

Hugs on the wing!



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87 thoughts on “Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 30 — Meanwhile Back in Thistledown

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  2. Ok…didn’t quite see that coming the way you surfaced this cliff hanger….awesome as always and thank you very much for featuring my images…very much appreciated. Have I said it enough?? You are really good!!

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    • Thanks for making me smile at the end of a Mordor Monday, Kirt. 😀
      I appreciate you letting me use your gorgeous photos. And I’m delighted you enjoyed this, with the little twist at the end. I sincerely appreciate your visits, my friend. Hugs on the wing!

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  4. Ah – chaos in the heavens….and the ever present hummingbirds weave their unseen magic. Your imagination is wonderful and takes me to new and exciting dimensions. Thank you, Teagan and wishing you and Crystal and day filled with hummingbird hugs and clear skies. Janet xxx

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  6. I have finally caught up and so happy I did!! This episode has me on the edge of my seat. It was so nice being back in Thistledown and then all he’ll breaks loose. Teagan I know I’ve said it before but you are so gifted, and I will never let things get in the way again. I can’t tell you how much I love this serial. A friend of mine just brought me a gift, have you ever heard of Lenormand? The cards she brought me are faeries, gorgeous Fae beautifully depicted on each card. Can’t wait until next week! Now to catch up on Jazz age posts! Have an awesome weekend.

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    • It’s so good to see you Suzanne. I know life has not been a fairytale lately. And I see that I managed to miss your last delicious post — despite the fact that I’ve been watching for it…
      Heartfelt thanks for your encouraging words. I’m honored that you want to catch up. I only wish that I could leave Mordor behind and just write my books. There are so many stories I’d like to finish, and I fear they’ll be left forever undone.
      No, I’m not familiar with Lenormand cards, but I Googled just now and they are intriguing. Marianne Lenormand also sounds like a fascinating figure.
      Thanks so much for your visit. Hugs on the wing!

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  9. Very nicely done, Teagan. I wasn’t prepared for the twist. I thought we were in for a little break from the scary stuff. Your timing on making the turn from festive to fear, was perfect. The description of the hummingbirds had me set my coffee down, as I started getting worried.

    Now, I’m really worried.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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