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
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.)
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.
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 http://johnwhowell.com
Peaches Dragonfly https://apuginthekitchen.com
Poppy Songbird https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/
Holly Songbird https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyWrV-dmm_oWHnc50YKSVnA
Carver Eastdoor https://nofacilities.com/
Skypainter Morning https://thewallgallery.com/
Moon Shadow https://salmonbrookfarms.wordpress.com/
Valley Hummer https://jcrhumming.wordpress.com/tag/janet-weight-reed/
Tune in next weekend for Episode 31 — A Perversion of Phantoms. Until then…
Hugs on the wing!
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