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When you’re in the faerie realm, time slows down. You think you have been here for days, and when you get back, it’s only been a few minutes. This is always the rule, I learned that the first time I was here. This time, however, it isn’t because of my curiosity, it’s because nobody else wanted to tell me about the dangers that lurked on the other side of my ivy hedge.

“The Undak?”  Sometimes it’s hard to reconcile reality with fantasy, everything looks different, acts different. A good example of this is Unicorns. So when somebody tells you that the “Undak” knows where you live, it’s really hard to grasp the big picture.

I was about to speak when Arial popped in, wringing her hands and flitting back and forth. Orlaith held up a hand to wave her away but instead indicated that she was to join us. Arial took her customary place on my shoulder and I thought I heard a little sigh of relief as she settled herself by my ear.Photobucket

“The Undak are a race of beings that date as far back as the records of the Tuathe De Danann go. They, along with other dangerous creatures, have lived in the unseen realms of the world for as long as the any of  Sidhe can remember, they were here when we went underground after losing the battles with the Fir Bolg, and later with the Fomorians and Milesians.”

“I’m searching for the word that will let you know this type of creature. I believe humans would call it, a troll.”  Arial jumped a little at the name, and I had visions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s orc’s running through my mind. Man! They will eat dogs! Oh, this is definitely not good.

“We have battled the Undak for so long that we have come to see it as normal, I forget that humans have no knowledge of such creatures.” Orlaith signaled for Arial to approach her and spoke in elvish, “Eisor, o cali kyrn eiralaer sai si Col Oli?” (Arial, you have grown attached to the Kind One?). Arial did a splendid double loop and spun around three times, then swooshed over to me and landed on top of my head (I couldn’t tell what the question was but it got Arial all excited!)

Orlaith smiled brightly and continued, “kai, vaedosi osaer thys salorol. Shi shor vali si tas sylol” (go, prepare yourself for transition. We will place the charms tonight). Arial vanished suddenly in a spray of sparkles and Orlaith turned back to me and spoke again in English. ” These creatures are very dangerous, and since they have found their way to the boundary and know of the portal between our worlds we must take extra precautions, we cannot have the Undak crossing through the portal and entering your world.”

Orlaith held out her hand and a small silver flute appeared. She played a few high notes and instantly there were about a dozen faeries hovering in the air around us. I stood unmoving, watching as they transformed from the tiny sparkling beings that I know as faeries, into tall, graceful, elf-like beings. They wore robes of emerald green that had hoods which covered most of their faces and around each ones neck  hung the same small silver flute.

“This is your guard, heed their counsel at all times. Do not stray into these woods alone!” Suddenly, Arial appeared in a great blast of white light. She was as tall as the others but instead of green robes, she wore blindingly bright white robes. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Arial winked as she glided past, giving me a huge smile, then took her place at the front of the emerald guard. “Arial! you’re huge!” Arial held one finger up to her mouth to signal, shh!

“Kind One, I am sending my most beloved daughter with you. She has been transformed from a frost faerie into a universal faerie so that she may transfigure at will. She will be your connection with us after we depart. Your guard will set up watch on this side of the portal, do not fear, they will always be with you.”

At this, Arial came to stand by my side, I couldn’t believe how tall she was, “Arial, you’re big!” She swished her robes around her feet, “I know, huh!” Even though she was as tall as me, she still had that same pixie face and bright smile. Looking at her, I began to think that maybe, just maybe, everything would be alright.
The guard started to move toward the forest, motioning for us to join them. “We aren’t going in there! Can’t we just sparkle or something!?”…

© Tami Ruesch, The Misty World of Arial Hollyberry, 2009.

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"Yes Arial..."
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Fun Fairie Facts

You Know a Fairie is Present When...

You hear a whispering of leaves.
You see a whirlwind.
You feel a tingling sensation in your hair.
You have an unexplained loss of time.
You laugh uncontrollably, or feel exceptionally silly.
You see blades of grass bending when there
is no one around.

The Most Likely Place for Fairie Portals Are...

Lake shores
Glades in the forest
Where two roads intersect
Fences and border hedges (this is Arial's favorite)
Stairwells, hallways and landings
Tidal pools
Bends in a road


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I would like to give special thanks to Gail Schimmelpfennig for allowing me to put her wonderful poem "Seeking the Muse" on my site. You can read her poem in the fairy poetry section under "Fairies in Word and Song". Gail is Utah State Poetry Society's 2009 Poet of the Year, and I'm proud to say, a dear friend. You can find her on FaceBook where there is a group for the Utah poets.