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To say my life has become complicated would be an understatement. Complicated I can deal with, scary, on the other hand, is a different story. After yesterday’s harrowing events, every time I hear the dogs growl or the bushes rustle I get a shiver down my spine that won’t go away until I investigate it. It wouldn’t be stretching the truth  if I say that I can imagine a lot of things happening  since seeing  that matted hairy arm shooting through the ivy. After a lot of calming reassurance  from Sunny, Arial and the rest of the gang,  my heart rate finally dropped to normal.  I was feeling a little more steady on my feet, but they still looked at me with worried expressions on their faces.

“Now that the immediate danger has past, will someone please tell me what that monster was?” You could see from the looks that past between them that they didn’t quite know where to start the telling, or if they should start at all. The faeries came to a unanimous decision and Arial rose above the others. She circled around us all, waving her wand and speaking words that I didn’t understand. “Saji iar sai si Vali os si Cel!” Which I learned later meant “Take us to the palace of the Queen” in elvish.  A thick, cold mist enveloped us, shutting us off from the rest of the world. When the mist had evaporated, I found myself standing at the crystal gates of  Queen Orlaith’s palace. She stood just inside, looking at me and smiling serenely. I found myself wondering how she could be so calm in the face of this new threat (weird how after a few encounters with the faeries I don’t even think about the juxtaposition of our two worlds!).

“Kind One, come, walk with me.” We strolled  down a path lined with roses of all colors, and perpetually blooming lavender. I kept silent thinking I would just wait for the Queen to start, after all, it just seemed to be the polite thing to do. I looked around and waited. The only other time I was here, it was a hive of activity, faeries coming and going, doing whatever faeries do. Now, there were hardly any other faeries here at all. Orlaith turned to look at me. “I can see  questions in your eyes, you have many. My court has been slowly moving to our realm in the north. When all is prepared the rest of us shall depart.”

I didn’t think I had any questions in my eyes. Apprehension, yes, questions, no. Well, ok, maybe a few questions. ” I am told that you had an unexpected visitor?”  Well, that threw the door wide open.

We stopped at a stream that looked like it originated out of a huge solid piece of rock, it trickled down over smooth round stones and wandered across the meadow then disappeared into the shadows of the trees that surrounded the whole area. “There was, a thing, a very scarey thing, on the other side of my ivy hedge! It forced its disgusting arm through grabbing at a faerie. It made low, filthy growling sounds! I think I broke its arm when I whacked it with my snow shovel!” Orlaith laughed and  turned to look at me, it was a high tinkling laugh that reminds me of wind chimes going crazy in a stiff breeze. “You laugh, but it scared the crap out of me!” (oh, maybe I shouldn’t say crap). Orlaith has ice blue eyes, and when she looks at you, you can feel the temperature drop by twenty degrees (it really puts new meaning into the phrase, giving someone an ‘icy stare’) She doesn’t mean to throw a chill on you, but, after all, Ice Queen (duh).

“You have presented our realm with a unique situation, Kind One. We didn’t plan on humans ever being aware of our presence here. But, your garden has such a peaceful quality, and you, it turns out, have the faerie vision. This is unique to your kind.” She gestured, and we sat on a bench closest to the stream. “By now, you have guessed what is on the other side of your hedge, and I’m sure that you know how to cross into our realm at will.”

“Well, yes, I do know, but I’m not sure that I want to do it again!” Of course… I didn’t say that out loud.

“With this knowledge and ability comes the ultimate responsibility: keeping  the secret of the Fae.” I looked around me, I didn’t know how to explain any of this to anyone even if I wanted to, besides, I wouldn’t know where to start.

“Orlaith? What was that thing, no one wants to tell me.”

“That, was the Undak…they have found you.” The only thing I could think was, do they eat dogs?

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

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"Kind One?"
"Yes Arial..."
"You forgot something."
"I don't think so Arial, what are you talking about?"
"look at the bottom of the posts!"
"I still don't...wait a minute...oh of course! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, what ever would I do without you."

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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.