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Since the departure of the frost faeries for points north, it’s been very quiet. Arial has been spending a lot of time through the ivy hedge with the emerald guard, helping to secure the portal and making sure that the dark unseen forces of the faerie realm can’t seep through to reek havoc in the mortal world. Sometimes, when it’s quiet, I can hear rustling sounds coming from the other side, accompanied by animal-like snuffling and growling.

It’s  at those times that I swear I can see the protective energy field around the portal waver and bow out, distorting the ivy and making the whole hedge look like it’s a shimmering bubble. If the dogs are outside, they will whimper and back away with their tails tucked between their legs, refusing to go any closer than the edge of the patio. Arial assures us that the protection charms will hold and that the trolls won’t be able to find the portal again, but when I hear those eerie,  noises coming from the parallel world on the other side of that hedge, well, lets just say that I have my doubts.

With the weather getting warmer, I find myself filled with trepidation. The neighbors are outside more, waving to each other, or stopping by to say hello and catch up on the newest gossip. This social interaction isn’t anything new, and normally I would welcome it, but this year is different and I will have to be careful not to get caught up in a conversation that betrays the confidence Orlaith put in me, or that makes anyone suspicious.

There have been so many strange things happening in my backyard, quick flashes of colorful lights, mist that comes up suddenly and surrounds only my house, the eerie noises. You know, the kind of things that are normal in the land of the fae, but it’s like Halloween all the time when it happens here. People are starting  to get curious.

We have a neighbor, Mrs. Shunner, she lives in the house just to the west of us, her front walk borders our driveway so she has an unobstructed view of the large black iron gate leading to our backyard. Normally, the Shunners keep to themselves, choosing not to get involved with the rest of us on the block, but I noticed when we were watching the exodus of the faeries last week that the draperies at her front window were being held back just enough to give her a good look at what was going on in our driveway.

I know that she must have seen me conversing with Arial, and knowing that she can’t see my faeries, I can just imagine what she must have been thinking when she saw me talking to my own shoulder. I smiled and waved in her general direction and was relieved to see the curtains swing closed abruptly.

Yesterday, as I was leaving to do some errands, I turned the corner leading to the garage and came face to face with Mrs. Shunner, she had her hand on the latch to the gate. We stood there, staring at each other and though I’m sure that the look on my face was comical, it was nothing compared with the shocked surprise on hers.

I was the first to regain my composure. “Hello Mrs. Shunner, nice day, is there anything I can do for you?” I put my hand out and grabbed the gate to keep her from pulling it opened. She starred at me a split second longer, and started to stammer as she released the latch, pulling her hand behind her back.

“I…you see it’s my…it’s just that I think…” She stopped to catch her breath, her eyes bulged out of their sockets like warts on a frog (maybe I’m being to graphic here). When she had collected her wits about her, she spoke again. “I saw my cat come back here and was just coming to get her.” She swallowed hard and continued. “My! but you gave me such a scare! I didn’t know you were home or, or I would have come to the front.”

In my mind I pictured myself as calm and composed but I knew that on the outside I probably looked just the opposite. “Maybe you should have tried that first, Mrs. Shunner, you know, just to be on the safe side, not that I think you were trespassing or anything like that.” (I know, but I just couldn’t help using the “trespass” card) She needed to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I would not tolerate her helping herself to my backyard under any condition.

I was sure that she felt thoroughly reprimanded and could have let her go off  without another word between us if it weren’t for the large sneeze that erupted from under the Laurels just as I was finishing my sentence…

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

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"Kind One?"
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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
Islands
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.