“Come now, Fyora, you’ve got to learn not to act up,”
scolded a very flustered Aisha. She was enveloped in a thick brown slime. Fyora
stifled a snigger.
“It’s not my fault, Nan. The brownies
just sort of… exploded.” She gave a sly smile and licked batter from her fingertips.
“You have to admit, it does taste good.” Fyora’s nanny sighed heavily
and plucked a brownie-covered rag from the metal sink. She wrung it out and
began furiously rubbing away at the counter tops. Fyora smirked and strolled
casually from the kitchen. She pulled out the velvet, deep purple ribbon from
her intricately plaited hair, and let her long violet locks sweep about her
Fyora smiled and paraded out the door,
her slender, calloused feet, bare, as usual. Today, her mother was judging the
annual Faerieland garden competition, and so she was free to roam the city streets.
The cloud bounced lightly under her footfall as she skipped off towards the
The young Faerie loved it when her mother
was out on business. Thyora had never paid her much attention, except to tell
her off for performing various feats of mischief. Thyora would never let her
daughter out of the palace grounds unescorted, or even allow her entrance to
the Hidden Tower, where Thyora had a very rare assortment of overpriced items.
At least, that’s what Fyora understood, from snippets of conversation she’d
heard between the housemaids.
Nan didn’t really mind if she had some
fun, as long as she didn’t go overboard with it. Nan was old, fat, and complained,
and that was pretty much all the use she was. The elderly Aisha did threaten
to punish her, but never went through with anything for love of the young Faerie.
So Fyora did her best to push Nan’s tolerance to the point where it teetered
on the brink of insanity.
Fyora now hurried into the market and
grinned at a middle-aged Kacheek. He wore a patched tan jacket and thin denim
slacks. The Kacheek waved, and returned Fyora’s smile.
“Princess! How do you do on this fine
summer day?” asked the Kacheek, a hint of a foreign accent ebbing at his strong
voice. Fyora smirked and scurried over to him, her thick hair blowing behind
her like a banner.
“Perfect, John,” she replied merrily.
Fyora greedily took in every aspect of the market: the colourful Faeries and
Pets, the smells, the sound of bubbling merriment… John interrupted her happy
thoughts with a sharp whistle.
“Malan!” he shouted, lifting a paw. Fyora
turned to see the receiver of his greeting. A lean, crimson-furred Kau smiled
and performed a sweeping bow to the ground, his snout brushing the soft cloud.
“John! ‘Tis a wonderful day, do you not
“Simply marvelous, Malan,” replied John,
laughing heartily as his friend bowed yet again, this time to Fyora. “This is
my dear friend, Malan. Fyora, she goes by. Princess of the Faeries.” He beamed
proudly. Fyora felt her face flush, and hurriedly attempted to cover her embarrassment
by snatching a large, floppy hat from John’s stand. She shoved it on her head
at an angle, and both Pets chortled.
“Princess of the Faeries, eh? What are
you doing gallivanting off and fraternizing with the commoners, Princess?” Malan
winked, his sapphire eyes twinkling. Fyora giggled nervously. She hoped word
of this never reached her mother.
John patted her shoulder fondly. “I wondered
if perhaps you could do me a favor, little Fyora?” Fyora nodded, eager to change
the subject. “Do you have access to the Hidden Tower?” The Faerie’s brow furrowed,
and she shrugged.
“I’m not really supposed to go in there.
Anyway, I don’t know where it is. There are so many corridors in the upper breaches
of the palace that it could take years to find the correct one, if you can even
get there through a regular door.”
“Oh, I can tell you the exact coordinates
of the Hidden Tower itself, and give you a map beginning at the entrance hall.
It’s not getting in that I’d have trouble with. It’s getting out.”
Fyora was puzzled.
“What do you mean? Don’t you just retrace
your steps?” John winked.
“That’s sort of hard to do when you have
a gang of armed Faerie guards after you.” Fyora’s eyes narrowed.
“Why…” Malan raised a hoof to his mouth,
silencing her mid-sentence.
“John and I are in desperate need of a
Faerie Queen doll,” whispered Malan. “You’re the only one who could get it for
us.” Fyora gagged.
“You mean to say that I’m to steal from
my mother? But…” Her eyes flickered and she cut herself off, recalling the time
Thyora had dismissed her carelessly when she’d broken her wing. “I’ll do it.”
Fyora tiptoed up the spiraled staircase leading upwards from the entrance
hall. She had drilled the directions to the Hidden Tower in her mind, and now
hurried along on silent feet to her destination. All of the castle’s hallways
looked an exact replica of the last, making it almost impossible for one to
navigate one’s way through it. Searching for the Hidden Tower, it being very
well hidden, makes the task of finding one’s way slightly more trying.
Now, we cannot go into detail about
the exact whereabouts of the Hidden Tower, lest it become simply “Tower.” We
would not want to mess with the clever name given to this highly priced shop
by the Faeries, so we shall skip to the entrance so as not to do so.
Fyora grinned as she twisted a large
brass doorknob. The journey had been long, and Fyora had become quite famished
along the way, but at long last she would be able to get the doll for John and
Thyora stood behind a mahogany counter,
looking very depressed. Her face brightened as a bell tinkled at the doorway,
but happiness was suppressed by rage as her daughter strode in, positively beaming.
“Fyora! What in the name of Faerieland
are you DOING here?” she demanded, stomping out from behind the counter. Fyora
“Just visiting. Did you know that there
are some cobwebs in the corridors around here? I cleaned a couple of them out,
but you should probably deal with the rest. I bet they’re turning away customers.”
Fyora smiled. The job was going smoothly as of yet.
Thyora’s eyes flamed. “How did you ever
find it? The tower is so well hidden…” she trailed off, rage bubbling into curiosity
and suspicion. “How…?”
Fyora shrugged indifferently. “Who cares?
I’m here. I was wondering if I could take a look around, you know? I am,”
Fyora stared intently at her mother, “your daughter, after all.” Thyora almost
snarled. Fyora had dared to play the daughter card. Her lips tightened.
“Fine.” She strode stiffly back to her
post behind the countertop.
Fyora smiled, curtsied, and all but ran
towards the large shelf piled with intricately made Faerie dolls. Thyora stared
at her as a Meepit would stare at a hunk of cheese.
Fyora accidentally-on-purpose knocked
over an item labeled “Jhudora’s Crystal Ball.” Thyora gasped and threw herself
under the priceless orb, and Fyora took this opportunity to stuff the Faerie
Queen doll inside her robes. The Faerie Queen struggled up; she carefully placed
the sphere back in place. Her eyes were cold as she pointed towards the door,
lips pursed, face pale.
“OUT!” she shrieked, knuckles white.
Fyora obliged without further reason to do so, and ran as fast as a Babyca —
which hadn’t, by the way, been discovered at the time — through the corridors,
down numerous stairways, and straight out the front doors.
She sped like a bullet to the marketplace,
where John was hopping from foot to foot, anxiously awaiting her arrival.
“Fyora!” he shouted hoarsely, racing over
to her and picking her up in a tight embrace. “You did it? Really?” Fyora nodded
vigorously and removed the doll from her robes. He took it eagerly in his paws
and examined every inch. Malan stood to the side, tentatively watching the palace.
“We really should split right about now,”
he said to John. John inclined his head, gave Fyora an ecstatic smirk, and hailed
an Eyrie-cab. Fyora never saw hide or tail of him again.
She did, however, see a lot of her bedroom wall. The poor young Faerie was
confined to her tower room for months, her mother filled with incredible anger
As soon as her door was unlocked, Fyora
ran out, only to meet Thyora. The Faerie Queen’s eyes were sad as she took her
daughter into her arms.
“My little princess…” she whispered.
Fyora grinned as she was taken into a
tight embrace, and suppressed a giggle as she opened her fist, only to let a
handful of Flightning Bugs fall into the back of her mother’s dress.