Chapter 3

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A light mist lingered in the morning air. There was an unnatural quiet in the house. In the distance you could hear the slamming of doors and heavy footfalls getting closer. Then a sudden booming voice with a heavy deep accent found only in the highlands. “Where in the bloody realm is my husband!”

The doors of Eleazar’s room flew open like thunder. Everyone jumped suddenly; startled awake There was a loud piercing scream as a small figure, almost forgotten by the bothers, dives off the bed away from the three towering men. She pulls the covers with her as if they would protect or conceal her.

Ailwyn moved over to Asgier speaking in a calm loving tone. He explained what had transpired the night before. It took a few minutes but Asgier’s temper calmed rather quickly. Meanwhile, Eleazar moved slowly and cautiously towards the young girl. As he moved closer she pulled the blanket closer around her. Eleazar move ever so slowly closer to her, he didn’t want her to feel cornered or trapped. She whimpered and moved away from him. He moved back a little not sure how adept she was with her magic.

As he moved back he got a whiff of her essence. The scent of raw magic filled his nostrils. This girl was addictive and dangerous to demons and other of a darker nature. Her magic was raw; that in itself was dangerous. He could almost guarantee that it was untrained.

Asgier realized that something wasn’t right with his brother-in-law. Then he saw the girl and dove over the bed pulling her from her concealment. The two tumbled out the open balcony doors stopping near the stone railing. Startled by the large human man tumbling her to the balcony she whimpered and sat perfectly still for a few seconds. Then she looked around. She wasn’t in the forest as she had been the night before when she went to sleep.

She twitched her finger as if summoning someone or something to her. Her backpack disappeared from beside the bed and into her hand. Then she hunched forward arching her back as her feathery soft wings reappeared. Then without a thought she jumped on the balcony railing and started to jump when she looked down and realized that she wasn’t a couple of stories up, but high enough that she could see the veil she had crossed on the other side of the forest. She got light-headed and fell forward over the edge. She spiraled down toward the ground struggling to extend her wings so that she could soften her landing. She had never fallen from this high up, and her fear of heights was overcoming her.

Eleazar dove over the edge of his balcony as he often did for fun but this time he didn’t fully extend his wings so that he could catch up to the plummeting fae. Why had the foolish girl jumped off the balcony if she didn’t know how to fly? After a few seconds he caught up with her. He grabbed ahold of her lightly at first then more snuggly as she fought against him. The scent of her fear filling the air around them. Once he was certain he had a good grip he fully extended his wings and flew up to his room with her again.

He walks over and carefully placed the young girl on the bed. She moved quickly away from him. Her guardian had been right about the shadows, but worse of all she hadn’t left the fae realm after all. How could the spell have failed? Or had it? Humans weren’t allowed in the fae realm, right? Besides demons are forbidden there as well.

Ailwyn and Asgier both slowly moved toward the bed. Ailwyn was talking in a calming voice “It’s okay baby girl. You are safe here.” She started moving away from them when she realized she was moving closer to the one who had carried her back up. She realized that she had no where to go and began to whimper. It was then that the tall dark hair man with the deep voice, slowly moved closer sliding the elf slightly aside. “Canna ya tell us your name, darlin’?”

She looked up at him something about him calmed her a bit. “I…I.. I don’t remember.” she stammered. “Wh…wh…where am I?” She looked from the two sitting beside her, they seemed to be trying to make her comfortable. Asgier placed his large hand lightly over hers and she pulled it way quickly but didn’t move way from him.

“You’re in the Tween realm” Ailwyn answered. The girl’s eyes widened.

“That’s a myth!” She exclaimed. A realm where humans, half-breeds, demons, and well those that want to be with them reside is impossible. The sheer conflicts in magics would cause such a place to explode, at least that was what she was taught. Could her spell have gone awry?

Eleazar moved closer to the bed hearing her meek voice show a bit of force in her surprise. The girl whimpered a second and he backed away and pulled a chair closer to the end of the bed and sat down pulling his wings in so they draped like a leather cape behind him. Why was she still afraid of him; afterall, he had only saved her twice? He did kind of enjoy it?

Ailwyn and Asgier softly answered together “It does, sweetheart.” Ailwyn continued with a soft soothng smile on his face “How is it you came to cross the veil?”

She looked up nervously at the two that obviously loved each other. She smiled slightly and ran a finger along the edge of her wings and made them vanish once again.

Chapter 2

Ailwyn sat near the moon portal with Tutaki. She kept flitting and prancing around the pillars trying to get his attention, but Ailwyn was lost in thought. He had been quiet for a few days. While his family accepted his choice to marry a human, they even loved him, he kept feeling there was something hidden. Perhaps even a secret that neither of them knew even existed. He had tried to shake the feeling, but it had been bothering him since the moon portal has started acting strange a couple of days ago.

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Tutaki jumped suddenly and growled lowly as the portal flickered. It had been doing that a lot lately. Ailwyn hated guarding the portal but he couldn’t ask others to do what he wouldn’t do. It was not beneath his status as Queen to guard the moon portal. Though he did miss his unescorted frolics in the woods, he had a duty as Queen. Afterall, those adventures had led him to his true love. He couldn’t imagine life without Asgier.

Asgier had been there when he needed someone. He couldn’t had made it through the struggle of becoming Queen without him. They enjoyed long walks on the beach and quiet nights at home. Best of all, having someone special with which to attend dances and parties. It was nice to have someone to share his life with.

Something caught his attention at the portal as it flickered again. He rested his hand on Tutaki’s head to settle her down and watched the portal. Did he see what he thought he had seen? He waived his hands over the portal to focus in on what he thought he saw. It was. A young fae girl had crossed the threshold of the realms. This was rare, he had to know why. If only his twin, Eleazar, hadn’t volunteered to patrol the forest.

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Eleazar arrived back to the family home with the young fae girl in his arms. He laid her down on his bed and pull the covers up over her and settled on a nearby chair watching over her. She looked so sweet and peaceful. What was such a young fae doing out of the Fae realm?

Eleazar had just laid his head back and closed his eyes. “Twinnie? Twinnie! Twinnie!?!” called his brother’s voice.

What!” he answered back strongly and a bit irritated to the voice in his head. He loved his twin brother, but there were times he wish he would just knock on doors like everyone else. He heard some shuffling in his bed and looked over. Did he answer out loud as well? He stopped for a second and watched her sleep. He took a deep breath and accidently breathed in some of her fae essence. He had to be careful.

You still in the forest? There’s a young fae girl that just crossed the realms.” His brother kept going. He was talking about the girl and Eleazar couldn’t get a word in otherwise.

No and yes I know about the girl. I was nearby when she crossed and followed her. She’s now here in my bed.” Eleazar answered back softly this time trying not to disturb the girl.

A soft breeze blew in from the opening on the balcony and the girl shifted pulling the blankets up around her more to ward off the chill. Then there was a soft pop near the foot of the bed. The girl sat up looked around half awake then laid back down and went back to sleep. The two brothers breathed a sigh of relief. Eleazar reached up and popped Ailwyn on the back of the head. “What were you thinking? Hello FAE; sensitive to ALL magic?”

“Sorry, I forgot.” Ailwyn said his voice soft but cracking. “I just wanted to see her.” Both brothers watched her for a few minutes. However, the longer they watched her the more she shifted and moved under the blankets. The brothers sat in chairs by the fire and discussed what to do about her. What had brought the girl here was the first question. She was to young to travel the realms alone.

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CHapter 1 Chapter 3

Chapter 1

Sleeping quietly wrapped in feathery soft butterfly wings was young ginger-haired girl. The grass she laid on was soft as a baby bunny’s fur. She stretched as the sun rose, reflecting off the glistening surface of a nearby stream. She washed her face in the fresh water; sitting back to she opened her pack. She searched for the prepacked meals of all her favorite foods from home. She had prepared them for this journey as she figured the human realm would not have her favorites foods or even foods that she would like. She hoped she wouldn’t have to stay long because her bag would only hold so much and worse her magic was limited here.

After eating breakfast, she packed her things back in her pack and started her journey. She spread her wings to fly and realized she couldn’t do that here. She had crossed the portal between the fae realm and the human realm the night before. Things were certainly different here. She knew that her magic was limited and that she would have to find ley lines. Ley lines are bands of magic that run through the realms. Magic is strongest near a ley line. Using these she could keep her magic charged. The challenge would be finding them. She had never been good at detecting ley lines.

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She followed the stream for a bit and it lead her to a forest. She kept walking deeper and deeper. The darkness of the forest never bothered her as she loved to flit in and out of the shadows. Her guardians had warned her of the dangers but she never listened. Afterall, they weren’t her real parents. What did they know. She didn’t know who her real parents were so she had set off to find them. She knew one was human and the other fae, but never which was which. No one wanted to talk about it, so she set out on this journey to discover where she came from.

Growing up the kids teased her and called her half-breed. Her tutors had called her hopeless. She knew she was different, but she wasn’t hopeless; she just took a little more time to get it. No one had the patience to teach her or wanted to get to know her. Maybe she was a half-breed, that just made it easier to blend in with the humans.

Now she was off to find her real family. To discover who she was and where she came from. It suddenly hit her, she was alone. She stopped walking and sat down near a big oak tree. She wanted to cry but knew that would do her no good so she pulled out her book and began to make a list of what she would need to do.

  1. Find a safe place to sleep and store belongings.
  2. Find food or ways to get things needed to survive.
  3. Find her human parent.
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She reread her list, feeling she was leaving something off. She shrugged and then went on to read for a bit in her book, when she realized the sun was setting. It was getting to late to continue travel. She laid against the big oak, grateful for its protective cover. She snuggled down reading by the glow of the books own magic until she could hardly keep her eyes opened. Putting the book back in her bag, she laid down in the underbrush. She was soon asleep, the the gentle sounds of the woods was a soothing lullaby to her ears. She slept soundly that night. So soundly she didn’t hear the light footsteps approaching her.

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The soft foot falls fell in with the other sounds of the forest. She was use to the sounds of people walking softly by, so she didn’t have the need to fear the approaching sounds. She felt the soft fall of moonlight over her skin though it felt a little different, perhaps it was just being in the human realm.

He quietly approached the girl. He didn’t want to startle her or wake her. He had been watching all day. Eleazar had sensed her cross through the veil. He reached down and picked her up wrapping her in his arms and wings protecting her as he lifted into the air.

She slept right through the two hands scooping her up. There was a sudden warmth wrapping her in a protective shell. She shifted for a second and he thought he’d drop her. He secured her more in his arms and wings. If only the girl knew just how dangerous this forest was. It was good that he found her.

Chapter 2