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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2017, 18:08:10 »
Fantastic!  :yippee:

I don't think I've ever seen that many PM apples in one place before! :apple:
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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2017, 22:33:06 »
:lol:  Tiermann, tahra, and leefert: you are such suspicious people!!  Cuddles and Pixie are nice dragons, and Blackcurrant is a nice fairy!

Macruran: I cheated.  The bottom layer consists of cabbages and carrots.  The apples are only on the top...


Part Three - Exploring Fairyland

'Here we are!' said Blackcurrant, 'And there is Willow in the Medicine House.'



Lady Willow came down the steps to meet the children.

'And so we have visitors,' she said, 'What are your names and how did you enter the Fairyland of my forest?'

'I'm Toby,' said Toby.

'And I'm Jessica,' said Jessica.

'And how did you come into my Fairyland,' asked the Lady.

'We ran from one of Red's wolves, and then we met the Guardian of the Unicorns and he said we had to present ourselves to you to get permission to enter Fairyland,' said Jessica.

'The Guardian of the Unicorns thought you'd be at Red's Outpost,' added Toby, 'But you weren't, so he sent Greenleaf to show us how to get here.'

'And you came through Dragon Pass?'  asked the Lady.

'Yes,' said Toby.

'Did you see Bluebell?' asked the Lady Willow.

'I did,' said Jessica, 'But only for the tiniest time.  Then he disappeared.'

'I'm not surprised,' said Lady Willow, 'Bluebell is very shy.' 



But now: you wish to see my land?' continued the Lady,  'Then I grant you permission to travel here.  But where will you like to go?  To meet the fairy children, perhaps?  They are at school at the moment, and I'm sure that your poor little feet cannot walk all that way.  Blackcurrant, may they take the unicorns?  You can fly back to Raspberry and her parents, and I will fly ahead and tell Seaspray that the human children are coming.  It will be very exciting for our children to meet humans, I think.'



'You can take a carriage each,' said Blackcurrant to Toby and Jessica, 'Just tell the unicorns, "To the school", and they will take you there.  And when you get there, tell them, '"Go home", and they will return to me.'



'To the school!' cried Jessica and Toby to the unicorns, and the unicorns pulled their carriages all the way to the fairy children's school.  The Lady Willow had already arrived, and all the fairy children were waiting to greet the human children.



The fairy children all gathered around Toby and Jessica.



'I will depart now,' said the Lady Willow, 'The children's teacher, Seaspray, will welcome you to talk with the children.  Enjoy your stay in my land.'

'Thank you, Lady Willow,' said Toby.



'Come and see our school,' said one of the fairy children, 'We've just put our wands to charge, ready for tomorrow's magic lesson.  When we are adults, we will be able to charge our wands with just our minds, but while we are schoolchildren, we have to use the charger.'



'Let's all gather in a circle,' said Seaspray, 'And then we can ask the human children our many questions.'



Toby and Jessica were surprised that the fairy children felt sorry for them because they did not have wings.  There were many references to their 'poor little feet'.

After much talking, one of the fairy children, who had said that she was called Rosebud, said, 'I know!  Let's make the humans honorary fairies!'



'We can't give them wings,' said Rosebud, 'But we can give them flowers to wear.  Toby can have my flower.'

'And Jessica can have mine,' said another fairy, 'Yellow flowers look so good on red hair.'



'Perhaps Jessica and Toby would like to see some other places,' said Seaspray, 'We'll harness our unicorns for them, though; we don't want to let the humans get their poor little feet sore with too much walking.'

'Oh, look at the unicorns,' said Toby, 'It looks as if they have swapped tails!'



'They have been friends since they were foals,' said Rosebud, 'So I expect that is why they choose that.  Some animals are quite amusing with their choices.  You should see the puppies at the ocean - they really had no imagination!'

'Ocean?' repeated Jessica, 'But we are nowhere near the ocean.'

'It's a magic ocean, silly!' said Rosebud, 'Go and get in the carriages, and then you can see our ocean, and see the puppies there.'

'Jessica and Toby are going to the ocean,' the fairy children told Seaspray.

'We can all go with them,' said Seaspray, 'I can't expect you to settle down to Mathematics after all this excitement.  The carriages will have to go by the paths, but we can fly across the trees and be waiting for them to arrive.'



The unicorns were directed to 'Go to the ocean' and made their way there without any further instructions.  Seaspray and the fairy children were already there, as well as two more adult fairies.



Rosebud led Toby and Jessica to the puppies.

'How do so many animals get to be brightly coloured?' wondered Jessica, 'Is it magic?'

'Well yes,' replied a fairy called Sunflower, 'They go to the Colour Changers.'



'This is an amazing place,' said Toby.



Then he turned to Rosebud, and asked, 'Is the Colour Changers a place?  Or are they people - fairies, I mean?'

'Both,' replied Rosebud, 'We can go there if you like.  Though we'll need to ask Seaspray first.'

'Yes, you can go to the Colour Changers,' said Seaspray, 'But only yourself, Rosebud, and Jessica and Toby.  They won't want a whole crowd of you there.  Everyone else can go home to the Gathering Place.'

'Jessica and Toby had better go in the carriages,' said Rosebud, 'Because of their poor little feet.  I can fly alongside them.'



'Come on, hop out,' said Rosebud when they arrived, 'Come and meet Cherry.'



'Hello Cherry,' said Rosebud, 'This is Jessica and Toby, human children who visited our school today.  They wanted to know about Colour Changing, and Seaspray said that I could bring them here.'



'Colour Changing is quite simple,' said Cherry, 'When anyone drinks the Colour Changing Potion, they become the colours they imagined themselves to be.  Some imagine quite simple changes, of course.'



'And others,' she continued, 'Imagine quite complex designs.'





'And what about you, little boy?' said another fairy, emerging from the Colour Changing Area, 'Would you like to change your skin colour or hair colour?  Purple hair and purple-and-pink-striped legs, perhaps?'

'Does the change last forever?' asked Toby.

'Oh yes,' answered the fairy, 'You can't change back.  Though you can add further designs later, if you wish.'

'I'd better not, then,' said Toby, 'I don't think my mummy and daddy would like me to be purple and pink.'

'Mine neither,' said Jessica, quickly, 'But thank you for the offer, all the same.'



'Let's go to the Gathering Place,' said Rosebud, 'Everyone else will be there by now.  It's very near here, but I'll have to walk you there through the Dark Woods, because the unicorns can't pull carriages that way.  We can leave them here.  It's not a long walk at all, but I hope it won't hurt your poor little feet.'

'We are really used to walking,' said Toby.

''I'll fly up and get some apples for us to eat on the way,' Rosebud continued, 'My teeth are a bit bored, are yours?  I'll pick you some golden apples because they are healing, and I expect that humans have all sorts of diseases that need healing, isn't that right?'

'We don't have diseases,' said Jessica.

'I'll get you golden ones, anyway,' said Rosebud, 'Just to be on the safe side.'



'Let me know if your poor little feet hurt, and we can stop and rest for a while,' said Rosebud, as they walked through the Dark Woods.



Tomorrow: Final Part - The Evening of the Day
Have a good time, make life cheerful and bright, dance if you want to, sing if you can, play as long as you live and leave the world with a smile - Lemuel K. Washburn

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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2017, 08:39:35 »
 Love the magic ocean!

Fairies? Oh no, I seem to remember something about fairies and child abduction  :o :o :o


And Birdie was the first to be suspicious :lol: :lol: :lol:
I'm glad that I'm not the only one :)

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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2017, 09:23:03 »
Lovely additions. Everything seems to be going smoothly so far. Of course it could be one of those things where time is different and when they come out of the forest it will be some day far in the future or something. The color changing was quite nice.

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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2017, 09:50:12 »
Bored teeth!  :lol: :lol: :lol:

I'm loving it!
At that moment the ship suddenly stopped rocking and swaying, the engine pitch settled down to a gentle hum. 'Hey Ford.' said Zaphod, 'that sounds good. Have you worked out the controls on this boat?' 'No,' said Ford, 'I just stopped fiddling with them.' (With thanks to Douglas Adams)

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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2017, 13:04:57 »
:lol:  Tiermann, tahra, and leefert: you are such suspicious people!!  Cuddles and Pixie are nice dragons, and Blackcurrant is a nice fairy!

 :-[

Macruran: I cheated.  The bottom layer consists of cabbages and carrots.  The apples are only on the top...

 :lol:  Been there, done that, it worked  ;D


'Come and see our school,' said one of the fairy children, 'We've just put our wands to charge, ready for tomorrow's magic lesson.  When we are adults, we will be able to charge our wands with just our minds, but while we are schoolchildren, we have to use the charger.'

:o

'Oh, look at the unicorns,' said Toby, 'It looks as if they have swapped tails!'

:o What happened?!

(...)
You should see the puppies at the ocean - they really had no imagination!'

Unlike you.   ;D

(...)   
It's not a long walk at all, but I hope it won't hurt your poor little feet.'

'We are really used to walking,' said Toby.
(...)

I'll pick you some golden apples because they are healing, and I expect that humans have all sorts of diseases that need healing, isn't that right?'

'We don't have diseases,' said Jessica.

LOL - one track mind.


I also loved the color changing... and the puppies :)

Bored teeth!  :lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes, that one is great!

Looking forward to more... BUT... I don't want it to be the FINAL part.


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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2017, 21:36:23 »
tahra:  As tempting as it is to say that the unicorn's tails changed colour by magic .... actually, they both have their original tails.  Their manes (neck hair) are removable, however, and so I swapped their manes.  :)


Final Part - The Evening of the Day

'This is the Gathering Place,' said Rosebud as they arrived.



'I've brought the human children!' announced Rosebud, loudly, as they stepped inside.



Toby and Jessica saw many adult fairies, as well as the schoolchildren who they had been with earlier.



'Hello,' said Seaspray, 'Did you have an educational time with the Colour Changers?'

'Oh yes,' said Toby.

'Though I think we'd have to come to your school to really learn about magic,' said Jessica, a little hopefully.

Seaspray smiled.

'I don't think that humans could make it work,' she said, 'But I hope that you have seen everything you wished to see here.'

'Well, I wish I'd properly met Bluebell the wy.. wyf.. dragon,' said Jessica.

'That can be arranged!' said Seaspray, 'I will summon him.'



'Rowan, can you pass my staff to me?' said Seaspray.



'Make space for Bluebell!' cried Seaspray, and then held up her staff, and said, 'Bluebell, come.'



And, within moments, Bluebell swept down from the sky.

'Hello Bluebell,' said Jessica. 'We're sorry for disturbing your treasure.'

'The golden things?' said Bluebell, 'That's not my treasure; I collect pretty baskets.  Everyone gives me their old ones, and sometimes new ones too.  The golden treasure is just there as a distraction from Fairyland, if Dragon Pass isn't frightening enough.  Oh.  I shouldn't have said that, should I, Seaspray?  Silly me, I'm always saying the wrong things.'

'It's OK, Bluebell,' said Jessica, 'We'll pretend that we never heard it.'



'Do you know what the time is?' Toby asked Seaspray, after Bluebell had left, 'We've got to be home before it gets dark, you see.'

'It is evening time already,' said Seaspray, 'How far is it to your land, and home?'

'I don't know,' said Toby, 'We got lost in the forest, and then we came to the unicorns and met the Guardian of the Unicorns, and then we went to Red's Outpost, then through some woodland, then along Dragon Pass...'

'All the way back to the Outpost and beyond, before the darkness comes?' said Seaspray, 'And then through the forest that you were lost in?  Even if unicorns take you most of the way, you have little chance of pathfinding in the forest before nightfall.  No, you will need the centaurs to guide you by the shortest route.  Though it will be terribly hard on your poor little feet.'



'Centaurs?' said Jessica, 'Are you going to summon them, like you summoned Bluebell?'

'No,' said Seaspray, 'One does not summon centaurs.  I will sound the horn, and see if they will kindly come.'



After sounding the horn, all the fairies waited in lines to welcome the centaurs, should they come.

And two centaurs did indeed arrive.



'We are honoured by your presence, my lords,' said Seaspray to them, 'And we asked for you only because of need.  These two human children need to return to their known forest path and be home before it gets dark, and only you can guide them by the shortest route.  Though I fear it will still be a great strain on their poor little feet.'

'We're good at walking, honestly,' protested Jessica, and then she added, 'Though if it makes everyone happier, we can both ride, and ride bareback too, so we could ride the centaurs if you like.'

Seaspray looked horrified.

'Centaurs are never ridden!' she cried, and to the centaurs she said, 'I'm so sorry, my lords.'

'A cultural misunderstanding, that is all,' said one of the centaurs, 'Come little humans, we will show you the way home.'



'We will go by the Sunshine Shore,' the centaur continued, 'It will still be very light there, and we will catch some of the light and keep it with us, delaying the darkness for ourselves as we walk to your home path.'



'We will be in your part of the forest soon,' said one of the centaurs after they had been walking some time.



And later, he said, 'I think that this is the path you need.  Do you know your way from here?'

'Oh yes,' said Jessica, 'It's not far from here to our homes.  Thank you so much, Lord Centaur.'

'Yes, thank you,' said Toby.



'We'll have so much to tell our parents,' said Toby.



Back at Jessica's home, both her and Toby's parents were having drinks in the garden.

'We met fairies!' said Jessica.

'And unicorns,' added Toby.

'Sounds like a lovely game,' said Toby's Mummy.

'And you've made yourselves some wonderful fairy hats,' said Jessica's Mummy.



'But where's your rucksack, Jessica?' asked her Daddy.

'And Toby, where is your cap?' asked his Daddy.

'Oh no! I left my rucksack with Cuddles the dragon!' said Jessica, 'He was only borrowing it, but I forgot to go back and get it.'

'Cuddles the dragon?' said Jessica's Daddy, rather sternly, 'Look, Jessica, I'm glad that you've had a nice day playing unicorns and fairies, but when it comes to losing your rucksack, I want to know the truth.'

'But it is the truth,' said Jessica, 'We went to see Cuddles' baby, and he wanted to borrow my rucksack to look at it all day.'

'And did Cuddles the dragon also borrow your cap, Toby?' said his Daddy.

'No,' said Toby, 'Rosebud the fairy has got it.  I'm wearing her flower hat.  We swapped, because Jessica and I became honorary fairies.  We just forgot to swap back.'

'Toby, enough of this game!' said his Mummy.

'But it's true - and look: Cuddles is HERE!' said Toby.

'And Bluebell!' said Jessica, delightedly.

Jessica and Toby's parents got up rather quickly.



'They've brought our things back,' said Jessica, 'Oh, Cuddles and Bluebell, you are such good and kind dragons!'



'We are happy to help!' said Cuddles, 'Bye everyone, have a good evening!'

'Bye!' said Bluebell.



'Now do you believe us?' said Jessica.

'I'll get you both some fruit juice,' said her Daddy, and you can tell us all about it.'

'I'm not thirsty,' said Jessica.

'Me neither,' said Toby.

'Well, it's not long until supper,' said Jessica's Mummy, 'So you can change your mind then, if you wish.'

'I'm not hungry either,' said Jessica, 'We had nectar this morning, you see.'

'Though...' she added with a giggle, 'I could have an apple if my teeth get bored.'

'Providing that you don't have to walk too far to the fruit bowl,' said Toby, 'Otherwise you will hurt your poor little feet.'


Have a good time, make life cheerful and bright, dance if you want to, sing if you can, play as long as you live and leave the world with a smile - Lemuel K. Washburn

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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2017, 10:02:52 »
Funny ending! Nice story, though I do wonder just how big fairy feet are if they are always calling the children's feet little.

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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2017, 10:22:15 »
tahra:  As tempting as it is to say that the unicorn's tails changed colour by magic .... actually, they both have their original tails.  Their manes (neck hair) are removable, however, and so I swapped their manes.  :)

:o

'Well, I wish I'd properly met Bluebell the wy.. wyf.. dragon,' said Jessica.

 :lol:  (kinda sounds like me  :-[ )

(...)

'Though if it makes everyone happier, we can both ride, and ride bareback too, so we could ride the centaurs if you like.'

Seaspray looked horrified.

'Centaurs are never ridden!' she cried, and to the centaurs she said, 'I'm so sorry, my lords.'

'A cultural misunderstanding, that is all,' said one of the centaurs, 'Come little humans, we will show you the way home.'

:lmao: :lmao:

'We are happy to help!' said Cuddles, 'Bye everyone, have a good evening!'

'Bye!' said Bluebell.

That is a great pic! :love:

Awesome story!

Hope for a new one soon :)
Tahra

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Re: Toby and Jessica in search of Fairyland
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2017, 18:19:31 »
:claps: very nice ending!
I'm glad that I'm not the only one :)