Sunday, 22 December 2013

Chapter One Hundred and Three

When they had passed through the portal, Elenie and Ieaun found themselves in a wintry world.  On this side however, the portal was guarded by a couple of fae who, after quizzing the couple on why they had come here, ordered them to accompany them to seek an audience with the ruler of the realm.

The two portal guards led them to snowy glade where they found a beautiful fae woman seated on a throne of ice.  The two guards took up positions on either side of the throne and announced their purpose;  "Lady Winterdream, these two have come through the portal and claim to seek your aid in their quest."

Winterdream looked at the two carefully; "A faerie and a mage mated, so why do you come seeking my aid and what is your quest?"

She waved a hand and the snow compressed itself before their eyes into a pair of chairs.

"Be seated, and tell me your tale."

Elenie and Ieaun gingerly seated themselves upon the icy chairs.   They exchanged looks and Elenie took a deep breath and began the tale.

"Many years ago, when I was a toddler, one of the unseelie fae killed my father and cast spells upon my mother.  He made her forget that I was her child and then treated me as a slave while I grew up.  When I reached my teenage years, with the aid of Ieaun here and a fae by the name of Robin Goodfellow, I escaped his power and, realising that he had been found out he fled, taking my mother with him, but not before removing the spells he had cast upon her.  We've been looking ever since for where he has hidden her so that we might rescue her."

"I see" responded Winterdream, "but tell me this children, why should I aid you?  Oh I know of whom you speak and, indeed, I do know where he keeps his lair, but why should I aid you?"

Elenie glanced at Ieaun confused, then turned back to Winterdream "I don't understand, we need your aid because we do not know where he holds my mother, and we were told you might know."

Winterdream sighed "I realise that child, I am not a fool incapable of grasping what you have said, but why should I aid you?  What cause do I have to interfere in the doings of Morgana and her knights?  I know that Auberon's child favours you but that does not mean that I owe you aid.  As for Puck, he answers to none and bears none of the consequences of his meddling."

As Elenie stared at her, her mind racing frantically to try and come up with an argument to convince this powerful fae to aid them, Winterdream suddenly looked across to one side and stood up.

A sparkling, chiming sound filled the air and a small dot of light flew up to Winterdream and danced around her.  As it danced, the chiming sounds formed into words; "Lady, lady, it's her!  The girl who found us in that house and set us free!  It's her!"

Winterdream gestured slightly and the spark of light flared brightly and turned into a young faerie boy.

"What are you doing here young one?  You know that I am in audience and you should not interrupt me."

Taking her seat once more, she turned to Elenie and Ieaun;  "It seems there more to your story that you have told me.  I must speak with my fae and learn more of this."

Gesturing to the female guard stood on her left she continued "Danae here will guide you to a place you may sleep for the night.  I shall consult and speak with you further on the morrow."

Taking their leave politely, they followed the guard, Danae, who led them through the snowy meadows to an igloo.  Pointing them to the entrance she told them that they would find everything they needed inside. 

Neither Elenie nor Ieaun expected what they found inside; rather than a rounded room made of ice, they found themselves at the foot of a spiral staircase and, climbing to the top, they found a beautifully appointed room.  The room was decorated in shades of light blue and white and all the furniture was made of silver birch.

Not being ready to sleep just yet, they seated themselves near the large windows and discussed the days events.

"So, what do you make of lady Winterdream?  Do you think she'll help us?"

"It's hard to say; my heart nearly stopped when she said she knew what we needed to know but that we had no call on her help.  I couldn't imagine how we could persuade her to help us, but then that little one turned up; he must be one of the ones we freed from that crazy vampire lady back in the forest."

"He must be, and the way he spoke suggested that more of those we freed are from this realm; if we're lucky maybe she'll decide that freeing them puts her enough in our debt to tell us where Nicodur is holding your mother."

"I hope so, to come this far and to know that she has the information we need only for her to refuse to help us would be such a setback; the question is, how much does she feel her help is worth - I have a bad feeling she may see helping us as putting herself against him and the fae queen he serves and I don't know what the consequences of that might be."

They sat for a while in silence contemplating this before Ieaun stood up and, taking Elenie's hands, pulled her to her feet.  

"Lets not think about that for now.  There's nothing we can do until tomorrow, so let's take advantage of what we have tonight and worry about what tomorrow will bring when it arrives."

Pulling her into his arms, he continued "Winterdream may help us or she may not, but one thing we do know from my visions is that whatever dire things I saw happen when we find Nicodur, we will find him.  If Winterdream will not help us then we will find another way."

"I'm not sure we can take much comfort from your visions considering how they ended my love.  I - I don't want to die."

Ieaun leaned in and kissed her "Don't think about it my dearest.  We'll find a way to change that, and we'll rescue your mother and take her home.  Now, when we were looking round this room earlier, I spotted a hot-tub in the bathroom - how about we go and have a good long soak before bed?"

Elenie agreed and they adjourned to the attached bathroom where they changed into something more suitable for bathing and spent some time embracing before finally getting into the tub.

"Ah, this feels so good.  I hadn't realised just how cold I'd gotten out there until now..."

"Well, if you've been feeling cold, I know just the thing to warm you up some more" teased Ieaun as he leaned in again to kiss her.

Some time later, after a great deal of fun in the tub, as well as a good long soak, the two of them emerged, dried themselves off and made their way back into the bedroom where they relaxed on the bed.

Of course, beds being what they are, and the two of them now being fairly scantily clad, they didn't stay relaxing for very long... 

Kisses and the like soon turned into more...

And it wasn't long before the two of them were beneath the bedclothes (and not sleeping... at least not yet...)

The next morning came soon enough, and Danae led them back to Winterdream's glade where she was waiting for them.  After showing them to the seats which had been set out for them, she took her place behind Winterdream's throne.

"So" began Winterdream, "I understand that you set a number of my fae free where they were being held captive by an insane vampire."

Elenie cleared her throat; "We set a number of fae free from a vampire yes, we don't know who they were and it wasn't until we had released the last one that we discovered it was a vampire who was holding them."

"Still, you set them free when you could have ignored their plight and, knowingly or not, you put yourselves at risk doing so and may well have earned yourselves a powerful enemy.  As their liege lady I am now in your debt."

Hope dawned in Elenie's eyes; "Will you help us then?"

"Indeed I shall honour my obligation to you, and I pray that it will not lead to war between my realm and that of Morgana.  Before I grant you the knowledge and path you are seeking however, I have a warning for you, child of dragons."

"A warning?"

"Indeed; I sense the anger in you at what Nicodur has done to you, do not give into it.  The anger and the vengeance of the dragon-kin is dangerous and oft-times hurts them more than those they would seek vengeance against.  Do not allow your anger, your hurt and your desire for vengeance to rule you, lest in doing so you hurt yourself and those you love more than those whom you seek vengeance upon.  Remember this, you are fae as much or more than you are dragon and revenge is a dish best served cold."


  1. Congrats to Elenie and Ieaun for finding Winterdream! Hopefully their quest will soon be nearing it's... Well, no. I guess I don't really hope that this comes too quickly to a close considering what Ieaun has seen. Though with 2 warnings given to Elenie now, perhaps she'll have heard at least one of them. Hopefully she's heard at least one of them.

  2. The quest is reaching its climax, but you'll have to wait until at least after Christmas for the conclusion...

    Add to whether Elenie will heed the warnings, to be fair to her, she's only had one warning as she only got angry after she heard Ieaun's vision, so the question will have to be how angry that vision made her and whether she's listening to what Winterdream said

  3. That's some good advice from Winterdream, I hope Elenie listens. LOL, dragons are often pretty bad at heeding such advice, but hopefully Elenie's fae side will prevail and she will cool down and think before she acts. And it did turn out that rescuing those fae from the vampire paid off, though they did it without thought of repayment.
    It's nice that Elenie and Ieaun get to have some sweet romantic moments together during the quest. It must help relieve the stress. =)
    I love the decor inside the 'igloo'. Great job!

    1. I think Elenie's fae side will prevail - part of what Robin/Puck did when he turned her into a faerie as a baby will ensure that her fae side will ultimately be dominant regardless. Whether that will be a good thing or not is another matter though; whilst a dragon's anger burns hot and fast, it will also burn out - I kind of see the fae as operating very much on the basis of debts owed,and not just debts in terms of what people have done for them; I see them as regarding anything someone does to them as being a debt which must be repaid and, being at the least long-lived (and often immortal) they are prepared to wait a very long time and plan out exactly how they will repay their "debt" in such cases.

      Thank you very much for the loan of Winterdream - she was perfect for this scene :)

  4. Great that they now know the whereabouts of Elenie's mother and from the sound of it they will need all the help they can get. I'm sure Nicodur will try and anger her on purpose to use it against her lets just hope she listens.

    The inside of the igloo was certainly unexpected lol. I was shocked to see it had all of that in it just as they were. That was pretty amazing!

    Hope you enjoy your holidays!

    1. They will need all the help they can get, that's for sure. Nik might try and provoke her anger to use against her, but then again, being the sneaky evil blighter that he is, he might just ambush them and attempt to strike her down from behind before she knows he's there... You'll just have to wait and see :)

      I wanted a luxurious place for them to stay, but couldn't build one from the outside which fitted the look of the world - I'd rather have liked to have an ice palace - so I decided to go with the idea of a magical building which was completely different on the inside to the outside and the igloo seemed the obvious thing to use as the entrance :)

      Hope you have a great Christmas too

  5. Neat ice throne!

    Phew. I was starting to think Winterdream was going to remain uncaring, but surely she can't, now that she knows they helped fairies escape the vampire. The politics of it could still be a mess, though. Since Winterdream mentioned 'Morgana and her knights', I'm guessing there's a higher power that her step dad answers to, who Winterdream would in turn have to deal with if she interfered.

    Wise advice, about Elenie's anger. She already seems a bit reckless, and acting on anger could only hurt her or Ieaun or her mother.

    1. Thanks, it's from the store & I used debug enabler to 'sculpturify' it into ice :-)

      Winterdream's reaction has a lot to do with the way I see fae society, my idea is that it ribs very much on debts and as she had no connection to Elenie & Ieaun she saw no reason to help them until she discovered that they had done something for her fae; they might have been able to persuade her otherwise if they chose their words right, but thanks to their earlier actions they didn't need to. The politics of it may well come into play at some point, back when Nik was living in the active family there were a few scenes when he was reporting to a woman in the magic mirror (with the aid of photo editing software) - that was Morgana and she was the one who sent him and orchestrated everything he did to Elenie's family. However, the fact that Winterdream owed them a debt may be something she could use to avoid repercussions (depending on what I want to do with the storyline at that point).

      Elenie's anger did flare up when she heard what Ieaun had to say about his vision, but she's cooling down now and will probably heed Winterdream's words - although being a fae that may mean she makes some long term plans for revenge once they've got her mother out!