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Minor Characters ([personal profile] alicornucopia) wrote2015-04-14 01:21 pm

secret passage

Joey is cleaning out his grandmother's attic. She's dead and he's occupying the house for the time being, since his dad and aunt are tied to jobs elsewhere in the country and he's unemployed. Cleaning the house out isn't fun, but he's got Reeses Pieces in his pocket and a record on and it's tolerable. Better than living with his deadbeat roommate for another year of lease. Maybe he'll keep the house. It's paid off and everything.

He steps back, dragging his broom.

And then he's in another world, it smells green and it's eighty degrees and the air is so startlingly clear and look at the flowers -

Joey says ack and leans forward along the path of his broom. And he is back in the attic. There's snow heaped against the window. It smells like dust and Grandma.

What the hell.

He leans back again. Verdant summer.

Forward. Attic.

When he's done this enough times that it starts feeling stupid more than fantastical, Joey carefully leans into summertime and puts his broom down and tries walking back without it.

Works just fine.

He leaves the broom there, laid across two worlds but somehow fully visible in each, as a signal of where the thing is, and walks into the warmth.

He explores. It's pretty, it's a nice change of pace, he can't hear his music from here but there's so much to look at.

He finds a tiny person, can't be more than a foot tall, with a dumb hat and dragonfly wings. The tiny person is surprised to see him.

"Whose mortal are you?" asks the tiny person.

"...What?" It speaks English, why the fuck does it speak English.

"Are you new? Nobody's snapped you up? Well, watch out. Don't let any food or drink pass your lips and definitely don't tell anyone your name. But I'm not going to hang around you, somebody'll be after you, you're trouble." The tiny person tips its stupid hat and flies away.

Joey blinks, and turns around to head back for his marker. It was past this rock here.
feel_so_free: (1. pleasure)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
A woman appears, floating in midair, a few feet away from the broom when Joey is just within sight of it. She is not tiny. She is kind of tall, actually. And she has beautiful wings like fine sprays of rainbow dust sparkling in the sunlight, and when she beats them rapidly to catch herself before she hits the ground, the edges shed colourful particles that swirl away through the air.

She isn't wearing any clothes.

She's very pretty.

She touches her feet to the ground and spins around and around and giggles to herself.
feel_so_free: (3. cheerful)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
She spots him and beams. "Hello! I exist! Isn't it great?"
feel_so_free: (1. pleasure)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 08:58 pm (UTC)(link)
"No," she says brightly. "Do most people? I guess they do. I haven't met any others, though. I just started. Do you have a name?"
feel_so_free: (a. backward)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oh - maybe you're a mortal. Are you? I guess you are. If a mortal eats fairy food then any fairy with a claim to the food can take them as a vassal," she explains. "And the other way around. I don't think being someone's vassal is very nice, it means that if your master tells you to do something and means it then you have to."
feel_so_free: (6. whisper)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:06 pm (UTC)(link)
"Is that a mortal food?"
feel_so_free: (8. closer)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
...The fairy looks suspiciously at him.

"...is it really? What's it like?"
feel_so_free: (d. sorrow)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:10 pm (UTC)(link)
...She stares at the candy. "I don't want to never know what it's like..."
feel_so_free: (7. touching)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh this is such a bad idea.

The fairy grabs it out of his hand and eats it.

...and the next step of this plan was going to be to flee immediately, but it turns out the candy is really really good.
feel_so_free: (6. whisper)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:17 pm (UTC)(link)
The fairy, unavoidably, follows him.

"That was such a bad idea," she sighs. "But the candy was really good."
feel_so_free: (3. cheerful)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
She perks up and takes it. Nom!
feel_so_free: (a. backward)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
She makes a face at him and starts sweeping the attic.
feel_so_free: (4. moment)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, now she is smiling. Unavoidably.

She wants to kill him. She can't kill him, but she wants to. You can do that to mortals, that is why they are called mortals, but not if you are their vassal.
feel_so_free: (5. softness)

[personal profile] feel_so_free 2015-04-14 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
He did. He did catch a fairy.

There she is.

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