April 11, 2017 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures

“I don’t know how to do that,” says the faerie, and she sounds almost desperate. Her wide, white eyes keep snapping to the Star Fire, like she can’t really comprehend what’s going on.

“Just try something,” insists MeaZea. “Try anything!”

And so the little faerie steps forward, holding had small hands out in the universal sign for peace. She says, “my name is Anakin .What’s yours?”

“MeaZea. And this is WooFZee.”

“Why did you come all the way out here? Surely, you heard about what curse we’d fallen under?”

MeaZea gives Anakin a tight lipped smile. “We didn’t have a choice. The moon – the man who is the moon – he’s in trouble. His watch isn’t working, and he said that you might be able to look at it and tell us how we could fix it. And then we heard that you were in trouble, and that was just a second reason to come out here. Do you have an idea, yet?”

The Star Fire growls. “I’m losing my patience.”

Anakin nods her head. Star lit hair falls into her face. “I just – I remember what happened. We were so angry. The other creatures who live in this realm, they were coming here, to the Starfalls. And they spent so much time here, they were hurting the water! They left their trash, and they sullied our spring, and they turned it into something so far from being sacred. It hurt, watching these waters grow dull, watching these shores become covered in garbage, waste, and refuse!”

She waves her arms around, gesturing to debris that is no longer there. The other moon faeries give a low mutter of agreement.

Anakin continues, “I was so focused on trying to save this place, I didn’t think about how it affected the others in this realm. Worse than that, I didn’t realize how it would affect my family. I tried to talk to them. They refused to listen. They refused to change. When that happened, I got angry. I got so angry, MeaZea, and I just started doing anything that I could think of to make them leave!”

“That’s when the curse hit you,” says WooFZee.

Anakin nods. She says, “I don’t remember what happened next, but I fear that we did horrible things. I wanted to save this place… and instead, I stripped away its wonders.”

Without the Star Fire laying at the bottom of the pit, the golden glow has been stripped away from the water. It no longer reflects the stars. Instead, it is simply murky water, rushing into an endless pit. It’s a spring with no meaning, with no magic.

Slowly, Anakin walks over to the edge. She dips her fingers into the cool water and says, “I think that I can fix this. Would that work? If I fixed this, would you let me family go?”

 

Katelynn E Koontz – Author