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Nov 19, 2019 3:39 AM
cam meets some fastfairies and the thread authors take no position on the presence of an adorable romance arc
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They observe some humans summoning a magical spirit one day. 

It's hard to tell all the details when you have to watch in shifts over the course of several weeks and when you can't hear anything they're saying, but the overall picture seems clear. First, their barn burned down. Then, they stood outside watching it sadly for a while. Then a woman went away into the forest, and wrote some things on the ground, lots and lots of detailed human words. Then a magical spirit appeared. Then the magical spirit walked back with her and replaced the barn and filled up the new barn with food. Then she had sex with the magical spirit. Then the magical spirit disappeared.

 

It makes sense, in the way human things often don't make sense. It seems like the kind of thing you could perhaps try yourself.

 

They carefully copy the human words onto the ground in a fairy circle. They carefully draw a circle in the dirt around the words.

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"- hello? - you know, summoning in languages you don't know isn't a best practice."

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There are three people watching him from the edge of the circle; all three of them jump delightedly to their feet. They're wearing really weird clothes -- blue and silky and shimmery and loose -- and sandals which might be made from leaves. 

"It worked!"

    "I told you it would."

"Hello!"

One of them steps into the circle to touch the wings. 

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The demon permits this with only mild surprise. "Leave the tail alone, please. You realize you can look up in any responsible source what media are known to be valid for circle-drawing and 'in the dirt' is not nearly as creative as people have gotten."

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"Oh, I can't read," the person who finished the circle assures him. He too steps in to touch the wings. "So I don't know where I could have looked it up, really. We were just copying some mortals."

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"- okay I'm not sure being outright illiterate makes it worse than just summoning in a language you don't know, but, uh, wow. What do you mean, mortals."

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They glance at each other. One of them nods.

"Mortals," the one who finished his circle says seriously, "are the slow people who live in towns and on farms and keep animals and cut down trees and die."

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"I don't feel very enlightened over here."

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"If you would like I could show you some mortals, as a favor."

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"I'm not sure that would be enlightening either. What are you supposed to be?"

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"We're faeries. Some people thought you'd be a faery, since you make trades and can contact the mortal world in circles, but you aren't, I don't think."

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"I'm a demon."

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For some reason this seems to slightly annoy the faery, but he nods. "Welcome."

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"I confess I'm not, uh, familiar with faeries?"

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"We'd noticed."

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"...did you, uh, want something, or is this just an experiment, or..."

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"I want to take you back to my court and show people! And you could make us a feast. Can you do that? Make feasts?"

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"I can, yeah. Your court?"

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"Faeries live in courts. Most of us do, anyway. If someone doesn't have a court then they'll run into trouble eventually and there'll be no one who really minds."

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"...you're not very good at explaining things."

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"Well, maybe when you meet my court you will understand what courts are."

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"Sure, let's try it."

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"Can you see the paths from here?"

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Cam looks around.

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The forest looks like a normal forest.

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"Nothing's obvious from here. I mean, I guess there's a fairly clear way in that direction for a while." Gesture.

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