Mar 06, 2021 3:17 AM
Kaede and Thor in Faery
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"Hmm. Why?"

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"It is only fair," Peter says bitterly.

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"Fair to whom?"

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"Good question! I am certain I don't remember signing any agreement. Not that I'd expect anything better if I had. I sure hope my hometown is prospering because of the little trade."

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"Prospering? ...are you part of some changeling agreement or something?"

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"Yup. Granted, I actually don't think the place got the privilege of raising a fairy child of their own."

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"Fairy? Of course it's fairies, couldn't be anything else," she sighs. "- you're also awfully trusting of a one-eyed stranger."

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"I'm kinda curious what your deal is and it's not like I have many mostly-human folks I can talk about it with."

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She laughs. "What my deal is? I like helping people, that's my deal."

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"Yeah. With fair folk things are never just something."

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"Says Peter Darling. Met many flying boys lately?"

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"Oh, you caught the reference. Well, for certain definitions of 'boys', the answer is yes. But how about you? Do you have a story?"

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"Perhaps, but that I'm not sure I should share."

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"Whatever." They have reached the park and Peter starts circling around. "Are you planning on following me? I wouldn't recommend it."

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"Yeah, not without an invitation. Do you only leave for errands?"

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"No, as long I don't, like, try to run away or stay too late."

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"How late is too late?"

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"It used to be 'when the last rays of sunlight touch the leaves of the mighty oak' but I talked them up to midnight like fucking Cinderella. It did wonders for my social life."

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She looks at the sun. "When are you free today?"

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"Possibly in about... thirty minutes maybe one hour."

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"I'll be sitting on that bench over there," she says, pointing.

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"Cool, see you later then." He winks.

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She grins but doesn't wink because honestly with the eyepatch that's the same as blinking.

Half an hour later she's there, waiting.

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And forty four minutes later here is a sudden not-so-lost-boy! ...In a very nice tuxedo and holding a large bouquet. "Hi, the suit wasn't my idea."

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"- whose idea was it?"

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