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Apologies for the delay once again. Works' steadily building up for me. Just bear with me over the next 2 months or so.
8 mountain gray eyes
1 ripe apples eyes
5 ankle length
4 waist length
1 pony tail
8 wings of precious gems
1 wings of finely carved rock
9 french maid uniform
1 silver hair
3 snow white fading into blue of water
2 for dark green uniform
She had a youthful face with sharp features, high cheek bones, sharp, keen eyes and a largish brow, beaming curiosity and potential, surrounded by long, straight hair that flowed from a peak of snowy silver down into a cascade of river blue that fell short of the floor, just about her ankles. Poking out from behind, despite her best efforts to hide them with her hair and blanket thing, were her wings, shards of precious gems, finely hewn, inscribed with the runes of Mother Mountain's own heart, glowing a soft, trembling blue, reflecting her...my...horror. Suddenly remembering the dreaded 'bath' that awaited me, I pulled my attention away from the mirror thing and back towards Remi, just in time to feel a pair of hands take hold of the blanket and slide them off my shoulders before pulling the frilly white cloth off as well. I gasped as the cool air brushed my skin once more. But before I could protest a pair of hands scooped me up by my sides and lifted me effortlessly into the air.
"A-awawaaa.." I squeaked as the rising steam washed over my cold skin. I pulled my feet up, curling up as best as I could, a pointless struggle at delaying my fate as Remi held me over the steaming hot bath thing.
"N-no...I...p-please..." I only barely managed to find my trembling voice where it was hiding somewhere deep behind my thumping heart. But by then it was too late, Remi had begun lowering me towards the steaming water. I tensed up more and more as every inch brought me closer to my doom. "P-please, p-please, I..." I cried desperately.
A small splash.
I blinked my teary eyes.
Soothing warmth surrounded me, embracing me up to my shoulders, spreading inside me, a little rising cloud of comfort. Ooooooh...it was just like dipping in hot springs, but better! It wasn't too hot or too steamy, just right!
I sank in a little more into the all-enveloping bliss. Ooooooh...so comfy. I blew a few contented bubbles as I tried to sink as much into the warmth as I can without drowning myself. Is this punishment? If it is, I don't mind being naughty. It was worth it....or so I thought....
Then I heard Remi giggle. A sudden chill ran down my spine. Oh pebbles, I knew it was too good to be true, I wasn't out of the woods just yet. "Please what, little one?" She asked, teasingly, as she....wait, where are your fingers going? Wait, no, not there, I'm ticklish there, I'm ticklish everywheaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
"Please this?" She asked, fingers lightly jabbing my sides, mercilessly tickling me. "Or this?"
"Hawaaaaaaaah!" I squealed, wings and arms flailing helplessly, achieving nothing but splashing water everywhere as Remi held me in a vice grip in one arm, her other hand finding ticklish places even I didn't know I had. Please! Boil me! Eat me! A-Anything but this!
"Hmmm...such nice, smooth skin, a beautiful milky tan too, just like walnuts~" Remi giggled, tracing one finger down my spine right between my wings. I jerked with a start. "P-pleaaase...!" I pleaded, weak with strained laughter. "Hawahaha! Hahaha! P-please! Hahaha! I-I'll d-do any-hahahahaha-a-anything! J-Just...hahahah...s-stop!"
"Hmmmm~?" Remi purred, relenting in her attack, though not relenting on her hold, "Anything, you say~?"
Oh pebbles! Did I say that?
"Kyufufufu....well then, since you asked so nicely, little one~" She giggled, stroking my hair, before picking up a white, sweet-smelling bar and rubbing it in her hands. Bubbles erupted forth from her hands like the froth from a babbling brook. Amazed at her little feat of magic, I reached out for the bubbles.
"Hawaaaaaaaa..." My eyes widened in surprise. I could touch them! And they were so fluffy to touch! They floated in the air too! A tuft landed on Remi's nose. Seeing her wrinkling her nose at it, I couldn't help but break into a fit of giggles. Pouting, she blew the tuft right back at me, hitting me on the nose with it. I blinked, going cross-eyed from trying to peer down at the little tuft of bubbles perched on my nose.
"Pffft..." Remi broke into her own little fit of giggles.
"Teeheeehee..." I joined her. Together we exploded into laughter.
"Ah, little one, I haven't laughed like that in a good while now." Remi panted, wiping away a tear on her sleeve before rubbing the bubbles into my hair. It felt...strangely pleasant. "Ah...such beautiful, beautiful hair...." I couldn't help but blush at this. "The colour of mountain snowcaps melting into springs..." It was a strange feeling, like a little tug on my heart. Sure, I never stopped thinking of Mother Mountain, but...nothing so far reminded me of my old home more than Remi's words. That I still carried a little bit of it with me...
"And these wings..." She said, as she found my wings hidden behind my long flowing river of hair. "I know a good few of your mountain fairy sisters, but I don't think I've ever seen wings like these...or any fairy like you for that matter."
"Oh, um, Mother Mountain...she made them herself." I said, with a touch of a pride, "She made it from her own heart! She told me so!"
"Did she now? That makes you special, doesn't it?" She said.
Does it? I had never thought about that, especially not the idea of being special. "N-no...I...I don't...I don't think so." I shook my head a little, causing a few loose bubbles to float off, "I've never been good or strong at anything, compared to my sisters." It was a fact. I realize now that it is normal to feel bitter about something like that. Still, it was something I had never felt particularly bad about. If anything all I ever wanted was to show Mother Mountain that I could be a great mountain like her one day. But that...that was no longer possible.
"I've never met your sisters, so I can't compare." Remi said, levelly, "But that's not what 'special' is. Anyone can be good at something. But not many can be truly good. In one night you created more good than all the good I've seen my entire life. That, little one, you can truly call your own. That, I think, is special."
That sounded...familiar. Where had I heard that before?
'Any mountain can be strong. But to be a truly great mountain, one must find one's own 'song''....
Is...is this what Mother Mountain meant?
A sudden rush of water over my head caused me to squeak in surprise, flushing the thought right out of my mind. "Hawawawa!" I cried in panic as water rushed over my face.
"Little one, you say your Mother Mountain told you to seek out a new home? Perhaps a new family too?" Remi suddenly asked as she gently rubbed my face and eyes clean with a soft, fluffy piece of cloth.
Wait...how did she know that Mother Mountain asked me to find a new family too?
"No need for surprise. You're not the first fairy to come here with the same task from their mothers." Remi said, soothingly, seemingly reading my mind.
"...yes, she did." I nodded a little.
"Now, you said you'd do anything." Remi began rubbing more bubbles into my back. "I simply want you to consider a little something."
"A little something?"
"Yes. Would you consider staying here a while?" She asked, her hands pausing by my sides. "That's all."
"I...ummm...." It was...sudden. Maybe too sudden. To be honest I had never even thought of settling anywhere after I left the mountain. The thought of living anywhere else just never came to me. And to stay in a human(?) home of all things...? It felt like a little too much to decide, especially for a little fairy like me.
"You don't need to decide right away. Give it a few days if you..." Remi was interrupted by a knock on the door, "Ah, that'd be Walnut."
"And behind door number one...." A bright voice announced as the door thing swung open, revealing yet another of my cousins, fluttering through with a small bundle in her arms. "It's the head maid molesting an innocent little child!" She gasped, a look of absolute shock on her face. She spun around, long wavy trestles of golden hair flying out behind her. "Everyone! Hurry! Get the police! And the snacks!"
"Darn it, Walnut, I was just getting to the good part." Remi sighed, shaking her head with a disappointed pout.
"Don't mind me then, I'll just mosey on over here and watch. You won't even notice me. I'll even throw in the occasional peanut." My cousin said, fluttering over to Remi. "I brought you a change of clothes too, Remi." She added, with a knowing smile.
"You know me too well, Walnut." Remi said, looking down at her own sodden clothes.
"Your mischief, at least, all to well, I'm afraid."
"You speak to me of mischief? Oh, that is rich."
"You ain't heard nothing yet. I'm here all night." My cousin said, sticking her tongue out playfully. "I figured there's a new one here. That and the bathroom pretty much only meant one thing."
"Come now, there are so many other things one does in the bathroom." Remi replied, hugging me tighter. "Hmmm...that's not the standard uniform though."
"Nope, you're fresh out I'm afraid." My cousin shrugged, "I got one of your old firsties instead."
"The French style one?" Remi gave my cousin's choice a thoughtful look. A strange, mischievous smile bloomed on her face, "Kyufufufufu....That should be interesting."
"Teeheehee, what luck that we're all out." They giggled together as if I wasn't there.
"Oh, right, this is her." Remi added, nodding at the me in her arms.
"Oh, and here I was thinking she was just another random victim." My cousin shook her head slowly, clicking her tongue, "So it's not-so-random fairies now, is it, Remi? Do I have to watch out for myself now?" She clutched the collar of her long dark blue dress protectively.
"Only if you continue to be such a twat. Now, go on, be nice for 5 minutes." Remi said.
"Oh, fine, fine." She sighed, turning towards me, "Moonlight smiles, cousin." She greeted with a big toothy grin as she landed lightly by the bath thing.
"U-um...the mountains sing, cousin." I replied in polite greeting. A moon fairy! Perhaps...perhaps she was the one who taught Remi the moon fairy's oath?
"My name's Walnut, Walnut Cream, though you'll hear the moonies call me 'Kurumi'." She rolled her eyes, "Just ignore them. And you're the cousin who not only singlehandedly beat down 20 menacing invaders with one hand while saving the young mistress and Mana with the other but also singlemouthedly raided two days worth of desserts. Yes, I heard. The story's getting around already."
"T-there were 20?!" Was all I managed to gasp, wide-eyed.
"Oh yes, though I expect by now it's swelled to 40 killer werewolves with nothing but the entire mansion's supply of montblancs. You know why they call'em fairy tales, right?" She grinned. "Oh, Remi, speaking of which, I saw Mana fly up from the basement and off across the grand hall earlier. I was busy keeping another cousin from setting fire to the furniture so I couldn't go after her, but she looked really upset. I even shouted after her and offered her some marshmallows but she wouldn't slow down."
"Oh, darn it, Mana..." Remi sighed, finally releasing me and getting to her feet. "Thank you for reminding me. Can you please keep your sister here company and help her wash up? I'll take that." She picked up half of the bundle my cousin brought before turning to me, "You can stay with Walnut here. She'll take good care of you."
"Sure I will." My cousin gave me a little wink.
"I mean it." Remi said, giving my cousin one last glare before disappearing behind the door thing.
"Oh, Remi, Remi, too trusting for her own good..." My cousin sighed, shaking her head, "Well, consider the damage done. Ask away." She said, turning to me.
"Huh?" I blinked.
"I can see it on your face, clear as the moon in the sky, you're lost. You've got a lot of questions but you don't know which ones to ask, which are right to ask, how to ask, who to ask and when." Walnut gave me a reassuring smile, "Well, I'm your fairy. Go on, you know you want to."
Choose one or two of the following:
[ ] "Can you please tell me more about Remi?"
[ ] "Can you please tell me more about the Eirin woman?"
[ ] "Do you know what happened to the attacker person who was captured?"
[ ] "Can you please tell me more about the young mistress person?"
[ ] "I met a strange girl with red eyes and short golden hair who could sort of turn into lots and lots of bats. Do you know anyone like that here?"
[ ] "Do you know anything about the China lady?"
[ ] "Remi asked me to consider staying here. Do you think I should?"
[ ] "Can you please tell me more about this place?"
[ ] "Are there more of our cousins here?"
[ ] "can you please tell me more about yourself, cousin?"
[ ] Write-in