humans were far too closely related to fairies for him to avoid feeling
ill at the sight of their injuries. The thought of violence between
them scared him. though not as much as the realization that this
violence may have spread to the Jentils as well which meant that no one
started to doubt that
he’d done the right thing by allowing the
humans to stay there, even if only temporarily as he anxiously watched
them trudge up the side of the mountain. For although he’d
uncomfortable with Laino around it hadn’t been very bad and
balanced by the wonderful emotions he felt when she gave him gifts, or
the concern he felt for her. So he hadn’t realized just how
dozen humans could make him feel, nor had he really realized what it
meant when she had said that her people were fleeing from an enemy
until he saw them helping their wounded up the side of the mountain. It
seemed that most of the adults who had survived the battle could barely
walk and although he’d helped many animals hunt each others
"I’m a little worried now that we’re going to get
into what ever war may have driven them here," Kivi admitted to the Ke
as she joined him on his rock to watch the refugees climb up the
Ke gave a nervous giggle in reply as she gazed down the mountain at the
"I just didn’t take into account how strange it would feel to
have so many of them this close to me," Kivi confessed.
"How long do you think they’ll stay here?" Ke whispered
"I don’t think it’ll take very long for them to
food they need," Kivi told her. "But I actually don’t know
certain. Still, whatever happens your tree isn’t very close
them so it shouldn’t disturb you that much."
"Are you saying you want me around?" Ke whimpered as she pressed her
face against Kivi’s causing him to sigh heavily.
"Can we come up?" Laino called up the side of the mountain pausing as
usual before making her way towards them. Kivi breathed a sigh of
relief as he relalized that only one old man was walking up the
mountain beside her.
"I think their stopping," Kivi smiled at last happy that it appeared
most of the humans would be setting up camp a few hundred feet away
from him. "They must know how anxious they make us," Kivi nodded
"What about all the little trees that live down there?" their she
"The humans have to live somewhere" Kivi noted, but they
seem to be as concerned with young trees.
"That’s mean" Ke pouted as she looked sympathetically at the
trees which the humans had started pitching their tents under.
"They’ll be gone soon," Kivi assured her with a pat on her
before he ducked down inside his rock. Ke watched the little trees
below with concern for a few more seconds before jumping up into the
giant oak to avoid being seen.
"Thank you wise ones" the old man bowed just before he finished
approaching Kivi’s stone and the Giant Oak tree it
on. Laino started singing gently, her voice soothing Kivi and the other
fairies anxious souls as she hung bright rolls of cloth from each tree
The old man slit a birds throat on top of Kivi’s rock causing
to feel a flood of energy wash over him.
I should have realized that whatever tricks Laino might be able to
perform would be nothing compaired to what a village could Kivi mused
as he felt suddenly so ephoric that he no longer wondered if
done the right thing by letting the humans stay here, instead he began
to wonder if he could do even more for them.
Down below him the humans had started to hang cloth from the little
trees around them, their songs joining Laino’s.