All My “Children” (Characters):
Luna Appleblossom, Jade Merrywings
Stormy Seastone, Mahogany, Stargazer Nightcloud, Lavender Vanillaberry
Cinnamon Copperbeam, Ginger Rainglow
Rose, Marigold, Iris/Ivy, Violet
Rosalind, Megara, Katharine, Lea
Ginger: A water talent that wants to be a light talent.
Stargazer: A light talent that wants to be a garden talent.
It’s totally lame that this story is pretty much only conversation. But it’s the only way I can get a firmer grip on my characters’ personalities!
Ginger Rainglow Meets Stargazer Nightcloud
Luna Appleblossom was having a party at her house. Her best friend Jade Merrywings came, and she also invited her friends Stormy Seastone, Mahogany, and Stargazer Nightcloud and asked them to invite whoever else they wanted.
“I heard some new fairies arrived recently,” said Stormy. “We should invite them.”
So they invited Cinnamon Copperbeam and Lavender Vanillaberry.
While Jade put out some tea, Luna flew out and put an ad up on the Fairy Postings board for her party, and two other fairies arrived, Ginger Rainglow and Almond Tanglebreeze.
“Welcome to my party!” said Luna when everyone had gathered. “I’ve got some freshly brewed cherry blossom tea for everyone.”
“I brought some nuts and berries from the Pantry,” said Mahogany.
“I brought some lemon tarts,” said Stargazer Nightcloud.
“So let’s get to know everyone,” said Luna when all the fairies had gathered their goodies and arranged themselves on Luna’s various pieces of furniture. “Let’s just do introductions first–your name, your talent, and your favorite part of Pixie Hollow. I’ll go first. I’m Luna Appleblossom, and this is my home. I’m a garden-talent, and my favorite part of Pixie Hollow is the Pick Up Petals game.”
“I’ll go next,” volunteered Stormy, who was seated on Luna’s right. “I’m Stormy Seastone. I arrived at Pixie Hollow four years ago. I have to say, as a water-talent, my favorite part of Pixie Hollow is Soapstone Stream. I help fish get over it in Bubble Bounce, but I just love how it feels and looks there–all cool and calm, and pretty with so many water lilies.”
Since Stormy had started a trend of going around the circle, Mahogany, on Stormy’s right, continued it. “Okay, I’m Mahogany. I’ve been here just a little longer than Stormy. I’m an animal-talent. I spend a lot of time volunteering at Harvest Hustle, but I think my favorite place is Drowsy Den, where I help the baby animals get to sleep.”
Mahogany looked to Stargazer. “Okay, well, I’m Stargazer. Nightcloud. That’s my name because I like to stargaze, but it’s also the name of a flower that smells incredible, and since I want to be a garden-talent, too, I like to think I’m named after both.” She smiled happily.
“And what’s your favorite part of Pixie Hollow?” Stormy asked.
“Oh! Well… I guess I really like my favorite stargazing spot, Lily Ridge, just outside Rosetta’s Garden. You can really see Reigel from there.”
Mahogany gave her an inquisitive look. “Reigel?”
“Yes, it’s my favorite star. It’s really bright and colorful.”
Mahogany smiled at her, and Luna said, “Thanks, Stargazer. And now we get to meet someone new.”
All eyes turned to the fairy with the lavender eyes. Her cheeks turned a pale shade of pink. “Well, I’m Lavender. Lavender Vanillaberry. I just arrived yesterday. And I’m very happy to be here. Um… I’m a garden-talent fairy, and I’m not sure what my favorite place in Pixie Hollow is yet. But I hear Spring Valley is really beautiful.”
“Welcome, Lavender,” said Luna warmly. Several fairies echoed her.
“But I’d like to get to know you,” said Lavender softly, turning to the fairy on her right. “You’re as beautiful as the queen!”
The fairy next to her laughed a tinkling laugh, and as she did, pixie dust sparkled off of her. “You’re very sweet!” she said. “Thank you.” She turned her eyes to the rest of the circle. “I’m Cinnamon Copperbeam, and I am also newly arrived. But I feel as if I have always lived here. Everything is so fresh and perfect. It’s a lovely place. I’m sure I couldn’t decide on a favorite location even if I had seen it all!”
“What’s your talent?” chimed in the fairy on her right.
“I’m a light-talent. Like Stargazer. Only I don’t know what I specialize in yet,” she said with a smile.
“Well, now, Ginger, you better take your turn,” said Luna to the fairy who had spoken. “Tell us who you are.”
Ginger opened her mouth to speak, shut it again, then said, “Well, I’m not quite sure. See, I’m a fairy who wants to be something other than she is! I’m a water-talent, but I would really like to be a light-talent. Or something that combines them both!”
“That’s very interesting,” said Cinnamon. “Perhaps we can learn together. I start my light-talent classes tomorrow.”
Ginger’s eyes lit up and she leaned forward excitedly. “Really?! That would be great! Do you think they would let me?”
“You could ask Iridessa,” Stargazer said. “She’s really nice. I’m sure she’d let you come to the classes.”
“We could go down together to ask,” said Cinnamon. “Perhaps after the party is over.”
Ginger clapped her hands together. “That would be flaptastic! Let’s do it.”
Luna brought the girls in again. “But before we get too carried away,” she said, “let’s finish the circle.”
Almond smiled gratefully. “Okay. I’m Almond Tanglebreeze. I’m also fairly new here. I’m a baking-talent.”
Lavender furrowed her brow. “A baking-talent? I don’t remember there being a baking talent to choose.”
Almond blushed. “It’s a smaller division of fairy talents, I think.”
“They don’t arrive to the same nook of the Pixie Dust Tree that nature-talents do,” Stormy informed them. “They arrive to the nook that contains all the food-related serving talents.”
Almond glanced upward to recall. “Yes, there was a cooking-talent, a tea-making-talent, a baking-talent, a food-gathering-talent, and maybe some others… And we all take turns serving food in the Tearoom at mealtimes. But there’s so many of us it’s hardly any work at all. Not that we’re lazy or anything…” She blushed again.
Ginger laughed. “Lazy! How could you be? You have to get up at 4 in the morning to get all the yummy things baked for all of us! I think it’s really marvelous.”
Cinnamon, as well as several others, looked up on Almond with new respect. “You get up before the first rays of sunlight warm the earth!” said Cinnamon.
“Well, you must, too,” said Almond. “Don’t you help with bringing the sun rays to warm the earth?”
“Well, yes, but we have to,” laughed Cinnamon. “Or else no one else could do their jobs!”
Ginger spoke up again. “And who can work on an empty stomach??”
The fairies laughed and laughed.
“Jade, we still haven’t gotten to you,” said Luna, playfully elbowing her friend.
“Oh, that’s no problem,” she said with a dismissive wave. “It’s great getting to meet so many new people!”
Luna said to the girls, “Jade’s been my best friend since our arrival day!”
“Yeah, ever since animal racing, when her lizard flipped over in the mud and I had to rescue her!” Jade said.
Luna laughed out loud. “Well, if you hadn’t started it by kicking up all that mud in my face–”
“Oh, it’s my fault now! Has nothing to do with the fact that you were distracted by Vanessa Plumlace’s new pet peacock–”
“Hey, I’d never seen one before! It was my first day,” Luna joked, sticking her tongue out at her friend.
“Mine too, you goof, and I was still winning…”
By now, all the other fairies were laughing so hard at the playful volley between the two friends that they had totally forgotten they hadn’t really finished introductions.
“Okay, I think it’s time for some games,” Luna finally ended the goofiness. “Anyone care for more tea?”
The girls arose from their seats and the party began.