The Bookstore, A tiny story

“We can talk, if you promise to behave,” she said, staring at the fairy, sitting on the step

“You have my word,” he said. “I promise…I will behave.”

She walked outside and sat down next to him.  The dog padded to the doorway and flopped down to keep an eye on things.

“What do you want to talk about?” she asked.

“My sister, the princess, and books, not necessarily in that order,” he said.

“You think Bunny is your sister?”

“I do,” he said.  “She was taken by an enemy of my father’s, two years ago.  We have been looking for her ever since.”

“Fen said she was a Halfie. She can’t be a Princess and be a Halfie.”

“Our father is the King, her mother was human,” he said.  “Did the cat really eat Fen?”

“Yes, he did, and he has been trying to get the bad taste out of his mouth ever since. Are you a full blood?”

“I am.  My mother died when I was born.  My father met Bunny’s mother when he was in your world, getting a new treaty signed.   When he found out she was pregnant, he brought her to Fairy, to have the child.  He was going to put a forgetting spell on her afterward, but they fell in love.  She lives there still, grieving over her stolen daughter.”

“Yes, well, you can have your word back. I don’t believe you for a second,” she sighed, standing up.  “Now go away, before I call the cat.”

He grinned at her.  “I said I would behave.  I didn’t say that I would tell the truth.”

“Goodbye,” she said.

“I really do want a book.”

“Order it on line.”

“They don’t deliver to Fairy,” he said, frowning.  “You do know that, don’t you?”

The cat walked around the dog and sat on the top step.  “I’m hungry,” he said, staring at the Fairy.  “Really, really, hungry.  I just have one question…do you guys all taste alike?”

When she turned around, the fairy was gone.

 

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