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Private Out of Depth

Discussion in 'Cascade Bay' started by Cornelius, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. Cornelius

    Cornelius Thumbelina

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    4 August, Year 108
    Cascade Bay, Crystal Vales


    Though he had been stuck in the world of Pandora for almost two months now, Cornelius was no further forward in finding his way home. That, and he found that he was starting to forget things, things that should have been very important. Faces were becoming blurred in his mind and he was having trouble picturing his home of...huh, that was weird, some kind of Vale? It was that very thought that brought him and his companion to the Crystal Vales, hoping that at worst he could use the sea air to clear his head. It had been a long time since he had been anywhere near a coast. At least, he thought so.

    As he steered his ever faithful friend in no particular direction, he grimaced as he snagged his sleeve against something, yet another tear to worry about. He remembered just say enough to know that his mother would probably kill him if she saw the state he was in now, his princely attire torn and ever so slightly ragged. Clothing and supplies weren't exactly easy to come by when you were perhaps the only one in the world that was less than two inches tall. He'd never seen so many 'big people' but the ones he had personally met had seemed friendly enough. Only a few had tried to swat him and/or Buzzbee, but that taught him to moves out of arms reach of most people. Another difficult feat, considering that there were more than just humans here, some even bigger and maybe even scary looking. Not that he would back down from a challenge, but at the same time he liked living.

    He also wouldn't admit that maybe, just maybe, he was in way over his head this time. He had survived so far by seeking shelter when needed and helping himself to berries and other food items (or what he assumed to be food). It was little like when he had been...looking for someone one. Who? Ironically, he remembered something about Forget-Me-Nots. Not very helpful. Either way, it was starting to rain, and that wasn't good. Time to find some shelter again, maybe wait out the oncoming shower and find a relatively clean puddle to give himself a wash. Buzz too.

    There were a few residences close by, but only one that seemed to have a point of access. Surely they wouldn't mind him hanging around for a little while? He was small enough to stick out of sight, but keeping his friend from wandering was another thing entirely. So far, even if Buzz had been spotted, he had attracted a lot less attention than a by now more than slightly bedraggled fairy prince. Even in his own world, he knew that he should try and stay out of sight of the big people. For all the good that had done him in this world!

    After shaking themselves dry, the teen went about finding somewhere to dry off, maybe an open fire? That was assuming anyone had such things around here (he hadn't come across many in Centria). After finding a spot, he was just about to relax and admire the intricate pieces of what looked like jewellery that had suddenly caught his eye, he heard footsteps approaching and fluttered behind a curtain. Not the best of hiding places, granted, but it was somewhere. Maybe if he didn't feel so confused and hungry, he might have thought a little straighter. Now where was Buzz?

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  2. Daniel Wing

    Daniel Wing Legend

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    Most days he spend outside, ever since the weather got warmer and he rid of his last physical ailment. With the rainstorm coming in though he decided to stay home and work at his jewelry, since selling that still provided his income. A couple pieces already finished and left on the window bench to dry, the window itself cracked open to let air in, he went to the kitchen to get some snacks and something to drink. Leaving just long enough for a certain fairy prince and his flying friend to sneak in unnoticed.
    The bumble bee in the room Daniel noticed quite soon, with it not-so-silent flitting around. Frowning for a moment he just mustered it, then decided that it probably wasn't Alex. The shapeshifter would've turned back by now or done something normal insects didn't do. Also he was sure to last have seen her heading out for shopping. “Why hello little one...” he muttered more to himself, setting his things down. “What are you doing here?” A look outside told him enough. “Yeah, wouldn't want to be out in rain either.”
    So no gentle shooing it back out – he respected all living beings, let alone because they had been rarer in his homeplace and still amazed him. Humming slightly he placed a small dish on the windowsill and poured some water in, adding two cubes of sugar at the edge. Bees liked sweets, right? At an afterthought he laid out some crumbled crackers too. “You make yourself comfortable till that storm is over.” With the idea to open the window so it'd be easier to leave he pulled back the curtain – and found himself face to face with a tiny winged person. Of course Daniel first froze and then blinked hard, hoping this wasn't some hallucination. He had them, but only when his head still had been acting up... this seemed real. “Uhm... hi?”
     
  3. Cornelius

    Cornelius Thumbelina

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    It was a good thing that he had dived behind the curtain, as a young man (though far larger than him). Unfortunately, he had lost track of Buzzbee, but that didn't last long, as his striped friend made his presence known in the loudest way possible, right in the middle of the room. Probably looking for him, Cornelius thought as he threw his hand to his face in disbelief. Whether it was at his friends carelessness or his own, it turned out that the young man wasn't one of those that attempted to kill insects on sight. Phew, he thought as Buzz hovered, eyeing the human curiously. Most humans didn't like rain either, but at least for them it wasn't quite as potentially dangerous. Raindrops were so much bigger when you were just over a inch!

    Peering gingerly from his spot behind the curtain, he watched in amazement as the other poured a bowl of water, adding a couple of sugar cubes as his wayward companion looked on. Needing little encouragement once it was place on the windowsill (at which Cornelius made sure he was out of sight), the bee landed, his face hovering over as if to gauge if it was truly edible, but then began to drink quite happily. There were crackers left on the windowsill too, and the fairy prince thought of grabbing one for himself. After all, had pretty much been living on crumbs the last couple of months, as well as berries and anything he could get his hands on! In fact, food and water hadn't been too much of a problem, but any more snags and tears on his clothes and he would probably be naked. That would be awkward. Especially if he was caught sneaking into other peoples homes when he was in a hurry to find shelter. Just like what happened next.

    Caught of guard for just a split second, the curtain was thrown open and suddenly he was eye to eye with the much larger creature. Sitting on the sill, he blinked back as the two seemed to briefly regard each other, before the human spoke first. Yeah, that was a usual reaction, though he had mostly stayed out of sight, the few who had seen him had assumed that they were seeing things. He gathered fairies weren't a common sight around here. Oh well, time to play it cool.

    "Oh, hello", he greeted back with a facade of confidence that this encounter was going to end well, puling himself to his feet as he did so. He had his sword if not, but he hoped he didn't need it. Especially because human skin was tough. "I don't mean to trouble you, we just didn't want to be stuck out in that!", he explained while gesturing to the still raging storm outside. Yes, a storm, for it hadn't gotten any better since he had found shelter. Worse, in fact. "We being my bumble and I", he clarified as Buzz looked up from his meal, perhaps ready to defend his friend if need be. The human seemed nice enough though, as did the sugared water he had been offered. Maybe he wasn't bad?

    The fairy decided that maybe he could make things a little less awkward with a little small talk, and so he fluttered over to one of the drying pieces that lay not far from him,.

    "Did you make these?", he asked while keeping his distance so as not to damage anything (or get stuck). Again, that would be awkward.
     
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  4. Daniel Wing

    Daniel Wing Legend

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    The tiny guy talked back, which somehow made this more normal. Talking meant… thinking, being a person and that was easier to handle than some magic that just barely eluded his grasp of understanding. That he and the bee were connected was an easy conclusion to draw even without explaining, Daniel nodding at it. “Understandable.” He murmured, glancing at the storm outside. Reminded him of home, the times it did rain there usual being similar violent storms. For sure he wouldn’t send anyone out into that.
    “Ah, yes” he replied. “I’m collecting the materials, polish them up a bit, fit them together in jewelry and then sell it” Still surprising how good that worked. “Be careful, some of those got mended together with molded metal” Easy to get burns and it would be a bit difficult to help someone so small. But he could offer some other things. “Your striped friend looks to be quite content with his sugar water – do you need anything? Some food, a warm drink, a cloth to dry off and warm up in?” The storm looked like it might go on some hours, so they might as well get comfortable.
     
  5. Cornelius

    Cornelius Thumbelina

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    Understandably, yes, he should think so, but at least this guy didn't seem hostile. In fact he seemed quite happy when he took an interest in the trinkets, materials he had apparently gathered himself to make into jewellery,. They had metal smiths and jewellery makers in The Vale of the Fairies. Vale of the Fairies? Oh, that must be where he was from! Why was his memory so scrambled all of a sudden? For all he knew, he was one of the people he had just listed, and he glanced down at his hands. He then also remembered the sword that hung from his hip, and decided that was unlikely. At least he could remember his name, and that of his insect friend, but everything else? Yep, there was that headache again, he thought with a frown as he put a hand to his head.

    The larger male spoke again, commenting that Buzz was enjoying the sugared water and asking if he needed anything. It was a kind offer, but he really didn't want to trouble him nor make himself look vulnerable or something equally embarrassing and potentially pride shattering! Then again, survival was more important than pride, and he had never been in this kind of situation before. He didn't think. Maybe there was one time, but he had been busy looking for something important. Not that he could remember what at this point.

    "I'll be alright, that is...achoo!" he interrupted himself with a loud sneeze that startled his bumble friend and caused him to hover slightly from where he was previously enjoying his sugary treat. "Sorry Buzz. Oh, that's Buzzbee, my bumble!" He apologised before introducing his friend. He should probably introduce himself too. "I'm Cornelius, it's a pleasure to meet you!", he then added with a slight bow. He had a feeling he would be staying here a little longer than he had planned. Besides, it was good manners to introduce oneself! Especially if you were going to take advantage of there hospitality, however reluctantly.

    "I don't want to be any trouble, but maybe I could use a little drying off", he added sheepishly, realising that he was probably catching a cold from being out in the storm. Yes, once he was dried and warmed up, he could be on his way. Preferably to someone who repaired tiny clothes. He'd certainly looked better!

    He then remembered the crackers that had also been left for Buzzbee, who had now settled and eyed him as he made his way closer. The fairy prince (not that he remembered that at this point), picked up a small piece of cracker. It seemed tough, but he was pretty hungry. Maybe...

    "Do you mind if take this? Been a while since I ate, and Buzz seems happy enough"
    , he asked hopefully. Maybe it couldn't hurt to swallow his pride, just for a little. Besides, maybe he could repay this kindness somehow.
     
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  6. Daniel Wing

    Daniel Wing Legend

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    The sneeze proofed his suspiction that the little guy had gotten a bit too wet right, especially since even his bee friend seemed concerned. Buzz and Cornelius it was. “Daniel.” he introduced himself and since shaking hands wouldn't really work and him not knowing how to do that bowing properly, he tipped two fingers to his brow in a military-style greeting. Like tipping a hat just that he had none.
    Still leaving the option to decline he still smiled when his offer got taken. Sometimes a little bit pride swallowed could go a long way. He knew, having been in not so different situations before – taking the path of suffering unless forced to stop until some incidents showed him how deep he'd fallen. “It's no trouble. Wouldn't even be trouble if you were ten times bigger.” Daniel reassured Cornelius, quick to go at a box of cloth scraps he saved up for a certain project, but it wouldn't hurt if they got used in a different way.
    “You sure can take some, but... that's old crackers. I'll get you something better.” Chuckling a bit he handed over a pieces of velvet cloth to huddle in and a simpler, lighter cloth to dry off, each big enough to work as a blanket. “Be right back.” It was a short trip to the kitchen and he figured Cornelius wouldn't need much. A bit of bread, some cheese, scraps of meat from the previous dinner, a couple berries and some milk in the tiniest shot glass he could find. Balancing all that on a small plate he brought it up and put it on the windowsill, in easy reach. On a spontaneous idea Daniel grabbed a candle light and placed that over there too. “If you're careful with the flame, you can sure use that to warm up – maybe even for the food. I got some needles you could use to stick it on, they won't get too hot if we wrap something around the handle”
     
  7. Cornelius

    Cornelius Thumbelina

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    No trouble if he was ten times bigger? Now there was a thought, but for now he was quite content just the size he was. Even if it did make things rather difficult in this new world! Still, Daniel seemed kind enough, greeting him in return with a small bow and a salute like gesture. He still wasn't too keen on hanging around though, but he even if he were crazy enough to fly back out there, there would be little chance of moving the normally restless Buzz back into the storm. Yes, he needed to think of Buzzbee too. They were both in this together, and together they would figure things out, including who they really were. Was he the only one struggling with memory problems right now? Maybe he should ask Daniel.

    Ah, old crackers. Now he mentioned it, they didn't feel quite as sturdy as the ones he had come across earlier in his travels through Pandora. He decided not to ask why he thought to feed them to his bumble friend, seeing as he didn't want to be rude, but then at this stage he would have even taken old crackers! Normally resourceful and even a little reckless, food his size had been hard to come by. So when Daniel left the room ( after handing him a velvet cloth to presumably warm up in) returned with a veritable feast!

    After using the other cloth he had been given to dry himself off a little (even though both fabrics where almost bigger than he was) his eyes widened as he surveyed the kind of meal he had not seen in a long time, not since leaving home (oh, another memory)! He wasn't even sure what a couple of those things were, but he had previously stated to himself that even old crackers would do, so maybe he should at least try. Especially if he was going to so much trouble, even moving a candle closer so he could warm himself, or the food.

    "I...I mean, are you sure you don't mind?" he asked, though the question was practically rhetorical, as Buzzbee also flew over to inspect the new offerings. To him though, they smelled funny. Maybe he would stick to the sugar water. The point was, Daniel wouldn't have gone to this trouble if he had minded, so instead he examined a piece of cheese, eventually taking a small bite. He'd never tried anything like most of this before, but only one way to find out if it was edible!

    "Thanks, this should hit the spot!", he thanked him happily, suddenly forgetting his earlier reluctance. Though his past was hazy at best right now, Pandora was full of new experiences and adventures for those brave enough to seek them out! It was said that fortune favoured the bold, time to find out.

    He then remembered what he wanted to ask, and he looked back over to Daniel.

    "By the way, have you been having any problems with your memory lately? I have, and it's giving me a headache!", he asked, wondering if the other could shed any light on this latest conundrum.
     
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    Daniel Wing Legend

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    With the crackers not too old he hadn't though anything of giving it to a lost insect that probably wouldn't mind either way. A thinking being though deserved something better and he wasn't going to stop him from sharing with the bee. At the repeated question if he didn't mind Daniel just smiled. Nothing had changed in the past minutes and giving away some scraps really was no issue. Feeding another whole person would've been a different thing, but even that they could afford.
    Sitting down at the bed he took out his studying materials, if only to not appear as if he'd only stare at Cornelius eating. Easier talking to the little one with some distance between them, must be tiresome to always look up at people. The mention of memory problems and headaches had him flinch though, rubbing the scar at the base of his neck as some not so nice memories of his own came back. Of pain so severe it put him out for hours. Of forgetting who and where he was, thrown into way to realistic nightmares. Of loosing his balance, his strength, his speed, everything that mattered. “Uhm...” He'd been silent some awkward long moments. “I had some issues with that, but it was... an illness. One I had even before coming here. You might want to get that checked out by a healer or a doctor though. Things going wrong in your head can turn awful.”