Sunday, April 13, 2008

The way to the Maibam pond- How I persuaded K-o-e to go with me

"I guess I'd like to go but I am not invited. Do you know the host? Can I gatecrash?"

"Well...there is no host, so technically, you don't need an invite. I suppose it's open to all faeries of the neighborhood. You too belong to hereabouts, so I guess you qualify."

"Brilliant! Will you take me to the Maibam pond or at least show me the way?"

"I can come with you, but in that case, you will have to make me your official familiar."

"Only witches have familiars! I am an elf!"

"Well...whatever! It's an offer: take it or leave it!"

I didn't think K-o-e would be so ambitious or argumentative. I was already beginning to get tired of the "well..." and that signature pause lasting a full minute. How did she manage the timing or come up with the concept of the familiar? And what did she know of magic anyway? At that time, little did I know that her mother Oringe was the familiar of the most powerful wizard of Pungdon and that she had inherited special powers by merit of having been the offspring of two powerful familiars...so, it was in her genes anyway. I had to think fast and I had to get to that party.

"You know what? Since I am an elf, it'd be against tradition to have a familiar. But tell you what? Let's be friends as two individuals bound by magic's thread. What say?"

She was silent. Her feline face was so inscrutable. Right then, I really wanted to know what she was thinking. In my mind, I saw words floating around in a haze. Before I knew it, I was mouthing the words, "Tinkle tinkle, zingle zangle, mind's eye, see words untangle." And then I could feel her thoughts as though they were mine. I spoke, "K-o-e, I really like you and I feel it'd be an honor if you agreed to be my friend. I'd love to share my adventures with you, and understand magic together. If it's any consolation or help, let me tell you that I have never met any other faerie folk or magical folk besides you and the Leprechaun. Him, I don't know too well. At least I have known you and seen you from my previous life-form. Will you be my friend?"

"I actually thought the idea of being a familiar is pretty cool. Anyhow, I like the idea of being your friend too. I will be your friend." And her tail swished to and fro as she said this.

"Thank you K-o-e!" I shook her tiny paw with my now-tinier hand.

"In that case, I guess we will go together to the Maibam pond."

"Yes indeed! And we will have fun there!"

"Yesss!"