CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FORTY
“Your beloved is a badass,” Mari said.
“My …” Nelson raised an eyebrow. “Blane? A badass?”
Nelson shook his head. Mari nodded.
“I don’t think so,” Nelson said.
“You want to see?” Mari asked.
“See what?” Nelson asked.
“Blane staked his claim on you and repel the forces that wanted to destroy everyone else,” Mari said.
“What are you talking about?” Nelson asked.
“I’d have to see this to believe it,” Nelson said with a sniff.
“We can watch,” Mari said.
“Why did the world stutter?” Nelson asked.
“We had a delegation here to check that you were well,” Mari said. “They left before you could take in that they had been here.”
“Who …?” Nelson asked. “What …?”
Mari just smiled at Nelson. He glared at her.
“My father warned me about fairies,” Nelson said.
Mari pointed at herself.
“Fairy,” Mari said, brightly. “Your father warned you about me?”
Nelson shook his head.
“I’m going to work out,” Nelson said.
“Okay,” Mari said. “Do you want to watch what happened when we’re done?”
“We can watch what happened?” Nelson said.
“Your father didn’t warn you about the fairy gift of broadcasting events?” Mari asked.
“I don’t know what that means,” Nelson said. “But if you can show me this event that included Blane, then I want to see it.”
“Okay then,” Mari said. “When are we going to fix my sword?”
“After we work out and have breakfast?” Nelson asked.
“Deal,” Mari said.
She held out her hand and Nelson shook it. She wandered into Nelson’s living room and took a seat on his couch.
“We may as well be comfortable,” Mari said.
Nelson shuffled to the couch and sat next to her. She pointed at his oversized flat screen television. The screen flashed on. It was blurry at first and then the image resolved.
“I put the time in the corner so you can see when it happened,” Mari said.
“Thanks,” Nelson said.
He leaned back into the couch.
“Oh my God, that’s the hotel!” Nelson said.
Mari shot him a dark look.
“No Gods were involved in this,” Mari said. “I did it myself!”
“What?” Nelson asked. “Oh. Uh. Sorry?”
“You should be,” Mari said with a sniff.
“How am I to know that you were telling the truth? About …” Nelson gestured to the screen My father says that fairies lie.”
“It’s true,” Mari said. “Most do. It’s not something known in the royal family. Have you known Fin or Edie to lie?”
Nelson thought for a moment before shaking his head.
“Exactly,” Mari said.
She pointed to the screen. Nelson squinted at first and then his mouth dropped open in surprise.
“Oh my God,” Nelson whispered.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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