CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and TWENTY-ONE
“I leave you alone for one moment and you pick up some half-wit fairy,” Mari said.
“I could never replace you, my love,” Otis said. “I am simply irresistible to the females.”
Mari laughed, and the fairy shook herself head to toe.
“You’re stronger than you look,” Mari said.
“Who are you?” the woman asked, angrily through her clenched teeth.
“Princess Marigold,” Mari said. She gave a slight bow, touching the Princess Blade to her forehead. “Queen Fand’s realm. And you?”
“That’s the Princess Blade,” the woman said, her voice laced with awe. “I’ve only seen it in books.”
“What books?” Mari asked with a sniff.
“It was a long, long time ago,” the woman said. “I was a young girl.”
“Hmm,” Mari said. “Who are you?”
“I am Nixie,” the woman said. “I’m from no realm.”
“You’re one of the lost fairies,” Mari said, under her breath. “Edie.”
Princess Edith appeared wearing her full fairy armor and carrying her heavy blade, the “Head Remover.” She looked around and then gave Mari an irritated look.
“What?” Edie asked.
“A lost fairy,” Mari said.
Edie turned to look at the nurse.
“She says that she’s ‘Nixie,’” Mari said.
“Where were you born?” Edie asked.
“Who are you?” Nixie asked.
“Princess Edith,” Edie said. “I am the head of all of the fairy realms.”
“Big whoop,” Nixie said. “Why should I care…?
“We have joined the three fairy realms,” Edie said. “We’ve returned the fourth fairy queen to her throne.”
“We’ve been searching for fairies like you,” Mari said.
“Like me?” Nixie asked.
“Exactly like you,” Edie said. “It’s a very long story. If you’d like to come with me…”
“No,” Nixie said, irritably. “Look around you, princess.”
Nixie said the last word with a bit of a sneer.
“People are dying,” Nixie said. “I use my gifts to help. What do you do?”
Edie opened her mouth to say: “I just saved the entire world, little fairy,” but decided against it. Nixie turned to see Otis sitting on Sam’s bed.
“What is he doing?” Nixie asked irritably. “If he dies, it’s on me!”
Edie raised her eyebrows at Mari.
“He’s a healer,” Mari said. “He comes from a long line of healers going back to the beginning of time. That man in the bed is our friend.”
“Why not heal everyone?” Nixie asked. “You heal only this man because he’s your friend? That’s morally irresponsible.”
Mari raised her eyebrows and glanced at Edie. The sisters nodded together.
“Otis?” Mari asked.
He looked up at her.
“Come to me,” Mari said.
He walked toward her.
“Come, Nixie,” Edie said. “Take my hand.”
With Otis in front of her, Mari held out a hand to Edie and to Nixie. The nurse took Edie and Mari’s hands. They formed a circle around Otis.
“Now what?” Nixie asked.
Mari nodded at Edi. A pulse went out from the fairies through Otis and through the hospital. Everyone in the entire building was affected by the burst. Edie nodded to Mari and stepped away. She and Nixie disappeared. Mari wrapped her arms around Otis and disappeared.
“What just happened?” the ICU nurse asked.
A doctor jogged into the area. He looked went from patient to patient.
“They are getting better,” the doctor said.
The nurse and the doctor stood back for a moment.
“Let’s hope it continues,” the doctor said and jogged out.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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