Sun Song kept moving toward Sam and the tension grew amongst everyone. Sam’s eyes were darting everywhere as he tried to not look at Sun Sung in the face; which, by the way, seemed to be changing, and changing rather quickly! Oak noticed the changing also and was wringing her hands, as Sherwood and Henry were passing looks back and forth. The two of them, if anyone was watching and thank goodness no one was, were communicating without words. As Sun Song was slowly approaching Sam, Sherwood and Henry were edging closer to her – from the back. One was moving to the left and the other to the right. Sun Song’s focus was so fiercely on Sam, she was unaware of anything. Sam was scared…all of his legs were shaking uncontrollably. Then, he was Sherwood behind the furious fairy. Sherwood was forming a word and Sam recognized it right away. W E A V E weave weave. Yes! He thought! Weave strands of silk – strong silk, so that when she approaches, he can trip her and they can tie her up with the strands. Before they knew it, Sun Song put her arm out and opened her hand to grab Sam. Just then, Henry bellowed like a bull and got everyone off guard. As Sun Song whipped around to see where the bellowing came from, Sam flung the silken strands around her ankles and her arms and then he yanked on the strands, causing her to fall on her side. She was livid and her face was quickly changing colors – BLUE – RED – YELLOW – ORANGE – BLACK – WHITE – PURPLE and on and on – every color you could possibly imagine! Everyone came running to help Sam. “Sam, make more cords so we can be sure she’s tied up securely,” said Henry. As quick as a dime twirling on cement, Sam went into action, whirling out cords and cords. Oak and Sherwood grabbed them and wrapped them wherever they could, tying up this mean, wicked being!
Suddenly, light came into the cave…light so bright and luminous that everyone was temporarily blinded by it. As they blinked and blinked, trying to get their vision back, it became clear to all where the light came from! It was Oak’s mother! “Mother, mother,” Oak ran so hard and fast to her mother that she didn’t even notice that her feet were no longer touching the ground. She was actually flying just a few inches off the ground! Mary held her arms open and tears slid down her cheeks as her daughter flew into her arms. “My darling, my darling little girl. I love you so dearly.” Oak just fell upon her mother’s lap, laughing and sobbing at the same time. She was so happy! “Mother, you cannot possibly imagine what has happened to me! You just can’t! It’s so weird, so scary and so wonderful!” Mary took her daughter’s chin in her hand and said gently, “Yes, my dear, I can. You stumbled into a part of fairy land so absolutely everything has been different for you! I’m just so grateful you are OK. You are the treasure of my life.” Mary leaned down and gently kissed Oak on the forehead.
“Now, everyone! Please step forward and let me see you!” Mary stood and as she did, the most beautiful wings ever seen unfurled from behind her back. Why, they were pink, with hints of turquoise and green and yellow. They sparkled as if diamonds lined the edges of the wings. Oak’s eyes grew so bid and she whispered, “It’s true, it’s true!” “Yes, my dear,” Mary said, “It is true. I am the Queen of the Fairies and it is time for me to take my rightful place. It is also time for you, Oak Willowglimmer, to stand and take yours’ – as Mistress of the Gardens”. Oak rose slowly to her feet, as Sherwood, Henry and Sam stepped forward and bowed to the Queen and to the Princess. Mary held her hand out and the three moved forward. Each knelt and kissed the Queen’s hand. The Queen curtsied back to each one and gave them special names. Sherwood was renamed as “Cat Sherwood, Feline of the Colony”. Henry became “Henry, Hunter of the Forest” and Sam…well, Sam became “Sam, Special Spider of the Kingdom”. “Now, my lovies,” the Queen said to all of them as she took Oak’s hand tightly in hers’, “when we get to our destination, I shall tell you everything!”
So Mary…oh! Her name is “Queen Mary Gossamer Beamfly”. So, Queen Mary Gossamer Beamfly sprinkled fairy dust on all of them and off they flew! Off they flew to the Forest of Fairies.
As for Sun Song? She disappeared! No one saw her leave or heard her leave. Just gone…