Faeries and Loggers

Deep in the woods the faeries were meeting. They had seen signs posted at the edge of their forest that indicated the humans would soon be trying to log in their homeland and they needed to stop that. Dulcinda and Lucinda, joint chiefs of the village, called for quiet. Dulcinda began, “We need to make sure this forest is not touched. I know that the sensible ecologically minded humans have filed for an extension of what they call an injunction while the case is being heard in human courts and we will probably be granted status as an ‘old forest’ worthy of preservation.”

At this comment the faeries burst out laughing. “As if we didn’t know that since we’ve lived here for hundreds of years undisturbed,” said Lucinda.

“I know,” continued Dulcinda, “but the point is that our scouts don’t think that the logging company is going to wait. Henry reported hearing sounds of chain saws yesterday evening just before dark.”

“What can we do,” shouted the faeries in unison.

Dulcinda smiled and said, “I have a plan if you are willing. We have a real advantage since the humans don’t believe we exist, at least the humans we are worried about.”

The faeries nodded. That was certainly true. Only a few humans knew their secret and those would not be chopping down trees even if the faeries didn’t live here. They cared about all life.

“So,” continued Dulcinda, “what I propose is sabotoge. We can remove bits and pieces from their machinery so that it doesn’t run. We can remove other small objects and we can make the loggers think the woods are haunted.”

Lucinda continued, “I’ve already sent a squad out under Henry’s leadership and they have disabled all the equipment currently at the forest edge. But it won’t take long for the loggers to repair them and get more distributor caps and spark plugs. We need to continue this action but we also need to get in touch with Millie the librarian and let her know what is going on.”

“And we need to keep guards posted on the loggers at all times,” Dulcinda continued. “We will need shifts of five faeries at a time and the shifts will be four hours long around the clock. Please see the chart at the back of the room for your assignments. Thank you one and all and hopefully this nightmare will soon end.”

Lucinda concluded the meeting by announcing that she and Dulcinda would set out immediately to see Millie. The faeries quickly moved over to the assignment list and noted when their shifts were before disbursing. Lucinda and Dulcinda flew away out of the forest and into the small town where Millie worked. They wanted to catch her at home because they could talk more freely there.

They were lucky it was so early. Millie was just having her first cup of tea when the faeries arrived. Dulcinda started right in. “The loggers are not waiting on your court action! They are going to try to move into the forest today. We have disabled their equipment for the moment and we will keep doing so, but please you have to help!”

Millie looked alarmed. “They aren’t allowed to do that! Mr. McGuffy, our lawyer, has let them know they have to wait on the judge’s ruling which will be given later this morning.”

“Well, they aren’t waiting,” said Lucinda, “and if Henry hadn’t been alert, we already would have heavy equipment in our forest.

Millie went to her phone and called Mr. McGuffy. She let him know that she’d heard rumors that the logging company wasn’t waiting on the judge’s order. Mr. McGuffy promised to get the sheriff to patrol the situation and to call the judge to let him know that the loggers were taking matters into their own hands.

Millie returned to Lucinda and Dulcinda and thanked them for alerting her to the dangers. Lucinda and Dulcinda thanked her and flew back home.

Later that morning the faeries who were on surveillance duty returned and reported the latest. “The sheriff came out a few hours ago and stationed men at the loggers camp and let them know that they could not do anything until the judge ruled. Then a few hours later the officer from the court arrived with the necessary papers. The judge had gotten so mad at the loggers for ignoring the temporary orders that he made a final ruling granting protection to the forest as an old world forest! He didn’t just extend the temporary injunction as he might have done. Instead he made his final ruling. Of course the logging company can appeal, but with all the evidence that has been marshaled in our favor, it isn’t likely that the ruling will be overturned. We have won.”

The cheers were deafening and the faeries partied and celebrated long into the night. It was hard to live in a world so dominated by unthinking humans, but at least for now they were safe.

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The Elf and the Unicorn

Queen Emily woke up to find the first snow of the season had fallen during the night. There was a blanket of white snow everywhere in the woods and the sun was shining and Emily thought a walk in the new fallen snow would be the perfect start to her day. She grabbed her hooded winter coat and her walking stick and headed out. The woods were silent as only happens with newly fallen snow and she was the first to walk through it at least in this area. She headed north out of the elf village and soon she was enveloped in a feeling of peace and calm.

After she had walked for several miles she came across hoof prints mingled with another elf’s tracks. She followed along with them for a ways and then as she came around a bend she was stricken to find a unicorn lying in the snow, bleeding. She raced up to the unicorn and discovered it was still alive but it had an arrow through its front right thigh. She knew she needed help so she stripped off her coat to cover the unicorn before racing back to the village for assistance.

Soon the unicorn had been moved to the village and the arrow removed. Thankfully the unicorn would be alright with rest and care, but who could have done such a thing. Unicorns were honored beings in the elf world. Who would have dared to hurt such a sacred creature. Queen Emily summoned her counselors.

“We need to discover who committed this crime,” began Emily. She held up the arrow and then heard a gasp from Silas, her second in command.

“What is it, Silas,” Queen Emily asked.

“I recognize that fletching,” said Silas. “It looks as if it is one of Jacob’s arrows. He is from the next village and has been coming over trying to woo my eldest, Samantha. But I never would have thought him capable of anything like this.”

Suddenly there was a disturbance at the door and Samantha and Jacob came hurrying into the room. Samantha pleaded, “This idiot was out shooting this morning trying to bring down a big buck that he thought our family would be grateful to receive and that we would be impressed by his hunting prowess. Instead, the unicorn galloped in front to protect the buck and the arrow struck her by mistake.”

Jacob mumbled, “I knew I couldn’t help her myself so I went to find help, but just then you came along, Queen Emily, and the unicorn was in good hands, so I left.”

Samantha snorted. “He is trying to woo me and he thought that if he just showed he was a good provider he would impress both me and my father. Stupid! He hasn’t even bothered to notice we are vegetarian! All the meals he’s had at our home and never once did we serve meat!”

“I thought that was because you were too poor and too proud so I didn’t say anything,” defended Jacob. “I love you and I wanted to help you out.”

Queen Emily pondered the stupidity of young love. “Jacob, it seems that you need to learn a lot more about us and our village. Fortunately for all concerned, the unicorn will heal completely. I know you are from the elf village over the mountain and I know your ways are different from ours, but we live in total harmony with our world and we do not condone the taking of any life.”

Jacob looked both bewildered and humbled. “I just thought you were poor and didn’t have any proper hunters,” said Jacob. “That’s what our village has always said about yours.”

“Well then,” said Queen Emily, “I think it is time for that to change. You will work here in this village for a period of one year. During that time you will live as we do. You may see Samantha if Samantha allows, but no courting or wooing. You will work in our gardens, fields, craft shops, everywhere, and you will help each village household in turn. In addition you will send weekly reports to your father, who I know is the head of your village, detailing how we live, how we work, and what our life is really like. I want it made very clear to your father that it is your free choice to do this and that we are not enslaving you. If you decide this sentence is too hard for you then instead you will be banished from this side of the mountain for the rest of your life. What do you say?”

Jacob thought for a minute but then quickly answered, “I love Samantha. I want to understand her, so I will do as you say and I will be sure my father knows that I am not being coerced into this. And Samantha,” he continued sheepishly, “I’m sorry I just assumed you were too poor to afford proper food and I’ll do my best to learn about your ways.”

Samantha smiled. “Who knows, maybe you’ll find out just how wonderful being vegetarian really is!”