As Sally the fairy gave one last dab of magic lily dust to her nose, a big blue beetle buzzed up to her window and grasped the perch outside. Sally the fairy turned in annoyance and raised the crystal windowpane.
“You’re blocking my light,” she said huffily to the creature, who was as big as she was. “Shoo! Shoo! Go on, get out of the way.” She flapped her hands at it. In response, the beetle only turned its horned head to look at Sally the fairy with round black eyes, each as big as her head. It extended one spiky clawed leg towards her.
Sally the fairy finally noticed that there were several small scrolls tied to its leg with strands of spiderweb. The insect was a messenger, sent by the Council. Sally the fairy sighed and snatched one of the scrolls free of its spiderweb, and the beetle snapped open its iridescent wings and zoomed to the next house.
Sally the fairy slipped off the string that bound it, and the thin sheet of paper unrolled in her hand. She held it up to the light from the window.
I hope you are all having a marvelous morning! Today, there will be an urgent meeting of all Council members that can attend. It has come to the attention of our most honored Treasurer, Lillitow Hammeren, that our beloved Fairyland is in fact misnamed! The title Fairyland, after all, implies either a country or a realm or a region or an island or a kingdom or a state or a province or a territory, and since our lovely community is no larger than this small village we have built in a treetop, I’m sure you can see that it simply isn’t right to continue calling it by such a moniker. The meeting today is to decide what to begin calling it instead. It will be held at Petal Hour in the Council Building. We may also discuss one or two other small issues that come up. I hope to see you there, and that you all have a delightful day!
Head of Council
Sally the fairy gave a sniff and lowered the paper. That irritating Merlana Mizzenwort! Imagine holding a full meeting for such a silly reason. Certainly, Sally the fairy would not be attending. She was sure her presence wouldn't be missed, since nearly every fairy in the little town was a member of the Council. She had more important things to do today.
So Sally the fairy tossed the curl of paper onto her table and turned back to the mirror. It took only a few moments to arrange the wisps of hair that the breeze from the window had blown astray. As the beetle finished its rounds about the village, inviting fairies to the useless meeting, Sally the fairy bent her head and sprinkled a bit of tiger lily powder behind her ears.
To be continued...