this is where Aslaug was born… and this is where she made her first steps. oh, it was not so long ago, but in this time, fir trees were almost soaking in the lake, and only elves, fairies or well-informed persons could approach the water. it was before the drought.
like every morning, aslaug eats some porridge with honey and nuts, drinks a cup of milk, jumps into her favorite clothes and runs to the forest. what? no comb no toothbrush? let's be honest, some days she has no time for these details.
of course, she could go to school or preschool with other kids of her age, of course she could put her hand up to give the right answer, and play with pals at very determined hours in a very determined way… but she doesn't.
mornings are dedicated to inspection: mushrooms, boles, roots, moss, lichens, ferns…
everything looks in order, till this rock: is this a dead body?
whatever, it doesn't move and looks very damaged. and the girl near doesn't do anything except crying. aslaug is not one of these girls yelling for any spider. but it's the first time she finds a corps in the woods and she's bemused. i guess it's normal. "don't touch him, it could be fatal". poor aslaug, she feels so helpless for the first time of her life.
"a fairy, we need a fairy. now". and she imitates the hoot of the owl. three short times plus a long. everywhere a shudder. behind the trees, murmurs, here a flapping wing, there a noisy leaf. and a baby fairy arrives.
with a magic decoction: snail slime, elderberries and smelly socks juice. classic but efficient. finally, the dead body opens his eyes and coughs: alive! aslaug can't resist and kiss his cheek (so fast nobody saw anything!)
"mom was doing the laundry, so it's me coming first", Siv says proudly.
— Stop bragging, Siv! do you think i haven't seen you snooping at me this morning? you and Rita, eating toffees instead of listening to the woods? Do you really think a spanish princess travelled so far to eat toffees with you? seriously, Siv?
Siv pouts. did i mention Aslaug was supposed to be her babysitter each time her fairy parents needed a few time for them? Siv thinks she's too old to have a babysitter.
Rita, Rita the spanish princess, is not proud at all. her parents sent her here to study magic and fairy language, and she's been caught eating toffees and playing hide and seek… she hopes it won't start a diplomatic incident… Rita is such a sweet girl, she wouldn't like to hurt her parents, nor diplomates, nor Siv. and Aslaug seems upset. Being an intern is not so easy…
— you know what? (she says with her charming accent) i know who they are, the little hobos! it was in the newspaper yesterday: they are the two ones who killed the witch, they say.
darn it! Aslaug looks at them attentively. they really don't look like murders, but who knows… dad always says she's not allowed to talk to unknown persons… on other hand, these two look so tiny and sweet… she would like to hug and cuddle them. but she has to be sure and asks: Are you Bonnie and Clyde?
— Hansel and Gretel, continues Rita. no dad, dead mother, kidnapped and tortured by the witch, actively wanted by interdoll… but i'm sure they never killed anybody and probab…
and this is the moment Mommy fairy arrives with soup, cookies, new garments, warm hats, shoes and new passports for the two little ones.
— and don't forget, from now you are Hansi and Gretli. no one will recognize you. and here is my friend's address, she'll be a wonderful mom for you, she's a partner fairy. travel safe!!!
and they left! it was one of these weird but unforgettable encounters…
Aslaug has a broken heart. she would love to know more about them, and why not, maybe make friend with them…
of course, baby Siv and princess Rita are young and inexperienced, and chattering, and messy but aren't they the best companions for exploring the big woods? Come on my team, let's go…
Rita and Siv are available here right now: