I am having one of those nights that you just can’t sleep through. Kae is sound asleep and curled up in our bed and I can see just the top of her head showing out from under the covers. Somehow it just seems right and I can’t sleep.
I don’t know why my Father is on my mind so much tonight, it just has me in a quandary and I’m worried about him. Kae and I saw an awful lot of Rangers in Kun’lai when we were scouting and I hope that he isn’t with them. We don’t have any idea what is going on but it does look like some kind of troop build-up is going to start happening in that area …soon. They always send the Rangers out ahead to scout the land, just as the Sentinels will do, however, as we got closer to Binan Village we noticed more ground troops coming through the caves, the heavy weapons were a bit obvious and the number of Orcs was almost scary. At least they didn’t see us as we made our way around the village to make our trek back to the Krasarang Wilds to report our findings.
Tonight, for some unknown reason, my mind kept going back to when we lived in Shattrath. It was more of a pleasant time and this was long before the two little guys came along – it was just Vashlan and I at the time. My Mother and Father used to go to the orphanage every couple of weeks with things that we had made for the orphans which the Matrons always appreciated. Vash and I learned how to tan skins real early to help with this process too – I can remember my Mother and my Father both putting together all those little shoes and pants when the tanned leather was finished. It was a family thing back then.
I remember my Father would always take the time to play with the kids and then, he would tell them stories and this one kept running through my mind tonight.
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
“What do you hear when you hear the wind blow through the trees? Why it’s the fairies gathering their kin together to celebrate the Light and Elune.”
“What do you see when you gaze into the starry skies at night? It’s the Spirits of the Tauren and the love of the Earth Mother gazing down on the people they love.”
Oh, little Jack and his friends had heard all of this before and they thought that it was all just a tale, however, they were learning that these things were being told to them so that they would know that there is kindness in the world, even for orphan children. There was always a kind Spirit that would always protect them.
Jack and his little brother Bobby had been in the orphanage for a very long time and every time there were potential parents visiting, they would be on their best behavior because they wanted to have real parents and a home. Oh, the Matrons were kind and made sure that the children never wanted for anything – food, clothing, schooling and most of all, they had friends to play with all of the time.
After many years of waiting each Parent Day and being passed over, they watched as their friends were picked and went home with new parents. They just couldn’t seem to catch a break, no matter how hard they tried to be noticed – they always made sure they had their hair washed and combed and that they had on their best clothes….Yes, they even showed the potential parents what good manners they had. Still, they were left behind.
Part of the problem could have been that Bobbie only had one good leg and he did limp when he walked, however, he was able to keep up with all of the other children when they were playing. Jack only had one eye and was often clumsy when he moved too fast. Between the two of them, there was one good body and they learned how to help each other with the games the children played.
One night when all of the others were asleep and the moon was high the sky the two brothers decided that the only way that they would ever be adopted was for them to be able to show how strong they were and how brave they were by doing some daring feats – they really wanted to go exploring without all of the other kids trying to tag along if the truth were known.
Jack and Bobby made their way out of the orphanage, the Lower City and started up the path to one of the tunnels leading from the city. They were only stopped by the guard as they started to enter the tunnel.
“Hey, you kids, where do you think you’re going?” spoke the grizzled guard gruffly.
“Our parents are waiting on the other side of the Tunnel, sir, ” said Jack. He thought he should be the one to speak out because Bobby was already frightened out of his wits – he had never done anything like this before.
The guard gazed at the two boys and nodded his head and motioned them to go ahead. You see, the guard was an old man and he was used to all manner of refugees coming and going at all hours of the day and night when he was on duty. His shift was almost over this night and all he wanted to do was to go home to his wife and go to sleep. He didn’t want to have to write a report about the boys or try to find out what they were “really” doing.
Bobby was already frightened when they reached the end of the tunnel and they gazed out into the woods. It was dark and scary, it seemed awfully big to a little crippled boy. Jack, being the eldest chided his younger brother and told him to “grow-up” and come on.
The night seemed to be filled with all manner of things as they walked down the path – they saw some lightning bugs, a huge spider and a crocolisk – all of these things scared them but they thought that they would be safe if they stayed on the path.
They kept wandering down the path further and further into the woods. They could hear all manner of noises in the woods. One thing they kept hearing was the sound of giggling – the wind was blowing in the trees and they could see some tiny little things that darted amongst the branches.
All of sudden a tiny little creature darted in front of them, it’s tiny wings fluttering like a butterfly and it spoke to them “Follow me if you want to be free…follow me.” The two boys didn’t know whether they should run away or do as the tiny creature said. Maybe it was one of the fairies that they had heard about – it was small, had tiny wings – it seemed friendly enough, however, they were very frightened.
Jack took Bobby’s hand and they followed the creature off the path and deeper into the woods. They could hear the creatures in the night that were on the prowl for food, the growling sometimes sounded very close and the roars could be heard echoing through the night. The only thing they could do was follow the fey creature and hope that they would be safe.
Pretty soon, the boys saw a clearing that had a small circle of mushrooms growing in it. On each of the mushrooms sat a tiny little fairy, singing some kind of song – the words and the language were unknown to the children.
“Come, come to the Circle and you will be free,” said the tiny little fairy in tiny voice. The boys had followed this creature this far and it seemed to know what it was saying. What did it mean by “free”, the boys were curious as to what this could mean.
Jack and Bobby were already tired from all of the walking and they were sure that the sun would be coming up soon. They went into the circle and watched as the fairies continued their singing. They were also very hungry.
“I’m hungry,” whimpered Bobby. “I want to go home!”
“Shut up, there isn’t anything to eat here and I didn’t bring any food with me,” said Jack in his best “big boy” voice that he could muster. He was hungry too and he was very frightened because he knew that they couldn’t find their way back to Shattrath, they were lost.
“My leg hurts,” Bobby wailed as he plopped down in the middle of the circle and only then did he notice that the fairies were singing and nodding their heads in time to the song.
“What are they singing?” whispered Bobby to Jack. Jack just shook his head and rubbed his eye. “I’m so sleepy that I can hardly see.”
Then the fairy that had led them to circle flew closer to them and it had a piece of mushroom in each of its hands. The fairy flew closer to the boys holding its hands out “Here eat this, it will make you wise.”
The boys were totally curious as to how eating a mushroom from a talking fairy would make them wise and they each nibbled politely.
“It tastes like Talbuk” said Jack. “No, it tastes like that syrup stuff the Matrons let us have on our pancakes on Sundays, said Bobby.
“Well, I don’t care what it tastes like, I’m starving,” said Jack. Bobby just kept munching at his piece of mushroom until it was gone.
“Sleep, sleep and you will see the world that we see ” sang their little fairy guide.
Both the boys were so tired that they needed very little time before they were curled up and fast asleep. They weren’t afraid, the fairies would protect them. When they fell asleep a soft noise was heard and a larger fairy appeared and gazed down on them with a smile
“What have you done, my children!” said the large fairy. “These are mortal children that you have lead to our most sacred of places, how could you do this?”
“I will have to undo this mess that you have created and return them to where they belong! Did they ask for anything? Did they make a wish? said the large fairy.
“No, Majesty, they didn’t ask for anything, they are orphans from what we have seen – we’ve seen them before in the big city with all the other children the mortals leave behind, ” said the little fairy that had lead the boys there.
“We thought you would be pleased, we can make them like us… they will be happy and they will be a part of our family, don’t you see?”
“No, I don’t see and they can’t become one of the fey, silly girl!”
“All orphans want parents, only these seem to be wrong – they aren’t whole. See this one only has one eye and the other one only has one leg that works right – they are broken,” said the little fairy. “Majesty, we could fix that couldn’t we?”
“I will have to call upon the Powers that are greater than we are to see if they can help, this is beyond my powers…and stop calling me Majesty, my name is Althea.” said Althea in a very grouchy voice.
Althea bowed her head and you hear her voice as she spoke in counterpoint to the song being sung by the fairies seated on the mushrooms. “I beg of you Elune, Earth Mother and the Light, please help me with these children that my subjects have led astray.”
Suddenly it seemed as the sky had gotten brighter – the moon seemed to move closer, the stars blinked brightly and a glowing light lit up the circle where the children slept. The boys slept soundly as the fairies continued to sing their song.
“What is it that you wish?” a chorus of voices sounded softly to Althea.
“I want these children to be returned to their home and unbroken, “replied Althea with a pleading sound in her voice. ” They will only come to harm here through no fault of their own.”
“What will you give us in return, Althea?” the chorus of voices asked together. “What will your people give us to undo the harm that you have done?”
Althea looked very perplexed as she gazed around the circle of mushrooms, at the fairies singing and the children soundly sleeping “I will give you our song in exchange for the children’s safety.”
Suddenly the fairies stopped singing and they all looked at one another with shock in their eyes. Their voices had been stilled by the bargain that was struck with the higher powers.
When Jack woke up in his bed at the orphanage the next morning, he knew it had all been a dream until he looked over at the next bed where Bobby slept. The first thing that he noticed was that Bobby’s leg that had been much shorter than the other one seemed even to be the same size – he also noticed that his head was feeling a bit strange and his vision was a bit blurred.
He rubbed his eye and noticed that he could still see even when he had his eye covered up. What was up with that? He shouldn’t be able to see when his good eye was covered – he now had two eyes. He started crying because he was like all of the other boys and girls, he had two eyes.
“Bobby, wake up! Get up!” screamed Jack.
Bobby started to crawl out of bed and stumbled as he swung his legs to the floor and started to smile.
“I don’t know what happened, it was a dream wasn’t it?”
“Boys, Jack and Bobby!!” said Matron Jones. “Please get dressed, you have some visitors.”
Jack and Bobby had no idea what they were in for because this wasn’t Parent’s Day and they had never had visitors before.
A young Sindorei man and woman stood in the waiting room as the two boys were getting dressed and they acted rather nervous.
“Are you sure these two boys are what you want, Melody?” said the young man. “You do realize that they are both maimed in some fashion, one is a cripple and the other is blind in one eye – you do realize that?”
“Anthony, they are two little boys that need a home and they aren’t infants, they are almost grown – they won’t be any trouble to care for – this is what you wanted too, remember?” replied Melody in a rather melodious voice.
“Anthony, they will be able to work in the shop with the gnomes, no one will ever see them,” whispered Melody. “We won’t have to pay them either, even if they have our name..no one will ever know.”
Jack and Bobby had rushed through getting dressed and they rushed to the waiting room and heard the conversation of the two adults in the room.
“Go in boys, these people want to adopt you both, isn’t that marvelous!” said Matron Jones with a huge smile on her face as she patted the coin pouch tucked neatly in her skirt.
“No, I don’t think that we want to meet them, Matron…we heard what they were saying,” replied Jack.
“There are worse things than being an orphan, Matron Jones and we don’t want to go with them…we heard what they said!” yelled Bobby at the top of his lungs as he sprinted on his two good legs out the door.
Bobby ran to the nearest guard that he could see and told the story of the couple that were trying to adopt them. The guard turned out to be the same the same fellow that the boys had seen the night before. The guard blew his whistle for help from the other guards as he entered the orphanage.
The end of the story is this – the couple were arrested along with the matron.
The two boys never were adopted even though they were made whole. They grew up to be strong men and had families of their own.
What happened to the fairies, you ask?
Well, you can still see them in the dark of night out in the forest, however, they are silent creatures now, their voices had been taken as the bargain was made to protect our young heroes. They won’t be able to lead people astray in the forest again. The mischief was done and the price was paid for the harm that they had done.
Some parents are good parents and some parents aren’t. Be careful of what you wish for and make sure that is right.
I don’t know why that story started going through my head. It wasn’t particularly one of his better ones, however, the key thing that stuck in my head was the fact that you should be very careful what you wish for – it might not be the right thing.
Oh, Elune, the sky is already starting to turn pink and I haven’t been to sleep yet. I’m sure that Kae is going to give me a scolding with my staying up all night and writing in my journal. “You’re just like your Father, Kaldor Shadowmoon!” I can hear that in my head from my Mother.