By Rose MorningMist
Prompt from Marigold Sunjewel
This story was submitted during Week 3 Competitions of the 2016 Pixie Hollow Games and is non-canon to the Forgotten Tales storyline. The original prompt from Marigold is in italics.
After a quick attendance check, the competing pixies were led by Marigold Sunjewel, President of the Events’ Committee, to a remote location in Never Land to begin their next competition.
“Welcome to Rainbow Falls!” Marigold announced as the pixies landed and gathered around her. Many gazed in amazement at the sight of a rainbow-colored waterfall, but even more astonishing was the fact that the massive falls were softly cascading just barely above a whisper into the water below.
“Before I explain the rules,” Marigold said while flipping through her leaf handbook, “I want to inform all of you that this will be the most challenging competition you will face in the 2016 Pixie Hollow Games.”
Nervous chatter and questioning looks were exchanges amongst the competitors until Marigold continued.
“However, because of the difficulty level, I will give everyone a few minutes to divide up into teams of two to complete the challenge…Oh, and by the way, it might be beneficial for different talents to partner up–“
Suddenly, there was a thunderous sound that caused everyone to scream.
At the back of the group, Rose MorningMist reached into her pouch and pulled out her wand, ready for any danger. Izzy, Rose’s Tinker friend, had added some extra tricks to the prototype since the last time she’d used it.
“Don’t panic! It’s just an iceberg breaking upstream,” Marigold yelled over all the commotion. Rose relaxed; she should’ve known Marigold wouldn’t take them anywhere with any real danger.
“So, as I was saying, it would benefit to team up with someone from a different Talent. The objective is simple – behind Rainbow Falls, there’s several caves and tunnels. Located at the end of one of them are several goblets. The first group to fill a goblet with water from the falls are the winners of this competition! There are challenges along the way, so be careful! Cheating will mean instant disqualification. I’ll give you five minutes to pick a partner, then we’ll begin. Good luck!”
Chatter bubbled to life amongst the competitors as pixies began to pair up with one another. Rose spotted her friends Raven and Dalila, waving wildly at her from across the lake. Grinning, Rose flew to join them.
“What’s up?” she asked.
“There’s an uneven number competing!” exclaimed Raven.
Quickly, Rose did a head count.
“You’re right,” she said. “How’s that work?”
“We-ell,” began Raven, “I was just talking to Marigold. She said we could form a team of three, because Dal and I are the same talent.”
“That’s if you want to join us,” added Dalila, quickly.
“Of course I’ll team up with you,” she said. “Who else would I go with?”
Raven looked relieved. “Great! Let’s go kick some fairy butt!”
“So…I guess our first challenge is to actually get to the caves,” said Dalila, frowning.
“How’re we supposed to do that?” asked Raven.
“We could go around?” suggested Rose, indicating to the other competitors who were making their way to either side of the falls. “There’s bound to be a gap somewhere.”
“But that requires so much effort,” complained Raven. “There has to be an easier way.” Dalila laughed.
Thoughtful, Rose flew closer to the waterfall.
“Won’t her wings get wet?” She heard Dalila ask.
“Forbidden Child, remember?” said Raven. “She’s got all sorts of tricks up her sleeves.”
Rose focused on the rhythm of the water falling in front of her. “I can create an opening,” she shouted over the falls, “but you’ll have to be quick. I won’t be able to hold it for long.”
“Sounds good to me!” Raven yelled back.
Concentrating, Rose lifted her arms and imagined moving the water in her mind’s eye, creating a gap big enough for her friends to fly through, the water corresponding to her actions.
“Okay, go!” she yelled. Raven and Dalila whizzed past her, making it safely to the other side. A few seconds later, Rose joined them, hair and clothes drenched from the spray.
Raven grinned. “Told you there was an easier way!” Rose rolled her eyes.
“Hey, I think we’re supposed to go this way,” Dalila pointed to an arrow painted on the wall, indicating to one of many tunnels behind them.
Raven nodded. “Come on!”
The tunnel was small and cramped – the three pixies had to walk single file and Raven, being taller than the others, had to stoop down so she didn’t hit it on the ceiling. Rose pulled out her wand and shook it gently. The tip began to glow, lighting the way.
“Handy,” said Raven.
“Thanks… Hey, how much further?” Rose asked, breathing heavily.
“Why?” asked Dalila.
Rose laughed nervously. “I’m not a big fan of tight spaces.”
Raven snorted. “The leader of the PEF’s claustrophobic? That’s hilarious!” she said.
“Just focus on the back of my head,” said Dalila reassuringly. “I think we’re almost there.”
The tunnel ended in a large cave. On the opposite wall, the path split in two.
“Great,” said Raven. “Now what?”
“Look – there’s some paper stuck to the wall,” said Rose, stepping forward to see.
“Marigold’s handwriting,” she said.
“It’s a riddle!” exclaimed Dalila.
“Okay, how do we solve it?” asked Raven.
“Maybe it’s suggesting that left and right are flipped or something?” said Dalila.
Rose thought for a moment. “Left is right…‘Right’ isn’t referring to the direction. It’s telling us the right, or correct path, is left.”
“Hey, all that spy work is paying off,” said Raven. “Left it is then.”
“Marigold couldn’t’ve chosen a tunnel that was wide enough to fly through,” complained Raven. “My feet are aching.”
“Hey, girls?” said Dalila from up ahead. “I think I found the next challenge!”
“What’s that?” asked Raven, once they’d caught up. The three stared at the large row of boxes sat on stone plinths in front of them.
Rose pressed her hand against a box. It was cool to the touch.
“It’s ice,” she said.
“And there’s a goblet inside each?”
“Makes sense,” said Dalila. “Melt the ice and it’ll fill the goblet with water.”
“Rose, d’you think you could melt that?” asked Raven.
Rose shook her head. “It’s too thick. Even if I used my wand, it’d still take up too much time. The other probably contestants aren’t far behind us.”
“Marigold told us that to team up with someone from a different talent,” said Dalila, slowly. “So maybe we have to combine our talents to break the ice?”
“Garden and water don’t exactly mix,” said Raven.
Rose frowned. “If I melted the ice so it was thin enough to break, with, say, a gardening tool-”
“We could smash through and melt some ice in the cup!” exclaimed Dalila.
“Well, what’re we waiting for?” said Raven.
Rose pulled out her wand again and pressed it against the ice, concentrating hard. Then, once it was thin enough, Dalila pulled a hand-held rake and shovel from her pouch, and she and Raven hacked away at the remaining ice. Finally, the top shattered with a satisfying smash.
“Go us!” cheered Raven. “I think we’ve just won the competition!”