Meridell, Her Home
Illusen the Earth Faerie awoke with a small smile tugging
at the corner of her lips on a particular bright and cheery morning. She gazed
outside of her window, where lines of pets were already beginning to form for
their try of her daily quests. She emitted a small cheerful sigh, and threw off
her woolen covers that had burrowed her warm body.
Yawning, Illusen eyed herself in the mirror,
combing her hair carefully at the same time. "I just love Illusen Day," she
sang, performing a small dance. "Everything is just so…perfect!"
"Oh my gosh, look everyone! Illusen's awake!"
a blue Blumaroo with crowding buck teeth suddenly yelled from outside, peering
through Illusen's bedroom window.
Illusen gasped. She had been caught! "Get away!"
she screamed, sliding up her window and shooing the obnoxious pet away. He blew
his tongue at her, and pounced off, laughing off with friends who were smirking
and giggling as well.
Unfortunately, for Illusen, this didn't aid the
situation. Soon, the crowds began displaying their short-lived patience. "HURRY
UP! HURRY UP! HAND US OUR QUESTS! HURRY UP!"
"I'm coming!" cried Illusen, brushing some strands
of messy auburn hair away from her face. "At least let me freshen up!" She then
abruptly slammed the window shut, feeling frustrated with the annoying and troublesome
pets. What a lovely start for this day that had been completely dedicated to
Ten minutes later, Illusen stepped out of her
small cottage that stood on the edge of Meridell. The line had doubled in length,
dropping Illusen's spirits to an even sour note. She had hoped that maybe pets
would understand that today she would have liked to relax and celebrate and
not have to work recklessly. But unfortunately, this wasn't the case, and she
had even more work to complete then usual.
"Who's first?" she groaned, seating herself down
on a long and shiny green stool that stood behind a tabletop. A rainbow Acara
walked up, looking apprehensive and nervous. "Um, what is it that you need,
miss?" The Acara turned back to her owner, who was smiling and giving her thumbs
Illusen smiled as well, and replied, "If you
could bring me a Green Short Hair Brush, that would be great."
The Acara bobbed her head. "No problem, miss!"
she exclaimed, and then rapidly sped off to chat with her owner about her first
experience on an Illusen's Quest.
This was the entire routine for the remainder
of the morning. By noon, Illusen simply wasn't in the mood to hand out quests
anymore. Most of her potions had already been completed and had been handed
over to the Faerie Queen for some top-secret plans. Now she was simply asking
for items to make measly medicines like Magic Goop. Deciding that enough was
enough for now, Illusen taped a sign in front of the tabletop that read, "Out
for lunch! Be back later! Thanks!"
She smiled, and hoped that the pets would understand.
There was no one in line at the moment, so Illusen simply entered back into
her home to have herself a nice Faerie Banana Sandwich.
Knock, knock! The door rattled as it was boomed on violently.
"Huh? What's going on?" Illusen softly fluttered
her eyes open, and suddenly bolted into an upright position. She looked around
quickly, wondering where she was. She then peered down, and saw a half eaten
Faerie Banana Sandwich lying still on the plate. The memories hit her like a
pile of bricks.
"Oh my gosh, I feel asleep!" shrieked Illusen,
throwing herself up from her chair. She could barely imagine the horrors outside
that were occurring.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" cried Illusen,
dashing out of her small cottage. However, it was too late. Mounds of pets were
already engaged in a fit of rage.
"Fire Illusen! Get her out of here! She doesn't
care about us! Jhudora is even nicer then her!" These were just some of the
nasty remarks being snarled out by the pets.
"I-I'm sorry," whispered Illusen, tears welling
in her saddened eyes.
She swiveled towards her cottage to find it astoundingly
egged and vandalized. Remarks of how she didn't hold any magical powers and
how she was a fake were written all across the outside, causing her to stand
paralyzed in horror and shock.
"W-w-who wrote this?!" she shrieked, running
up to see the writings more closely.
"All of us!" the pets yelled in unison. "Go back
home! We've been waiting here for three hours and we've had enough!"
Illusen turned back to the enraged crowd. "But
I put up a sign!" she yelled, racing over to her table to show the sign to everyone.
However, upon arriving to the table, she found the sign to be completely shredded
in tiny pieces.
Her eyes widened in astonishment. She was deathly
afraid by what was happening. Never had she been treated in a horrific matter
like this before.
"Please, everyone, calm down!" she sobbed, whirling
But all she saw were angry expressions. Ones
that chilled her to the bone. Ones that made her want to hide herself under
the covers of her comforting and warm bed. Ones that made her want to disappear
from this world. Not knowing what to do, the frightened earth faerie ran back
into the shadows of her home. The crowds soon began to die down, and then fully
Tears dripped down Illusen's gentle face as she
wrote in her diary about the events that had completely shredded her day apart.
I'm confused. I'm scared. I haven't the slightest
clue of what to do. Today's Illusen Day, and so far, it's been a disaster. Not
one person has even had the slightest bit of kindness in them to wish me a happy
day. Instead, my house has been egged and vandalized, I've been ridiculed, and
by tomorrow, I'll probably have lost a quarter of my customers. This is all
one big nightmare, to be honest. Why is that people who try to bring good to
this world are penalized while the ones that create evil get rewarded? I mean,
for Jhudora Day, she had an entire parade planned for her. And what's in store
for me? Nothing. I bet no one even remembers it's Illusen Day. Well, anyway,
I'm going to read some books and then maybe take a walk through the forests
of Meridell. The tree will maybe give me some advice. Luckily, the next time
I write to you, some good will have re-appeared in this day.
Illusen slowly closed the leather-bound book,
and rested it on her mahogany bookshelf. She sniffled as she stood up from her
crimson-colored armchair. "Hmm, maybe I should just skip the reading and take
a walk," said Illusen to herself, gazing outside her window.
No one was around, meaning she could have a peaceful
walk instead of having pictures taken and signing autographs. But just to be
sure, Illusen grabbed her sleek black cloak from the kitchen table, and enveloped
it around her body. She felt at peace with herself once inside the cloak that
had been given to her by the Faerie Queen herself. Finally, she swung open her
door, and left her disastrous-looking cottage.
The cool wind of the month of Running comfortingly
whipped past Illusen as she strolled down the dirt-strewn paths of the area.
The air was gingerly and the sun continued to radiate its heat. It would have
been an absolute perfect day for Illusen, but like always, the pets had ruined
Illusen made her direction towards the forests
of Meridell, one of her secret hiding areas where she could relax and let her
thoughts run. The trees also always gave her some good advice, so she was looking
forward to their saying of what she could do on this unfortunate day.
Entering the forests, Illusen immediately knew
where to go. The trees were already calling out for her; she could hear it and
feel it. Her pace grew faster, her feet crunching on the dead leaves loudly.
She panted and continued to go faster and faster, closer and closer.
And at last, she was there. At the tree of Elisotan,
the tree that she had discovered when she was a young faerie in training and
had been practicing on her spells. Illusen let a small smile form on her face,
and closed her eyes.
I am listening… she said in her mind.
The tree replied with only one single comment.
Happiness can be found in the oddest of places.
Illusen flashed her eyes open, a pang of confusion
hitting her heart. She had been hoping that the tree could have given her a
lot more of advice, but she had only been handed one mere sentence. One that
she wasn't too fond of, but was going to listen to anyway.
"Oddest of places," Illusen muttered, her eyes
darting across the area as she made her way back out of the forest. "Where could
Illusen's mind whirled with questions as she
stepped out of the shadowy forest. She peered around the eastern section of
Meridell, attempting to find an odd place that she didn't visit much. Cheese
Roller, Turmaculus, Turdle Racing: these were all places that she visited often.
The faerie looked frantically around for that
one place. That one place where she could find her desired happiness. Ye Olde
Petpets, no. Shape Shifter, no! Kiss the Mortog, NO! Where was this place?
Illusen suddenly came to a halt. Her mouth widened
as her eyes gazed upon the sight before her. Towering over the petite faerie
was King Skarl's castle, casting a looming shadow on Illusen.
"This is it!" she whispered excitedly. "This
is the oddest place. I haven't visited this place in ages, because of that doofus
Illusen grasped onto her cloak tightly, and raced
to the castle where two guards were stationed at the entrance. They both immediately
let her through, for they had received strict orders to allow anyone of high
importance enter the castle and Illusen was one of them. She dashed through
the bridge, into the Great Hall, and was suddenly blinded by the cheers and
screams that encircled her.
Illusen fell on her behind from the shock. More
then one hundred people were standing beside long and wide tables, clapping
and cheering wildly for the faerie. Decorations were scattered all throughout
the hall; golden streams at the ceiling and rainbow-hued balloons floating everywhere.
One banner in particular caught Illusen's attention: Happy Illusen Day! Best
Wishes from King Skarl and Meridell!
King Skarl stood up from his throne, and trudged
down the hall to help Illusen up. She looked around in awe.
"What is this?" she asked, her eyes still as
wide as dinner plate.
King Skarl smiled, and replied, "This is for
never believing in your abilities and treating you as an idiot. You've helped
Meridell so much through good times and bad, and you definitely deserve this
Illusen seemed confused. "B-b-but what about
those pets who were so cruel?" she exclaimed.
"Those pets were sent by Jhudora," sneered King
Skarl. "She can never seem to find a day where no one pays attention to her."
Illusen gasped. "I should have known that witch
was up to no good!"
"Well," started King Skarl, "it doesn't matter
now. The real Meridellian pets all love you, and we're here to have a good time,
Illusen heaved a big relieved sigh, and flashed
the biggest smile in her life. "Thank you so much, King Skarl," she stated.
"I love Meridell with all my heart, and it shall always be my home. Especially
on Illusen Day."