Are You Challenging Me?


( Send Me A Number and Some Characters )

This one made me go “awwww.” Because I don’t really write enough Bowman & Jiria. The little cuties need more love. Thanks for the prompt!

Near the end of summer, when temperatures finally relented and the cicadas were fat and happy as they sang, Wellwood saw more activity than ever. The knights trained more earnestly to prepare for the encroaching animals of autumn. Nestlings at the right age practiced their flying in hopeful leaps along the ground before the cold would make that impossible. The Big Oak at the heart of the forest saw more visitors to its platforms and boughs as the heat no longer threatened to dry out a pair of wings trying to gather sunlight.

Bowman might normally be out on his patrols at this time of day, but he hadn’t left yet. He lingered at the oak to share a platform and a few more minutes with his date.

He and Jiria sat side by side on a platform, with their legs hanging over the side. They each had a wing open wide to catch the sun while the wings closer to each other brushed together. Jiria’s head rested on his shoulder and he absently played with her pale green braids while she dozed in a suntrance.

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In Trouble Again?


“Why are you hiding behind me? What did you do?”

This one was fun. Way too much fun.

Visiting the village of Wellwood had become something Jacob looked forward to with every opportunity that arose. Long weekends off school or extra time off from his odd jobs almost guaranteed he would make the drive back to the forest that no one else seemed to realized contained a secret. Far beyond the campgrounds and the fence, Jacob made his way towards the idyllic village tucked away in the heart of the woods.

Out there surrounded by the green and gold of the canopy and the earthy tones of the tree trunks and the ground under his boots, Jacob felt the stress falling away. Out here, the most he had to worry about was stepping on slick mud and losing his footing.

The closer he came to his destination, the more he watched where he walked. If someone was wandering outside the village, he didn’t want to risk stepping on them. The sprites were smaller than his hand.

Wings or not, they were vulnerable when he was around, and he didn’t plan to betray the trust they’d placed in him years ago.

The gentle sound of water coursing through the stream ahead signalled that he was close. The village came into view not long after, small homes grown right onto the branches and trunks of a cluster of pine trees. The water in the stream glinted cheerily, and beyond the pines there was a sunny, round clearing. The village of Wellwood seemed to greet Jacob like a long-wandering resident.

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8 Facts about Jiria Petalkin

I was tagged by @borrowedtimeandspace​! And for my lesser-known wood sprite bae, Jiria.

  1. She is an only child and grew up wishing she had a younger sister. This was until her friend got a younger sister, and then she alternated between wanting to play with the sprout and wanting to avoid it entirely.
  2. It took her three tries to convince Bowman Leafwing to meet her without someone else around so she could ask him to court her.
  3. Their courtship is very lax and comfortable – when it’s not fiercely competitive. Jiria hasn’t won a race yet, but she’s hoping to someday.
  4. She considered training to be a knight, but decided she didn’t have it in her to hurt encroaching animals, as knights have to do from time to time.
  5. She stands at about 3.6 inches tall, and has a fairly athletic build from races.
  6. Her favorite food is hawthorn berries with honey drizzled on. Since Wellwood doesn’t have many hawthorn trees, it’s not often that she gets a chance at this. Bowman brings some to her from his patrols sometimes.
  7. The Petalkin surname is very old among the Wellwood sprites. However, thanks to her brash attitude and flight-ready fitness, Jiria would not be categorized as a flowerkin, herself, the source of the name (a term for dainty or mild sprites, used for male or female sprites interchangeably).
  8. Flying higher than the canopy makes her nervous, but she does like to hide among the branches of the Big Oak to see out across the forest.

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