"What is her condition?" Rhiannon demanded suddenly from her golden throne while turning her penetrating molten gaze on Selene & Helios who were both standing a few feet away and to the left of you. The sound of her voice held power and it immediately made everyone in the room turn their attention towards her. The Queen's small eyes narrowed down at Selene and the hostility behind them was thinly veiled at best. Selene, who had always come off as icy and haughty to you, was now visibly shrinking in on herself. Her delicate fine china features looked like they would break under the intense scrutiny of the queen. Little bouts of silver dust began sparking nervously off of her eggshell white moth like wings and she kept folding and unfolding her petite hands in front of her slim waist. Selene's tinkling wind chime voice answered the Queen timidly, "She seems to be stable now Your Majesty. Our dust has healed all of the artificial wounds and has managed to increase her blood flow sufficiently enough to replace some of the amount that she lost. She will be weak and anemic for awhile, but she should make a full recovery."
"What about her heart? Why did it stop beating?" Queen Rhiannon questioned her sweetly, but there was no mistaking the slightly threatening undertone. You didn't think it was possible, but Selene turned a shade whiter. Her exquisite mouth froze in a scared oh shape. Beside her Helios audibly gulped and looked a little worried as he replied for her in his matching wood flute like tones, "Your Majesty, the cuts to her body were very deep and numerous causing her to bleed out severely. We managed to stop the bleeding in time and our dust was able to jump start her circulatory system to where it could create enough new blood cells to sufficiently help her recover. However because of the speed of which she lost the blood initially, and because of the sheer amount she lost, her blood pressure dropped too low, which in turn made her heart unable to pump any more blood."
You were quite disturbed to find out that your heart had stopped and it probably showed on your face, however the Queen's stoic expression never changed as she listened to his explanation. "I was under the impression that you both were the Healing Faeries of Light are you not? So why were you both unable to start her heart back up?" she hissed quietly and furiously. Helios and Selene seemed to shrink back as if the Queen's words were like Oya's wind gusts; ready to strike them and send them flying. Selene visibly seemed to be shaking, all of her cold ethereal composure crumpled in an instant. Helios wrapped one well muscled and tanned arm around her frail shoulders in a protective and comforting gesture. His golden gossamer wings flickered erratically behind him. You couldn't tell if he was nervous or just plain ticked off. His raw masculine face was closed off and hard to read so it could have eaily gone either way or been a mixture of both. Helios took a step in front of Selene half shielding her with his body from the sight of the Queen. His voice was placating as he answered, "You see Your Majesty we had already used a great amount of dust on her the first time she was dying from her attack by the mermaids and then we had to use more afterwards to instill our dust seeker into her body so she could find her way here in case such an event happened again. With us both showering her in our dust so much in such a very little amount of time it appears that her body is now becoming immune to it."
There was a tense pause all around the room and it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop, or in this case you could literally hear the soft fluttering of The Faerie Court's wings. Queen Rhiannon sat back on her throne leisurely with one long slender leg crossed over the other and her lithe arms resting gently on the armrests. Her voice had lost some of it's edge as she said, "So naturally that is why Kwoth had to step in and shock her heart back into pumping again because she hasn't been exposed to his dust except for when he shrunk her?"
"Yes, Your Majesty," Helios nodded and his muscular gladiator body seemed to go eerily still as if he wasn't sure whether he should relax or be prepared for a fight. Behind him Selene went still as well, holding her breath and anticipating what the Queen might do next. On her throne Queen Rhiannon seemed pacified at last by this and with a regal wave of her hand dismissed the topic by saying, "Very well then. I suppose that can't be helped. In any case she is in no condition now to finish standing trial. She will stay here and rest a couple of days until her body has had time to heal and we will all reconvene then."
The tenseness in the room vanished with her declaration and the room tangibly breathed a sigh of relief. However panic welled up within you and words burst forth from your mouth without thought. "But it will be too late then! Peter and The Boys are fighting Hook this very instant! We don't have any time to lose! We must help them NOW!" you cried out from the cold marble floor where most of the Faerie Court members were still gathered around you here and there. A silent stunned pause filled the room to which you added more weakly, "Your Royal Highness." after you realized that you had just shouted out at her without being addressed. Wouldn't do to die twice in this place.
"Help them? Child you can't even stand on your own two feet. You aren't much help to them or yourself right now. I'm of a right mind to call the entire trial off and be done with this business, however I'm feeling generous today and so I will allow you to go and rest for a couple of hours and then you can come back and we will bring this matter to a conclusion." Queen Rhiannon folded her arms and seemed to be quite pleased with her unusual act of benevolence towards you. You knew you should have just shut up and accepted her offer, use the time to rest and gather your wits back, and comprise a well thought out strategy to face the Courts, but you weren't aware how much time had passed here in this cold sterile courtroom and Peter's life could be hanging in the balance with each and every second that passed on by. You had made it this far on insane bouts of courage and luck and so you just had to charge on ahead and pray that fate was on your side on this one. You painfully forced your numb legs to move until you were sitting on your knees and then you bowed to the Queen with your arms held out in front of you and your head tucked down. It was a gesture of submission and it cost your pride a lot to do it, but for Peter you'd do anything. Dizziness invaded your head and clouded your eyes, while your legs began to feel stinging pin pricks from them waking up. Your arms felt like they were made of jelly, but you had to push through the pain. It was either now or never. If you didn't get help from the Faerie Courts soon it could be all over for Peter, The Lost Boys, and Tiger Lily too.
"Your Royal Highness, please I throw myself on the mercy of The Courts and beg you to please continue on with the trial. I don't wish to waste anymore of your valuable time and The Lost Boys don't have much to spare anyways. Please I can do it, I can stand trial until it is finished. If I pass out then you have my full permission to reject my case and end my life. I beg of you don't stop the trial." you pleaded with her. You were on the verge of tears from panic, pain, and overall weariness. You weren't entirely confident you wouldn't pass out, but whatever was going to happen had to happen and soon. If Peter died while you were resting you'd never forgive yourself and if you died trying to do everything you could for him then you could make peace with that. Either way you had to try. It was do or die and everything was counting on this. You waited in agony for a few hushed seconds. Then suddenly the Queen's lilting voice proclaimed, "Very well, I will do as you wish, however if you cannot stand for the entire length of the proceedings then no help will be given to you or Peter Pan do you understand me? If you should fall then you will be immediately executed. I'm only allowing this to go on because your injuries are because of The Courts. Therefore we shall call it even with this. Everyone get back to your seats immediately! Gahiji. Maibe. The floor is yours."
All of the Faerie Court members immediately buzzed into action and flew to their individual assigned seats. They all sat down again as before except for the Egyptian looking couple who were standing in the middle between the shamefaced Oya and Deng and the shaken up Selene and Helios. The identical malicious smiles playing on both of their faces sent a chill down your spine. You got a real bad feeling about these two pixies and you knew instantly this wasn't going to go in your favor. Still you forced yourself to stand up and you took a few seconds to try and quell the overwhelming feeling of nausea that was bubbling up in the pit of your stomach. You could do this. You didn't have a choice. Everything was riding on what was about to come next and you were going to make sure to be on your feet come what may. There was no backing down now.
"Begin." Queen Rhiannon command and just like that it was game on.
To be continued…
Authors Note: Yes, it is that long awaited or long dreaded day: Valentines Day! Whether you have a significant other or not, just remember this is a day about love and chocolate not necessarily couples. So rather than focusing on any loneliness focus on the people and things you love in your life or you know just the characters you love like Peter Pan or whoever lol. Like I said last time we have a few chapters more with the Courts so now we get to meet the last couple Gahiji and Maibe. What will happen next? Stay tuned for the next chapter to find out! Much love to you all!