“I see.” Alice spoke softly and wrote something in her notebook before she spoke again. “So tell me about this Danna and why the Little Ones referred to her as goddess. I don’t recall you saying they used any word for you except, Lord.”
“Tell you about Danna?” Glen wondered what he could say.
“Yes please.” Boston spoke as she came back loaded with goodies.
“They called her goddess because she was a goddess.” Glen thought that was obvious.
Alice threw her pencil down on the table. “No, please. It is hard enough to accept that you have lived so many lives and you can become those other lives, though I bet you can’t explain that one.” Glen shook his head.
“Something about exchanging the same basic genetic code,” he said, but Alice was not finished.
“It is even harder to imagine you as a woman, though at least I have seen that. I mean, I was raised a good catholic girl in a catholic school. I had Jesuits for teachers, not witch doctors. This god and goddess business is just too much, it is freaky; even beyond the fairies and the rest.”
“Would you like to meet a fairy?’ Glen asked. “Would it help to see with your own eyes?”
Alice said nothing. She preferred to stare and leave her mouth open at the thought, but Boston made up for Alice’s shortcomings. “Oh, yes, please. I don’t need to see Avalon or anything as grand as that, only, please. I would love to see a fairy.”
“I’ve gotten that impression,” Glen said. He called out in a way that made Bobbi and Lockhart both turn in their sleep. Fyodor mumbled some unintelligible response before he got quiet. Glen only said one word. “Pumpkin.” There was no flash of light or sound of trumpets or crack of thunder, or anything like that. There was just, out of nowhere, a seven inch person with wings beating faster than a hummingbird, hovering in the air, getting her bearings before she rushed to Glen’s face and hugged him and gave his cheek lots of kisses.
Alice had to put her hand to the back of her neck to brush the hair back down that had risen up. Boston got up from her sitting position to her knees, and she squinted. “Why is she so fuzzy looking? I can’t seem to get her in focus.”
“It’s alright, Pumpkin. These are friends. This is Alice. And this is Boston who was just saying how wonderful she thinks the fairies are.”
“You were?” Pumpkin zoomed up to Boston’s face and solidified so Boston could get a good look.
“I wasn’t. I was just thinking it really loud,” Boston said. “I think you are wonderful.”
“But you said that,” Pumpkin said. “I can’t hear your thinker. I am?” That last comment caught up with the excited fairy.
“Yes,” Boston affirmed. “But I am surprised. You sound just like a grown-up girl.”
“And how did you expect me to sound?” Pumpkin wondered. “Like a boy?”
“I think there is something in my coffee,” Alice said. She looked down before she almost spilled it. Pumpkin zoomed up to take a look.
“I don’t see anything.” The fairy smiled, and Alice got a good, close-up look.
Alice raised her finger. “May I?” She asked. She was asking Glen, but Pumpkin answered.
“Can you scratch my feet?” Pumpkin asked, and she lifted her legs so she looked like she was sitting in a chair, but she was still in mid-air, her wings pumping away; and Alice, after a moment, obliged.
“Mrs. Pumpkin.” Glen called after the matter was settled. “You are acting like a fee still wet behind the wings. Come here. We were just talking about you, and I was about to tell them about Moira. How is Moira?”
Mrs. Pumpkin fluttered over and sat cross-legged, just like Boston, except she sat on the corner of the bed. “Moira is fine.” Pumpkin sounded hesitant.
“What?” Glen had to ask.
“Well, if it wasn’t for me and Michaela, though she is getting older, you know, and Ellean, who is a hundred now and all full grown-up, I think Moira would be very lonely. Michaela has Mister Oliver and their two children. Michael is in college now, you know. And Ellean has Macreedy, and Moira still looks like she is just twenty-something, and I think she needs someone.”
“What?” Glen had to ask the question out loud.
“She needs a boyfriend.” Pumpkin said it flatly, turned a little red and her wings came out and fluttered, though she stayed seated where she was. “There, I said it.”
“And that was very brave of you,” Boston encouraged the fairy.
“I know,” Pumpkin commiserated. “My Lord can be so scary sometimes. I never know how he is going to react.”
“Me neither,” Boston agreed and she looked at Glen. He shook his head and yawned.
“Can’t help you,” he said. “The last thing a girl wants is to have her mother fix her up with someone, but the second-to-last has to be grandma interfering. This grandma can’t help you. I’m taking a strictly hands off policy.” Glen folded his arms to show his determination.
“Okay.” Alice spoke up. “You’re talking weird again. You better explain.”
“Actually, that is the rest of the story,” Glen said, and he sipped on his drink and sat up straight. “When Danna blinked, she, Pumpkin, Macreedy, Ellean, Prickles and Ignatius vanished from the University woods. We arrived at our destination in the same blink of an eye. Whenever a Goddess takes you somewhere, it is always in the blink of an eye.”
“That’s for sure,” Pumpkin said.
“Faster than light?” Boston asked.
“Much,” Pumpkin said. “And that light is pretty fast stuff. Why, it is even faster than me, the light I mean.”
“Instantaneous,” Glen said. “And then someone immediately asked, “Where are we?” I forget who.
“It was me,” Pumpkin insisted, and after a moment’s thought, Glen smiled.
“So it was.”