Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Moving sirens|
I smiled at Crystal playing with the other dryad girls. The twins were the darlings of the sprites and chased them until they fell asleep. The sprites had learned and would bring the girls home when that happened. There was a large growing grove not to far from our home with all the trees grown from the acorns I had brought back.
Silky slipped onto my lap as I watched journeyman Simon. I smiled and held her still as I watched the spell form and snap into being. He sighed and looked at me and I nodded, “nice.”
He grinned and turned to take the baby a dryad handed him on her way to the warm water in the spa. I looked at Silky, “I think he only has a little while before he is ready to go out on his own.”
She wiggled, “I think you got me pregnant.”
I looked at her and raised an eyebrow, “I did not feel you enspelling...”
She touched my lips, “I did not.”
I looked at her and then at our daughters as they ran around shrieking while they played. I touched her pelvis and whispered a spell. I blinked at the answer I got and looked into her eyes, “a boy.”
She smiled, “I think so.”
I grinned, “silly nymph.”
She leaned against me, “he will have a lot of girls wanting him.”
I hugged her and glanced at the sprites as several sped towards us, “someone comes!”
I looked at journeyman Simon, “get with Merlin and work on the next part of the spell sequence.”
He nodded as he tossed his daughter into the air and she slowed before floating down and after him. Silky giggled before kissing my cheek and standing. She walked towards the spa and I followed her with my eyes before turning to watch several men walk out of the evergreens. By their dress they looked like seamen and their walk had a rolling gate to it.
They stopped and stared at the dryads in the water and all the little girls that had stopped playing to watch them. Crystal walked away from the other girls, “are you here to see father?”
They looked at each other and she took one’s hand, “come on.”
She pulled on his hand as she started for me and I smiled. She looked back, “I caught you so you have too...”
I gestured and she squeaked before looking at me, “dad!”
I smiled, “no they will not mate with you. I will tell you when you are old enough and you have years to go.”
She pouted and the men looked at each other as Silky walked out of the water, “come daughter.”
Crystal dropped the man’s hand, “it isn’t far.”
The dryads laughed but Silky only smiled, “first your tree must be old enough to produce an acorn. If you ask it I’m sure it would tell you to wait. Second you must be old enough to conceive and that will be years from now.”
I watched my daughter sigh as she took her mother’s hand, “I always have to wait.”
Silky walked into the water with her as the men shook themselves and continued walking towards me, “master mage?”
I gestured to the other seats and they sat before the one that had spoken cleared his throat, “we have a problem. Not to far from our village is a rocky cove with a large group of sirens.”
I waited and he blushed, “they have lured many ships in and caused wrecks.”
He looked at the other men, “we need them killed or a spell to quiet them.”
I sat back as I thought and remembered a book about sirens. I nodded before looking at Silky, “Silky? You need to go help the girls pack. We are going for a vacation.”
She sighed and whispered something to the other dryads who laughed as she climbed out and pulled Crystal with her, “Holly, Ivy!”
The sprites chased them towards Silky as I looked at the men, “and how did you get here?”
They looked away from Silky and at me, “a mage gate.”
I listened to their description before standing and walking into the house, “Merlin!”
He appeared and I smiled, “we are going out. Would you pack for the family and while we are gone Simon needs help with the next part of the spell sequence.”
He nodded and vanished as I went looking for Silky and the girls. They each had packs like mine when we left. The men had been tempted to stay with the dryads for awhile but didn’t. We appeared on a cold rocky coast and I glanced at Silky and my daughters before whispering a spell. I followed the men until we reached a low cliff.
One pointed to the right towards a rocky point of land, “the sirens are around that point.”
He looked the other way, “our village is there.”
I nodded and turned to head towards the rocky point and glanced at Silky, “it’s a little chilly here.”
She shivered even though my spell kept her warm, “and the trees are stunted.”
I glanced at the few trees and nodded before absently gesturing and lifting the girls to float them after us. I heard the sirens before we reached the point and stopped to whisper another spell to block the sound. The cove we saw when we climbed around and down the rocks was almost barren.
I saw a dozen female heads stick out of the water and kept going until we reached a tiny sandy section. I looked around, it was above the high water line so I knew we would stay fairly dry. I took my pack off and ignored the growing number of sirens in the water watching. Silky helped me set up a large tent as the girls explored.
I kept an eye on them and watched as Crystal went to the edge of the water, “why don’t you come out?”
I smiled as Silky started to go after her and caught her hand and shook my head. One of the siren swam closer, “why don’t you come in?”
My daughter put a foot in the water and yanked it back, “its cold and feels bad.”
The siren smiled, “not to us.”
I pushed Silky toward Ivy and Holly who were trying to climb large rocks and started for Crystal. I stood behind her and looked at the siren as it moved back. She almost glared, “are you here to kill us?”
I smiled and put my hands on my daughter’s shoulders, “why would I kill you?”
They looked at each other and one swam closer, “men always hunt us.”
I glanced at even more heads poking out of the water, “because you lure ships into the rocks.”
They waited and I looked around, “it looks barren and cold here.”
I turned Crystal and pushed her towards her mother who was collecting rocks with the other girls, “have you ever thought about living in warmer water?”
I walked to the pile of rocks and murmured the spell that made them burst into flames. I made chairs while the girls and Silky warmed themselves. I made sure the pads we were sleeping on were thick enough with lots of blankets. Only a few sirens were near as I used sand to make glass for a large empty globe.
I sent it out into the ocean to fill before letting it float above the fire. I murmured a spell as I sat and pulled Crystal onto my lap. Silky held the other two girls as the globe swirled with color before clearing to show a bright sunny cove. It had lush green palm trees and we even saw a turtle on a beach.
My daughter shifted, “can we go there?”
I smiled, “well it is warmer and this is our vacation.”
She grinned, “the trees look funny.”
I looked at Silky, “they are just different like your tree and the pines.”
She nodded and Silky stood to start cooking dinner, well warm it. As it grew dark Silky sat with the girls close to the ocean and began a song. I smiled as several sirens swam near and listened. When the song ending the sirens began to sing. I watched Crystal tilt her head and listen before joining their song in a harmony.
When the song faded into the night a siren sighed in the darkness, “good night sister.”
Silky pulled the girls up and to the tent as I set wards and followed her. The girls fell asleep quickly as I lay holding Silky and hoped the sirens came closer to get a good look at the globe. I woke to the grumble of a distant storm and glanced at Silky and then our girls. I slipped out of bed and dressed before going out and stretching as I looked at the distant storm moving in.
I looked at the globe before sending it out over the water. I caused the flames from the rocks to surge higher and hotter before sitting. I glanced at the three sirens when they emerged below the globe, “we will be leaving your cove later.”
One swam closer, “could you take us with you?”
I looked at the others, “yes after my wife and children are ready to go.”
She looked at the others before smiling at me, “I would like to swim in warm water.”
It was a little while before Silky came out and moved to the fire to warm up. I smiled as she wiggled and turned to grin at me, “I lost my bed warmer.”
The sirens giggled and Silky glanced at them and waved. She came to sit on my lap, “when are we leaving?”
It was a whisper and I smiled, “after the girls are up and fed.”
More sirens appeared as Silky went to wake the girls and I made a small pot of warm cereal for them. While they ate I whispered a spell that packed everything up. I waded into the cold ocean and looked at the faint scene in the globe before placing my hand on it and beginning a long spell.
When I finished the globe seemed to expand and sink into the water until it was half submerged. I turned to walk out of the water and to Silky as the sirens moved closer. One reached out to touch the globe and vanished, she appeared in the globe and looked around. One of the others called her name and she turned before grinning, “the water feels so good.”
Another swam closer and reached out and she to vanished and appeared beside the first. I cleaned up after the girls as one by one the sirens vanished. I slipped my pack on and waited for Silky and the girls before walking into the water. I gestured and the globe shifted and moved closer to the beach.
I reached back for Silky’s hand, “everyone holding hands?”
The girls nodded and Silky squeezed my hand, “yes.”
I reached out to touch the globe and there was the swirl of color and light before we were suddenly standing in the warm water just off the beach. The globe shimmered behind us before fading away. I started for the beach and pulled Silky and the girls after me, “the sun should be up soon.”
I made camp under the trees as the girls ran around. As the sun began to rise I sat with Holly and Ivy to build a large sand castle. Silky and Crystal walked in the surf and I saw the sirens in the bay several times. A week later I waded into the water and a siren swam to me. I smiled, “well? Is this place better or do you wish to return?”
She grinned, “it is better.”
I nodded, “we must leave.”
She moved back, “thank you mage.”
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