Fair let out a deep breath and walked over and reluctantly took her place at the table.
“Where is your father?” WeFair asked.
“He is on the train,” Eddy said offhandedly. “He said this is something I need to do myself.”
Eddy swallowed hard.
Shaft gestured to the child to proceed.
He nodded and pulled on his collar.
“WeFair, I have come to bring you a gift,” he told her.
He started to fish around in his pockets in a clumsy fashion.
One of the guards stepped up and held out a hand.
“Oh, yeah,” Eddy said as he took an object from the guard.
The guard stepped back into position.
“I brought you this,” he said, holding out his hand.
Fair reeled at the sight. In his palm lay a small black felt box. She knew that box. Her suspicions where confirmed as he opened the lid, revealing three pieces of jewelry featuring vivid blue diamonds.
“No!” WeFair shouted out involuntarily.
“What?” Eddy said, pulling his hand back a little and looking at the contents.
“I can’t take them,” she said in a panicked voice. “Not those!”
Eddy dropped them on the table and stood back from them with a confused look.
“What is wrong, Fair child?” Lure asked her daughter.
Fair could only shake her head.
Shaft reached out and picked up the abandoned box. “I don’t see anything wrong with them.”
Her father fingered the jewels and passed them to his wife.
Lure examined them closely and pulled the necklace free of the container.
“It is really quite lovely,” Lure told her daughter.
Fair turned and looked at it in her mother’s hands.
“It is,” she admitted. “But I want it gone! Not those!”
WeFair turned to Eddy who bore a very hurt look on his face. “I am sorry, just not those.”
She got down from the table and stormed from the room.
“Well.” Eddy sounded bewildered. “That is not how my dad said it would go.”
“Wake up, Fair child!” Thomas shook the sleeping form on the settee. “It is time to get moving!”
“Huh?” She stirred and poked her head out from under the blanket. “It’s still dark out! I can hear the frog birds.”
“I have a special surprise for you today, but we have to leave very early to get there in time,” he said excitedly.
“What is it?” she asked, yawning and pulling the blanket off.
“I told you, it is a—”
Fair made a face as her feet hit the ground that startled Thomas and he stood up off of the bed.
Her eyes grew large then she took off at a run.
“What is wrong?” he called after her, chasing her through the library.
She did not answer but continued to dash across the main hall and into the guest wing.
“What is going on?” Margret showed up alongside Thomas.
“I don’t know. We are running!” he said and tried to keep up.
Fair disappeared behind a door and slammed it shut behind her.
Thomas slid to a stop, laughing, and Margret slammed into him. They fell splayed across the floor. Thomas could not stop laughing.
“What is so funny?” Margret asked.
He could not answer but a few moments later the door opened again. Fair stood there with her arms akimbo.
“Nothing is funny,” she said in a firm voice. “I just had to pee really bad!”
Thomas just laughed harder.
“Stop laughing!” she insisted. “I just had to pee!”
Thanks to Todd Barlow‘s editing skills, WeFair is a step closer to publication. I have to go through and give it my own edits and then format it for publishing. As I go through I will drop some excerpts and will start a cover reveal soon.
Amazing video of the world’s tallest man meeting the world’s smallest man hosted by Guinness World Records.