Eternity was amusing herself by stringing together paper clips in long strings and hanging them from the ceiling of Eidolons office like silvery vines. She would swing between them, singing to herself as she went, about how boring the day was. There would be a Circle meeting that evening so the chance of going out and doing anything of interest to her was slim.
Eidolon was paging through a book and would glance up at her antics here and there and smile. She was usually very calm and reserved, but as all fairies are she was also spontaneous and given to fits of silliness like this. He was glad to see her playing again, she had been grieving as he had over the losses of the previous years events. They were both finally beginning to accept things and move on. As he read on he listened to her amusing songs about being stuck inside on such a nice day.
“It’s warm and bright out there,” the fairy twittered as she swung from her paper clips, “but it’s just as fun in here in the dark with Eidolon doing nothing at all. If the sun goes out and i never see it again, I will make him build me a new one.”
“You are going to clean that up when you are finished,” Eidolon smirked while he listened to the clicking metal vines as she fluttered about the room. There were several hours until he would have to drag himself to the meeting, and he wasn’t doing anything particularly important. He knew she would refuse the offer if he sent her out on her own, Eternity had been ever vigilant of his moods and refused to leave him alone to ‘mope about in the dark’.
“Maybe,” she teased. “And maybe i like the new decor.”
Eidolon closed the book leaving it on the desk as he stood up to admire her handy work. Multiple lengths of tiny metal strings covered most of the room at this point all clicking madly as she swung between them. “And maybe if you straighten up this mess we’ll take a walk.”
She jumped at the chance and started a delightful dance of magic. Each of her strings broke apart and swirled around the room as she led them in a march to the desk. She jumped from clip to clip on her toes her magic making her shimmer as she moved. The room was filled with a dance of light and paper clips, Eidolon watched her spectacle and smiled. Fairies were such a joy to watch. Things that could be done so simply in the blink of an eye when left to a fairy became a display of elegance, instead of letting the magic simply do it’s work they put such flare into the spells they used so easily. The beauty of something so simple as cleaning up a mornings boredom was enough to inspire awe and respect for power he often took for granted. As the last of the small metal clips landed in the cup on the desk the spell began to fade, the twinkling light of her dust dissolving into the air leaving it charged with a subtle energy only noticeable to those like herself and Eidolon who were so in sync with magic themselves. Any normal creature who happened upon this room would just experience the effects in ways they would never understand, a sense of calm may take hold of them, or happiness. The effect left behind would greatly depend on the mood of the fairy during her casting. And Eternity was overjoyed with the prospect of a few hours outside in the sun. She rushed to Eidolon excited.
“What would you like to do, then?” He asked as they headed out the office door. His mood souring slightly as he caught site of Kage on the stairs heading up to his own office. He gave a slight nod of acknowledgement and then chose to ignore the unpleasantness of the demons presence.
“Just walking is fine,” Eternity admitted. She was just glad to be leaving the confines of the office for a few hours in the sun, but as she didn’t want to waste the opportunity of his offer, “Or we could go get sweets and picnic in the park!”
“Anything you like,” He tapped his shoulder to offer her a perch there which she took, wrapping her legs beneath her gracefully as she made herself comfortable. He was glad of her constant companionship. Comforted by her voice and warmth. Without her presence and the growing friendship with Gabriel, the last year would have been unbearable. She so often catered to his moods, his work, his schedule without complaint or expectation of anything in return. He owed it to her to indulge her whims on occasion.
“Then i want lots of chocolate,” She grinned as they made their way outside. She soaked in the warmth and light of the midday sun as it washed over them and breathed in deeply her first fresh air of the day. The smell of some local cafe caught her attention, “And whatever that is! It smells delicious!”
After locating and purchasing her growing list of snacks Eidolon walked to the park and let her rummage through paper packages and start to eat. He found himself a patch of grass beside her and sat quietly, entertained by her over indulgence. It was a lovely day. The sun warm but not overbearing, the soft breeze that passed every so often carrying a soft flowery bouquet from the trees that were reaching their first bloom of the season. He reached over Eternity to take a piece from the pile of bacon she had insisted on and the slapped at his hands playfully.
“Aren’t you supposed to ask first?” She said as she swallowed a piece of cake and licked her fingers. She knew of course she wouldn’t finish even half of what he had gotten for her, but was determined to have a taste of all of it.
Eidolon grinned as he ate her snack then found himself laughing as she put on a play of shock at his behavior.
“Oh my,” she gasped, “Such awful manners!”
She quickly went back to her snacks. Taking bits of everything as she swayed happily. She broke apart strips of bacon and smashed them around tiny pieces of cake making herself odd flavored sandwiches. She enjoyed her creations and Eidolons company while they watched the people go by. When she had her fill of snacks Eternity started feeding the remains to the local residents of the park to amuse herself. Ducks and geese crowded around her squawking loudly their thanks at an easy meal and of course demanding more. Squirrels snuck up between them to snatch anything the birds had missed. Eternity giggled as she played with them, playing chase with the squirrels, riding on one such squirrel as she scattered more crumbs for the smaller birds, trying to make all the geese honk in unison, and glad to see Eidolon smiling as she did. Her somber master needed to take a few moments to enjoy himself once in a while.
They spent the afternoon enjoying the weather, watching the passers by, and chatting with one another. Eidolon had made the trip hoping to ease her boredom and frustration but realized that he needed the break as much as she did. In an effort to forget about the things that haunted him he had buried himself in busy work and shut himself off. Gabriel seemed to be the only one who could lure him out for a few hours, and once they parted he was back to his grief. He felt guilty suddenly for what he had put Eternity through.
“I apologize,” He confessed as she chased after a butterfly, suddenly stopping when she heard his words and turning to face him. “I’ve been neglecting you.”
“Nothing to worry about, Eidolon.” She smiled as she came closer and laid her tiny hand on his knee.”I’ve been with you a long time, I know you were hurting and I don’t feel neglected.”
The conversation and their pleasant day was interrupted by the phone vibrating in his pocket. Kage calling with a pointless reminder of the evenings meeting no doubt. But as he sighed and answered, a look of understanding passed between the two of them. He stood as he took the call and with an instant of fast magic cleaned up the mess of the day and gestured for Eternity to follow as he spoke to the caller. She hurried to his shoulder and swayed happily as they walked back to the Circle building.