Neamh. Evie. Neamh. Evie. Lend, Lend, Lend. Neamh. Evie.What are you doing, my love?I scowled at Reth for breaking my concentration. Thinking. Shut up. The Light Queen was speechifying up on a podium made of liquid light, her radiance bathing all the faeries in a glow that was nearly overpowering. Within a few seconds of being around this much faerie glamour I was having a hard time seeing straight and found myself slack-jawed and dazed. Thus, the name equivalent of pinching myself.I realized at some point she had stopped talking, and now every single set of faerie eyes—a few hundred of them—were trained intently on me.Oh, uh, hey. I waved. What did I miss? I whispered to Reth.You’re supposed to tell us how to convince the Dark Court to join us.I—What? Seriously? I’m only here to make sure everything happens. I thought the queen would have a plan! I’m a glorified doorman. I open the gate, I close the gate. Nowhere in my job description of Empty One does it say I also manage to convince a mob of anti-Evie faeries to saunter through the gate.Reth smiled. And just when she’d finished praising human ingenuity and assuring us that everything will work out according to plan.Yes! Plan! Her plan! Gosh, you guys are sucking it up all over the place. Aren’t you supposed to have these things in place for centuries, or were you too busy writing pretty little poems to describe the plans that you never bothered actually making them?His golden eyes, now with fine lines around them, twinkled with amusement. We had a plan, my love. I was to fill you up and you were to open a fate for us immediately. But I seem to recall you doing everything in your power to resist and change that plan. So now we’ve had to account for all the other creatures from our world and conform to your requirements. I think you’ll find that we fey, while obviously superior in nearly every way, are not quite as adaptable as temporary creatures. If you want improvisations, you’ll have to provide it yourself.
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