Chad and Darrell glared at Fardan but their faces fell when they saw Sora wasn’t moving inside the jar. Lilac covered her moth as tears tan down her face. Sora had to be okay. They couldn’t have been too late. The monster had kept Sora in the jar without food or air, and now the fairy was dead.
“”She passed last night,” Fardan said, staring into the jar. “I guess the journey and all was just too much for her.”
“Fardan, what have you done?” Chad asked through clenched teeth. “You murdered our friend.”
Fardan shrugged and tossed the jar at them. Lilac flew off of Darrell’s shoulder as the human dropped his bag and lunged forward to catch the jar. But Fardan was ready for Darrell’s attempt and pulled out a knife he had hidden in the waist of his pants. Fardan took a split second to aim then threw the knife. Darrell fell to the ground in a heap o the ground.
The knife had buried itself deep into Darrell’s neck and the jar shattered on the ground. the shards of glass slide through Sora’s dead body. Lilac screamed and few at Fardan, not sure what she could do, but was willing to do anything to avenge Sora and Darrell.
Chad ran to Darrell, but it was too late. He glared at Fardan, tears streaming down his face. He grabbed the knife and pulled it free before he slung his bag off to the side. He launched himself forward and rushed up the rest of the hill. His eyes never left Fardan’s laughing face.
Fardan continued to laugh at what he had done until another fairy attacked him. He yelped and swatted at Lilac as she flew this way and that way round the human. Lilac pulled out a tiny fairy knife she had hidden in her dark purple boot and even though it was small, she used it to slice the human who had hurt her friends. It left small cuts but they still hurt, Fardan yelping and cursing each time the tiny blade bit into his flesh. Lilac continued to slice at Fardan even when she saw Chad rushing towards them. She kept Fardan preoccupied until the last moment.
Lilac flew up and towards Chad, knowing that Fardan would turn to watch where she went. Fardan turned and gasped as Chad shoved the still bloodied knife deep into Fardan’s stomach. Chad pulled out the knife and stabbed Fardan repeatedly until Lilac flew in front of his face.
“Chad, stop. He’s dead,” Lilac said in a low voice in his ear.
Chad dropped the knife and Fardan’s body before he returned to Darrell. He looked over to where Sora ‘s body lay then up at Lilac who had followed him. “We need to take them home.” He picked up Sora’s body and gently set her body inside his bag. He put his bag on and lifted Darrell’s body.
The two left Fardan’s body behind, not caring what happened to it. The two travelled back the way they had came, neither talking. They camped at the same spot, too tired to go any further, ate, and made sure Darrell and Sora’s bodies were safe for the night.
The next day, the walked up and down the hills, through the meadow, and made it to the rickety bridge closer to 4 in the afternoon since they had to travel slower. Chad took a step on the bridge and looked over at Lilac who flew beside him. She nodded her head and with her encouragement, Chad made it to the other side, while carrying Darrell’s body over his shoulder. A few boards broke under foot and it swayed, but he made it across. Once he stepped off, he let out a long breath, he hadn’t realized he had been holding. They camped a ways away from the bridge, not wanting to be anywhere near it.
Outside of the human town, the two parted ways. Lilac carried Sora’s body back to the fairy realm where the fairies mourned her death. They placed her body gently on a flower and buried her in their version of a cemetery. Chad took Darrell back home where Darrell’s family and friends mourned their loss.
The fairy and human never saw one another again after the incident, both too traumatized by their adventure together.