A random snippet from the new No Man’s series story…
“I am the Emissary of the Elven Kingdom of the Golden Sycamore.” The sylph turns her head back to Luk. “We wish you to deny Stromberg the lives. When previously informed of this situation, the Merlin was accepting of the urgency and problematic nature of this.”
“Which Merlin was this?” Elise asks, in her sweetest and most confused elderly-lady manner.
The sylph shrugs. “Human names are not memorable to me.”
“Nevertheless,” Luk puts in. “Stromberg is going to, at some uncertain point in the future, try to…what? Kill a bunch of humans? And that somehow powers their Castle?”
“Steal,” the sylph corrects. “We do not know what they do with them, only that they are taken into the Castle and Stromberg’s power is renewed. We do not want this to happen.”
“Yes, I got that. So, the million-dollar question: why should I care?”
Rachel’s sigh is strong enough to blow biscuit crumbs off the plate. Elise reaches out and carefully brushes them up, before standing to deposit them in the sink.
“The previous Merlin considered this-”
“Yes, I’m sure,” Luk says. “But I don’t care. Stromberg can’t have been kidnapping ridiculous numbers of humans, otherwise the rest of Faerie and most of the human world would have taken steps, so I don’t see why you’re trying to get me involved in something that’s obviously a power play between two Courts.”
“If they’re kidnapping people, Luk…” Rachel starts.
“People die every day. The Fae kidnapping humans is nothing new. I’ve got enough to do without getting my ass put on the line by a power that’s perfectly able to deal with it themselves if they wanted to.”
“Do young humans going missing not bother you?”
“Children?” Rachel says, giving Luk a glare. “They’re kidnapping children to somehow power their Castle?”
Luk rolls his eyes. “Go join a charity commission if you’re going to be that much of a preacher! If they’re still powerful it’s obviously not the first time they’ve done it, so there’s still no reason why I should care.”
“If you do this,” the sylph says, “then the Elven Kingdom will consider one of your debts to us paid.”
Luk pauses, and then says, “Well, that’s just fucking bollocks. I don’t think I-”
“Fickin bullcks?” a small toddler’s voice says from the doorway.