Jinx jumped as the voice sounded behind her. She turned just in time to see Sian race past and leap off the desk, wings flared to steady her fall.
Jinx leaned over the edge of the desk. “Sian?”
Sian landed in the sock drawer and disappeared.
Jinx glanced over her shoulder at the voice, one eyebrow raised.
Cheri, befreckled cheeks flushed to match her hair, fluttered over the papers and books scattered across the desk. She shut her wings, landing in a clear space, then scampered towards Jinx.
Jinx straightened her top hat, wondering what could be the matter this time, then looked up as Cheri skidded to a stop next to her.
“Where's Sian?” she demanded.
Jinx leaned against the dictionary behind her, flicking a strand of hair off her shoulder. “And you wish to know, why?”
Cheri huffed, sparks tickling her fingertips. “She messed up my flame practice!”
“Ah. I wondered why she was in such a hurry.” Jinx chuckled and tapped one thick shoe against the side of the desk. “Sian, do come up. Let's get this figured out, hm?”
Sian's black topped head poked above the socks, complete with the pink stripe in her bangs.
“Sian!” Cheri fumed.
Sian scowled as she disentangled herself from the socks and gave her dragon-like wings a flap to get herself airborne. She landed on the edge of the desk and crossed her arms. “Yes?”
Cheri put her hands on her hips. “Why'd you mess up my practice?!”
Sian shrugged. “Fun.” She smirked.
Cheri glowered. “Say sorry.”
“Say sorry! You...”
“One moment.” Jinx pushed herself to her feet and stretched her wings. “I suggest a duel.” Her eyes sparkled, though the rest of her demeanor remained cool as ever.
Cheri put her head to the side. “A... duel?”
Jinx shrugged and nodded. “In the occurrence of one being wronged, if the offender does not wish to apologize, a duel would be in order.”
Sian put her nose in the air. “That suits me fine.” Shadows danced across her fingers as she crouched into a fighting stance.
Cheri took a deep breath and cupped her hands under her mouth, ready to send a wave of fire at her antagonist.
“Wait!” Jinx stepped between the two, raising her hands. “Please. Let's not be vulgar. A duel is properly carried out with swords.” She pulled two slender blades from their sheaths at her side and held them out.
Cheri's eyes brightened. “Cool!” She took one and twirled it, trying to imitate the flourish Jinx perfected when she fought. The blade almost flew from her hand, and she scrambled to gain control of it again.
Sian sniggered, brushing hair from her face. “Amazing.”
Jinx sighed and waved a hand. “Begin.”
Sian darted in before Cheri had a chance to react, swinging her sword at her head. Cheri snapped up her blade, just barely fending off the blow.
Cheri jumped as their author walked into the room.
“What are you two doing?!”
Cheri raised her chin. “Having a duel.”
The author raised an eyebrow. “A duel.” She glanced at Jinx with a sigh, waiting for an explanation.
Jinx shrugged. “They couldn't solve their differences on their own.”
The author put a hand to her forehead and groaned. “You all are going to drive me crazy!” She slumped into her chair and plucked up her pen.
“What are you doing?!” Cheri demanded.
The author didn't answer, only pulled out a spare piece of paper and began writing.
Cheri blinked as she felt her anger melting away. She glanced at Sian, who frowned and looked at the ground.
“I... I'm sorry,” she admitted.
Cheri smiled, naturally forgiving nature coming into effect. She bounced over and tackled her in a hug.
Sian jerked back. “Hey! Just 'cause I'm sorry doesn't mean I want you plastered all over me!” She wiped at herself, then leaped off the desk and flapped away.
Cheri watched her go, hands on her hips. “Well.” She sniffed and stomped away as well as a faerie can stomp.
Jinx chuckled as she took her seat again, letting her legs hang off the desk. “Handy that,” she commented.
The author laughed. "Indeed."
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