Three Inches, unknown

This is from @Inventrix’s prompt for “a Pookah;” @DaHob picked species and name. Um, I might have just put pookah in Planner ‘Verse.

The world looked different down at 3″ from the pavers. More importantly, to Cynthia’s point of view, SHE looked different to the world at three inches from the pavers.

If she wasn’t careful, what she would look like was dinner, but she could work around that. Work under it, really; her small form was very good at burrowing, and there was a lot of space where the dirt was bare, space that, from her dim memories, would have been covered over, the last time she was through this city.

She’d eaten her way through a book, once, that had in it voles that really had to be called supervoles. Giant creatures that could dig through anything. While she wasn’t quite that impressive in her small form – she was under a foot long, after all – she could make mincemeat of loam or even hardpack clay.

And once she was there, under the lines of the wild gangs, under the places where the dirt tasted unhealthy and smelled like poison, she could pull back up, dirty and tired after an entire day but safe, into the small gardens at the heart of the city. She could pop her head up, and then the rest of her, traverse the rose garden while still tiny and furry, and then, with a shake to dislodge the dirt, she could stand.

The other girls in the chief’s harem wondered why she was his favorite. She was, they said, mousy (she didn’t correct them), small and a bit stout and brown. Her nose was pointed. But she, unlike them, got information to the chief that nobody else could and, while she lived, he would pamper and protect her, for that.

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14 thoughts on “Three Inches, unknown

      • What’s not to like about a garden? (as long as someone else does the weeding :)) I’m growing more and more interested in the Faeapoc with each piece that’s in it.

        • If one has a harem, one assumes one also has gardeners ;-D I like Fae Apoc, and I’ve easily written the most in it of any of my settings (since Addergoole is on its 9th book right now)

      • I seem to have gotten it into my head somehow that Lady Alouetta is Tir na Cali, actually. This may be because I know hardly anything about Tir na Cali. xD EITHER WAY~

  1. Pooka! This one is very unlike the pooka in my head, but I like her. That is a seriously neat ability! Love it.

      • Pooka in Changeling : The Dreaming are animal-spirits. They have very different powers. I also ran into a dog pooka in War for the Oaks.

          • Right. They have animal features and such. I don’t recall them shrinking… Which made this one interesting.

          • I never played one, I thought that they didn’t fully transform. Clearly, i need to play more Changeling! Not less interesting. I still don’t know what kind of animal she is exactly… maybe a vole?

          • Vole, yes. I don’t think I ever played one, but BJ did, and my Sidhe had a pookah retainer, and my eshu had a couple pookah lovers… um. I was a big ‘Ling nerd.

          • I liked ‘Ling a lot. Loved some bits of it. I just never connected much with Pooka. The truth thing, really. But I loved the magic of that setting.

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