Lilias crouched under the ferns and gazed into the pool of water. The ripples from the tumbling stream rippled her reflection until it didn’t look at all like a girl fairy. Just some sort of humanoid shape bouncing along.
She was waiting for the moon to crest the trees and reveal to her what she desired most. It was said that on the first full moon after the spring equinox, if you glanced into this pool, what you wanted most would be shown. Lilias was surprised more fairies were not hiding. She was pretty sure she was the only one. It didn’t matter how many looked into the shimmer on the surface, everyone would see something different. The only real rule was to remain silent.
That would not matter to her. She was a mute fairy. She could fly and she could hear, but she couldn’t make a sound. Fairy doctors and magicians from all over had attended her and finally, it was determined, she would remain silent the rest of her life. She wished she could sing, she loved hearing harmonies from the other fairies as they sang with the birds and other creatures around. And she really wanted to laugh.
Lilias was sure her heart’s desire would be sound. She only hoped the way would not be strewn with hardship, but she was willing to take it.
The moon climbed into the trees, bit by bit reaching through the branches and new foliage to mirror itself in the pool. Lilias held her breath. She heard others hold theirs. Then suddenly, the luminous shadows grew silver and the moon was highlighted in liquid. She tore her eyes from the heavens and stared down near her feet. The pool had been transformed and was full of glowing white rocks and darting hues of darks. She thought those were fish, but where was her heart’s desire? She continued to stare until her eyes watered and the moon had moved on.
Her eyes full of tears she looked up and into the moon silver eyes of one of her best friends, Ryn. He skirted the edge of the pool to join her under the ferns and spoke.
“My heart’s desire was you.” He clasped her close and as he held her she heard the echo of his heart and hers. He would be her voice.