When I wake up, it takes me a minute to realize that I am not at home. I jolt awake, and sit up. From the looks of things, I believe that I am inside a rose, or some other flower. I look down at the bed and it's really soft, as if it were made of moss. When I look down I notice that all of my clothing is gone. I quickly ball up and cover my chest, where in the world did my clothes go? I don't have anymore so this is a REALLY big problem for me.
The covers slightly move next to me, when I look over, he is staring up at me. "Good morning." He smiles.
I hold myself even tighter, and I feel my face go red.
The petals above us rustle a little bit and then a female fairy lands on the yellow floor, which I assume is made of pollen. She bows, "Good morning your majesties, I assume you are ready to get dressed?"
"Of course, Alma, I always am."
"Would you like to go first, my lady?" She asks, ignoring him.
I shake my head. "No thanks. I am not comfortable going first."
"As you wish, my lady." She lifts her hands up, and some sort of sparkly stuff comes from the tip of her fingers.
Suddenly the blanket is taken away and made into a wall of some sort. Blocking anything from seeing in.
"Are you comfortable now? He won't be able to see you in this state."
I nod. I get up slowly and walk over to her. "So, are there any normal clothing options here?"
She shakes her head. "We have always used the things available to us. But don't worry, we do have some stylish options."
"Okay, pick whatever you think will suit me the best."
She nods and bows. After she looks me over a bit, she leaves.
I awkwardly stand there and wait for her return.
"So, how did you sleep last night?" I hear him ask behind me.
I turn around and he is standing right there at the edge of the bed.
I quickly look around to find something to cover myself with, and the plan fails.
He wraps me in his arms. "Don't be shy, we will be like this everyday, for as long as we live."
What? That is insanity! I can feel the tears poking at the edge of my eyes. I hold them back pretty well.
Alma comes back with some clothes for the both of us. She deals with me first, she puts me in what seems like a crop top, but it is made out of a leaf I think. She laces it up in the back and I notice that there is a small lotus flower to my left side. The skirt is a little different, it has several of the same size leaves on it, but it looks like they have been sewn together.
I look at my entire outfit, and suddenly Alma uses her magic and instantly french braids my hair.
"What do you think?" She asks.
"Do you have any small pink flowers to put into my hair? I think that they would look great with the rest of the outfit."
She uses her magic and a lotus flower seems to grow in my hair.
"Do you like this?" She asks.
I nod. "Thank you."
"It is no problem at all."
I turn to him and ask. "What is your name? I never got the chance to introduce myself."
"I am Zeer, it's a pleasure to meet you." His clothes magically appear on him. All he has is a green shirt and shorts.
"Oh, I am Rose."
"What do you mean?" I raise an eyebrow.
"I have decided to give you a new name. I hope you like the name Melva. It suits you very nicely."
I sigh. "Am I able to do anything of my own free will?"
"Of course, you can do anything you wish to do. As long as you stay by me."
"I want you to stay safe here. There are some fairies out here that will try to whisk you away from me." He pulls me close as if in dance and we twirl around for a few minutes.
I don't realize that my cheeks turn slightly red.
Zeer leans in close, wanting to kiss me. I lean in a bit as if in reflex, and then I snap out of my trance.
I pull away quickly and fly out the door, I don't know how far I fly, but I fly far. The next thing that I know, I am in a field of flowers. I looked around in surprise, who knew that there was a place like this. This place is so pretty, all kinds of flowers from different places.
I hear a slight buzzing noise and I hide in a tree. I didn't realize that I was actually back to my normal size again, luckily the leaves keep me hidden from whoever is coming.
"Melva!" I hear him calling me, I hate that name, my name is Rose. "Where are you?"
I look around once again and find a small patch of golden roses. I fly into it and hide inside the petals as my size changes once again. I am not sure how I am doing it, but for some reason I am.
I watch him as he looks around.
"I saw her fly this way, she couldn't have gone very far." He looks towards the roses and I swear I see him slightly shiver.
Once he is out of earshot I leave the rose bush. One of the thorns catches my arm and cuts me. "Ouch!" I hold my arm and take a look at it. I'm not bleeding much, that's good.
"Are you hurt?"
I quickly turn around and see Zeer standing there.
"What's wrong? Why did you fly away?"
"I had my reasons. I don't want to be a fairy. I want to go home."
"I know that you want to, it's going to be difficult to adjust-" He looks at my arm, and then back at me.
"I just got nicked by one of the thorns, no big deal."
The blood drains from his face. He quickly grabs me and drags me back as fast as he can.
"What's wrong?" I shout over the raging wind. I've never seen him fly this fast, or look this serious before.
"Those roses are deadly to us, I need to get you back now."
My heart drops.
We flew as fast as we could to the village. He takes me to a tall lilac bush, each flower is it's own room.
Zeer kinda throws me into a room.
I look him up and down, he's flushed and out of breath. "Are you okay?" He asks between breaths.
I nod. "Are you?"
He nods back. "Just a little tired." His wings stop fluttering and he falls.
I quickly fly to him and catch him in mid air.
A fairy flies to us. "Is something the matter, your majesties?" She attempts to come closer, but I fly back.
"Follow me, quickly."
I follow her closely, but not too close to get her sick.
We end up at a bleeding heart flower a ways away from the hospital.
She opens the bud with her magic. "Stay in here until he's better."
I nod and enter the flower bud. It reminds me a lot of a hospital room, just made out of natural materials. I lay him down on a mossy bed, and cover him with a woven blanket made out of tree tinder. I wonder if they know that's flammable. After I practice hovering for a while, I lay next to Zeer.
"Why am I not the one to get sick? All I'm doing is causing more trouble than what it's worth. You should have just let me die amongst the trees." Tears well in my eyes, all of my emotions seem to hit me at once.
"Don't cry." Zeer opens his eyes. "You were worth saving. I don't regret a thing." He places his hand on my cheek. "Everyone is worth saving."
I wipe the tears away, and take a deep breath. "I'm surprised you're awake, it's only been a few hours."
"I'm a lot stronger than you think." He smirks. "Besides, my exposure was limited, I should be fine tomorrow morning."
"What do we do until then?"
He chuckles. "Well, there are a few things we can do." He winks at me.
I scoot away from him a little. "No way in hell am I ever doing that with you."
"You're no fun. Do you have any questions?"
I hesitated for a minute, I didn't think he was willing to tell me anything. Where do I even begin? "Why are the golden roses poisonous?"
He takes a deep breath. "It's been that way as far as I can remember. My parents told me that a fairy cursed those flowers."
"Mostly to get humans away from our homeland, but the curse backfired and it's harmful to us instead."
"That's why I'm not sick."
He nods. "You were once human, and will always stay with you. You're immune to just about everything." He looks at me with a smile on his face.
I sit up and lean against the wall. "Looks like the color is coming back to your face." I slightly smile.
"Why do you look so sad?" He asks.
"Well, everything in my life has changed so fast. I go from dying, to a fairy princess in less than a day. My family is gone, I have no friends. I'm starting over with all the memories I've had. I feel so alone right now."
"Well, you're not alone. I can at least tell you that much. I know it's rough at first, but you can make new memories with your new friends." He gently takes my hand. "I know we met yesterday, but just know that if you have any problems I am here to help. All I ask is that you give me a chance, let me show you your new world."
I raise an eyebrow. "Well, you better get some rest first. I'm sure you have a lot to show me."
"It's not that not anymore, with the human world developing more and taking more of our land. Eventually we will have no place to live, and we'll die out. That's why we are grateful to have this place, even if there is a human home nearby."
I guess I saved them without knowing it. Luckily there are so many acres of land here, they can live peacefully. "Here's another question. Why a bleeding heart?"
"It has the most effective healing properties. But after we leave, the bud will die. This flower is the only one in the forest. So we have to use it very sparingly."
We talk for a while longer and I notice the walls turning brown. "Looks like it's already starting to wilt."
He sits up. "I guess we better take our leave then."
I stand up with him. "Okay."
With his strength back and fever gone, we flew around his kingdom. Looking at all the flowers that are actually homes, the tall bushes where they collect food. I even flew through the field of flowers, I wonder if one day we can spend the day here.
We finally get back to our home, which turns out to be a red tulip. After exploring the fairy world and seeing everything, I plop onto the mossy bed. "That was amazing." I say, slightly out of breath.
"Glad you had fun. I have some important business to attend to, I'll be back later."
"Okay, I am gonna get some sleep. I feel exhausted."
"You used a lot of energy to fly today, the longer you train your wings, the longer you can fly. I'll see you in the morning."
He leaves the flower, and I am alone. I climb into bed and wrap the blanket around me, it's not long before I fall asleep.
I wake up to the sound of petals rustling, Zeer must be back. I roll over so he has room to sleep. After what feels like a minute or two, I sit up wondering if he is even going to sleep at all. "Are you coming to bed?"
There's no response.
Suddenly, there's a hand over my face. I think I fought back, but all I saw was black.