1.18 Old Times

It wasn’t long till all of Glimmerbrook was covered in snow. Cordelia felt eternally thankful for Morgyn’s gift of the magical fireplace. They weren’t wrong, she was not sure how well she would survive without it. The nights were freezing. But during the day, especially on a sunny day like this, spending time at the campsite was a joy.

Cordelia had plans to travel to Winderburg with Grace that day – the spellcaster suggested the two of them go shopping for Winterfest gifts together. It was still early though, so Cordelia planned on roasting up some sausages on the fire for breakfast, and then perhaps getting a few more home improvements done.

The elf had other ideas.

“Ow!” Cordelia scoffed as the snowball hit her. “Dandy!”

“Gotcha!” He giggled happily. His giddiness was infectious. Cordelia figured she had no choice but to re-evaluate her plans for the morning.

“Oh, you think two can’t play this game?” She called out in a mock-menacing voice. Dandelion better be ready for retaliation.

Snowballs were flying through the air, accompanied by incessant laughter from both of the parties involved in the snowball fight. Both of them got so immersed that neither noticed the snow-white figure approaching from the other side of the river.

Cordelia spotted L Faba through the trees before Dandelion did. What was she doing here? She was well aware the mischief sage was not keen on her by any stretch of the imagination, but she’d never sought to find her in her own home.

Nonetheless, Cordelia wasn’t planning on finding out L Faba’s intentions. She made a spur of the moment decision to dive into a bush to hide.

Dandelion looked perplexed for a brief moment, but his expression soon turned into a cheesy grin when he saw his friend approach.

“Lulu!” He ran towards the sage through the snow. “What are you doing here? You haven’t been around here for… ever!”

She leapt into his arms. “Dandy, you know that’s a lie!”

“Well it feels like forever…”

“Oh shush, little sprout.” She hugged him tighter. Cordelia had a good view of L Faba’s face from the bush. Her joy at seeing Dandelion seemed genuine. Cordelia would never understand the mischief sage.

They finally let go of the embrace. L Faba glanced towards the shack. Cordelia drew further into the bush branches. Had the sage seen her?

“I see you’re still associating with the human,” L Faba said to Dandelion, as if to scold him.

“She’s my friend!” Dandelion protested.

“Dandy, when are you going to realise you need to be selective with those kinds of terms?” L Faba frowned at him.

When you actually act like a friend, instead of him having to call you one for unfounded reasons, Cordelia thought. But she did not emerge from the bushes to share her thoughts with the sage.

“I can have more than one friend!” Dandelion stood up for himself. “You’re my friend, and she’s my friend, so why can’t you just get along?” He gave her a pleading look.

L Faba sighed. “It’s not that simple.”

“Is it because she’s human?” He asked her, searching for an explanation of her distaste.

“Humans can often not be trusted.” L Faba nodded. “But there’s more to it than that. I… have my reasons. It would do you no good to know. Just trust me.”

“Well I have my reasons to be friends with her.” Dandelion said defensively. Cordelia felt so much love for him in that moment, seeing him stand up for her.

L Faba sighed. “Listen, Dandy, I didn’t come here to fight.” Her lips curled into a smile again, though as far as Cordelia could tell, this time, it was a lot more forced.

“I came to invite you over for Winterfest.” She explained.

Dandelion stared at her for a moment. “Winterfest… in the magic realm… with you?”

“You said it yourself, it’s been far too long,” L Faba admitted. “And I had such a good time catching up with you at the Spooky Day fair. Just wait till you see the HQ decorated for Winterfest, you’ll love it! More importantly, we’ll get to spend the holiday together… It will be just like the old times!”

“The old times.” Dandelion repeated. Cordelia could tell he was struggling with making a decision. She wasn’t sure why. Was he considering saying no on her account?

Before he could say much of anything, L Faba somehow materialised a violin and started playing.

The sage was far better violinist than Cordelia anticipated. She didn’t know the tune, but it was hauntingly beautiful. It was also strangely sad, though, something she would not have expected from the sage of mischief.

Whatever the song was, it clearly meant something to Dandelion. He watched the performance, mesmerised.

“Just like the old times.” He said again when she was done. “I’ve missed you, Lulu.”

“I know. I’m sorry. So will you come?” There almost seemed to a hint of uncertainty in her voice.

“Of course I’ll come.” Dandelion said softly.

The relief on L Faba’s face was brief, soon replaced by her usual confident smile. “Good. I’ll see you at HQ for Winterfest then. Without the human.”

And with that, she walked away.

Dandelion rushed towards the bush. “Cordie?”

Cordelia slowly crawled out of the tree branches. “Is she… gone?” She looked towards the path where L Faba had come from.

“I think so.” Dandelion nodded. “I wish the two of you got on better.”

“Yeah. Me too.” She agreed. “I guess you’re all set for Winterfest, though.”

He hesitated. “Are you mad at me?”

“What? No, of course not. You’re allowed to hang out with her. I know you miss her.” For some reason, she added in her head.

“She doesn’t want you to come with, though.” The elf pouted.

“That’s ok. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it very much.” She said truthfully, recalling her Harvestfest experience. “It’s going to be fun for you, though, I’m sure.”

He finally allowed himself to be excited. “I know, right!” His face lit up. “I haven’t been to the magic realm for Winterfest since I was little. I can’t wait!”

Cordelia tried her best to feign excitement for him. “That’s great. Anyway, Grace and I are going over to Windenburg to do some shopping today, so I better get some breakfast in my belly…”

“Oh, I’ll help!”

He followed her to the fire pit. They got the fire going, with Dandelion taking extra initiative to add logs. He was feeling guilty, Cordelia realised. That was unlike him.

“What was with the violin?” She asked him.

“Oh, Lulu has always played it to me, especially when we were little and I couldn’t fall asleep.” Dandelion explained. He sounded proud of L Faba’s skill. “She’s good, isn’t she?”

“She is.” Cordelia had to agree. She stared into the fire.

“Why did you ask I was mad at you, Dandy?” She asked him.

The elf’s face turned uncharacteristically serious. “Oh… well… I sort of knew she wouldn’t want you to come, even before she said it.”

Cordelia nodded. “Figures. But why would that make me angry?”

“I also sort of thought we would spend Winterfest together.” Dandelion told her. She looked up at him. “You know how nice Harvestfest was, with the little picnic feast, and getting you to meet all the gnomes and everything…”

Cordelia realised what he was trying to say. “Until I up and left you to go to the Charm manor.”

He looked away. “I’m not mad or anything. Wasn’t mad then, either. Just…”

“You were on your own again.” She finished the sentence for him, feeling the guilt in her stomach.

“But now you’ll be the one who’s going to be alone.” Dandelion nodded.

“Dandy… I’m sorry I left that day. I wish I hadn’t, believe me.” He had no idea, she thought. “But… that doesn’t mean you can’t go celebrate Winterfest with L Faba. It will be good for you. Don’t worry about me.”

“Maybe you could go to the Charm house again?” He suggested with a hopeful look on his face.

Unlikely, she thought, but she decided to go with it. “Yeah, maybe.”

“Then neither of us will be alone!” He beamed happily. “Oh Cordie, I can’t wait!”

He did a little dance of sorts, even though he was seated. Cordelia smiled to herself. At least one of them was going to have a good Winterfest.

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  1. Aw.. this chapter is fully of intrigue. I’m wondering if we get to see Dandy’s pov as he visits Magic HQ to find out what happened or the relationship between him and LFaba. I like this mystery. The thought of Dandy or Cordelia by themselves on the day of those festivals is so sad. :/ L Faba seems to really like Dandy. Wonder what happened for her to dislike humans so much.

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    1. We won’t get to see Dandy’s Winterfest this time around, since our view is still tied to Cordelia for now, but we will be branching out a bit (or a lot) wider soon 😉

      That’s a very good question about L Faba. One I can’t answer. Yet 😄

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  2. Hmm, I’m still wondering about L Faba’s and Dandy’s past. I can’t wait to find out more. And I’m excited to see more viewpoints. 🙂

    L Faba is strangely protective of Dandy. I don’t feel like there is any romantic chemistry, but I do feel like both of them went through something (maybe a difficult situation) that brought them close together.

    Aww, and I’m glad that Dandy stuck up for Cordelia.

    And Glimmerbrook is so pretty in the winter.

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    1. I’m liking your theories about Dandy and L Faba. Not that I can answer them haha!

      I haven’t really played in Glimmerbrook much up until starting this story, and I must say I’m impressed with how pretty it is for such a small world. (I just really wish they didn’t give every lot a stupidly large driveway!)

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  3. Yaaaaaassssss snowball fights with Dandy ❤ And LOL! Cordelia, hiding in a bush from your enemies is not the answer darling, especially if they very clearly see you hide! XD Wait, she actually didn’t notice?! For real? Looks like Le Mischief Sage is a bit oblivious to her surroundings, haha. Quick! Throw a snowball at her face, Cordie! Right now!

    Ouch. Oh, Dandy. I wonder what happened with Faba and him in their past, and why she’s so keen on keeping him for herself, even to his own detriment. I still don’t like her, but I am curious what her deal is.

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    1. L Faba did notice – that’s why she told Dandy she can see he still associates with the human. She just didn’t go out of her way to talk to Cordelia, which let’s face it, is a good thing for both of them.

      She has a colourful past, I can tell you that much. But it will be a while yet till we learn much about it.

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  4. …Alright, I’m cutting myself off because it’s so late and I have to sleep but I am going to get to the bottom of this mystery with L. Faba and dandy. At first, it just seemed like some fun mean girl type stuff, but now it feels sinister. I don’t trust the violin. I don’t trust how much Dandy doesn’t remember. I don’t trust her dislike of Cordelia. I have some theories but mostly, I don’t think L. Faba is who she says she is…

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    1. You’ve read loads, yes, get yourself to bed 😆 I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying it though 😊

      Intriguing! All I can really say on the matter is that L Faba and Dandy have a complicated past that goes way back.

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  5. Okay it looks like my suspicion that Faba’s dislike for Cory is more than just dislike for human is not wrong.. I bet it has something to do with the hooded guys from Cory’s childhood!

    Again it strikes me that Dandy is actually very childish. Like an elementary kid. He’s cute, but I wish he’d question more. And Cory seems to treat him more and more like a kid too.

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    1. L Faba is not one to warm up to people quickly in general, but yes, she does have her reasons for not liking Cordelia beyond the non-magical thing. As to what those reasons are, my lips are sealed, for now 🤐

      Dandelion does still have the mind of a child. We’ll see if it stays that way.

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  6. Whew! I just binge read so many chapters! After the Harvestfest chapter and this one, my current theory is that L Faba was one of the other members of the sprite cult at the ritual Cordelia crashed. Perhaps L lost favor with the sprites when they chose to forever follow Cordie instead.

    The violin thing was weird, very sus. With all the jokes about pets, L treats Dandy like hers.

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    1. Wow, you’ve been busy!

      Ooh, now that’s a theory and a half. Interesting, interesting.

      “With all the jokes about pets, L treats Dandy like hers.” Perhaps there’s a reason why that’s what her mind always goes to.

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  7. Before he could say much of anything, L Faba somehow materialised a violin and started playing.

    … autonomously? Autonomously.

    Oof, I wish L would just come out and tell Dandelion why she doesn’t approve of Cordelia. At this point it’s just making her look bad. My vote is on something happened that she blames herself for, and she thinks acting like Regina George is protecting Dandy somehow.

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    1. I’m pretty sure it was one of the annoying N.A.P.s, but it gave me an idea so I decided to include it/make it semi-plot relevant. 🙂

      You’re right, it’s not a good look. Why isn’t she telling him? Plenty of options I suppose, could be something that implicates her, something she doesn’t feel comfortable talking about, something she feels he’s better off not knowing for some reason, all of the above, none of the above… I guess we won’t know until she decides to share.

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  8. And the theory about backstories from well before Cordelia’s time grow. Though the line about L singing to Dandy when he was a kid either makes my first impressions wrong or super creepy. 😛

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    1. Oh hi, welcome back 🙂 I can confirm that there’s definitely plenty of history from before Cordelia’s arrival, so feel free to speculate away! Would definitely be curious to hear what those first impressions were haha

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      1. I got the briefest “amicable exes” feel from Dandy and L but considering they’re both elves it could be a found family kind of thing. To imagine L. Faba being motherly thought!

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