Monday, December 12, 2011

Fairy Lessons

Hi, this is Bree. It took me a few days to get over the shock of what Inna told me, and Inna was really nice about it. She was normal and friendly, but didn't bring it up. After I'd had some time to adjust, I went next door and asked her to tell me everything I would need to know about being one of the Fae, so I could tell Fiona too. Inna seemed relieved that I'd started to accept the news, and she told me some things we should be aware of. I took notes. I'm going to copy what she told me into the blog so our friends will know too. It's late, but I'm having trouble sleeping, so I may as well get this written down.


1.) There are lots of different kinds of fairies.

Big ones, small ones, tall ones, short ones... nice ones, and mean ones. Some look pretty much like humans, with just a certain "something" to distinguish them. Some look really different. Some have horns, or hooves, or odd coloured eyes, or skin and hair colours humans can't be born with, like green or purple. A few have wings, although that's less common that pop culture portrays. There are a lot of different kinds of talents, abilities, and magical powers. There isn't an easy way to define all of us.

2.) Not all fairies are nice.

This is important to remember. It's kind of like humans. Some are great, most are alright most of the time, and some are really horrible. You shouldn't automatically trust a fairy, any more than you should automatically take the word of a human stranger. Many groups of fairies value deception and illusion, so you need to be careful of that. Some fairies are malicious for fun, and some take "jokes" too far. Being one of the Fae doesn't mean you have to be a bad person, though. I'm still the same person I was all along.

3.) Different kinds have different cultures and customs.

Fairies are as diverse as... well, human cultures. Maybe more so, because all humans are humans, and different kinds of Fae can be totally different creatures. What is seen as a compliment to one group may be an insult to another, and vice versa. Some value secrecy, and some see how far they can push it without being discovered. Some live in big groups, and some live in families or completely alone.

If you don't know who you're dealing with, it's better to be as cautious and neutral as possible. If you do know who you're dealing with, you can score a lot of points by being aware of their ways, and can avoid their usual wiles.

4.) They don't all get along.

There's a lot of in-fighting among the Fae, both within groups and between groups. In fact, fairies can be quite horrible and cruel to each other, as well as to humans. It's important to remember that, and to avoid getting into the middle of arguments you don't understand.

5.) In many parts of the world, there are two main groups, the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court.

This is apparently one of the main rivalries in the fairy world. (But not the only rivalry... there are lots, probably more rivalries than there are Fae since many have more than one.) The Seelie Court are more concerned for appearances and custom, and the Unseelie are more wild and crazy.

Some people think that the Seelie are good and the Unseelie are bad, but... it's more complicated than that. The Seelie are more concerned about being thought to be good, but both can be really mean, and members of both can be really nice. It's more down to the individuals involved.

From a political standpoint, though, the two courts are important to know about.

6.) The fact someone doesn't look like a fairy doesn't mean they aren't.

I kind of knew this, because... well... me. Blakeney says my skin is hard to photograph right, but other than that - no difference from anyone else. If you passed me or Inna on the street, you wouldn't think we looked unusual.

Of course, some fairies can't pass for humans at all, because of size, or unusual features like horns or wings, or because their skin, hair, or eyes aren't possible for regular people.

However, the fact someone can pass for human doesn't mean they are.

7.) Fairies have powers. They don't always reveal those powers or their real plans. So don't underestimate them.

This one is kind of self-explanatory, and it makes sense. No one wants to put all their cards on the table in front of a potential enemy; according to Inna, in the world of the Fae, almost anyone is a potential enemy. It's smart to pretend to be weak. Most are not weak, so it's dangerous to believe them that they are.

8.) Not all vampires know about fairies, and not all fairies know about vampires - but when they do, they often don't get along.

This one makes sense in a way too, I guess. Supernatural immortals trying to live in the same territory are likely to get in each other's way. Inna thinks there's more to it than that, though. Something more fundamental to the cultures that makes them decide to be enemies.

I don't think it's something we're born with. I've never felt animosity to the vampires I live with, and they've never felt any toward the Fae members of the family. I think it's something learned and passed down. We can live in peace. We're doing it in this household. We just shouldn't count on others to abide by it.

Which of course means more potential danger. Since we have both fairies and vampires in our family, we'll likely have the displeasure of both sides if they find out about us. (This is probably also why those vampires Inna knew were so keen to kill her when she made the mad.) At least if we know the truth, we can be on our guard... but we really don't need more enemies to deal with. Hopefully they'll all just leave us alone.


For now, that's the basics. There are a lot of things to learn about different types, different groups, and different customs. If I'm every going to interact with other Fae, I'm going to have to learn about their traditions and talents. If I'm going to know all I should about myself, I'm going to need to research our background.

It's a lot to take in. But somehow I've started thinking in terms of "because I'm one of the Fae" rather than "if I'm one of the Fae." Odd.

In a weird way, I feel like I know myself better now. Like a big piece that was missing finally clicked into place. Unlike a few days ago, now I'm excited to learn more!



  1. That's a lot to ingest - I'm glad that you seem to be handling it so well!

  2. Phew .. you have a lot of work cut out for you now, but it might be fun to find out about your background if you can. Brya is starting to look into hers too.

    I am like you, I hope this does not mean more enemies for you all and more problems, you keep getting hit with more and more complications. At least you have a strong family behind you like we do.

    We are here for you too,

  3. Wow, thanks for explaining everything! It's a lot more complicated that it looks from A Midsummer Night's Dream!

    I have a question- are the fairies in the ballet/ play real? Like were there once really an Oberon and Titania?

    I was going to ask you for some pointers for my audition for the fairy role in the ballet, but I've definitely learned from you post that there's no one way to be a fairy.

    I'm glad you have Inna to talk to about this. I've always felt the presence of fairies when I'm in Crimea. The caves and forest there are ancient. Do you think there really are fae on the Crimean peninsula?



  4. Bree says:

    Hi Aurora! It really is. Especially since this is just scratching the surface. So much to learn...

    I kind of wonder why I didn't find this out before. The people I live with now had no way of knowing, so I don't blame them at all, but you would think someone in my biological family would know. All families have secrets, I guess, and Fiona's and mine was pretty dysfunctional.

    I'm just glad I finally know the truth. Hopefully I can find out some more in my snooping... I mean, sleuthing... over the holidays.


  5. Bree says:

    Hi Loryn - I agree, it's fascinating, although sometimes it seems more like some elaborate fantasy than real.

    As for whether it means danger, I can only hope for the best. It's best to find this out, though. I'd be in the same amount of danger either way, and at least I know what to look out for.

    I hope Brya is able to find out some information, too! I've been thinking of her and wishing her luck through this whole thing.

    Good luck with your ice show, too, Loryn! :-)


  6. Bree says:

    Hi, Inky! I had to ask Inna your questions, because they're such good questions I didn't know the answers. ;-)

    She says she thinks that a lot of fairy stories are based on real people... but maybe sort of exaggerated, like a lot of human legends? She thinks Oberon and Titania may be based on real people who were a king and queen of a group of fairies. She's not absolutely certain about them in particular, though, because there's not a whole bunch of written history that everyone agrees on, and it's mostly word of mouth.

    (Inna says that there are a lot of different people at any given time who claim to be "king" and "queen," who will be recognized by some and not others.)

    Yeah, there's no one single way to be a fairy for your audition, just like there's no single way to be a human. Our best advice is just to do what you feel in your heart that it should be - and you'll probably get it right.

    Inna is pretty sure there are fairies in Crimea! Her mother actually used to say they were related to them, like cousins or something. She said you must be very special, to have realized they're there. :-)


  7. Interesting! I love learning about the societies of paranormal beings. It's amazing how similar they are to humans. I love learning about your new lives and sharing in your discoveries.


  8. Bree says:

    Thanks, Emily! :-)

    You're right - in a lot of ways, they're very much like humans.

    We're glad we have such good friends to share our discoveries with.