Fairyland is full of shapeshifters; they’re part of the natural balance. But occasionally you’ll come across a shapeshifter who has gone out of control.
Such a one is Nigel the Nuisance, who uses his shapeshifting to show off. He practises for hours every day, like a human who’s addicted to the gym. His aim is twofold: to be more interesting than all the other shapeshifters, and to achieve more changes per minute. He gets a tremendous buzz from these workouts and can’t bring himself to give them up.
Nigel has been through so many changes he’s forgotten his original shape. He sometimes finds himself changing shape when he doesn’t want to, or turning into things he doesn’t want to be. This can cause a lot of trouble, for himself and for anyone who hangs out with him.
Shapeshifters generally change into plants or animals, to trick unsuspecting humans or to blend into the background when they don’t want to be seen…
…but Nigel keeps changing into stupid things that just don’t belong in Fairyland.
This is giving the other shapeshifters a bad name, and they’ve disowned him.
Nigel also has a problem with telling the truth. Many fairies will mislead humans with the odd tall tale; but Nigel tells stories all the time, to humans and fairies alike, and his fellow fairies have had enough. As far as they’re concerned, Nigel has overstepped the mark.
Poor Nigel! He only wanted a bit of attention, but instead he’s become like the goofy kid in school that no one wants to play with. Because of his disruptive behaviour, the Fairy Queen has made him live on a lonely little island in the middle of a lake, away from everyone. This is hard for Nigel, because shapeshifters are sociable by nature and enjoy each other’s company.
When Steven arrives in Fairyland, alone, friendless and homesick, Nigel latches onto him straight away. He knows a true friend would help Steven get home, but he doesn’t want to lose the boy’s companionship; so, after one halfhearted and unsuccessful attempt to help Steven find the way out of Fairyland, he does all he can to convince the lad that going home is impossible.
Nigel truly wants to be Steven’s friend, but unfortunately he’s not that good at it. He can’t resist the urge to tease and play tricks on Steven, and his uncontrolled shape-changing gets them both into terrible danger.
Read more about Steven and Nigel’s misadventures in Gateway to Magic
Oh Nigel! I used to be that addicted-to-the-gym human. Now I’m growing saddle bags with a vengeance…but it’s nice to have my life back. 🙂
That’s the trouble with writing – it’s such a sedentary occupation!
Nigel the Nuisance-what a great name! I can also see it on a small dog-Are we going to learn what happens to Nigel and Steven?
Oh yes! (Warning: book plug coming up) You can read the whole story by downloading Gateway to Magic! If you click the book cover image in the sidebar it will take you to amazon.com where you can read the first 2 chapters for free – or just click http://myBook.to/G2M
Intriguing… I like it.
Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!
Thanks for visiting, and for leaving everything so tidy 😉
Reblogged this on The Literate Lurcher and commented:
It’s #TellAFairyTaleDay, so I thought I’d reblog this post about a lonely fairy who could do with a few friends!