"Well now, what do we have here?"
I looked up from my work resetting my rigging to see a woman in blue and white step out of the darkness of the night. She was attractive and walked like she knew it, and was utterly unknown to me.
I set aside my web of puppet-strings and bowed respectfully to her. "Good evening, my lady."
"Oh, and a gentleman to boot. I like you."
"Thank you, ma'am. --Pardon me, but may I ask--"
"Don't worry about me. Continue with your work." She smiled deliciously and leaned against a tree.
I glanced down and then up again, and she had leaned forward eagerly. "I'm sorry, but I can't do that." I reached under my robe and pulled out my lantern. "Do you know what I am?"
"A creature of the night, I suppose, else you would not be out so frivolously inattentive at this hour. Beyond that, I can only speculate. Do you know what I am?" She pranced closer to within my lantern's glow.
"All I know is how you look."
"And how is that," she preened.
"Lost. May I help you find your way?"
She laughed, and it was no mere chuckle; she leaned back and roared, and the action did nothing to draw the eye away from her supple curves. "Oh, you are good. That's very good. Yes, I like you very much."
"I see you for who you are. You bear a friar's lantern, you can only be a will-of-the-wisp."
I smiled. "Very good." I took a step back, pulling the shadows over her once more. "But knowing what I am and resisting me are two very different things."
She danced back into my light and closer still. "Wyldfae." She tasted the word slowly. "I love wyldfae. Unaligned and unconcerned about it. Tell me, Wisp, have you ever lain with a scion of Winter?"
"I can't say that I have."
She touched my cheek, her hand very cold. "Would you like to," she purred.
I raised my empty hand to stroke her face, her cheek, her neck, before wrapping my hand around the soft, pale flesh, applying some pressure and pinning her back against a tree. "I care not for your writhing flesh save to separate it from your grasp on this world. Were you mortal, I would devour your soul while you begged me to save you from the darkness; but a faerie, servant to a Queen who is ignorant of my work-- I will break you and drink your power," I trailed off into a harsh whisper.
She grabbed my hand. "Squeeze harder. I love it when they get rough."
I smiled grimly. "Never let it be said that I disappointed a lady."
She moaned as I tightened my grip. "You're wrong. I do see. It is good work that you do, Wisp. Let me reward you. She writhed eagerly.
"What! Who are you?"
She moaned louder, struggling only to tempt me.
"Who are you, who walks in the night alone and unafraid of being led astray?"
She locked her eyes on mine and ground her body against the tree, unable to do so against mine.
"Thrice I say and let it be done. Name thyself," I thundered.
The forest quieted at the command, and I could hear her choked whisper without leaning closer: "Maeve, the Lady Winter."
"Wait, please! Come back here! Where are you going? At least tell me your name."
At the last request I stopped, turned, and stared at her. "Not my name, given from my own lips, to a faerie, let alone Lady Winter herself. I am not so gullible."
"I am the only wisp in these woods, you may call me such until you can find one to make introductions."
She put her hand on her head--out of character. "But--"
"Thrice I say. No."
She looked at me askance and dropped hew arm, slightly wowed, then skipped up to me. "Ah, you're one of those then." She looped her arm within mine. "I like you even more now." She pouted and leaned into me.
"Can I not be rid of you?"
"Why would you want to? Strolling around with a Lady on your arm, what could be better? Unless you are beholden to someone--" she unlaced her arm from mine. "It would place a burden on me to interfere with your duty,:
I growled, and she warily took a step back. "My only duty is to lead others astray, and I have fulfilled that obligation once already tonight. Any more is- is-"
I sighed. "Yes my lady. Any more is for my satisfaction alone. Fun, as you say."
She leaned in and kissed my cheek. "Then let's go have some fun."
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