Leon trudged through the sticky mud, his feet sinking deeper the farther he went. He could feel it slinking into his shoes as the foul stench filled his nostrils. If he got through this alive he was going to wring that fairy’s neck. Through the Starberry Forest my ass, he thought, this is a fucking swampland.
His foot slipped as he moved and he plunged into the black goop.
"Blegh." he tried to spit out the disgusting mud that filled his mouth, almost vomiting from the taste. "I swear this place is trying to fucking eat me," he muttered.
"Well you do look rather tasty," a voice said. Leon snapped his head up so fast that mud spattered onto the man in front of him. The clean man in front of him.
"How the hell do you not have any dirt on you?" he demanded as he stood up. Unfortunately, he stood up too fast and slipped again. He shut his eyes as he fell only to open them when he felt arms grab his shoulders. He looked back to see that the man had caught him.
"Wha-how did you do that?" he gaped.
The man raised an eyebrow. ”Do what?”
"That! Catch me here when you were there!”
"Oh," the man said, shrugging. "I flew."
"You flew." Leon repeated.
"And…who are you again?"
"Ah, forgive me, my name is Ariel."
Leon stared. “You’re Ariel? B-B-But you’re a man!” Ariel smiled.
"Well technically, I’m genderless." He shrugged again. "I’ve gotten used to it."
"You’re genderless?" Leon asked. He glanced at Ariel’s crotch. "So what, its all smooth skin down there?"
"Yes, actually. Would you like to see?" Ariel grinned.
"NO!" Leon exclaimed, blushing. He took a deep breath to calm down. "Ok look. My parents are really sick and the fairy said if I came here and did something for Ariel I’d get a cure for them. So…can you help me?"
"Shouldn’t the question be, ‘What can I do for you?’"
Leon jaw dropped open. He snapped it closed before swallowing his remaining pride. “What can I do for you?”
Ariel appeared to think for a moment. “Ah!” he snapped his fingers. “How about you play a game with me.”
"A game?" Leon asked.
"Yes? That’s it, no explanation?" he demanded.
"Take it or leave it," Ariel declared. Leon thought back to his parents dying in their beds, barely able to move or breathe and bit his tongue until he tasted blood.
He nodded his head, looking up warily. “Okay,” he said.
Ariel’s face broke out into a predatory grin, his teeth looking sharp as a knife and Leon gulped, suddenly remembering the fairy’s only warning.
Beware the Trickster whose sharp teeth gleam and red eyes glow.
Leon only had a second to think shit his eyes are red before the Trickster grabbed him and they disappeared.
MALI I LOVE YOU AND YOUR STORY IS GREAT. Mine is a bit weird…but I think it’s cute? Meh.