Dauntless flew towards the north side garden where her brother, Intrepid, told her the fairies lived. She was jealous. Intrepid had met fairies and had even stayed with them while his wing healed. Intrepid was such a typical brother, Dauntless thought. Falling out of the nest while trying to show off because his feathers had grown in. He thought he could fly. He ended up falling and landing on a car.
Dauntless zoomed around the Green Japanese Maple Tree looking for fairies.
“Look”, Mindi called to her sister. “I don’t know that hummingbird. It looks a little like Zoom and Intrepid.”
“I see,” said Pindi. “Let’s go meet her.”
The sisters flew towards the new hummingbird.
“Hello,” Mindi called. “I’m Mindi and this is my sister, Pindi. We live here. Who are you?”
“Hi, I’m Dauntless, Intrepid’s sister. Intrepid told me all about you. I came to see for myself.”
“Intrepid came to say goodbye and to thank us before he left,” said Pindi. “He said he was moving north. I guess hummingbirds don’t always stay close to their homes.”
“No,” said Dauntless. “We’re Anna’s Hummingbirds. We don’t normally migrate, but we do fly around looking for food.
“Intrepid wanted to explore,” said Pindi. “He told us that when he came to say goodbye. He promised to come back to visit.”
“Do you want to meet our friends?” Pindi asked.
“Sure!” said Dauntless.
The fairies and their new friend flew towards the koi pond and the Red Japanese Maple Tree to find Blade. As usual, he was hanging out with his buddies, looking for adventure. Or more likely trouble, thought Mindi. Blade attracted trouble just like Pindi.
“Blade come meet our new friend,” called Pindi.
“This is Dauntless. She’s Intrepid’s sister and Zoom’s daughter.” Mindi explained.
“Dauntless, meet our cousin Blade. He’s a leaf fairy,” Mindi said.
“Let’s go find Xylem” Pindi said.
“Xylem?” Blade responded. “I’ll go with you.”
“Blade has a crush on Xylem,” Pindi whispered to Dauntless. “He doesn’t think we know.”
Three fairies and one hummingbird flew to the front of the giants’ house looking for Xylem. The found her sitting on a branch of the Crepe Myrtle Tree, her chin resting on her fist, looking bored.
“There’s nothing to do,” Xylem sighed. “And, its hot.”
“Come with us!” Blade called. “We’ll go play in the waterfall. It’ll cool us off and it’ll be fun.”
Pindi and Mindi exchanged wide-eyed looks. When had Blade ever suggested doing anything with them? “He must really like Xylem,” Pindi whispered to her sister.
They all flew back towards the koi pond with its wide waterfall splashing down the wall. Dauntless was delighted to hear the water as they flew closer.
Blade flew sideways through the water. “Wow, that was great!” he shouted, shaking the water out of his hair as he landed on the wall and spread his wings to dry them. “Be careful not to get your wings too wet or you’ll fall,” he warned the others.
Dauntless wanted to go next. She danced in the air in front on the waterfall, jousting with her long, pointed beak. She didn’t want to dive through the wall of water like Blade did. She twirled and dove and shook the droplets from her wings when she landed on the wall next to Blade.
Pindi, Mindi, and Xylem counted to three and launched themselves into the waterfall together. They wove in and out of the water, giggling and turning. Halfway through, Pindi got caught in the water and couldn’t fly out.
“Help!” she cried, but her voice was drowned by the sound of the falling water. She tumbled down into the pond. Her wings were completely soaked and were too heavy to fly. Pindi couldn’t swim. She flailed her arms and legs helplessly in the water. “I’m drowning!”
Tigre, one of the juvenile koi swam over to Pindi. He wondered if she was a mosquito. Maybe he could eat her.
“No!” Pindi yelled. “I am not a mosquito. Don’t eat me.”
“What are you?” Tigre asked.
“I’m a fairy,” Pindi managed to say between gasps for breath. “I can’t swim. Please help me to the side of the pond.”
Tigre swam in a circle to see if the other koi were nearby. He didn’t see anyone. He turned his head and looked at Pindi again. “A fairy?” he asked. “I’ve never met a fairy before.”
“Well, I will be happy to introduce you to my friends if I ever get out of this pond.” Pindi said, exasperated.
“Ok, climb onto my back,” offered Tigre.
He swam close to Pindi and she grabbed on to his dorsal fins and dragger herself up. She lay across Tigre’s back, panting.
Tigre swam to the edge of the pond where Blade, Mindi, Xylem, and Dauntless were waiting.
Dauntless flew down to Tigre. She hovered just above the water. “Climb up,” she told Pindi. “I’ll fly you to the wall.”
Pindi was exhausted, but she managed to reach up and grab one of Dauntless’ feet. She hung on tightly as Dauntless rose, turned, flew to the top of the wall. Blade, Mindi, and Xylem flew right beside her.
Pindi collapsed on the wall, heaving for breath. She couldn’t believe what had happened; falling down a waterfall and being saved by a fish. She stretched her water-logged wings to dry them and said a heartfelt thank you to her friends. “You saved me. Thank you.”
“It was our pleasure,” all four of them replied.
“That’s what friends are for,” said Dauntless.
And they all sat on the wall enjoying the sun and waiting for their wings to dry.