Fairy Hedgehog arrived to find Lizard Girl painting a picture full of vibrant colour and intricate artwork on the side of Parishtown Library. Unfortunately, it featured the members of the town council in obscene and libellous acts and many of the watching crowd were taking pictures with their mobile phones.
Fairy Hedgehog spoke to one of the two police officers standing nearby. "Why haven't you arrested her?"
"Ma'am, stand back, please. She's armed!" he said.
Lizard Girl had a paintbrush in one hand and a spraycan in the other. Fairy Hedgehog approached her and Lizard Girl's scaly grey skin rippled as she turned and met Fairy's eyes.
"You can't do that here," Fairy said.
Lizard Girl raised her crest. She lifted her hands, extended her claws and ran toward Fairy Hedgehog, darting her head forward and twisting her hips from side to side in a curious hopping run. The spectators moved further back but they continued to take pictures. Lizard Girl pulled back her lips to show pointed teeth and shook the spraycan and the paintbrush in Fairy's face.
Fairy stifled a smile. "Give them to me," she said and held out her hand.
Lizard Girl stopped, dropped everything and ran. She shot back towards the Library and straight up the side, clinging on lizard-like to the building itself. Fairy stamped on the ground and huge vines rose out of the earth and up the building after Lizard Girl. The branches twisted and twined, seeking out their prey.
"Come down, will you!" Fairy shouted. "I'm not going to hurt you."
She sent a rush of power surging through the vine so that tendrils reached up and grabbed Lizard Girl who struggled violently. The vine pulled away from the building but she clung on. Slowly, the branches retracted back into the soil, bringing Lizard Girl down with them. Just as she reached the ground, she twisted herself around and pulled out of her supersuit. Leaving it dangling in the branches, she ran straight into the astonished crowd and was lost to view.
One policeman went over to deal with the crowd, the other came to confront Fairy Hedgehog. "Well," he said, "you certainly saw her off for us, didn't you?"
Fairy didn't respond to the sarcasm in his voice. "This isn't the end," she said. "This is only the beginning."