Monday, May 4, 2009
Fairy Hedgehog watched the river flow past a few yards beyond her table as she sat with her tea in one hand and a small pink supersuit in the other. She wasn't sure why Lizard Girl had answered her advertisement and agreed to meet her here. Surely the supersuit couldn't be that important?
She felt a movement of air at her back and the suit was snatched out of her hand. Lizard Girl slipped into the empty seat wearing a pink costume which was identical to the one she was now clutching. Fairy suppressed a frown. "Now look-" she said.
Lizard Girl's voice hissed out between sharp teeth. "No. You listen. You're fighting the wrong people."
"What are you on about? I'm working for good and-"
"That's what you think. It's not true. Those people I made the pictures of, they are bad people."
"I hardly think the sexual proclivities of the town counsellors-"
"It's not sex. It's bribes and drugs and murder."
A young man stopped and looked at them with interest.
"I never did like that book," Fairy said loudly and he looked away again. She dropped her voice to a whisper. "You can't go around saying things like that without proof."
"I can get proof but you must help. You must change sides. Come tonight to Councillor Redgrave's house. We will get the proof together."
Fairy took a sip of her tea. It was cold. "I'll come, but when we find out that you're wrong then you can give up all this painting on walls."
"Midnight then." Another whisk of air and Lizard Girl was gone. Fairy sighed. Young people always got things out of proportion. Tonight, Fairy would show her how wrong she was and then they could all go back to a quiet life without gratuitous graffiti.
A chair scraped just behind her. She turned to see who had been sitting so close to them unobserved but saw only the back of a figure disappearing around the corner.