Sometimes I see an image in my head and create it, then form a little story around it, as I did in this case. I kept seeing Asherah the Elf laying on a branch. A short scene helped flesh out that idea. In this scene, Steven learns not to tempt a mischievous Elf. I would say this takes place in and around Book 2 of the Crow series. If you like this, please check out my first novel in the Crow series – Crow: The Awakening (Crow Series, Book 1) – https://mjv.com/Crow-The-Awakening-AM
“You know you can’t hide from me.”
“I am not hiding from you.” Asherah peered at Steven through the boughs as he clambered onto a neighboring branch.
“It sure seemed like it.” Steven frowned, looking down. The fog obscured the forest floor far below, making them appear to be even higher. He sighed, nodding. “You’re aware most Terrans can’t climb this high.”
Asherah just looked at him.
“You’re mad at Ryan.”
“He yelled at me.”
Steven scratched his head. “He didn’t mean it. He yelled at Moringa too.”
Asherah wiped her nose and put her head on her hands as she lay on the branch.
“Come on. He feels terrible.” Steven swung his legs back and forth impatiently. “He wants you to come down so he can tell you.”
“It was an impressive catch.”
“Yes.” Steven shrugged. “It was a spectacular catch.”
“He kept both toes inside.”
Steven nodded. “Just barely too.”
“He deserved praise.”
Steven shook his head, bemused. “Well, yeah. But…”
“Ryan should not have yelled at me.” Asherah looked at Steven glumly.
“And he knows it.” Steven picked at the bark. “It’s just that, you were rooting for both teams.”
“I was happy for them.” Asherah lifted her head. “They both exhibited great skill.”
“It was a good game. But we lost.” Steven scratched his arm. He knew where this was going.
“We were not playing.” Asherah frowned at Steven. “They were.”
“You know what I’m saying. Our side lost,” Steven said, exasperated.
“Why do you choose a side? We were witness to a contest of skill, not of sides.” Asherah rested her chin on her hands, looking at Steven.
“I just, we, it’s…” Steven stammered. He scowled when he sensed something from her through their bond. “You’re baiting me.”
Smirking mischievously, Asherah shrugged. “You are too easy.”
“Come down. Let Ryan make this right.”
“I think I shall let him consider his guilt a bit longer.” Asherah sat up on the branch. “Why no consequences when he yelled at Moringa?”
“That was like, weeks ago.” Steven held his hands out. “He gets into the game. That’s all.”
Asherah stood up and jumped onto Steven’s branch smoothly. He scooted over a little to give her room, but she just knelt next to him. “We get into the game too.”
“Um…” Steven fidgeted. She had that mischievous look again. Without a warning, she gripped his legs and lifted, letting go as Steven fell backwards off the branch.
The branches below whipped past his face and Steven had to twist to avoid larger ones. He found a branch he could grab, slowing his rapid descent as he let it pass through his fingers. He grabbed another and used its elasticity to swing him onto a thicker one. Asherah was there waiting for him, leaning against the trunk.
“You naughty Elf.” Steven pointed a finger at her angrily.
“You should not be defending Ryan.”
“I wasn’t. I was just trying to explain Terran…habits. That’s all.” Steven held his arms out innocently. Asherah crouched and raked his feet out from under him, and he found himself falling again.
Sighing, he grabbed more branches and found another larger one to land on. He could see Asherah matching his pace out of the corner of his eye. She landed gracefully next to him and wrapped an arm around his waist.
“You were saying?”
Steven tried to glare at her but only managed a lopsided grin. She was too cute when she was being mischievous. Plus, she was having fun now.
“I’ll talk to him,” Steven said. Asherah gave him a sideways look. Steven held his hands out again. “Really!”
This is one of several scenes I have written that orbit my Crow series. If you're interested, please avail yourself of my flagship novel, the epic Crow: The Awakening (Crow Series, Book 1)