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FAIRIES!


Maybe I will write a book about people with faeries who share dreams with the ones that they love or possibly with their faeries

Maybe I will write a book where you can send your fairy away with someone who is leaving and they can leave their fairy for you and -- maybe this is a marriage ritual! Trade fairies and spend some time with your partner's fairy. It will always feel strange at first, and you will come out of it knowing a lot more about your partner than you do now no matter how open and honest the relationship is because there is a lot that is thought and felt that is never communicated. So by the end of the allotted time you find that, though your fairy is still your fairy and his fairy is still his fairy, that you each have a connection to the other's fairy, and so through your fairies you have a connection with your partner

How does this work with multiple partners? (see below)

Are there sometimes lesser "marriages" that occur platonically, such as perhaps finding out if a particular person would be a compatible business partner? This would allow you to communicate with the fairy without developing the lasting bond. Well hell yes I don't see why not! (Unless I decide that I see why not...)

If you die while fairybonded to someone your fairy survives and your partner has two fairies. If you die without being fairybonded your fairy dies due to the shock of being separated. Being bonded through two fairies, your own and your partner's, helps to diffuse the shock, so you might get sick for a while but you won't die unless perhaps there is already something wrong with you.

Sometimes identical twins have only one fairy between them which is what leads to their supertwin powers! If one twin dies it is an immense shock to the system with no way to diffuse. The fairy and twin both become severely ill and sometimes don't ever recover, dying or becoming permanently crippled--sometimes in a more physical sense, having no energy or experiencing phantom pains; sometimes emotionally, being unable to feel grief (no conscience), or being unable to feel anything but grief; sometimes mentally, esp. if you were good at X and your twin was good at Y, you may find yourself completely unable to do Y; though these are all just examples and I'm sure I could think of other horrible things. Although it does sometimes work out and both fairy and surviving twin recover. Fraternal twins always have separate fairies. Do identical twins always share fairies? If not, what are the odds of single vs. double-fairied twins? What happens if they are separated at birth, if they only have one? Does one twin become a fairyless individual? Can you survive without a fairy?

Are there other ways to be a person without a fairy? How are they caused, why do they happen? How do fairied people (the vast majority) perceive nonfairied people? How do nonfairied people see themselves? How do they see fairied people? How does the absence of a fairy affect their abilities, intellect, behavior, or emotions? (will probably have to answer "What are the fairy's powers" first).

Fairy-marriage is lifelong, though that doesn't mean you have to think hard about it unless you are very young, and even then it's usually okay. The process involves spending a lot of time isolated with one's partner's fairy, so if at any time you learn something that you don't want to be married to, you have the right and the obligation to stop the bonding process.

Is there or is there not a fairyless version of marriage more like what we have? What is thought of the people who choose to do this instead? Why do these people choose this, and what do they think of fairymarriage?
Is full-bond fairy marriage (as opposed to a partnership as described above) always romantic? Or does it simply indicate a strong permanent relationship? If so, is the "BFFs" version different in procedure, ceremony, legal status, or any other significant way? Is there ever a reason for being both fairy-married and standard-married?

What do fairies look like? What exactly are their abilities and relationships to their people? When a bonded human dies, what part of them survives in the fairy, and how much? Do the human's memories survive, or only the fairy's memory of those events? How much does a fairy's personality differ from its human partner's? Does a fairy represent its human's soul? And how? Or is a fairy the opposite of its human? Or possibly (though I'm not too fond of this idea) are the fairies (rather than being an inherent part of the human race) a separate in and of themselves, who have chosen to ally themselves with humans in this way? I want not; the original intent was I was lonely, and I wished that I had Wade's fairy with me. The fairy is a part of the person's soul or essence or being somehow, but how? And why?

If you have already been fairymarried once and your partner died, how would you/can you re-fairy-marry? Trade both your fairies for theirs? Trade only your own fairy? Maybe you can do one or the other, depending on if you want your deceased partner to be part of the new relationship, as s/he would be if you traded the fairy.

Multiple partners may or may not be able to work the same way? If a married couple wants to add a third person to their marriage, they can trade both their fairies to the new couple and take the single fairy in return, that way forging a bond between each fairy and each individual, like so (PERSONfairy): with people/fairy pairs Aa, Bb, and Cc, A has a bond with a and b, and B has a bond with b and a. So a and b go with C, while c stays with A and B, and each of them comes out with a bond with a, b, and c.

But what happens if you are three people dating and you want to get married? It would have to be a two-step cycling process (with an additional step for each additional person) wherein the fairies cycle around a circle. Fairy a hangs with B, fairy b hangs with C, and fairy c hangs with A for the first step, and for the second, fairy a hangs with C, fairy b hangs with A, and fairy c hangs with B. By the end A, B, and C all have bonds to a, b, and c.

This seems awkward and clumsy and I don't like it. I want a way that is just as easy for triads, quads, quints, or any number. Of course it'd be easy to have a "family head" and simply have each member of the group bond with that person (but imagine the repercussions for the family if that person died! Which is a risk for the family if any individual is killed, since the shock would diffuse first through the bond to the elder, then if s/he doesn't survive... actually that'd be okay. If the elder dies it's okay since the shock is distributed amongst all hirs family members.), or to have a complex family that grows over the years in which everyone is bonded to someone but they're not all bonded to each other. For example A and B get bonded, then mutually bond with C. C then decides to bond singly with D. This could go on forever: ABC bond with E, then E bonds with D. E and D bond with F who bonds with G who bonds with H, then G and H bond with I. I then bonds with C to make a neat ring with smaller rings in it, I think!

That still doesn't answer the original question of how can more than two people through a single process become bonded to each of the other people? A communal sort of meditation is possible, wherein they all spend time together under isolation, but that defeats the purpose of communicating with another person's fairy(s) without that person present. A fairy is a representation of a person, their essence and their physical soul, but a person has inhibitions, walls, filters, and they would interact with the fairy's "storytelling," corrupting it.

(Ironic how in this story you can only truly grok a person by enforcing their absence over a period of time).

Oh my god I just realized, because a fairy can live on after it's humans death, it could conceivably be bonded to over and over and live as long as there is someone willing to bond with it. I wonder if this would lead to chain marriages, where even if there are only a small number of humans, there could be all of the fairies that have ever been a part of that marriage. Though eventually there would be so many fairies that a new bond partner could not bond with all of them; they just wouldn't have the capability to grok each fairy.

Fairies cannot speak out loud. Possibly they have no mouths? No, because they probably still have to eat, or are they sustained by their human's life? I suppose they must be since they die if their human does. What happens to a human if his bonded fairy is killed? Is that possible?

A fairy is a telepath. Though it is a part of its human, it is also a separate entity; or rather, the human is a separate entity, since the fairy is one's own pure essence. Therefore someone who is arrogant to cover up insecurities will have a very shy fairy. A fairy does not talk to a human not its own unless there is a dire need--ie, the human is in grave, deathly danger, and cannot speak for himself to seek help--or unless they are in the midst of a bonding (or minor bonding, as in the "business partners" example above).

THAT IDEA I HAD ABOUT TELEPATHY: A fairy's communication is very subjective. It can communicate with its human with ease, since its associations and impressions and the like are built up from the same experiences and the same core stuff that makes a person who they are. So if a fairy from Japan wants to say "strong" he might send an image of a sumo wrestler, and an American might interpret that as "sumo" or "fat" or "sweaty" or, depending on how they themselves view the activity of sumo, "silly" or "entertaining" or "sport." Or their mind might interpret it as "fake" based on sumo wrestling, and pro wrestling in the US is largely WWE-type stuff. So a more similar a person's experience to another person's, the easier it is to communicate with that person's fairy. This is not a for-sure thing, since it would take the most ridiculous sort of character creation--for any concept that I decide to comminucate, I need to decide on a set of symbols, impressions, feelings, sounds, colors, etc. that represent that concept to that character, and then I need to decide on what those symbols, impressions, feelings, sounds, colors, etc. represent to the other person. Maybe if I only need to do this a few times... but I want the fairies to be a major part of this story, I want to use their abilities.

Given that, the bonding duration is probably not a specific time, but "until we grok each other." You isolate yourself with your partner's fairy and try to communicate with it. This also works as a trust exercise; a fairy in bonding mode can pick up any thought that carries permission; the more you let your partner's fairy read you, the more closely the fairy will grok with you. This process also allows for a vague telepathy of sorts between partners, though limited for the amount of focus it requires: you send a thought to one (or both, for redundancy's sake) fairies, and that fairy sends the thought to your partner. The more closely you grok with the fairy and your partner, the more similar your symbols will be, and the easier the telepathy will work.

It might be traditional, or at least widely done, that when a fairymarried couple are about to separate, they will again "trade fairies" as a way of remaining close to each other even when they must be distant. And now you can tell that I'm lonely, hmm? Don't worry, aisai; his fairy is with me.

What if A was bonded to B, then B died and left A with fairies ab, and A then chooses to bond with partner C--but instead of, as mentioned above, using either fairy a or fairies ab, she uses only fairy b? she would still have a connection to C, though it would be through two fairies that aren't her own so the connection would be weaker. It would allow fairy bB to live on if the new partners are always willing to sacrifice their own fairies (selves!!) in order to preserve fairy b's existence. OR, in order to prevent the abovementioned problem of "immortal fairies = too many fairies per person", perhaps a fairy whose human has died can't form a new bond? Or can't do it without another fairie's help, since that would still allow A to form a bond with C using both fairies ab.

On that note, what are the two fairies capabilities and relationships once their humans are bonded? So far we have discussed them as separate, two distinct links between two minds. Is this their default state? Their only state? If not, that would imply that they can join together somehow to provide some sort of benefit to their humans. What kind of benefit? How do they do this?

A human always has a sense of where his fairy is in relation to him. He has a similar, but less accurate sense for the location of a bonded fairy, and through that, a sense of where his bonded partner is. This sense is much like our own sense of where our bodies are in space, I don't remember the word for it. Proprioreception.

Is it possible for a person to have more than one fairy naturally occurring? Yes. Multiple fairies would be relatively rare but not unheard of; it simply means there is more than one core to that person. Someone with multiple personalities would probably have a fairy per personality, though that's not necessarily what that means.

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