As a servant of The Marquee, Zili has to complete a great many tasks. Some are quite enjoyable: from spying on visiting nobles to putting strange potions in their drinks. The most enjoyable of all are when Zili can watch the results of her trickery, and see the embarrassment of her victims. Zili loves a good laugh.
Sadly, not all tasks can be so enjoyable. Zili is summoned to the Marquee’s presence, and shown a beautiful silver picture frame. Immediately lusting after the frame, Zili only notices the painting of the human woman after the Black Boar says she is to fetch the human woman back to court. With no choice to disobey, Zili agrees and promises to return quickly, spurred on with a reward of keeping the frame.
The Marquee tells Zili she will travel in the company of Vinespeaker, a massive troll who is far too intelligent for Zili’s liking. She finds the troll in the castle’s dungeons, staring at a small halfling-like creature locked in a cell. Vinespeaker wishes the captive farewell, echoed by Zili, and they leave via a back door to the keep.
Zili follows Vinespeaker into the hedge maze – a grand place where she has had great fun getting others horribly lost. Vinespeaker appears to know the maze much better than Zili, as they wander into strange and unrecognized areas. Eventually they come to a wall, which Vinespeaker parts magically, thanking the vines with a drop of his own blood.
Leaving the maze, Zili has no idea what part of the forest they have come to, or whether they are still within the lands of the Black Boar. She tells herself not to anger Vinespeaker, as only he knows the way back to the castle.
They walk a ways further until they come to a hill, at the crest of which two massive trees have formed an archway. Vinespeaker, a dangerous twinkle in his eye, instructs Zili to go through the archway where she will find the human woman she has been sent to get.
Meanwhile in the human world, Kelly O’Riley (Fimbrethil) is driving home along an expanse of cliff sided road when she has to slam on her breaks, performing an impressive Formula 1 inspired maneuver, to narrowly avoid hitting a small, naked woman standing in the middle of the road. After a quick physical check on herself and her Irish Wolfhound Bran, she gets out of the car to make sure the nudist is alright only to have a large kitchen knife pointed at her. Things get even more bizarre when the small girl brandishes an elaborate antique photo frame with her current roomate’s picture in it. A cell phone call later to her house (consisting of “Hey Katherine, so, I’m on my way home now and I’m bringing a naked homeless chick with me who knows you.”) and Kelly manages to get the girl into the car and wrap her in a blanket from her trunk.
Back at home, Eileen Annie May is staring quizzically at the phone, a well of nervousness and feigned “Ah, I’m sure it’s fine” building in her chest. Just in case, she packs her suitcase.
In the car, we find out the strange naked girl has been sent to bring “Katherine” back home with her. Kelly is surprised when all of a sudden the girl looses her… lunch(?) all over her front seat, and it smells really odd. Zili, having just come from Faerie, finds herself incredibly nauseous being in a strange chariot made completely of cold iron. She spends most of the car ride with her head of the window, muttering “I’m a faerie, I’m a faerie, I’m a faerie” under her breath to make sure she won’t accidentally turn into a human.
Finally arriving home, they come in to see Eileen looking incredibly chill on the couch (which she is not at all). While Kelly (forseeing possible tensions) goes to fill a pipe, Zili is excited that she’s found her quarry and Eileen acts non-plussed about the whole thing. Eileen tries halfheartedly to protect Kelly from the conversation that is to come by appealing to her munchies side. Kelly, recognizing that Eileen wants a moment alone with the newcomer toddles off to the kitchen for the suggested cake only to return a short time later to find Zili brandishing a knife at Eileen while the redhead tries to take the photo from her (which turns out to be a expertly done painting of a late teenage Eileen with long hair). Calmly she convinces the two to chill out (offering them cake), and Eileen manages to figure out that this strange vagrant is actually a faerie come to take her away to someone named The Marques. Zili is confused when Eileen starts to ask about The Seelie/Unseelie, and Eileen is confused that Zili is referring to courts like the Boar Court and the Crane court. Kelly finally comes to the conclusion that her friend is a member of some kind of reenactment group and excitedly goes to get her samurai outfit so she can join in the fun. Eileen tries to explain to her that if Kelly goes, she may never return. Kelly tells her she needs to stop being so uptight, and with that the argument ends and Kelly continues packing.
Eileen goes to consult “The Oracle” with Zili following hot on her heels as to not lose the redhead. “The Oracle” ends up being a pet rabbit named “Wyatt”. Kelly explains to Zili that ‘Katherine’ often talks to the rabbit when she seems stressed out. After a few unresponsive stares from Wyatt, Eileen makes up her mind to get the hell of out dodge and take the path to Faerie while she still can. Zili is very excited that she can quickly finish her mission and get out of her benign human body. Kelly packs up many things, along with tons of food for Bran, and they all pile in her puke-stained car to drive back to the spot where Zili appeared. Recognizing the gateway first, Zili shoves the two girls in and they find themselves standing in a grove, where everything looks… unworldly. No responses were able to be heard from he three though, as they watch on down a path where an 8 foot troll sits. It seems they’ve arrived just in time to see his head slide off of his body and many ‘yips’ and ‘howls’ echo from the forest around them.
Kelly: (laughs in confusion)
Zili: (robotically) “Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.”
Eileen: “Hey. Hey, hey, Kelly. Focus, no, look at my eyes.”
Kelly: “Katherine only gets this way when she’s angry or serious…”
Eileen: “Fucking pothead…”