As requested by sakuratea, more Kelpie as well as the river scene according to the novel for ep 7...
Dealing with Kelpie:
Lydia left the earl's residence alone and hurried on her way. When she finally reached Hyde Park, she headed for the pond in the centre of the park. Given how late sunset was during this season, even though it was night, it was still faintly light out and she caught glimpses of couples strolling along the paths.
In order to avoid being seen, Lydia headed into the trees and called out towards the pond.
"Kelpie, where are you? I have a favour to ask."
The surface of the pond remained still.
What should I do......
"Kelpie, don't tell me you're gone already. Did you go back to Scotland?"
Because she'd yelled at him over Edgar.
"I came to bring you back. As if I'd just go back on my own."
Turning, she saw him in human form standing by a tree.
"I thought you weren't going to talk to me anymore."
While it was rather presumptive to think that that sort of thing no longer mattered, Lydia had no other choice.
Kelpies near water are exceptionally dangerous. Lydia had been able to interact normally with Kelpie because she'd always been careful to stay away from water and to meet on dry land where he couldn't use his magic very much. But this time, she approached him. She drew so near that if he were to have the inclination, he would easily be able to drag her into the water. She stared up into his enchantingly beautiful eyes.
"I want you to save Edgar. Please."
"Which means he hasn't dropped dead yet."
"Quite frankly, I'd like if he were to drop dead. Didn't you lose your temper because of that just a short while ago? I don't get it; why are you coming and asking that sort of thing of me?"
"You're the only kelpie I know."
Lydia's face crumpled and she looked like she was about to cry. Kelpie heaved a long sigh in resignation.
"And you think a kelpie would be able to save him?"
"He was poisoned. Kelpie, you have the ability to purify water. So you know a way to clear the poison from his body, right?"
"Nothing good comes of telling people of it. Just a short while ago, some people tried hunting a kelpie with the intent of getting the ultimate anti-toxin."
So there is a way to do it. Lydia stepped even closer to Kelpie.
"Tell me. I won't tell anyone."
"You're a fairy doctor. On that point, I can trust you. But I won't do it for free."
Naturally, she knew that. She also had an idea of what this kelpie would want in return.
Lydia nodded silently.
"You said you wanted nothing more to do with me...... You probably can't forgive me for having incited that artist, so are you really able to do what I say?"
He was a strange one for a kelpie. Even without making a bargain, he could take Lydia away then and there. But instead, he took Lydia's feelings into account.
"You didn't like the idea of my never speaking to you again. I'm sure you won't frighten or hurt me, right?"
"I have no intention of doing that. I want to marry you."
He wants to get married. Lydia couldn't help finding Kelpie a little strange and cute for that. No doubt he felt that it would be a good thing.
Lydia had always had more dealings with fairies than with people. There wasn't much she could do as a fairy doctor in the lands of man, and it was possible she would eventually end up withdrawing to the fairy realm. This was just rushing that eventuality.
"Marriage...... there's still the promise of 'if you'll give me the moon'. For now, I can at least live with you in Fairy...... Would that be okay?"
"That's not bad."
But Kelpie looked at Lydia as though he still wasn't completely convinced.
"You won't be able to see that guy you're wanting to save again."
For all that he's a kelpie, he's a very warm-hearted fairy."
"I want to make up with him. If I can save him and let him know that I'm no longer angry with him, that's all that matters. ......I don't know how Edgar feels, but even though I've only ever had fairy friends, he's someone that I thought maybe I could become friends with."
Kelpie finally said, "All right."
By the river:
The white moon shone in the pale indigo sky reminiscent of the summer solstice. A light breeze went by sending ripples across the surface of the river and rustling through the leaves of nearby trees. The fairy realm was neither hot nor cold and was very quiet.
Lydia couldn't help wondering what her father was doing at the moment as she stared up at the moon. She wondered if Edgar had heard that she could no longer work for him.
Since the passage of time in Fairy and in the lands of men was different, for Lydia, it was still before dawn, but she was sure more time had passed in the real world. Feeling hungry, she looked at the fruit in her lap. The fairy fruit was perfectly ripe and had a sweet scent. No doubt if she were to have a bite, it would be more wonderful than anything she'd ever tasted.
But if she ate anything from the fairy realm, she'd never be able to return to the lands of man. Since she'd agreed to live with Kelpie in Fairy, she would have to cut her ties with the human world. But since the decision had been made so suddenly, she still needed time to accept that.
Lydia closed her eyes and threw the fruit Kelpie had gathered for her far away. Just then, she saw Kelpie returning from the direction of the river.
He lowered the fragrant grasses he'd gathered to the ground and spread them out before sitting Lydia down on them. He smiled satisfied.
"We'll rest here today. Once we get back to Scotland, I'll gather the things necessary for you to live comfortably."
"Yeah, thank you."
He was surprisingly kind, and taking good care of her.
"Lydia, can't we forget the moon promise already?"
He was talking about the promise made earlier that if he gave her the moon, she would marry him.
She'd promised that in exchange for his blood which would cure poison, she would stay by his side. While that wasn't a promise to actually marry, since she would always be with him from here on, there was no reason for her to continue to refuse to marry him. That's why he said he wanted to nullify the promise for the moon.
"......Let's do that once we get back to Scotland. I'm tired right now."
"I see. Well, it's probably not easy for you to put your feelings in order and say goodbye to the human world."
His words were not the least bit meant to be light and gloss things over. Kelpie had neither that sort of under side nor deceitfulness to him. Since this was what he was like, once Lydia could get used to living with him, she would be able to live peacefully.
She looked up suddenly to find Kelpie staring down at her. Even though he wasn't a bad guy, he was still one of the Unseelie Court. A man-eating fairy. Lydia had the strange feeling that, unlike Edgar's flirtatious looks, Kelpie's gaze looked more like he wanted to take a little bite.
Kelpie suddenly took her by the shoulder and pushed her back onto the grass.
"Wh-what are you doing......!"
Ahh, since this guy has animalistic aspects to him, he's very matter-of-fact. Lydia quietly became annoyed and she punched him in the face hard with her fist.
"Oww...... What? I heard that humans don't fight like female kelpies do."
"We're not married yet!"
"Can't do it, huh," he grumbled as he moved away from Lydia.
Just then, waves spread unnaturally on the river surface. It seemed to bother Kelpie as he immediately got up. At the very least, this shoreline and the immediate river area, was currently his territory. Kelpies especially hate invaders in their waters.
"I'm going to check things out for a bit."
Lydia gave a huge sigh after he disappeared into the water. She couldn't help feeling unsure if they'd be able to manage things together.
She felt like she heard Edgar's voice; no doubt she was tired. Maybe she'd feel better and more positive after sleeping and starting a new day.
"Lydia, hurry, now's our chance to run."
Lydia sensed someone step onto the grass and raised her face to see Edgar smiling.
"Wh-what are you doing here?!"
"I've come to bring you back."
"Going away like you did is too cruel."
"Hey, hurry up! He'll be back soon!"
Nico gestured at them from behind the underbrush.
Edgar pulled Lydia by the arm, and still not sure what she should do, she ran off with him.
"Hey, I can't just run away. I made a promise with Kelpie......"
"But you protected your virtue admirably."
"I almost came running out. Fortunately, Nico threw a frog into the river distracting Kelpie."
Edgar hurried deeper into the woods putting more distance between them and Kelpie's territory. His didn't loosen his grip on Lydia's arm at all, afraid that she might insist on returning to Kelpie.
"Lydia, you don't really want to marry that fairy who doesn't understand women in the least, do you?"
That was already beside the point.
She'd made a promise, so Edgar's actions were not only reckless, they were pointless.
"......This is the fairy world. Your bluffs and lies won't work here. You can't break promises here."
"Did you think, that knowing that you're the one who saved my life, that I'd only be touched and that's it? If so, you're vastly mistaken," he said sounding a little angry.
"Not to mention you said you would love me. You're breaking your promise right there."
"I didn't say that. I said I'd think about it."
"Then I wish you wouldn't go away without even thinking about it."
But she'd already made her promise with Kelpie by then, so thinking about it......
Lydia look at him and couldn't help wondering how he managed to come to fairy in the first place. Nico shouldn't have been able to do that. Not only did he enter, and regardless of whether he was aware that his knowledge and experience had no bearing in this world or not, he continued forward full of his usual confidence.
"Hey, it's those two! Hide!" Nico said suddenly. Edgar held Lydia as the two hid behind a tree.
Two faint lights flew about in middle of the forest. They called Edgar's name.
"You didn't have Marigold and Sweet Pea bring you here?!"
Edgar raised his finger signalling for Lydia to be quiet.
"Which means...... Don't tell me you accepted the Fairy Queen's marriage proposal?!"
"Well, it may be that they're under that mistaken impression."
"It's not a mistake! It's not possible to have such an unclear promise! You took the moonstone ring from Mr. Paul, didn't you?"
Lydia felt her head spin when Edgar pulled the ring out of his jacket pocket and showed it to her. Not only did he take the ring and get taken to the fairy world, he then fled from those two fairies and had Nico lead him as he searched for Lydia.
She couldn't believe what he'd done.
This was no longer something that could be solved by trying to appease Kelpie and having him send Edgar back to the lands of men.
"......Despite saving your life...... You're not the sort of person who can live happily in the fairy realm. You feel alive at being able to use your own abilities in the world of people, right?! For people with that sort of spirit, the fairy world is the same as the world of the dead!"
"Oy, Lydia! They'll find us!" Nico pulled her hair panicked, but Lydia didn't stop.
"Are you an idiot?! By accepting that, you don't have any choice but to marry the Fairy Queen. Even I can't help you, now."
The two fairies must have noticed Lydia's voice. They floated in the air twinkling.
"Is someone there?"
Lydia finally realised that being found would not be good. She lowered her voice as she murmured, "What can we do...... Nico, is there anything that can be done?"
"I told the earl myself that it was impossible."
"No, Lydia. There's a way you can save me," Edgar said confidently.
"While I was fighting for my life, I dreamt of trying to find you. Eventually, when my time does come, I'm sure I'll look for you then too. So, I want you to stay by my side."
He held both Lydia's hands and looked serious as he spoke, but there was no way he could be serious about this.
But because there was one part out of one hundred that was serious, Lydia couldn't help becoming confused.
Lydia could fight off Kelpie's advances with her fist, but for some reason, she couldn't seem to be able to fend Edgar off very well.
"We're off different social classes."
What she ended up saying was something that was of little consequence to where they were currently.
"I think it wouldn't be a major issue compared to marrying a fairy."
"In any case, you're being ridiculous."
"Ridiculous, is it? So much so that if I gave you the moon, you'd marry me?"
"Well, if it's really the moon, yes."
"Nico, you heard her."
"Lydia, this is the moon. The real thing."
He held out the problematic moonstone.
"Wait a minute, this isn't the moon."
"It is, as long as you see it that way."
"......What do you mean?"
"About becoming engaged, the Blue Knight Earl in the past didn't say 'if you'll give me the moon', but said 'if you exchange the moon and the vow". So not only do you have to accept the ring, but you have to wear it as proof of the oath. But, you see Lydia, not once have I worn this ring."
In other words, it means that the engagement between Edgar and the Fairy Queen has yet to be fully realised. So if Lydia were to accept Edgar's marriage proposal and wear the ring, in exchange for accepting the earl's 'moon' it would mean he's given her his oath of marriage?
With the exchange of the "moon" and the "vow", if Lydia were to become his formal betrothed...... at the same time, since the promise of the 'moon' was still outstanding, Kelpie and Lydia would not be able to marry. The Fairy Queen of the moonlit fields and Kelpie both considered the moonstone as the 'moon' and used it in their advances towards Lydia and Edgar. And by that same consideration, it also had the ability to seal them both off.
"So that's where you've gotten to, Earl."
Apparently they'd been discovered. The two field fairies bobbed their way towards them.
"Lydia, I'm asking you, please consent."
Edgar urged her for her response.
So that's what this was about.
Lydia finally understood why Edgar suddenly asked her to marry him. For him, this marriage would be a way for him to get back his fairy doctor and to get through the current situation.
Which was all the more reason why she couldn't accept.
If it meant being able to keep a girl he saw as useful by his side, no doubt getting married wasn't a major issue for him.
Lydia though it very possible of Edgar. But she couldn't agree to such a marriage.
"......You're not the one. You don't love me."
"You have that little faith in what I say?"
No doubt he's wondering why she was being so stubborn. She'd been prepared to marry what's supposed to be a devilish kelpie. So whether love was involved or not, most people would see Edgar who was human as a much better match for Lydia.
But frustratingly, Lydia would not nod in consent.
Kelpie, too, didn't have feelings of love or attraction like people. But in his case, Lydia felt he would always have the same feelings in his advances. In comparison, Lydia simply had no way of knowing Edgar's feelings.
There were many girls that would make a suitable match for him, and on top of that, what he said was mere words and he was a liar.
"I have that little faith."
Edgar fell silent in thought.
Since he showed no signs of being hurt by Lydia's refusal, Lydia figured this really was nothing more than yet another one of his tactics.
"......All right. If you're not inclined to marry me at the moment, consider it as a means of getting through this situation."
"Getting through this? So that's what you really want."
"Wrong. I'm saying that since you don't have the time for me to convince you how serious I am right now."
"Earl, let's be on our way. To where the Fairy Queen is."
The two fairies clung to Edgar, but he wouldn't let go of Lydia.
"Hey, you guys, just what's the meaning of all this?!"
At the sound of that voice, Marigold and Sweet Pea scattered leaving Edgar.
"Kyaa! It's that savage water horse!"
Apparently Kelpie had also found them.
Lydia slowly turned to see him standing in horse form, his demonic eyes staring hard at Edgar.
"Lord Earl, over here, quickly!"
Marigold and Sweet Pea were in a panic but because Kelpie was there, they couldn't go near Edgar.
Edgar pulled Lydia even closer still, despite being glared at by Kelpie.
"Earl Blue Knight, you're quite the persistent man. She's my bride."
"You're mistaken. Lydia intends to marry me."
"You have some nerve. Are you in that much of a hurry to be eaten?"
Edgar held Lydia as he slowly drew back. "Lydia, please. Let's go back for now. Promises between people can always be nullified," he whispered.
I think that's not good either.
But even if it were a lie, if Lydia pretended to agree to marrying Edgar, it would mean she'd be able to return to the human world.
And he would be able to avoid be taken off to the land of the Fairy Queen of the fields.
And there was one other concern she had back in the human world.
"Do you have any idea how miserable Professor Carlton was over your leaving?"
Edgar played his trump card--the one thing Lydia had been trying very hard not to think about.
No doubt this was also by calculation.
Even so, as soon as she thought of her father, Lydia's heart shifted hard.
For Lydia, who'd thought that marriage wouldn't come for a very long time still, it was her firm desire to remain her father's daughter for a while yet.
It was unfair. Edgar gave a victorious smile certain that Lydia would be unable to let go of his hand--the hand that could led back to her father.
"Very well, Edgar. Please give me the 'moon'......"
"Thank you. I'll cherish you for life."
It was a promise just for then. Even though she knew that, her heart pounded at hearing Edgar speak so very seriously.
He quickly took Lydia's left hand. Lydia felt strangely self-conscious at seeing him slide the moonstone ring onto her ring finger.
"Oy, Lydia!" Kelpie yelled upon seeing the 'moon' ring.
Lydia turned towards Kelpie. "I'm sorry, Kelpie. I'm not ready to leave the human world yet."
Kelpie frowned, but he didn't look so much angry as he looked lonely.
At the very least, it didn't look like he'd attack Edgar or try to do anything forceful.
Marigold and Sweet Pea flew in great circles confused.
"I'm sorry, fairies. Please give up on taking me."
"Earl, in that case, please hurry and have a son."
"You heard her Lydia."
"Don't get ahead of yourself."
"I'll open the route home," Nico said as he jumped up onto Lydia's shoulder. The scenery warped for an instant as they traversed the gap between the fairy world and the human world.
During that brief gap, Lydia heard Kelpie's voice.
"I'll wait until you're ready. No doubt it'll only be but an instant."
True. For a fairy, a few years, even twenty or thirty years was but a short time.
*sigh* I find it vastly unjust that I don't actually get the chance to read through what I've been scribbling. (So yeah, no guarantees on legibility. ^^; ) I'm going to have *so* much stuff to go through when I'm done with JLPT studies. >.>
[ETA: Looks like the copy and paste issue is still with me. Part of this paragraph had been lost:
Lydia could fight off Kelpie's advances with her fist, but for some reason, she couldn't seem to be able to fend Edgar off very well.