Tainted Enchantment

Seventeen year old Sophie has just enrolled herself into a magical boarding school for fairies, a creature no one at her age believes, and doesn't know it. But whilst struggling with the distance from her boyfriend Drake and family, she unravels the truth about her real father and why people are out to kill her. In the end, who can Sophie trust? The boyfriend that has come to rescue her? Her best friend? Her roommate? Or the fey father she never knew she was related to? Which one is out to kill one of the most powerful fairies in history? Will the surprise she discovers send her into waves of depression? Follow the journey as Sophie learns who to keep close, and who not to keep close.

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23. Chapter Twenty-Three

"A fairy?" Ryder screamed with delight in his tone. He was leaning up against his horse and he grunted in response while chewing hungrily on his apple I'd stolen from the tree on the tracked path.

     "Yep. We're alike."

     Ryder stroked Night Star's mane and pointed at the black, female horse behind me. "I like the sound of that. We better take Dancer back before Markis finds out she was ever missing. Come on."

     I smiled at him as I fed Dancer carrot sticks and ran my hands through her mane.

     Markis wouldn't mind too much.  He's in love with you, remember?

     "I don't think that part is true," I murmured to Dancer.

     "What isn't true?" Ryder asked as he looked at me.

     "Dancer thinks that Markis won't mind that I took her out," I fibbed.  It probably wouldn't be smart of me to start blabbing Markis's secrets, even if I doubted the truth in them.  "Do you think that I could have a horse on campus?"

     He looked at me incredulously.  "You just found out you're a fairy, and that's what you're thinking about?"

     I blinked at him.  "What should I be thinking about?"

     He waved his hand at himself, then at me, and then both of us.

     That made me raise my eyebrows at him.  "Since when was there an us?"

     Now he was laughing again.  It was a nice laugh, if you ignored the dark side of it.  "Not us," he said.  "I meant, like, you should be wondering what fairy court you belong to."

     Now I was lost.  "What do you mean, fairy court?"

     Ryder let out a sigh.  "I keep forgetting that you're new to all of this.  There are four courts of fairies.  There is summer, winter, darkness, and light.  I belong to the dark court, so I think we need to classify you too."

     I pouted.  "Why are there so many complications to this world?  The human world is so much simpler than this."

     He took my hand into his.  Not in a boyfriend kind of way, but more like an I'm-here-for-you kind of way.  "It's okay.  I think two courts have already been eliminated."

     "Which two?"

     "The winter court, because they usually don't have the power to talk to animals, and the dark court, because we have impeccable record keeping.  The only way you would be a part of my court is if you're half human, half fairy, and I don't think that's the case since you're inside the force field and you're not spinning with a headache."

     "So summer or light, then," I stated.  "Which are you more in favor of?"

     "If I'm being honest, summer, by let's just pretend I'm lying and I say that I think they're both great," he answered.  "I have an obligation to be fair to all the courts.  But if you really want to find out, you might want to ask your parents."

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