Requested by dallas1232 (1/2)
Imagine Puck, being the hardheaded, daredevil he is, managing to slip by Oberon and Titania one day to go into the Human World. Naturally, spending years under Oberon’s watchful eye has made ventures into the Mortal Realm a near impossibility, and has also made the Jester incurably determined to see just what “horrors and nightmares” exist in the world of Men.
He uses Elysium as a distraction. While Oberon and Titania are busy entertaining and exchanging less than pleasant words with Mab, Puck manages to slip away unnoticed and out through a trod in Arcadia’s courtyard, coming out the other side in a tiny village at the edge of what he will later learn is Ireland.
It is night time, but tiny flickering lights emit from inside the hut windows, and a small bonfire in the center of the village where a group of men sit laughing and drinking, clearly having the time of their life as they swap stories and occasionally hop up to start a brawl that ends quickly and in drunken laughter.
Amused and curious as ever, Puck blends into the shadows as he sneaks closer to the group to watch the proceedings. He only means to spend a couple of hours before slipping back to Arcadia, but ends up staying out the entire night listening to the men whisper tales of ghosts and hobgoblins, and laugh over tales of their latest excursions while fishing or hunting in the hills.
By the time the men have all retreated to their huts for the night and the bonfire has gone out, Puck realizes he’s been gone too long and rushes back to the trod and into Arcadia’s courtyard, and nearly slams face first into Oberon’s chest as he rolls out of the trod to find the Summer King standing waiting; arms folded and frowning.
“Have a good time?” the Erkling asks mildly, raising his eyebrows.
“Actually, since you asked,” Puck begins, beaming, completely unrepentant.
Oberon heaves a pained sigh, but makes no effort to stop Puck from gushing over his night out in the Human World; a faint glimmer of amusement in his eyes the only hint he’s not quite as upset as he appears.