these butterflies

Mysterious Butterfly family in the glowing cheek marks

Several members of the Butterfly family have marks on their cheeks: Princess Star has hearts, Queen Moon Butterfly has diamonds, Eclipsa the Queen of Darkness has spades, and Miss Heinous is revealed to be Eclipsa’s daughter and that her real name is Meteora Butterfly has clubs.

Beware the Butterflies

Ok, so I’ve had this vision in my head for… YEARS now… and this is really the only place such things belong.

Everyone knows not to smell the flowers here. Everyone knows, beware the butterflies.

In the middle of the Forest is a field of flowers, so thickly gathered that you can’t see the ground. They are bold and beautiful, all the colors of the rainbow… all with stems and leaves of red. They have a scent that is hypnotic - the very air quivers with all the things you love, as if your lover’s aftershave and shampoo, your mother’s cooking, and your favorite hot drink were all rolled up into the scents of your favorite season, your favorite building… a veritable smorgasbord of sensual temptations.

There are no animals in the field. There are no insects. There are no birds. 

I watched someone stumble, hypnotized by the scents, into that field once. I watched as the petals of the flowers flew up in a giant, tumultuous cloud, a tornado of colors. I watched as those carnivorous butterflies settled upon the unfortunate soul. I heard his screams, muffled by the buzzing of a million wings. I watched as the figure slowly collapsed to the meadow floor… and I watched as even the bones vanished away. New colors appeared among the butterflies, as they wafted back to their stems, and the scents of poppies and safety settled over the lea… Underneath the false smell of love, the subtle scent of copper and the aura of menace is noticeable, if you know what to look for. 

Everyone knows to beware the butterflies… everyone knows, you don’t stop to smell the roses.

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  • Chryssa: Who broke it? I'm not mad, I just wanna know.
  • Liz: I did. I broke it.
  • Chryssa: No, no you didn't. Akarsha?
  • Akarsha: Don't look at me. Look at Noelle.
  • Noelle: What? I didn't break it.
  • Akarsha: Huh, that's weird, how'd you even know it was broken?
  • Noelle: Because it's sitting right in front of us, and it's broken.
  • Akarsha: Suspicious.
  • Noelle: No, it's not!
  • Diya: If it matters, probably not, but Ester was the last one to use it.
  • Ester: Liar! I don't even drink that crap!
  • Diya: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Ester: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Diya!
  • Liz: Okay, okay, let's not fight, I broke it, let me pay for it, Chryssa.
  • Chryssa: No. Who broke it?
  • Noelle: Chryssa... Min's been awfully quiet.
  • Min: REALLY?
  • Noelle: Yeah, really!
  • Chryssa: I broke it. It burned my hand, so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they'll be at each other's throats with war paint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.