So, this isn't necessarily an outtake in the sense that it isn't a scene that couldn't fit in with the story. Since I came up with the specific idea of these shapeshifting flowers, which I simply dubbed 'fairies', I decided to write a dictionary of any terms mentioned which are related to this species to help you better understand the things mentioned in this fic. There will also be a couple definitions not mentioned in the fic, which I simply wish to share with you. It won't be in any particular order, so don't expect it to be alphabetized or anything; just take it as it is. Also, I will probably be updating this little list a couple of times, so keep an eye out for new definitions!

The Rose in May

Dictionary of Fairy-Related Terms

'And she is as fair as the rose in May.' – Geoffrey Chaucer

Seedling – The term 'seedling' refers to the state of a fairy; fairies are generally considered seedlings when the fairy is just a child and learning. Seedlings are not considered a 'generation', but once they have grown and understand certain things, they are moved to first generation and are no longer considered seedlings. (A common slang term for seedling is rootling.)

Plantlet - This is a simple term for a young fairy.

Reguflower – This is a slang term for 'regular flower', meaning a flower that isn't a fairy and is therefore incapable of magicks and the shift. The term is often changed depending on what type of reguflower is being considered, for example regular roses become 'reguroses'.

Basic/birth/regeneration form – This term is used as a generalization to name a fairies true form, meaning the flower/plant they were 'planted' as. For example, in this story, Bella's 'basic form' is a red rose.

Planted – This is the slang term for a fairy birth; you are not born, you are 'planted'.

Faerose – This term refers to fairies whose basic form is a rose, as is the case with Bella, her brothers, and her master in this story.

Master – This term is used to name a fairies 'father' or 'mother', in the sense that they are the one who planted and raised the fairy. In the fairy-world, masters are in charge of their 'children' until said 'children' have found their matches.

Regeneration When a fairy is injured harshly enough, they are forced into a shift back into a seed, which then needs to be replanted – this having the fairies be 'reborn' into their newly healed bodies. If your intent was to kill the fairy, the only way of halting the regeneration is by burning the seed instead of planting it.

Faelup – This term refers to fairies whose basic form is a tulip.

Faesun – This term refers to fairies whose basic form is a sunflower.

Faeap – This term refers to fairies whose basic form is an apple tree.

Rootguard – This term refers to one of the many professions in the fairy world. When a fairy is planted, the spot in which they are planted will have their roots (sometimes referred to as 'ground roots') until they regenerate and are planted again. Their roots are very special to them. A rootguard is a guardian of the roots of fairies who are higher up; typically only third generation fairies are rootguards.

First generation – This is the rank of fairies directly after they have 'graduated' from a seedling into a learned and capable fairy. The first generation can only do the standard fairy magicks, such as shifting, regeneration, and sometimes an added talent or two. For example, Bella's brother Damien is capable or calling anything or anyone to him by will.

Second generation – This is the second rank of fairies; they can do everything the same as the first generations, except the royals of the fairy-world also allow them to keep in contact with them. The royals do not appreciate being contacted by first generations. In the beginning on the story until the epilogue, Bella is a second generation fairy.

Third generation – This is the third rank of fairies; they can do everything the same as the second generation, except now they are open to many of the professions throughout the fairy-world. For example, they can be rootguards. In the epilogue, Bella contacts the royals and tells them of meeting her match, and she is promoted from second to third generation.

Fourth generation – This is the fourth rank of fairies; they can do everything the same as a third generation, except now they have the ability to produce seeds, and therefore can raise seedlings. About a century and a quarter before the events of the story, James was promoted from third to fourth generation and then planted Bella and her brothers; he also planted her sisters, but they were much closer to a bank then others and their roots were all swept away by rushing water. If a fourth generation finds their match, they are demoted to third generation, as matched couples do not wish to have the ability to reproduce. Having the ability to reproduce is such an appreciated thing that fourth generations are generally considered in the same respect as the royals.

Fifth generation – This is the fifth and highest rank of fairies; the royals are always fifth generations. In the current state of the fairy-world, there are only four royals, and therefore only four fifth generations. They are able to do everything the fourth generation can, except generally they do not reproduce – though they have the ability to - and they are also able to create and change laws and basic rules for the fairy-world. In special cases where a potential royal does not want to reproduce, they go straight from third generation to fifth generation.

Splendora – In the legends of the fairy-world, it states that the fairies came from a different planet far off in the universe named 'Splendora', which is a planet with 'red grass and green skies, and flowers everywhere'. The legend goes that something terrible happened and the fairies were forced to leave and search for a new home, which they found in Earth.

Wilting – This term refers to a fairy dying in a rather natural way. If a fairy gets a disease, or is simple to sad or upset to take care of themselves and won't allow anybody else to do so, either, they begin wilting. The end of the wilting process is always death. See the following definition for an example.

Vine-broken – This term is the fairy term for 'heartbroken'. It's currently the leading cause of wilting. Bella's friend, Abby the Faesun, was vine-broken, and began the process of wilting soon after.

Faetrunner – This is a classic fairy weapon; it is a simple, double-edged sword. Used in almost every battle, 'Faetrunners' are rumoured to be able to cut through anything. In the eleventh chapter of the story, this is the weapon James uses on Alice.

Well, that's all the definitions for now – hope these will help you understand some things better! As I said above, I'll be updating it every once in a while when I think of something else to add. If there is a definition you would like to see here, just write it in a review or send me a message and I'll get on it.

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