Prologue: Roxy's Story

So, after all the drama that happened in the summer I was sixteen, I was about to pack off and go to Alfea. On one hand, I knew that was the only way I would ever be able to become the girl... the fairy... I was truly meant to be. Maybe I would have stayed on Earth if I was still the princess of Tir Nan Og, but after Mom abdicated and gave the throne to Aunt Nebula, that kinda fell apart.

As I was ready to fly out to Magix with the Winx Club, my mother and another fairy- Lysis, if I remembered her name right- took me aside. "You could stay here," my mom said. She knew why I was going to Alfea, and approved of the reasons... but after fourteen years without her family, she was reluctant to let me go.

"Mom, I have to learn more about my powers. Bloom says all young fairies go to Alfea now. It's the best way for me to be the best fairy I can be."

"We could start a school here," she replied. "There's more than one college in the universe."

I gestured around at all the fairies. "All the fairies here have graduated. There's nobody but me who would attend a college on Earth. Mom, please. I have to do this. I have to!"

Lysis stepped up. She reminded me of Tecna, in personality at least. In appearance, she looked more like my mother, but younger. Long, dark hair fell onto her pale shoulders, which were mainly bare. She wore a white tank-top dress and white flip-flops, with a red sash around the dress. It gave off a very sterile appearance, for lack of a better word. Maybe I was biased... I knew Lysis was the fairy of science. "Roxy, that's what we're saying. Not all the fairies here on Earth are adults."

"Of course they are!" I said. "What happened to all this 'last fairy on Earth' business?"

"Everyone has potential to be a fairy," Lysis explained. "Now that the magic is back on Earth, many girls will be waking to their powers. Some will choose to study to become a fairy. Others will become witches. Plenty will just ignore their powers. And all of them will probably be scared out of their wits. Just like you were."

My mind was suddenly flooded with the thought of all the new fairies on Earth. People I went to school with. My online friends. Maybe even the awful Mitzi girl. It was a scary and thrilling idea. "How come I was able to keep my powers then? How come I wasn't all un-awakened like all the others?"

Lysis pursed her lips. "I don't know," she admitted. "But it could have something to do with who your mother was."

That did make some sense. "So... you want me to stay here so you can make an Earth fairy school?"

"Look at your Queen Mor... I mean, Miss Morgana for that one, Rox," the science fairy joked. "I'm proposing something different. Nebula's approved a team of us to locate, teach, and recruit girls who are discovering their powers. And we want you to help us. You're the closest to their age. The next closest is me, and I'm already twenty-four. That might be a bit too old for some girls."

"But I don't even know how to use my powers!" I objected. "I'd be more harm than good!"

Lysis frowned. "I don't believe that for an instant. Besides, Roxy, you're going to know more than any of the girls we pick up. And you've been through what they're going to go through. Please help us? Even if it's only for a year... then you can go to Alfea and study. And maybe you'll be going with some new friends."

From behind me, I could hear Bloom yelling my name, wondering if I was ready to go. I wasn't sure... and I didn't have much time to decide.

Since I didn't acknowledge that I had heard the older fairy, she came over to me. "Ready to head to Alfea, Roxy?" she asked kindly.

I turned to face her. "I... I don't know. I know I told Faragonda that I'd go, but Mom and Lysis and a bunch of other girls need me."

I explained the situation to her, and she nodded throughout, listening. Finally, she put her hand on my left breast, over my heart. "This is your most important lesson," she said. "A fairy always follows her heart. If you feel like you need to go to Alfea, then go. We all want you to. But if your heart is telling you to help these girls, to teach them to be fairies, then that's what you need to do. Faragonda, the Winx, and I will all understand."

I only paused for a minute before I smiled. "I'll be at Alfea next year. Tell Faragonda I'm sorry. But I have to do this."

My best friend nodded. "Okay," she agreed. "And Roxy... I'm so proud of you. Just know that."

She walked over to the other Winx girls, and smiled back at me before the six older fairies all took to the sky. They waved back at me, and I smiled... though I wondered if I had made the right choice or not.

As soon as they were out of sight, I turned to Lysis and my mom. "Okay," I said. "Where do we start?"

Author's Note: So, this is the prologue to a series of stories, each a one-shot about an Earth girl discovering she's a fairy. Think The Canterbury Tales mixed with LJ Smith's Night World series.

Anyway, as part of a relatively-old challenge I was given, I'm going to be accepting OCs. No profile to fill out, and no promise the OCs will be accepted... but feel free to submit. I'm trying to prove I can do a good, unique story with them.

Anyway, thanks for reading the prologue! Stay tuned for the first REAL story!