Ginken, Part II: Plover Prom

Plover Prom: The Folly of Youth, Coming Of Age
Plover Prom: The Folly of Youth, Coming Of Age

(If you missed it, click here for Ginken, Part I)

It was only one moon ago when Blynken was still living safely under his Father Tufters’ wing, playing beneath the shadow of the Great Lighthouse & the family’s bright Green & Yellow Banner in the lands of House Tufters. Yet childhood is ultimately but a moment, and Blynken was surely on the brink of becoming a Plover Grown.

The Fine Line Between Boy & Man
The Fine Line Between Boy & Man

The good people of Jersey who care about such things were well aware that House Tufters’ Miracle Renest had successfully produced two fine heirs, Wynken & Blynken, who were about to blossom into manhood, and so they planned a Great Celebration & Promenade at House Tufters to mark this momentous occasion. As is the custom we can assume.

A large party of important guests assembled in finest costume; the Ladies in fine Dress with elaborate adornment, and the Gentleman wrapped in the finest woolen Coats, despite the heat.

The Fine Detail of Adornment demonstrates proper respect for House Tufters.
The Fine Detail of Adornment of Costume demonstrates proper respect for House Tufters, and highlights the gravity of the occasion.
The Right Stuff: A Formal Promenade through the Land Of House Tufters, as is customary, we can only assume.
The Right Stuff: A Formal Promenade through the Land Of House Tufters, as is customary, we can only assume.
The Prom King: Lord of The Flyway Todd Pover leads the party to the Gates Of House Tufters, everyone Eager to catch a glimpse of the Miracle Babies Wybken, and Blynken
The Prom King: Lord of The Flyway Todd Pover leads the party to the Gates Of House Tufters, everyone eager to catch a glimpse of the Miracle Babies, Wynken, and Blynken

In attendance this day were distinguished guests of diverse background. Michelle Stantial & Emily Heiser, House Tufters’ Governesses, who had lovingly banded and cared for House Tufters all Summer had, of course, come.

David Tattoni, the young and highly decorated scientist who has been making great waves in Jersey with the many awards bestowed upon him for his excellence in Plover Studies, was present.

Samwell, a great and knowledgeable scholar of Regular Birds had come, mostly, perhaps, as a skeptic, but eager nonetheless to witness first hand the amazing Miracle Babies and the well rumored nobility of House Tufters generally. Also, he most certainly hoped for an opportunity to hold one of the Miracle Babies, or any Piping Plover for that matter: an honor appropriate for a man of his rank, knowledge, and experience, but denied to him in the past by Ms. Heiser for still unknown reasons.

And lastly, The Lord Of The Flyway himself, the Great Todd Pover had come to the Gala, of course, dressed in finest attire.

Todd Pover: As proud as Tufters himself.
Todd Pover: As proud of Blynken as Tufters himself.

There is only one thing more rare than a Mother who will admit she has a favorite child in her own brood. That one thing is a Mother who does not in reality have a favorite child. It has been rumored before that House Tufters is Mr. Pover’s pride and joy, and Barnegat Light his favorite habitat. This fact is vehemently denied as a crude accusation publicly, but the immense pomp-and-circumstance surrounding the coming of age of the Miracle Brood suggests otherwise.

Indeed, each guest shamelessly vied for an opportunity to have a private word with Blynken and ingratiate him or herself with this Miracle Baby, the next generation of Plover nobility.

While we do not know for sure what Mr. Pover said to young Blynken, we can assume he thus spake:

Blynken, this is a great day. Your noble Father has trained you well, and now you head into the world to carry the Light of House Tufters. Remember your Sigil, the Lighthouse, always, and your bright yellow banner; a symbol of the Light. Your Father is the most noble Plover of all. He is the Plover who choses to live among us and share the Beach. His message is one of highest cooperation and compromise among all creatures, great and small. This is now your message. Carry the Light forth. And please… make Good Choices.

Ms. Stantial patiently waits for her turn to bend Blynken's itty-bitty ear...
Ms. Stantial patiently waits for her turn to bend Blynken’s itty-bitty ear…

We will never know exactly what she said to young Blynken, but we can assume she thus spake:

Blynken! You are so adorable! House Tufters is the best! Your Father was the first Plover I banded this season, and is still my favorite. I even shed a tiny tear from the intensity of holding him in all of his magnificence and nobility!!!11!!! I’m so sorry if we did anything bad to you. We’re bad humans. MAKE GOOD CHOICES!!!!!!

Young David said nothing, but furiously took his scientific measurements.
Young David said nothing, but furiously took his scientific measurements.

While we do not know what Young David was thinking, we can assume is was thus:

Eureka! How does one calibrate his instruments to record such perfection as the birds of House Tufters demonstrate? I shall uncover the scientific secrets that make House Tufters such a great and noble House, perhaps winning more awards and bestowing great honor on my own family. And eee-gads: I hope this bird makes good choices.

And while David pursued his measurements, Sawmill furiously scribbled notes in his Precious Pink Great Book Of Regular Birds
And while David pursued his measurements, Samwell furiously scribbled notes in his Precious Pink Great Book Of Regular Birds.

We can assume he wrote:

My Lord! These Miracle Babies, especially this Blynken, are unlike anything I have ever experienced. I suddenly and inexplicably am utterly bored by regular birds. I can only hope this magnificent animal makes Good Choices. And I of course, secretly desire to hold this splendid specimen, as befits my rank and experience.

And at the end of the ceremony, Blynken's wings were thoroughly inspected.
And at the end of the ceremony, Blynken’s wings were thoroughly inspected.
Alas: These are the wings of an adult. Blynken is a Man Grown.
Alas: These are the wings of an adult. Blynken is a Man Grown.

And so they all knew for certain that Blynken & Wynken were full fledged, and ready to fly the great Light of House Tufters from their House to the rest of the World.

Dreams come true. Two full grown Miracle Babies are let loose on the world. And Samwell gets to join the Lord of The Flyway in the honors, as befits his rank.
Dreams come true. Two full grown Miracle Babies are let loose on the world. And Samwell gets to join the Lord of The Flyway in the honors, as befits his rank.

While the more timid Wynken ran off quickly, Blynken stood proudly among the guests for a moment. Blynken was now a man. A Man with a Purpose. A Man without Fear. It would seem he understood the Great Expectations the good people of Jersey had for him.

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But what about honored guest Emily? Why did she not spake with Blynken?

Amidst the Gay Festivity, Emily's heart was heavy with the knowledge of Another.
Amidst the Gay Festivity, Emily’s heart was heavy with the knowledge of Another.

Ms. Heiser is well known for her stylish flair and penchant for drama, and had dutifully seen to all the immense preparations for the Great Promenade at House Tufters. But when the big day came, she could not celebrate, and avoided speaking to Blynken.

Because Emily was soon to head to see Another. Another Miracle Baby, born under a fortuitous star, but from a very different House, in a very different place.

And rightly or wrongly, there would be no Grand Promenade for this one.

Stay Tuned. Ginken, Part III has been posted.