The first time Alex Russo had been summoned it had been by Harper Finkle. She had been her Fairy Godmother, which made sense since they were trapped in the fictional world of Cinderella. But then it happened again, this time in the real world. She was only walking with her best friend Harper to their next class when she began to feel strange. Her body had started to glow with magic like it always did when she was about to flash out. She gave her best friend a look of pure horror before she disappeared into a flash of bright light.
Alex soon found herself in a small bedroom in a place she didn't recognize. A little girl with bright red hair was staring up at her in utter shock. The brunette tried to form the right words, as she didn't want to be disqualified from her family's Wizard Competition for a second time. I could erase her mind, but I don't remember the spell!
"Fairy Godmother!" The child exclaimed while bouncing on the balls of her feet, "Oh my gosh! I have a Fairy Godmother!"
"Say what now?"
"I was wishing for one, but I didn't think you'd actually come! Magic exists, this is the best day ever!" She shouted, and Alex quickly covered her mouth. The brunette glared at the child, "Shut it, kid. You can't just go around shouting things like that or you could get me into a lot of trouble!" She explained, "Now, I am about to take my hand off your mouth and you are not going to squeal or yell. Do you understand me?"
The kid nodded, and she slowly removed her hand from the child's mouth. She was still bouncing and had that stupid smile on her face, but at least she had kept her promise… so far. "Now, kid, care to tell me what's going on?"
"You're my Fairy Godmother, shouldn't you know?"
"What do you take me for, a mind reader? 'Cause I'm not. Do you know what I'm also not? A Fairy Godmother."
"... Wha?" The little girl pouted, "But you came right when I called you! I saw you magic yourself in here!"
"While that part is true, it doesn't mean I'm your Fairy Godmother."
"But I wished you here!" She shouted, tears coming to her face, "You have to be her, you just have to!"
"A wish?" Alex sat down on the bed and crossed her arms. She knew better than anyone exactly how powerful wishes could be. A frown on her face, she removed her wand from her boot and began to call someone. She held it to her ear, relieved when she heard someone answer, "Ah! Yes, hello. This is Alex Russo, and I have a bit of an issue over here that I need clearing up. Some kid keeps saying I'm her Fairy Godmother, but that can't be true." She paused, "Please tell me that can't be true." After a long pause, she threw her wand onto the ground, causing small sparks to come out of the gemstone tip.
She rubbed her temples and took a deep breath to calm herself down. She turned her head to the side and stared the redhead dead in the eyes, "Well then, kid. Today may be your lucky day, but it's certainly not mine. I guess I am your Fairy Godmother."
"Yeah, whoop-di-do. Now, tell me your name."
"I'm Ava!" She introduced, holding out her hand for a shake. Alex shook it lazily, and stared at the child, "So what am I here for? What do you need from me?"
"Well, um…" Ava shuffled her feet, "I was actually hoping to have… a friend?"
"A friend? You don't have any of your own?"
"No. Mama and Daddy say that they're a waste of time."
Alex scoffed, "Well that's a pretty stupid thing to say to a kid." She paused, "Wait a minute, why don't you just make friends with kids at school and never bring them home or tell your parents?"
Ava pulled herself up onto the bed and looked up at the wizard, "Well, I can't… I'm homeschooled."
"For real? Well, that's a huge bummer." She sighed and twirled her wand in her hand, "Well… this is going to be difficult. I don't exactly know a spell that can create a brand new person."
"You mean magic can't do anything you want it to?"
"It's kind of surprising, right?"
"Does that mean you can't help me out?"
"Well, I'm not really good in the idea department, so whatever you got tell me. Preferably something that won't get me in trouble."
Ava mulled it over for a bit, trying to think of a solution. Her eyes lit up and a smile came to her face, "I know!" She exclaimed, latching herself onto Alex's arm, "You could be my friend."
"... Say what now?"
"Oh, c'mon Fairy Godmother! It'd be easier, wouldn't it? Please! Please! Please!"
Alex chuckled, "You remind me a lot of this annoying twerp that helped me save the world once." She admitted, not meaning it to sound as rude as it did.
"So, does that mean we're friends?"
"I mean if that's your wish…" She sighed, "But we have to go over a few things first, okay? You can't just call me over anytime you want; I have things I have to do too. So, don't start wishing me here all willy-nilly. Also, please don't tell anyone who I am or about magic, if you do that could get us both into a lot of trouble."
"Well, for one thing, you'd probably have to get your memories erased. Mortals aren't exactly supposed to know about magic."
"Oh…" The little girl frowned, "I won't tell anyone then, I swear!"
"Good girl." Alex smiled, "Now, I have to head out since I'm kinda-sorta supposed to be in school right now."
"But you just got here!"
"Quit whining. You'll see me later." She pointed to her own hand and zapped something into it, a small flyer for the Waverly Sub Station. "Here, take this. I work every day, but only come if you really really need me, understand? And you are only allowed to call me your Fairy Godmother when it's just the two of us. If we're in public, call me Alex. Actually, I'd rather you call me that in general."
"No, I don't wanna call you Alex. I wanna call you Fairy Godmother!"
"Whatever." The brunette rolled her eyes, "I'm heading out now. See ya around, kid." With a flick of her wand, Alex re-appeared in the halls of Tribeca Prep. She checked the time, shrugging when she saw she was about halfway late to her first class of the day. Nothing unusual about that, though. She spent her day slacking off in all but Art Class (which she had now been moved up to AP) and had to explain everything that had happened to Harper, who was baffled.
"Wait… so if that Ava girl wished you over, does that mean you don't have control over flashing out?"
Alex's eyes widened, "Oh my god, you're right!" She said, beginning to panic, "What am I gonna do?"
"You could always talk to Justin about it."
"Yeah, but what if-" Her body glowed once again and she flashed out, this time appearing in a secluded section of the park. She felt someone grab her hand, and looked down to see a very frightened Ava. "Hey," Alex whispered, bending down so she could meet her eyes, "Hey kid, what's wrong?"
Ava wiped tears out of her eyes and embraced her Godmother, who willingly hugged her back. The little girl sniffled, and every time she tried to talk nothing but squeaks came out. Alex rubbed her back in a comforting manner, waiting patiently for her to calm down. "M… Mommy forgot me…"
"What d'ya mean?"
"Sh- She dropped me off here an hour ago, and st-still hasn't come to get me."
Alex frowned, silently judging this stupid woman who thought it would be alright to leave their daughter in the park by herself. "W- Will you stay with me?"
"Of course." She nodded, "Hey, you don't happen to know your Mother's number, do you?"
The child shook her head, "Mommy said I don't need it since I never go anywhere."
"Well, that's stupid." Alex answered, "C'mon kid, let's find a better place to sit." Picking up the child, she walked her over to a bench and placed Ava in her lap, wrapping her arms around the girl's stomach. "And hey, if your Mom isn't back in thirty minutes I'm taking you back with me, alright?"
Alex's phone rang, and she grabbed it and held it to her ear, "Yeah?"
"Alex, where are you? You're late for your shift and Dad is getting pissed." Justin's voice said through the phone.
"Look, Justin. I'm sorry, but I'm kind of dealing with an emergency right now."
"Like what? A fashion emergency?"
"No. A little girl I'm looking after got abandoned in the park by her Mom. Look, if she doesn't show up in another half an hour, I'll be taking the kid home with me."
"Okay, but why are you looking after a little girl?"
"I don't have the energy to explain it right now, so ask Harper. She's filled in."
"Alright, but this better not be another lie."
"Alright, I'll talk to Harper then tell Mom and Dad."
"Thanks, bro! Later." She ended the call and pocketed her phone, squeezing the child on her lap a little bit tighter. Although Alex would never admit it out loud, she liked kids. Now, that didn't necessarily mean that she wanted to be around them all the time, but she was cool with stuff like this. Just chilling here wasn't something she could complain about.
"I'm getting hungry."
"You didn't pack any snacks when your Mom dropped you off?"
"No. I didn't even know we were coming here."
Alex nodded and snapped her fingers, a small cupcake appearing in her hand. She handed it to the little girl, who was radiating happiness. She scarfed down the cupcake, and Alex giggled a bit when she saw the buttercream icing smeared all over the child's face. After materializing some napkins, she wiped her face off then sighed, "Only fifteen minutes left."
"Do you think Mommy'l come?"
"I'm not sure, kid. Based on how long we've been waiting, it doesn't seem that she will." Alex frowned, resting her chin on the child's head and rubbing her arms, "Do you want to leave now, or keep waiting?"
"Can I go home with you?" The child whispered, "I'm getting cold."
Alex just smiled and flashed out, reappearing on Waverly Place while holding the child with one arm. She walked down the stairs and opened the door to the Waverly Sub Station, giving her angry parents an apologetic smile. She walked over to the counter where they were standing, "Hey, sorry I'm late."
"Sorry's not going to cut it, young lady. Where in the world have you been?"
"What, you mean Justin didn't tell you? He said on the phone that he'd tell you what'd happened."
"Yeah, he told us some crazy story about you being a Fairy Godmother and protecting some kid at the park." Theresa chuckled, and Alex just stared at them for a bit before they finally noticed the kid in her arms. Jerry looked back and forth between the two, his mouth hanging open in shock, "No."
"Yes." She confirmed, "Mom and Dad? Meet Ava." She said, "Ava, meet my Mom and Dad."
"It's a pleasure to meet you, sweetie, but uh… why is she here instead of with her Mother?" Theresa asked.
"Her Mother never came to pick her up." Alex shrugged, "And I couldn't just leave her there."
"I suppose you do make a good point." She agreed, "But what are we supposed to do if she comes by looking for her daughter?"
"I'll cross that bridge when I come to it." Alex answered with a shrug. She sat the child down on an empty chair and handed her a kids menu and some crayons, "Just chill there for a bit, okay?"
"... Will you sit with me?"
"I don't know, I mean, I have to work." She explained, "But if you're still hungry I can get you something to eat."
Ava frowned, "Okay… can I have peanut butter and jelly sandwich?"
Alex smiled and nodded her head, "No prob, kid." She went to go to the kitchen but Theresa stopped her, "Honey, why don't you sit this one out?"
"Huh? But I thought you wanted me to work."
"That child needs you, Mija. Sit with her today, we'll be fine."
Alex nodded and took a seat opposite Ava, who beamed when she saw her, "Fairy Godmother!"
"Yeah, yeah, I'm here. Now, what do you say we get some food?" She asked, and the child giggled with happiness. Justin, who was waiting on tables paused when he saw his little sister laughing along with the little girl. He had to admit that even after Harper had explained everything to him, he still couldn't fully believe it. But now, seeing the way his sister was treating this child, he knew she had been telling the truth. He walked over to the two, "Hey, Alex."
"Oh, hey Justin." She responded nonchalantly, waving her hand at him before continuing her conversation with Ava. The two ordered food, and Alex made sure she ate everything on her plate. Then they just talked until it got late, and Ava got tired. She carried the sleepy child upstairs and materialized her a pair of pajamas and helped her put them on. Alex, after getting dressed for bed herself, allowed the child to sleep in the bed next to her. Theresa watched in astonishment as she saw her daughter fast asleep with her arms curled around Ava, who was snuggled in close to her Fairy Godmother. Theresa placed a hand over her heart and smiled at the sight, debating whether she should take a picture. She decided against it and went off to bed herself.
Who knew Alex could be so caring?