On The Inside
After a brief introduction in present day England we are transported back to England a long time ago where a little girl named Maryrose is send out to gather kindling. She is told by her Gran to not dally and definitely NOT follow the faerie lights, which she immediately does and is taken off to the land of Faerie. She plays for a bit with some child-like faeries before being introduced to the Queen Dymphna. The Queen asks Maryrose to stay with her but tells her she is too small to be called a rose and instead names her Rosebud.
Years later, which feels like no time at all, King Obrey returns from war. Several faeries are confused, they didn’t know there was a war and Rosebud didn’t know there was a king. Dymphna explains that wars in Faerie are different than wars on Earth. Sometimes the beings of Faerie grow tired of things not changing so they go to war to make things change. Rosebud says she will never grow tired of how things are.
Rosebud is introduced to the court as if she were a true faerie and the king is smitten with her. Obrey takes her for walks in the woods and tells her how fond he is of her. Rosebud is unaware that this is anything but friendship.
At the same time a tiny flying faerie called Amadan, a bit of a trickster, has been telling Rosebud that the king has no heir and if a young girl, someone like Rosebud in fact, played their cards right they could become queen.
Later the king and queen go walking in the woods alone. Rosebud is told by Amadan that the queen has forgotten her torque, her magical necklace that focuses her power. He tells her to take it to the queen, and why not wear it while you do? Rosebud agrees.
In the woods Rosebud finds Obrey and Dymphna arguing about the lack of an heir. It becomes clear that Dymphna does not believe that Obrey is not the rightful king and should not have an heir and Obrey threatens to enchant her. Dymphna tells him he can’t so long as she wears her torque and realizes she is not wearing it. Obrey turns her into a tree.
Later at Dymphna’s memorial service several wonder if the next ceremony they see will be a wedding. Sure enough it is announced that Rosebud and Obrey will be married.
In a conversation between Adaman and the Obrey we find that they planed this whole thing so that Obrey could marry someone to produce an heir. And Adaman might (and by might I mean definitely) have ulterior motives for doing this.
Before the wedding Rosebud is told by Adaman that she needs to choose “royal” name and after much thought she announces it at the wedding as she is crowned queen. From this day forward she will be called Titania.