I lost my nerve to submit an entry for awhile. I didn't think the story would be understood.
I've decided to submit it, anyway. The story is about Lulu and Pix, as told by Pix's perspective. There's more to the analogies than might be readily apparent.
Lulu is not insane. Her seeming random comments that people not in the champion are based on her ability to look at mundane things from several perspectives at once, as well as her ability to overlay what she sees with what's possible.
When she says "you sparkle like dust" in my narrative, it's tempting to think that she's either dense or is saying that Pix sparkles like pixie dust. That's not the case. Dust, when illuminated in a darkened room by shafts of sunlight, does sparkle as it moves. Her comment is my way of showing (concisely, since there's a word limit) that she is capable of viewing things in more than one light.
When Pix responds with his own analogy, his background needs to be considered. Fae in various mythologies can see in the dark. So a "hole" in something doesn't likely represent darkness to him, but possibilities - entrances to other places, or spaces that can contain much more than the surface appearance of the hole would first suggest. He does this because he's acknowledging Lulu's style of communicating while responding in a similar manner. He's showing that he speaks her language and that he respects her ability to perceive and imagine the world as far more than others might.
Thornwyngs and Beetlestaff are made up factions. But I don't believe that any fae in mythology do things for mere "whimsy." Often, those with little imagination tend to suggest that others do things for fun or random reasons when they don't understand and won't acknowledge their real motivation. Even in the fairy tales of fae capturing people because they're "tricksters," I imagine those characters do so for reasons. In this narrative, Pix's reasons were complicated. And while he justified it in claiming that another would've taken her if he hadn't, he really did, in fact, need her to help stop a war in his land. He just didn't predict how very effective she would be at it.
One of my friends balked at the implications of the closeness between Lulu and Pix because he was convinced that Lulu was underage. I couldn't find anything in Riot lore suggesting that Lulu was underage when she met Pix. The lore simply refers to her as being imaginative from a very young age, not that she was still a child when they met. She's not a child in this story.
Furthermore... if she was, in fact, a child in the Riot lore when she entered Pix's realm, then it would've been horrific for the yordles to ostracize her when she came back. They'd have endeavored to teach her limits, not kick her out of their community.