Dean must save the tiny sprite kiddo. And Vel promptly decided that the human is his now. We’ll find out soon whose leaf boat will win the race!
Fun fact: Vel’s wings flutter involuntarily a lot because of their development. Wood sprite wings are full of nerves, and once they’ve uncurled from the leaf bud shape of early childhood, they’re extra sensitive to everything, which makes them twitch and flutter. Vel is just barely six, so his wings wouldn’t have been uncurled for very long at all.