Chapter 1: The Fire Flyer Visit
"Look! Flyers!" A young school girl gasped rushing to the large window next to her desk.
All the other school girls leaped from their desks and gathered around, gasping, desperate to catch a glimpse of sunlight glittering off their wings. That was the nature of these girls or such is the nature of humans. To be desperate over the impossible. Most humans dream of flying so when a race of humans can without engines, everyone dreams. That is the nature of this world; a modern day Earth with a race of human beings born with large beautiful wings who have existed since the beginning of time. But, you could come back and say that there is no such thing as people with wings save angels but you can't see them usually. But that is the beauty of fantasy and dreams. Anything can happen.
Two girls remained sitting; young, seventeen year old Dawn and her best friend. Unlike the other girls, Dawn was not interested in trying to see one. She probably would have just been shoved aside anyways. She was intrigued by Flyers though, especially ever since she met one
Dawn was only five years old but the memory had been engraved forever. She was playing in the snow with her family in their back yard. It was getting dark
she remembered seeing the snow change to blue
then red. Any time this memory came up, Dawn would wince at what happened next. She started running back to her house when a dark beast suddenly sprang from the forest behind them and cut young Dawn off from the house.
Dark Creatures is what they called them. They had wild burning orange eyes and dark leathery skin. These creatures looked like huge black panthers with four spiky tails and five toes like humans. But the most noticeable feature had to be their large black, leather wings known as Dark wings. Slobber dripped from its mouth as it stared hungrily at its victim.
Dawn's family too were afraid to move; not for their own sakes but for Dawn's. Dark Creatures were smart and it didn't take much to set them off. The beast began to circle its prey, quickly. Young Dawn could only tremble as its taunting continued. It was luring her to run for its own game. It crouched low and just as it was about to pounce, a glint of silver appeared and the next thing Dawn knew, the beast was on its back flailing like a turtle.
Her saviour floated down. Dawn's first though was he was an angel. He had long silver hair and bright silver eyes
and a pair of large silver angel wings. A Flyer. In his hand he clutched a long, gold, heavy broadsword. The next few seconds were a blur. She remembered hearing inhuman cries then seeing blood splatter in the snow. She remembered her family running across the yard and scooping her up. But as she turned her head thank him, he was gone.
"Alright, sit down. Sit down. There are Flyers going by every day. We can't afford to lose precious seconds each lesson running to the window." Their teacher, Miss. Heckle scolded. "Your exams are just around the corner!"
The annoying, old sharp voice broke Dawn's memory. She sighed. Ever since that day, Dawn always dreamed of becoming a Flyer, along with everyone else on the ground. To have wings and soar through the skies without limits
However, like I said before, everyone on the ground dream of that. Those on the ground were simply known as Earthlings. Flyers and Earthlings lived in harmony. The Flyers would protect the Earthlings and the Earthlings would provide food and gears for the Flyers. Or so says the Media, as Dawn soon learns. The Flyers lived in the sky in flying castles a thousand feet above the ground. They rotated over the countries in a giant oval; one month over land, one month over sea, in fear of invasions from the evil Earthlings
.and Dark Creatures. If you were lucky, like their wings, you'd catch a glimpse of these magnificent castles.
"Hey Dawn!" One of the girls sneered, walking up to the front of her desk. "Didn't you say you were once saved by a Flyer?"
Needless to say, no one believed Dawn's story. They all mocked and jeered as if nearly being killed was funny. She regretted ever mentioning it as a kid. For some reason no one seemed to be able to let it go.
"Hey Anjy, didn't you say once you kissed the Prince?" A brunette retorted.
"But I did!" Anjy whined.
Everyone laughed. She actually did kiss the Prince (on the cheek) but like Dawn's true story, no one believed it. The young brunette's name was Elva; Dawn's only friend. From a far away glance, both girls looked like identical sisters. They both had beautiful, wavy, thick brown hair and bright green eyes. The only difference was Elva was slightly taller and thinner and the fact she was a few days younger than Dawn. She had the body of a basketball player; tall and slim. Elva was basically Dawn's body guard in a way. Dawn was often too shy to stand up for herself so Elva was always right there beside her. Elva could have been the star of the basketball team or the most popular girl in school next to Anjy, but she chose to be beside Dawn.
The two had been best friends since Dawn was five. The rest of the day moved along slowly as most school days do thus once again re-establishing the norm. The warm spring sun drew all the girls of Saint Bridget's School for Girls onto the warm green grass. The school was not that large, about 1000 girls. The school was located on the cliffs of Nol, on looking the beautiful crystal blue seas below. The town lay only a few kilometres away along the coast; the city of Nol which was surrounded by a breathtaking ancient forest, where most of the city folk lived. Saint Bridget's School was one of the top schools in the whole country. Many girls came from all over just to attend.
Dawn and Elva sat down in their favourite spot for lunch; under a tall oak tree looking out into the sea with the school within hearing distances of the bell. The other girls never came out that far because they were just too tired or lazy or didn't want to ruin their boring, gray school uniforms.
"You were thinking about that Flyer again, weren't you?" Elva said as she set up their favourite blue picnic blanket. "I could see it when all the girls ran to the window."
Dawn blushed. Was it really that noticeable? With a slight giggle, Dawn laid out their lunches. That was Elva. She was good at picking up little things like that. Both girls sat down and began eating. Dawn rolled her head back taking a deep, cleansing breath.
"Look, a Flyer!" Dawn said pointing to the sky with a wide smile.
And sure enough, a Flyer burst through the clouds. He had bright red wings like a parrot with matching red hair. Elva and Dawn watched in amazement and awe as the Flyer streamed across the sky and back into another cloud. It's funny but Dawn could have sworn she saw this Flyer before. Several times in fact. He seemed to fly lower than the others so she and Elva usually got a better view. From what they could see on the ground, the Flyers were beautiful. They were well built and wore the most salient clothes. Their hair was another feature.
Unlike normal human hair, their hair ranged from normal colours such as blonde and brunette to blues and greens and every colour under the sun. And their wings matched their hair. Or it could have been the other way around. At times, Dawn thought that maybe their hair colour changed when they got their wings to match. Elva turned her eyes from the blue sky to Dawn whom remained staring into space. She had something on her mind all morning and she could no longer suppress it.
"While I believe you, Dawn, your story
is a bit unbelievable." Elva admitted.
"I get it, why would a Flyer want to save a girl like me?" Dawn responded gloomily looking at the ground. She hated when people didn't believe her, especially her best friend.
"Huh, NO I DIDN'T MEAN IT LIKE THAT!!!" Elva frantically exclaimed. "Um, cookie?"
With a nervous smile, Elva held up a bag of her mother's famous fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Dawn couldn't help but smile. She found Elva cute when she was flustered.
"You think a couple of your mother's delicious cookies are going to win me back?" Dawn asked with a hidden smile. "
you know me so well."
Elva breathed then laughed. Dawn joined her. She couldn't remain mad at her friend forever besides, Elva didn't mean anything bad. And plus, without Elva Dawn would never get to enjoy her mom's cookies ever again. The two girls enjoyed their lunches slowly and talked about other things than Flyers. But it was the same raceme pretty much. It was weird, but Elva seemed to always try and discourage Dawn from her dreams of being a Flyer. Whenever she tried brining it up, Elva changed the subject and Dawn was too shy to say anything. When they finished, they headed back just as the bell for last lesson rang. One more hour then they'd go home.
Last lesson was a drag. While English was usually fun, they were doing revision for their exams making it extremely boring and long. Elva and Dawn kept nudging each other to stay awake. And after what seemed like an eternity, the final bell screamed, 'time to go home!' waking up all the girls from their semi-conscious states. Even their teacher seemed relieved. Dawn and Elva quickly sped out the doors and to the bike racks where their identical red bikes stood chained to the cold poles. They unchained their bikes then rode down the path towards home. Half way there, Dawn turned her towards Elva and shouted, "Hey, I'm gonna head to my secret spot for a while. I'll see ya tomorrow!" before riding off in the opposite direction of home.
"Um, bye?!" Elva shouted back a little discouraged.
Dawn did that sometimes. Elva knew her all too well to know that Dawn wanted to be alone. Today, both of Dawn's parents were out working late so Dawn would usually go to her secret spot and just sit and draw for a few hours. A high cliff on looking the water. It was quite far from the city so many most people didn't go there. That's where Dawn would sit with her legs dangling over the edge and her head buried into the detail of her drawings. That was Dawn's favourite pass time: drawing. Her sketchbook was choc full of drawings of her and Elva as Flyers.
They both had large, stunning brown wings. Dawn couldn't really think of another colour she'd want to be so she stuck with her hair. She wanted to be a Flyer more than anything, but Dawn also wanted her friend right beside her. If she had to choose between becoming a Flyer and Elva, she would choose Elva. As she sat doodling away her fantasies, her senses picked up someone
really close. Dawn looked up and came face to face with a young teen
with large red wings.
"Hello." He greeted with a warm smile.
"Eep!" Dawn squeaked fumbling with her sketchbook. "Oh no!"
Amongst her flustering, Dawn's sketchbook slipped from her hands. Seeing what he had caused, the boy flew up then swooped down and caught the sketchbook before it hit the water. He flew back up and held the book out towards Dawn; genuine guilt for his mistake in his face. Dawn crawled away from the edge quickly yet keeping her eyes locked on his. The boy slowly stepped onto the edge, keeping her sketch book out in front of him. Dawn couldn't understand why she was scared. This was her dream come true! Her mind screamed to "buck up" but before her confidence had time to rebuild he spoke up.
"I'm sorry, I'll leave." The Flyer said cautiously placing the sketchbook down at Dawn's feet.
Courage suddenly swelled in Dawn's gut forcing a, "Wait!" to come out. The boy turned and smiled. Dawn stood to her feet then dusted her bland school gray skirt off. Her heart pounded at a million miles an hour. She was actually standing before a Flyer who looked no older than her. Why he chose her to talk to, she had no clue but it was still kind of cool.
"M-my name's Dawn." She meekly greeted holding her hand out.
"I'm Tito, a Fire Flyer." Tito responded, taking Dawn's hand firmly with an even bigger smile.
Dawn snickered a little. The first thought that came to mind from his title was a picture of him as a firefly. Tito laughed too. He understood what she was thinking and found his title amusing at times as well. She realized she still had his hand in hers and quickly let go. Not before examining how surprisingly soft they were.
"You're a really good artists. I've seen you drawing from time to time." Tito complimented then quickly added, "Not that I stalk you or anything!"
Dawn laughed again then quickly examined the Flyer standing before her. He had bright red hair and wore a fiery red and yellow tunic with silk black trousers to match and thin black slippers with white socks like martial artists wear. Tito was well built which could easily be seen from the sky with tan skin probably from flying so close to the sun everyday. But the most noticeable feature was his eyes; silver. Like the Flyer who saved Dawn ten years ago, Tito had frighteningly luminescent silver eyes.
see you want to become a Flyer as well." Tito said noting the drawings in Dawn's hands.
Dawn blushed but nodded. Fear suddenly took hold of her mind. Would he leave now knowing she was just like other Earthlings? Just like the others who also had the hopeless dream of becoming birds who soared the skies freely?
"You're different- than the others."
Dawn looked up with confusion in her face.
"Wow... It's nice finally getting to meet you." His voice then went quiet but it sounded to Dawn like he was muttering, "I hope nobody sees me
what do you mean?"
Tito didn't answer but instead took a step closer than sniffed Dawn's brown hair. Stupid shortness.
smell like an Earthling. In fact you don't smell like any species
Dawn was taken a-back in confusion. She didn't quite understand what he meant and by the look of his expression, he didn't either. Before Dawn could say anything, Tito suddenly jerked his head away with fear in his eyes. Then Dawn smelled it: smoke. Where there's smoke, there's fire. She followed Tito's gaze towards a tall black pillar of smoke. Dawn's eyes widened. Black smoke rising from the direction of Dawn's house.
"NO!" Dawn screamed suddenly taking off down the hill towards her house.
Tito thrust himself into the air with one powerful flap from his wings then flew along side Dawn. Seeing she wasn't a fast runner, Tito wrapped his arms around her waist then hoisted her off the ground. Dawn screamed and struggled but as soon as she saw her feet dangling above a twenty foot drop, she stopped and clutched onto Tito's arms tightly. The atmosphere was thick with fumes making it almost impossible to breathe, none the less see. Tito seemed to see just fine. Dawn pulled her uniform shirt over her nose to breathe slightly easier. The flames had spread rapidly through the forest. Dawn could feel the heat from the fire causing her clothes to dance. Her bare legs burned but right now she didn't care.
She just kept praying the fire hadn't gotten to her house.
"Drop me!" Dawn shouted as they neared her house.
Tito didn't argue. He swooped down lower a bit then released Dawn. The moment her feet touched the ground, Dawn charged towards her house not caring about the thick smoke around her now. She arrived
only to find her large suburban white house completely engulfed in flames. She stood in the drive way looking in pure shock and horror
.at their green car parked out front. They were home! They were inside that house! They were burning!
"MOM! DAD!" Dawn cried.
Suddenly a Dark Creature burst through the front window and bounded over Dawn's head. In its mouth, her mother's arm lay wedged between its sharp teeth. She recognized her ring. The creature turned and faced Dawn with its glowing orange eyes. It dropped the arm and smiled devilishly at its new prey. Dawn was trapped; the beast in front of her and the fire behind her growing into a deadly circle. Tears poured down her face. She felt like a five year old child again. She could feel the flames licking her school uniform. Dawn shut her eyes as the creature crouched down to attack.
"Ha!" Tito shouted thrusting his large blade into the Dark Creature's back.
The creature cried in pain and struggled to get free but Tito had pinned him. With one quick, final turn of the wrist, Tito killed the large beast then pulled his blade out. He wiped the blood off his face and hands before wiping his sword in the grass to clean it. The young Flyer stood up and placed his free left hand on Dawn's shoulder.
"Are you okay?" Tito asked, true concern in his voice.
Dawn nodded but before she could speak more drama. Dawn heard a loud shrill cry echo from a few houses down. A familiar cry. Elva. The whole street had caught on fire by now but through the opaque smoke, Dawn could make out two large figures dragging her best friend away towards what looked like a very small jet sitting in the middle of their street.
"El-!" Dawn nearly screamed, but Tito slapped his hand over her mouth and dragged her away.
"Those are agents of the Dark Lord! He must be after you!" Tito whispered as he continued dragging her. Dawn could only watch from a distance as the jet took off and disappeared into the darkness.
Once safe and out of the densest smoke, Dawn collapsed on the ground. Her legs had gone completely limp. All colour faded from her skin after the murder and kidnapping of her friends and family. This was not the time for grieving. No doubt, more Dark Creatures would soon appear. Quickly Tito scooped up the frightened Earthling in his strong arms and spread his wings and flew the two of them away. Tito glanced back at Dawn's burning home with a slight twinge of pain that struck his heart; like a distant memory. Dawn no longer had a home to return to. So Tito took her to his home
in one of the flying castles of the sky.