Odesseous sighed heavily as she was lying in her bamboo
bed. She had been here for a week, and though she enjoyed being with her friends,
she had never been this much bullied before. After laying thinking a rather long
time, she decided to just run away to her NeoHome, on Mystery Island. It would
be hard, but probably worth it.
Odesseous was climbing out the window when something
moved beside her. Quickly she turned around, but nothing was there. As she continued
to climb out, she thought of how on earth she would get back to Mystery Island,
when her thoughts were interrupted by a sound behind her; something was there.
She turned around again, and when nothing was in sight, a shiver began to run
down her spine. Slowly, she hopped down on the floor again, looking nervously
around her. Then suddenly, from behind a dusty old armchair, a dark shape jumped
out and landed in front of her, only ten meters away. Odesseous wanted to scream,
but didn't wanted to wake anyone. She fumbled for the torch she had brought
down beside her, and clicked on the light. There, arms crossed and a puzzled
expression on her face was Boomerang. Odesseous gulped as she saw that Boomerang
looked slightly sad at Odesseous wanted to leave.
"What is it Odi?" Boomerang said carefully,
not at all her cheerful self. "Don't you like us?" Odesseous quickly nodded,
then shook her head, and then nodded again. Her ears lay down flat as she spoke
"Of course I like you all, Boomernag… I mean
Boomerang, it's just that… well I don't like Queenie that much." Boomerang tried
to hold down a laugh.
"Then I understand. Nobody likes Queenie," Odesseous
"But at home, in Mystery Island Native Neoschool,
I'm bullied too because I can't fly."
"So you can't fly!" Boomerang smiled. "I'm sure
Music and I can teach you. Let's start tomorrow."
Early next morning, Odesseous, Boomerang and Music were standing outside the
house in a small valley. Music was reading a book, How to Fly When You Can't,
and Boomerang was measuring Odesseous' wings. Finally, she sighed and shook
"You're wings are smaller than I thought. There
must have been something wrong with the paintbrush…you are supposed to be able
to fly once you've got painted." Boomerang thought a while. Music sighed and
put the book beside him.
"We'll just have to do some flying exercises
to get you started."
A bit later they were standing in the same spot,
the only difference being that Odesseous was flapping her wings with all her
might. Boomerang and Music were standing beside her, Boomerang holding a stopwatch
and Music still reading his book. However, Boomerang never had to bother about
seeing how long Odesseous was in the air. She only was standing on the ground.
After ten minutes or so, Boomerang interrupted Odesseous, who was exhausted.
"You can stop now. It's clear that you can't
fly… and I'm not sure you ever will," Boomerang declared. Odesseous burst into
"But I need to learn!" she cried. "Otherwise
I'll be bullied the rest of my life!" Boomerang shrugged.
"Paint yourself again then."
Odesseous frowned at this idea.
"I don't want to. And worldcool doesn't have
enough money." Boomerang rolled her eyes.
"But she's rich! She has a NeoHome at Mystery
Island… and you've got your own room!" Odesseous thought longingly about her
chocolate room worldcool had built for her.
"But she hasn't got that much money. And I don't
want to paint myself again." Music, who probably hadn't known what they were
talking about, slammed his book shut.
"I've got it!" The other two stared at him.
"You've got what?" they asked in chorus. Music
clicked his beak excitedly.
"How to get Odi to fly of course!" At this Odesseous
and Boomerang started listening intensely.
"How? How? How?" Boomerang shrieked. Music looked
very smug as he explained.
"It says right here." He read aloud, "If
a pet has been painted with a Faerie paintbrush, a Halloween paintbrush, or,
in a Zafara's case, a Christmas paintbrush and can't fly, then there is something
you can do." Here Music stopped for effect before he read on, enjoying the
look on Odesseous' and Boomerang's faces. Then he started again. "Using this
exercise for an amount of time (depending on how useless at flying the pet in
question is) will help the pet fly.
1. Stand in an open area.
2. Spread your wings widely.
3. Flap your wings.
4. Get a partner to lift you.
5. Get the partner to throw you about four meters.
6. When you are in the air, stop flapping your wings.
7. You should now sail in the air.
8. Before you hit the ground, start flapping your wings again.
Music ended dramatically. He looked at the other
two, who were staring at him. Odesseous spoke carefully.
"That's all I have to do?"
Music nodded. "The book says so."
"Then, let's get to work!"
In a larger valley not so far from there, they all were standing, Odesseous
feeling a bit nervous, ready to try out the high-flying exercise that the book
had recommended. Odesseous spread out her wings, and started flapping them.
Music slowly lifted Odesseous (lucky she was light) and threw her five meters.
Odesseous panicked, but stopped flapping her wings. Just before she hit the
ground she started flapping them again. She closed her eyes as she hit the ground.
Except she didn't hit the ground. She floated some inches above it. Slowly she
opened her eyes again, expecting to see Queenie standing under her, holding
her up. But she wasn't. She was flying.
"I'm flying!" Odesseous shouted. "Look at me!
I'm fly--" She hit the ground with a thud. Boomerang clapped and Music was smiling.
"Good job, Odesseous! You flew… well, at least
you hovered. You need to practice on that. Maybe soon you'll be flying!" Odesseous
"Hooray!" Boomerang cried. "You can fly! You
can fly!" Music tried to calm his sister down.
"Not flew… at least not yet. Soon. We have to
Music made a scheme for Odesseous to practice.
Once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. This worked
well the next day, though Odesseous was exhausted at night.
After one weeks of training Odesseous still
couldn't fly, just hover some inches over the ground. Sometimes Bee would come
and help them, and sometimes Queenie would come and laugh at them. And to show
that she could fly.
The seventh night, after training, Odesseous
was lying on bed thinking. She couldn't stand this anymore. She wanted to fly
so badly. Then, suddenly, without knowing what she was doing, she rose out of
her bed and ran outside. She managed to find the valley they had been practicing
in and made herself ready to practice flying again, when she realized she didn't
have a partner. She sighed and unwillingly trotted back to the house to wake
up one of her friends.
She crept in to the kitchen as silently as she
could. Just as she was going up the stairs, a flash of light came from behind
her. She screamed and turned around. There frozen on the spot, stood Bee, with
the refrigerator door open in front of her, light bathing the room. Bee looked
"Why did you scream?" she asked, bewildered.
Odesseous let out a sigh of relief that it hadn't been someone from Queenie's
"Sorry, I was just startled, 'cause I thought
nobody would be here."
Bee closed the door and took a bite of the sandwich
she had been taking out of the fridge.
"Why are you 'ere in the middle of ze night?"
she asked curiously.
"Well, I sort of was lying in my bed, and I
really, really, really wanted to fly, and so I sort of wanted to train a bit
more, so I went out to the valley, but then I had nobody to help me…"
"I'll 'elp you," Bee said casually, eating up
her sandwich and licking the crumbs of her paws. Odesseous sighed of relief.
"C'mon, lets go! Maybe I'll be able to fly tomorrow!"
Odesseous yelled, laughing, as she ran out into the hills, Bee following her
in her floppy pyjamas.
"Okay, Bee, now you have to lift me up and throw me about four meters," Odesseous
explained. Bee nodded, but looked doubtful.
"Ready? When I say now… NOW!" Bee lifted Odesseous,
who was flapping her wings in an almost maniacal way. Odesseous made herself
ready for stopping, when she suddenly fell to the ground.
"Huh?" she exclaimed. "Am I that bad at flying?"
From underneath her, Bee was lying, puffing and wheezing.
"No," she wheezed. "You're just very 'eavy,
that's all!" Odesseous looked down at the small figure of Bee and sighed heavily.
"You're right," she sighed. "I probably need
someone stronger and heavier to lift me up."
Bee shook her head angrily. "I'm strong enough,"
she muttered. She took some deep breaths and lifted Odesseous up again.
"Hold it there," Odesseous said encouragingly
as she flapped her wings. "Throw me…NOW!" Bee threw. Odesseous stopped flapping
and floated for a while in the air. Then, as she was beginning to speed downwards,
Odesseous started flapping again. As usual, she hovered, but somehow she seemed
much lighter than usual. She looked at Bee and saw her clasp a paw to her mouth.
"Odi!" Bee yelled. "Odi, you're flying!" Odesseous
looked at the ground beneath her and jumped when she saw that it was far under
her, and that she wasn't hovering at all, but moving around, higher and higher.
She kept at it until she felt she had control, and then hovered a bit and shouted
at the top of her voice so that everybody could hear.
"I'M FLYING!" she yelled. "LOOK AT ME, I'M FLYING!"
They didn't have to wait long until abba_music,
Boomerang and Music ran out of the house and were standing beneath her. Queenie
followed grumpily, and looked up at Odesseous as though there could be nothing
worse than her flying. Boomerang laughed happily and clapped her hands.
"You did it, Odi!" she laughed. "You really
Odesseous trotted happily up to the door of Queenie's gang's hideout, accompanied
by Boomerang, Music, Bee, abba_music, and me, Kamrate, Agrai and Vivoline who
had arrived as soon as we heard the news. Odesseous knocked happily on the door
and the same, grumpy Skeith opened.
"What?" he grunted. Odesseous flapped her wings
happily. "I just thought that your gang would like to see something!"
Once again, the Skeith looked very suspiciously
at Odesseous before calling out to Queenie.
"Hey, Monga!" he called. Queenie arrived at
the door, accompanied by several members of the gang. As soon as she saw Odesseous,
she knew what was going to happen, and called the rest of the members to come
as well. Odesseous grinned sneakily at Queenie.
"I suppose you know why we're here?" she asked
politely, and taking the surly look on Queenie's face as a 'yes', spoke to the
"I, your teasing toy, has finally learnt how
to fly!" she declared. All the members booed disbelievingly. "I have learnt
how to fly," Odesseous repeated. "And I will show you."
Odesseous made herself ready on a patch of grass
that was of clear view to everybody, and flapped her wings hard. She pushed
of with her feet, stopped flapping, floated a bit and then started flapping
"She really can fly!" a Faerie Kyrii yelled
as Odesseous did a couple of loop-de-loops to impress.
"That can't be right!" a Halloween Nimmo said
in disbelief. "I want an explanation!"
"You can get one," Boomerang said haughtily.
"We all helped her and encouraged her, unlike you!"
Queenie was moody for months afterwards. My
pets and me decided to stay for a while, having great fun. The gang split up,
now that their leader was sulky and never would come to the meetings. Yes, everything
was great… not for everyone that is!