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Pet Name: __Swift_Wing__
You see those clouds, up there to the east? That was once my home.
If you choose not to believe me I don't care, but it's true. You can't
imagine how beautiful it is. There is no floor, only clouds, endless
caccoons of white, blue, and purple. When the sun rises, rays of
yellow-white light come streaming through the mists, making everything
around you sparkle like a million gems. These jewels you see on my
mask are dull in comparison.
Those of my kind can soar through the sky faster and smoother than
anything else, even the fabled Uni's. We had races to see who could beat
each other to the next cloud. One day I challenged our Champion and
King, Breeze, to a race, to see which of us was able to fly across all
of Neopia faster. He accepted and the race began; we both headed toward
the rising sun.
Halfway through the race, it was clear that I was going to win:
he was starting to get tired while I was no more winded than when we
began. Now we were nearing the sky above the Haunted Woods, a place
most of my kind avoided if possible. The winds there are unnaturally
strong, sometimes enough to drive you down into the skeletal trees below.
I should have known Breeze would try something there. He wouldn't risk
losing his throne because I beat him in a race.
As we entered the violent currents over the Woods, I started feeling
weaker. Not just because flying in this area was difficult; no, Breeze
had summoned a Dark Faerie to attack me. I had no time to think: all I
could do was try to keep myself aloft, as far away from the trees below
as possible. The faerie flew in circles around me, draining me of what
little energy remained. It was inevitable: I felt the first of the sharp
branches scrape my hoof as I fell, and the moment I hit the damp earth,
I blacked out.
When I awoke, I was cold, hurt, and alone. All about me were rotting
dead trees, the first trees I had ever seen. Their many branches blocked
the light from the sky. Frightened, I instinctively tried to fly away,
pawing at the earth frantically. But nothing happened. If you've ever had
your feet fall asleep and go numb, you know what I mean. It was
the most horrifying feeling of my entire life, to realize I no longer had
wings! To never again be able to soar through the clouds and race the
others across the sky.
I crawled my way out of the woods. It took me the rest of the day and
most of the night, since I had never needed to walk anywhere before. But
I managed to reach a nearby river. Swimming was similar enough to flying
and I felt somewhat less vulnerable underwater. I followed the river
north, not knowing what else I could do. As I swam through the cold
waters, I occasionaly saw people and creatures pass by the river bank
overhead. A few of them made me glad to be where they couldn't see me.
But one of the creatures I saw through the wavy surface of the river made
me pause. I had never seen anything like it before, a huge golden beast,
covered with shining feathers and fur. After being stuck underwater for
so long, it looked like the sun to me. He leaned down for a drink, and
I tentatively poked my head over the surface and looked at him. With a
loud sqwauk, he jumped back from the river in surprise and ruffled his
feathers, staring back at me.
I told him my name and what had happened, and he promised to help me. His
name was Gloden Klaw and he lived with and guarded a human called
SylverStarre. You see, Sylver had saved him when he was just a hatchling,
and he knew she would do her best to get my wings back. He told me to follow
the river north until I reached the sea; there was a little forest by the
shore there where she and her friends lived. I thanked him and did as he
I've spoken with Sylver, and I know she's trying to help. But
she may never get my wings back. I realize it will be a very long time until
I can fly again, if ever. For now all I can do is watch the clouds drift
across the sky, and the stars sparkle in the moonlight, and hope that
someday I can once again ride the winds with my fellows.
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