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Rebirth Chapter 8Chapter 8
The dark purple dragoness awoke the following morning, to the peaceful, quiet sound of birdsong in the distance, emanating through her open window. The sound, carried by a cool, early morning breeze was an ironically peaceful and tranquil beginning, to what for Cynder, and more importantly one of her best friends, would become a day from hell. As Cynder slowly awoke, to find she had (for once) slept alone in her own bed, her mind slowly began to fill her in on the details and events that had occurred the evening before. Raiko not coming back. The sight of his injuries worsening. The thought of Twilight melting in heartbreak when she would have to tell her the news. All the thoughts hovered around her mind, and slowly slotted themselves into place, bringing Cynder slowly back into her dreadful reality. Once her mind had briefed her on the events of the night before, and what she would have to do today, Cynder let out a long, deep sigh and began to stretch herself out.
The Familiar Stranger Prologue The Familiar Stranger
by SoulDragonWithFlow (Formally SoulRunnerWithFlow)
Prologue - Restless Night
Through the darkness in a silent room, a young black dragon stirred restlessly up and down through the layers of sleep. His mate, the somewhat beautiful blue and white dragoness Twilight, slept heavily next to him, oblivious to his constant shuffling. Raiko awoke completely for the fifth time that night, to find he had barely slept another 20 minutes since he last awoke from his light sleep. Raiko at this point had lost his patience and instead of trying fruitlessly for a sixth time for any form of decent sleep, he decided he would try and solve the problem. He needed to wear himself out, and to clear his head. Luckily, there was one thing he loved to do more than anything (besides Twilight) that did both for him. Raiko rolled over to face his beloved mate sleeping next to him. She was on her side, facing away from him, wings tucked in her sides and tail curled in front o
Rebirth Chapter 9Chapter 9
Twilight closely and carefully analysed surroundings, both her heart and mind racing at light speed. Her blood was pumping round so fast around her body, and her muscles were so tight that she could barely think. She tried to concentrate on her surroundings, focusing all her determination into her mind, and attempting to analyze the environment for the slightest flicker of hope, faintest clue, or trace of movement. Brute force however refused to work for her. Her panicked and desperate brain, no matter how hard she forced it to, simply could not make heads or tails of anything around her, and couldn't come up with any information as to her beloved's whereabouts. Suddenly however, the spiritual side of Twilight soul suddenly kicked in. Twilight felt a faint voice in the back of her head telling her to relax, and take control of the situation. "Calm down Twilight. Relax and allow your environment to fill you up. Just relax and think for a moment." Came the ghostly voice at the
The Familiar Stranger Chapter 15 Chapter 15 - The Bond Between Brothers
It was now late afternoon, and the temperature was rapidly dropping as Cynthia searched for food. She had been able to collect a few apples, assorted nuts, and had even been able to catch a juicy trout from the fresh water river that ran through the forest and fed several watery spots, including were she would soon have to head back to. She had eaten the fish pretty much instantly herself though, on account of her own hunger, (Lucia had often complained about how tetchy Cynthia got when she was hungry).
Climbing down from yet another fruitless tree, her ears pricked up, as a tempting sound invaded her mind. Clucking. Such a promising sound. She slowly peered over the foliage, trying to catch sight of her prize without being spotted herself. Sure enough, there it was. A juicy looking, wild chicken. Easily enough food for all of them; if she could catch it.
Staying low, Cynthia began to make her way slowly around the
The Familiar Stranger Chapter 2Chapter 2 - The Improbable Past
- By SoulDragonWithFlow
As the four of them walked through the forest, Dash leading the way out in front, Raiko's mind turned to his life in the last few years, the years before his exile. In the years that followed, he had been through hell to be saved by an angel, but more on that, crashing into Dash again, (quite literally), had brought back an awful lot of memories; both happy and painful. Dash represented his old life; a life Raiko was desperate to forget. He walked along next to Raven, with Crystal lagging a little way behind. Raiko didn't look at either of them however, but simply stared into the middle distance, lost in his own thoughts.
"I suppose it must be awkward seeing Dash again after all these years eh Raiko?" Raven commented. He had been watching him for a while with great interest, staring at his absent expression and trying to guess what he might be thinking. Raiko snapped out of his daze and considered Raven for a few seconds an
Genghis Whenever we were bad my mother used to take us to the mall to see Genghis Kahn. They kept him in a dusty diorama of a Mongolian steppe, all tall grass and yurts. He sat on a throne of bone (well, plastic shaped like bone), scowling in incomprehension at the American kids who flocked around him like startled lemmings. My mother would usually push us toward him, saying things like “Tell him what you did to your father’s stamp collection.” Genghis would give a grunt, spit a wad of phlegm onto the tall grass, and give us a wizened, wrinkled grimace, as if he had to go to the bathroom.
He terrified me.
My brother couldn’t get enough of him.
When my brother got caught in my mother’s evening dress, my mother grabbed us both and dragged us to Genghis. It was a slow day, and we were the only kids crowding him. “Tell him what you did,” my mother hissed a
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