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Celestial Glider

By PJ Starling All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy / Adventure

Chapter 1

Pulling back the curtain, a small girl stared at the sky with wide eyes. "Come here, Lyra!" she called over her shoulder. She saw her sister's blue eyes flash in the dark as she appeared right beside her. Looking back outside, she pointed to small, shadowy figures gliding across the sky, faint roars echoing in the distance. 

"Dragon Gliders? What about them? We see them all the time." Lyra groaned tiredly. Though, she watched the shadows with wide eyes. 

"I know! But, remember, we're going to be like them one day! Fay and Lyra, the famous sister gliders!" 

"I don't know, Fay...none of the other gliders or dragons seem to like me."

"Oh, you're just being humble! I'm sure they would love you! You're just too scared to get close to them." Fay laughed, sticking her tongue out playfully.

"I-I'm not scared!" Lyra cried, stomping her foot down on the ground. Hearing the door creak, the two girls slowly turned to see a man standing there, rubbing his chin with amusement glittering in his eyes. 

"Well, what are you two arguing about now." he asked with a scratchy voice. Running up to him, Fay threw her arms around his waist giggling. 

"Daddy!" she squealed happily. Lyra was right beside her in seconds, jumping up and down in excitement. "Is Cosmo outside?! Can we go see him! Pleeeeeeeeeeease?" 

"Now now, you can see that old dragon tomorrow. Let him rest. Speaking of which, why aren't you two in bed?" their father asked, grunting quietly as he sat down on one of the beds. 

"We were watching the dragon gliders!" Lyra spoke up, climbing onto her own bed to stare at the two. 

"Ah, I see. Did they fly off into the stars yet?"

"I don't think so, should I go check?" Fay offered, already walking towards to the window. Scooping her up, he set her down on the bed. 

"How about, you go to sleep." pouting, Fay pulled the covers up to her chin. Smiling at her defeat, the man bent down and kissed her forehead before going over to Lyra to do the same. Waving to them, he slowly closed the door. "Good night my little dragon gliders." 

Staring at herself in the mirror, Fay pulled up her long, white hair into a pony tail. Tugging on her fur trimmed buckskin jacket that stopped mid waist, she gave herself one last look. She had brown leather boots that overlapped her black leggings, which led up to her white t-shirt. What always took her breath away though, was her eyes. Her right eye was a dark violet color while her left was a gentle blue color that matched her sister's eyes. I wonder if Mom had violet eyes...Fay wondered, narrowing her eyes at the thought. Shaking her head, Fay turned away and left the room, letting her boots thud against the wood floor. 

Stopping in front of Lyra's own door, she knocked gently. Poking her head out, Fay's sister tilted her head to the side. "Yes?" she asked softly, Fay almost missed that she spoke at all. Lyra looked exactly like her own sister, except her own white, curly hair was in a tight braid, and both blue eyes shined with nervousness. Sighing, Fay gently tugged her out of the bedroom before leading her down the hall. 
"It's time to go, you don't want to be late for The Donum Ceremony, do you?"
"W-well I wouldn't mind..."
"Of course you would!" Fay smiled, yanking her sister out the door. Huffing, Lyra turned and stared at Fay. 
"You better not act like this during the ceremony, you would never be trusted with an egg if you do." 
"Yeah yeah, whatever you say." Waving, Fay broke into a run, heading down the dirt path that lead to the town. Hearing her sisters foot steps behind her, Fay quickened her steps, no way she would lose to this race. After a few minutes, they arrived in town. People shouted, waving their arms around as they made their way to the town square. Coming to a stop, Fay squared her shoulders, straightening herself up as she looked around. Many other people around her age were gathered for the ceremony, ready to take the first step on finding out their future job that would help their planet continue to grow and nourish. Making sure that Lyra was close behind her, Fay pushed through the crowd. She wanted to be in front, to see the Dragon Leaders up close. 
Managing to get to the front, the girl looked around. There was no sight of the Dragon Leaders yet. Just at that moment, powerful flaps filled the air, wind blew their hair back as three powerful dragons slowly descended towards the ground. The first one to land was a pure black dragon with blazing amber eyes, it's thin wings folding up as it looked around. 
The next was an emerald colored one with pale green eyes to match. Next to it was a golden orange dragon with red, flaming eyes as it glared down to everyone in the crowd. She felt Lyra shiver as she stared at the three dragons with scared eyes. Wrapping her own pinkie around her sister's, she gave it a squeeze and sent her a reassuring smile before turning back up to where the people slid off their dragons. They all walked up to the small stage and nodded to one another. Coughing, the owner of the black dragon waited quietly as everyone quieted down. Nodding in approval, the man coughed again before starting, "Welcome future Dragon Gliders. I am glad to see so many this year join our tradition, for this is what we have done for many years, and will continue into many more years. I am Orion, the Dragon Defense leader, and I am hopeful that many of you will join to be a part of the defense force, to serve our planet many years of peace." Stepping back, Orion nodded to the owner of the golden dragon. Returning it, the man came up, gazing around the crowd. 
"I am Kale, the Dragon Subsistence leader, and I hope that you will join our system of planting and hunting, so we can make sure everyone on our planet is well fed for the years to come." before Kale could move out of the way, the woman who rode the emerald dragon shoved him a bit. Waving to the crowd, the girl laughed. 
"My name is Maia, the Dragon Medicinal leader, I do hope that some of you will join the path to helping others along with their dragons, and make sure our planet has no injuries left untreated in the end." dipping her head, Maia stepped back to let Orion come forward again. 
Raising his hands, Orion's words rang throughout the silent air. "Let The Donum Ceremony begin!" at that, names were called and dragon eggs were set in front of them. They would have to put their hand on top of the egg, letting the dragon know who they were, and who they were going to be in the future. When the dragon was hatched into either a defense, subsistence, or medicinal dragon, their work would be started right away to start training the glider along with their dragon the duties that lay ahead of them. Lyra's name was called. Going up, the girl set her hand down onto the eggs top. A faint glow came from it, disappearing as quickly as it appeared. Picking up the giant egg with shaky hands, Lyra slowly made her way back to where Fay was standing. 
"Fay Callisto," her name was called. Finally. Swallowing down her excitement, she walked up onto the stage, watching as her own egg was set down in front of her. She looked up to meet all three gazes of the Dragon Leaders, who said nothing. Putting her hand on the top of the egg, she watched as it glowed faintly before it disappeared once more. Huffing as she picked it up, Fay joined Lyra and started the walk home. 
"Do you got a name for the dragon yet?" Fay asked, pressing her own egg against her body as she struggled to keep it up right. 
"No, why would I? I don't even know the species yet, or what it looks like."
"I was just wondering. Dad said that he decided on Cosmo before he hatched from his own egg. I think I will name mine Seren." 
Sighing, Lyra rolled her eyes. "That's idiotic. I'm going to give my dragon a proper name, after it hatches."  Shrugging, Fay kicked the door open. Walking through, Fay went straight to her room, gathered some blankets, than wrapped them around the egg. Kneeling down in front of it, the girl blinked at it before smiling softly.
"I can't wait to meet you, Seren." 
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