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Rio 1 and a half

By Alexis Due

Adventure / Romance

Flashbacks

Thanks for everyone who has followed my story! I didn't expect it to be this good, and to have so many views, followers, favorites, etc! It makes me feel like I am truly doing something to brighten up people's day by giving them a good story to read :)

Like I said, these next few chapters are going to be lots of flashbacks of Nikki. It gets deep, and I was so scared this wouldn't all play in. Now the original story, I explained Nikki's life when she first met Nico and Pedro. But I thought to myself

"Damn, this is going way to fast. What if I reveal it later, to draw out the character to show who Nikki really is." and that is how a lot of this story was born! Nikki how I pictured her as a strong willed female lead. She doesn't take no for an answer, and will help those who need it. She suffered from slight mistrust and depression in the past, but as she grew older, she pushed that away to gain a more happier outlook on life from basically cheating death in the past. She doesn't like to cry in front of others because she was considered weak in the past, and wants to prove them all wrong. She clings to her friends an Nico for support, because hell, she lost two families that loved her. And.. well that's Nikki.

Enjoy the story!

**Flashback Begin**

I could barely keep my head up. I felt so weak. So.. useless. The 2 other chicks in the nest were up and about. They hatched first. I was last. My mother watched them smiling. Then looked over at me. I weakly smiled in her direction. She just frowned. She walked over.

"Nikolette... Why aren't you up like your sisters?" she sighed.

"I just feel tired mama. I don't think I'm strong enough." I looked away saying.

"Oh honey. You are strong. You just got to believe."

"Mama! We wanna go flying! Can we go?!" Katrina asked.

"Yeah. Nikolette can stay here. She is fine!" Sarafina chirped.

She turned to them. Then back to me. A worried look in her eyes.

"Go mama. I'll be okay." I sighed.

"Are you sure honey?"

"Yeah. I won't go anywhere." I promised holding back tears

"Here. Take my scarf incase you get cold." she said taking off her black an white patterend scarf.

She wrapped it around my neck, happy.

"Thanks mom." I weakly smiled, looking up to her.

"You're welcome honey. We'll be right back. I promise." she said kissing the top of my head.

They left, soaring. I felt tears slip out of my tiny eyes.

**Flashback end**

Tears pricked the corners of my eyes. I don't remember where that memory came from. I hadn't thought of them in so long. The tears slipped out.

"You never did come back for me. You lied!" I cried tearing the scarf off me, flinging it aside.

It landed by the entrance. Gently waving in the breeze. It took me awhile to realize what was going to happen.

Scared, I lept up and tried to grab it, but the breeze carried it away. Angrily, I flew out after it. I saw it flutter, stuck in a branch of a bush. I flew quickly, grabbing the side of it. I landed and hugged it to me.

"Why... didn't you come back for me?" I asked myself.

I flew back up to the nest, limping as I landed. I set the scarf down on the flat piece of wood. Staring into the glass mirror shard, I saw myself. And I saw my mother.

**Flashback**

Another day passed. What was it now? 2 days? Three? I climbed out of the nest, gaining some strength.

I went to the entrance and stared out.

"Mama! Katrina! Sarafina! Where are you?"i cried.

I waited for a reply. Any reply. Maybe they were taken by those humans called smugglers. Mama talked about them with her friends a lot. They sounded bad. Maybe I should go get help. Or... find them.

I peered down to the ground. It looked pretty far. I looked at my small wings. How could I carry myself? Well...I gotta try.

Stepping back, I took a big leap out the entrance, and started flapping my wings hard. I saw I started to make some air. Smiling, I started flying in small circles.

"Mama I'm flying! I can do it! Look Ma-" I stopped.

"Oh right... You guys left me..." I sighed.

I started flying again, making some distant. Calling out there names again. There was nothing but silence. After awhile of flying, I couldn't feel my wings. I lost my height, and plummeted to the ground.

Luckily, I landed on a leaf of a bush. I slid to the ground. Peering up into the sky, I sighed.

"Maybe... they left me on purpose. I am so useless. I'll never fly correctly." I cried.

Tears rushed down my face. I covered my face with my wings, crumbling in on myself.

**Flash back end**

I sighed standing up. I didn't feel pain in my leg anymore. Just my heart felt heavy. I hated myself for remembering them. They left me. I knew it. I was too weak to care for. Well, I'm still here. I proved the wrong.

I looked back at my scard longingly.

"Hey Nikki! I'm back... What's wrong?" Nico said entering the nest.

I looked up at him. He was holding a leaf bundle in his talons. His eyes suddenly filled with concern.

"I'm fine. Just... It's nothing." I stuttered.

He set the bundle down, and walked over to me. Pulling me into his wings.

"Then why are you crying?" he asked.

I touched my wing to my eyes. I didn't even realize I was.

"I'm sorry. I'm so weak..." I muttered.

"Hey. No you aren't... Where is this coming from all of a sudden?" he said pulling away, looking at me.

"It's nothing! I was just remembering things I didn't want to remember..." I cried.

I covered my face with my wings. Still feeling Nico's wings around me, I leaned into him.

**Nico's POV**

I was scared. Everything seemed fine when I left. In the short half hour I was gone, my sweet Nikki crumbled. I wanted to know what she was remembering. But it seemed to hurt her badly. I couldn't hurt her anymore.

"I'm here if you want to talk you know." I said to her.

She just nodded. Still leaning against me.

"Are you still hungry?" I asked.

She shook her head.

"Well.. Why don't you go lay down, I'll eat, then come join you in a couple minutes, okay?"

"Okay.." she said in a low voice.

She went and curled up in the nest. I walked over to the bundle of seeds. I untied it and took a handful out, and started to munch on them. Leaning against the outside of the nest, I took a few more handfuls. After I was finished, I tied to bag back up, and set it beside the other bag.

Nikki still laid in the nest. She hadn't moved. Setting my bottle cap down, I climbed in, leaning against the nest, spreading out. I tucked my wings behind my head. Nikki soon sat up, and laid next to me. Her wings wrapped around her. She looked up at me, her eyes no longer filled with tears. I smiled at her.

"You know you're beautiful right?" I said turning on my side facing her.

Her cheeks turned red. I chuckled.

"Because you really are. And you aren't weak like you think you are. You are pretty strong. Considering what you had to go through in the past." I said pulling her into me.

"...There's... more than you know about..." she muttered suddenly.

"What?"

"Well...Tad and Cad and my mom aren't my real family... They adopted me when I lost my family. Well.. they just never came back.. They left me alone in my nest for days until..."

"Until what Nikki?"

"...Until Rafi found me..."

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