~And deep in the forest, a gentle breeze blew. It lifted her beautiful brown hair and swayed it about like the leaves on the trees around her. She heard the laughter of the trees and she joined them.~
The trees sighed when they felt the pain deep within our hearts. Thanda-drarg stood next to me as I decided on what to do next. I watched as the sun slowly set in the distance, before he was fully gone, he put his lips to both our heads as if to give us blessings. When the moon came out, she hugged us, giving us light and warmth through the night.
Thanda-drarg stood next to a tree and gave it a soft rub, as if to massage it. I looked at the tree next to me. I wanted to ask the old wise one what to do.
If I leave, I won’t be coming back to Mother Earth for a long long time.
“I don’t know Drarg.” Thanda-drarg shook his head, “We have a fortnight left to decide before the Hpuemo catch up to us. You saw how they killed Aeidrla.”
The trees shook with anger at the mention of Aeidrla’s death. I went to the closest one and touched it to comfort it.
“The Hpuemo don’t know what they were doing. The Sky Clan attacked and they instead went for us.” Thanda-drarg said, nearly punching the tree near him, it swayed and did not attempt to get closer to Thanda-drarg again.
“We’ll leave tonight then,” I finally said with a huff of breath. Thanda-drarg nodded and was ready to leave. I heard the trees cry behind us and the Moon seemed to darken with sorrow. A melancholy smell touched us when the wind flew by.
“I promise we will bring back gifts from the Dark Moon,” I said before following Thanda-drarg.
I laughed when I heard a small tinkling in my backyard. “Lyoxa!” The little Fae jumped up and turned red. Lyoxa flew at me full speed and tried to ram into me. “Okay, okay, I’m sorry!” I laughed, petting the little Fae. I handed her a small berry and we walked inside to see how Thaeude was doing. It had almost been a week since Lyoxa and Thaeude arrived. When Lyoxa carried Thaeude through my window I was surprised at how strong the little Fae was. Thaeude was badly hurt and could hardly fly on her own. She was lucky to be alive. Thaeude had nearly cut herself in half and I nearly had to sew her from her legs up to her tiny little head.
Lyoxa was still poking me when Thaeude came up to us and greeted her. Their little tinklings were getting a little too loud so I put them down and told them to lower their voices. Lyoxa frowned but Thaeude nodded. I smiled and walked outside.
Tonight was the night of the Dark Moon, if the prophecy was true, the Dragos of the Sky Clan and the long lost Pine Clan would meet again for a battle. My grandmother once told me that the Dragos of the Pine Clan were the friendliest and most hospitable of all Dragos. They were fair and they didn’t treat their enemies like enemies. However, after they lost a few of their own, they decided it was time to move on and leave Brzeptal Falls.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Lyoxa approach me. “Do you think they’ll come for a battle soon?” I asked her. She shook her head slowly and pointed at the moon. ‘They don’t come anymore. The Moon, she has stopped loving us and the Sun has stopped kissing us. Even the trees miss the Pine Clan. They don’t fight, they never fight.’
I nodded, the Fae had always had a better understanding of the Dragos. Us humans had only guessed what they were like. Our earlier ancestors had scared off most of the beautiful creatures of Brzeptal Falls. Now it was too late to show a little bit of regret.
Suddenly, I saw something glimmer in the distance. The Fae in my kitchen seemed a little tense. I went inside and tried to comfort them. ‘It’s the Sky Clan. They are here. We need to leave now!’ Thaeude screamed. “Will I have time to pack?” Both Thaeude and Lyoxa schook their heads and flew for the door. A silver Drago landed in front of my door and sniffed it. Lyoxa screamed and came flying back to me. Thaeude stood her ground and tried to talk it out with the Drago. It shook it’s head and huffed. Thaeude turned around, gave a small tinkle and I watched Lyoxa grow a little bigger and attempt to pull me away from the door. Before I knew what was happening, the Drago spewed fire from its mouth and it poured all over my front door. The fire immediately set the rest of my belongings on fire and I watched it slowly burn up. I gave a small whimper as I watched the rug that my grandmother sew for me go up in flames.
‘Run, he will not let you live. Thaeude and I will try to hold him here for as long as we can. Go for Pine Clan territory. They should be back soon, ask them for help!’
“I can’t leave you two! I’m stronger than you two!”
Lyoxa shook her head, ‘This is our way of repaying you. You helped me and Thaeude live for a few more human days. Although it is not much for us Fae, you have not hurt us like the other humans. Thank you.’ With that, Lyoxa pushed me out of the house. With a larger portion of her Magix, she teleported me away.
When I landed I looked up to see the sun gazing down lazily at me. He was not in a hurry to get anywhere. I wanted to tell him about Lyoxa and Thaeude, but he didn’t seem like he was in any mood to talk to me. The trees whispered amongst each other and poked me a few times. I held out my hand and let them brush it, “I’m not killer,” I said to the trees.
“Who are you talking to?”
I spun around and saw another human standing right behind me.
“Who are you?”
“I asked you a question first. Now answer it.” What a rude human he was.
“I’m Kaxidy from Brzeptal Falls. To whom do I have the pleasure of speaking with?”
“Jacob from Pine Woods. You still haven’t answered my question.”
“I’m speaking to the trees.” Jacob let out a harsh laugh and pointed at the trees around us. “Them? You’re speaking to them? Why would you do that? They’re only good for paper and timber and all.” I watched the trees whipping violently as the shook in fear.
“You’re wrong, they have a life source too!” He laughed and just walked off. I could hear that him call me crazy underneath his breath. The trees were whipping around violently, still.
“Hush, let him be. However, may I ask the old wise ones where the Pine Clan territory would be? The Dragos from the Sky Clan attacked my home in Brzeptal Falls and now I have no home to return to.”
“So the time has come then?”
I turned around to see another Drago standing behind me between a few trees.
“Xiphenbell, nice to meet you Kaxidy.” I bowed to the Drago and offered her my ring. “Please save my home town. Xiphenbell laughed and shook her head. Her claw reached out and pushed my ring back to me.
“Kaxidy, I’m not here to ask you for something to bribe me with. I’m here to ask what I can help you with. I am from the Pine Clan and most of my kind have already left for the Dark Moon. Only a few come back to Mother Earth on these days to make sure Pine Clan territory is still beautiful.”
“Xiphenbell, you saw Jacob from Pine Woods, he has no care for the trees or nature.”
Xiphenbell nodded solemnly and brushed her claw against the tree next to her. It seemed to have purred in delight.
“Xiphenbell, I have two Fae friends, Thaeude and Lyoxa, they’re both in Brzeptal Falls and they need help. I am worried about them.”
Xiphenbell nodded, “I understand, but I don’t have enough Dragos on my side to back me up.”
Xiphenbell sat down by her tree and she thought about it.
“The Sky Clan will keep attacking and they will not stop. I need you to go on a journey to gather up the rest of the remaining Dragos who are willing to remain on our side. Keep in mind that this has to be fast. Once the Sky Clan starts attacking, they will not stop until they have reached the end of the bloodshed and watched the remaining Dragos leave or get killed for their sins.”
I nodded and started walking. “Kaxidy, bring Jacob with you.” I was about to open my mouth to complain when she stopped me. “Jacob will be more of a benefit to you, I know it.” I nodded and did as she told. I ran after Jacob.