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I opened my eyes, slowly I feel the cold pitch dark floor baring my skin as I lay vulnerable. Hearing the wind I noticed it was very light, and only had a slight whistled note as a sound. I see nothing but a black abyss of winded nothingness. Slightly moving my head around, nothing but wind surrounds me to comfort my existence. How is this possible? I lift my head, being too weak or fragile it was too heavy, it fell back to the floor. A metallic substance ushes from my mouth. Managing to sit up and touch my lips, it was… blood? I couldn’t see anything but it seemed to be the case. Shivering I could feel my body ache from the pains in my ribs and legs, but the pain slowly surrounded my entire body. It took a while to wait for the aches to ease. I then look upwards, I could make out something… I couldn’t tell what through. A… I don’t know, is it some sort of resort? It seemed hopeless I stopped staring and huddled by myself. I afterwards felt something emerging from my back, or maybe they were there the entire time. I felt wings extend, before they retreat to shelter the rest of my body. My wings were very cold, each feather being different, some damaged some fine others missing. I shivered again, am I alone? Did someone abandon me? If so… did they hate me that much? I had nothing to do but lie in the bleak, desolations, and soreing land of the VOID.
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After at least twelve hours of hopelessness with my thoughts I could see a faint light shine from in front of me. It warmed my skin, my eyes widen, there has been no light otherwise. I look up to the blindfull light, hopeful of life. I see two people, both first meeting each other.
A Mocchi and a human, conversing with each other… the Mocchi was a bit tall for their species, despite it still being small otherwise. It wore a Mask and a huge sweater that draped over their legs. It was made of fine, thin material and it’s skin appeared a deep pitch black, just like the void. The human was an average height, at least for the age they look to be. The child’s skin was a light skin tone, through darkening while the child stayed fixated in the sunlight. They were also wearing shorts and a tank top, it was summer it seemed. They also wore a necklace, containing their essence, it shone a bright light of a faint red, maybe a pink. And where they were was mesmerizing… some sort of land containing trees of a deep blue color. The sun reflecting off of the river at angles gave a nice pattern in the ripples of the water, it all seemed soothing. The land was filled with misted grass, and sprouted flowers. It was nice, but I needed to, wanted to join them.
Widening my eyes, I see a way of escape, yelling “Help!” made me realize how hoarse my voice was. Managing to stumble to my feet I banged on the border dividing me between them, my legs were rapidly shaking. Stumbling back to the ground, I had tried one again for help. More blood, my throat developing pain as I scream once, twice, three times again. After the fifth try they had left my sight. My throat had left me in unreal aching....
Exhausted, I could barely whisper. My hand ached a bit after doing so, was I supposed to stay here? No… I don’t want to think that. There was nothing else left on the screen I could only stare at the living etire. At those with such freedom... I looked down, listening to people's conversations, how they all were able to smile. I wanted that… I rested my head on the screen. But the heat changed, I recoiled back, it got slightly colder. Looking up I continued to watch the story of many unfurl. I dare not try to yell again. Watching them, I felt unneeded. Having had no life, no universe, no timeline. I wanted to get rid of it, it made me feel lonely… but that's when another showed up. Another screen, showing another area of the timeline. Sure it was all nice and pretty tied with a bow, but I had nothing like that. More and more started to show each day, all until I wanted to give up. Nothing and no one was going to help me anyway, my emotions faded and so did my senses. It was like I wasn't even real anymore.
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I finally one day came to my senses as the Mocchi one day glanced in my direction and stared at me. I glared at them, I didn’t mean to but it’s all the emotion I had. They were frightened by me and quickly ran back with their clique. My eyebrows raised, they could see me? Standing up I stumbled and went to lean of the border, surprisingly I fazed through the boundary. Flopping on the ground I looked up to see if anyone noticed. No one was around, I found a way out! Turning back around, I quickly leaned on a rough tree, I put my hand to where I once stood. Again, my hand fazed through… was I too weak before? No one will know the reason why but I was very carefree at the moment. Blinking my eyes in awe I took a moment to collect my feelings, afterward not knowing what to do. I started by building an indication mark so I knew were the border laid.
A group of people were walking by and happened to notice me. I was still fragile and new to this new place. They saw me shake, they saw my injured body and wings and did nothing but walk away… all except one. She came up to me, cautious. She said softly,
“Hey there, where did you come from?"
It surprised me and I jumped back. No one else had once looked at me, not a glance. Like any person would be, this as well shocked her as I fell to the ground, she still came to help me up. I hissed, for some reason? There was no other way for me to communicate, my throat was still sore. She recoiled her arm and stepped back. Despite my current state I felt a bit bad, and since I had no way to communicate I just sat up and hung my head slightly, still keeping eye contact with her. Sitting there I waited for their response, it took a bit but they came up to me and waited. Staring at their feet I grew nervous. She bent down and pet my head, and I was shocked, I never thought anyone would ever touch me. This was a bit relaxing and I came to release my tenses a bit, knowing someone is there. This was only for a moment, and once she finished I backed up my thoughts. There is no way she would be able to understand or care for me. I sat back up and she asked me,
“Do you have somewhere to be?”
I shook my head, is this normal around here? She took a look at my wings and reached her hand to extend my wings, for closer inspection. I wouldn’t budge, and so she decided to help me up again,
”Let’s try this again”
Reaching her hand out. I didn’t hiss this time but I rather raised both arms, I didn’t know how it worked. She took her hands and used both to pull me up, and I stood up shakily. She helped me walk out to the river I had inspected all that while ago and started to look at everything else. It was so big… and colorful. We were walking by the meadows, in which I stumbled to my feet to meet this random person… I turned my attention to the hills and the people. So many people! So many species! Mocchi, Kaini, Soulna all with humans! It was so different. Turning my head back to the girl I stared at her for a moment, examining her features. She wore a necklace as well, although not containing the essence the other little child did, but it did have the shape of a dragon insigma. She also wore a tee-shirt, shorts and a jacket around her waist. Resting my head on hers I finally noticed the prickly feeling of the misted grass. Slowly sogging my feet, up to my legs. I breathed in the air, so clear and moist. Her hair was so soft and silky it made me wonder what other feelings and smells were out there. With my feet both pointing inward I stopped, lifted my head, and looked down at her, I had noticed I had no idea where we were going.
“Oh, yeah. We’re going to my house, I'm a healer! Your in pretty rough shape. Is that okay with you?”
I tilted my head, unknowing of a house.
She liked to talk with her hands, making gestures as she spoke“Oh, yes. A house is like a place where you live. A safe spot if you will."
I nodded and we continued to walk in the direction of the stream.
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We were walking, noting all surroundings at once, although my attention shifted to a small child. Running past us was a Kani, the dog species. His ears twitched at every sound or minover. He wore a poncho, a very puffy one, it had cotton wrapped around the neck and pins clipped to it. All very childish, and colorful. His hair was a bit filthy, maybe back from playing. It was a deep purple color, with sudden white streaks flowing through. I stiffened and took a glance at his face, surprisingly stern for a child. Suddenly he morphed into a small puppy, and he crossed the river to the other side and ran up the stream quickly. I was a bit fascinated, and leaned to see it dissapear into the meadow.
“Cool, right? Kani’s can shift into a wolf, growing more as they age. Thankfully we have lost less after the war has come and gone. They haven't warmed up to anyone yet, but they all have great homes right now, which is good.” she said, a slight tremble in her voice after the mentioning of a war.
I looked to the little town ahead, is that where she lived? She saw me look forward , "Oh, I live near the stream, it leads over there." and pointed past the town to a small house, built next to the stream. With no hesitation we started walking, it was only a little while till we arrived.