Chapter Eight (Nimbus):
I transformed into Eagleflight, so I could get eye-to-eye with the strange creature before me and growled. It was depicted as some sort of bird-like being, with a jagged beak and furry talons.
“What is that?” I asked Nightstep. She cocked her head.
“That’s a Seer,” she answered. “They’re prophetic birds. Not very nice, unless you bring shiny objects.” She flashed a fanged smile.
Nightstep was taking me on a tour of the Slydog Realm (in tapestry form). So far, we’d gone over Deep Panthers, Gobleens, and Snooks (still had no idea who was eccentric enough to name something “Snooks”).
The two of us were padding down a corridor in the Robin Wing when suddenly, loud voices came from the dining hall. We changed into our human forms and raced into the room.
Everyone else was there, watching the scene. Queen Highblood had a ragged boy with frosty hair and foggy eyes by the ears, and was…well…I wasn’t sure what she was doing. The boy had a blue light around him, and the Queen was sucking it up like it was a banana shake. Nearby, Maya was being held back by a couple of guards.
“Who’s that?” I asked Taka. She pursed her lips.
“That’s Prince Inkfur,” she answered. “In human form.” I gaped. Who knew the grouch had a human form? Inkfur twisted and broke free just as Maya did.
“Stop it!” she yelled angrily, skidding hurriedly across the floor towards him.
“You stop! If you don’t, you’ll never see your mother again!” Queen Highblood threatened. Maya cocked her head.
“You don’t know where she is. You haven’t found her yet,” she accused. The Queen smiled thinly, bending down and wiping a thin line of blood from Inkfur’s ear.
“Actually, I’ve had her for quite some time,” she rasped. Two guards came forth, dragging Maya’s mother.
“Let her go!” we called, rushing forward. But the guards held us back.
“You can choose now,” she said. “Your mother, or the nameless boy?” Maya peered close at her mother.
“She’s an illusion,” she decided. Her mother vanished, and Queen Highblood growled. “And Inkfur has a name now! His name is Kodah!!”
Tell me what you think!! Sorry I stole your name, Kodah. I just felt that it was right for Inkfur.
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Queen of Amber Gradients, yo
The reality is messier and richer, kids.
The reality is not a pretty picture, kids.
These are the tears of things, and our mortality cuts to the heart.
Ash = Sister