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Author Topic: Clear Skies (open)  (Read 115 times)

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Offline Jiaolong

Clear Skies (open)
« on: January 03, 2018, 10:09:20 PM »
Aleki stood at the edge of an elevated piece of land above the surf. He unfurled his enormous wings and jumped, allowing the updraft to carry him high into the air. A few wing beats later had him flying out over the crystal blue water.

It was a beautiful day with not a cloud in sight; the warm wind felt good in Aleki's feathers. He wasn't supposed to be all the way out here--he was supposed to be helping his mother prepare dinner. But he wanted to bring back something even better than the vegetables they usually had.

Aleki scanned the waves for any fish or birds he might catch. Maybe he would impress the others with something even bigger, like a seal! Well, that was probably out of the question. He knew he couldn't drag it back to shore by himself.

A dark shadow beneath the waves alerted the boy to a shoal of fish. "Perfect!" he thought. The boy gripped the spear in his hand tightly before flying closer to the water. He trained his eye on a particularly large fish and threw, the spear making a satisfying 'thunk' as it hit its target. The end of the spear was attached to Aleki's wrist by a long rope. This way, he wouldn't lose it in the water.

Aleki caught two more fish in this way before having too much in his net. He'd spent long enough in the air, and even he was starting to get tired. He flew back to shore in a much less graceful way than he'd come, bogged down by the heavy load he was carrying.

A nasty gust of wind suddenly knocked the boy aside just as he was about to reach shore. With his heavy net, Aleki couldn't right himself in time.

It looked like this was going to be another crash landing.

In a spray of sand, he landed face down, wings thrashing and fish flying. Aleki lay there for a second and then sat up, rubbing his nose. "Well, that was...mostly successful. Now where are all my fish?"

Offline Kalak

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2018, 09:13:51 AM »
A stream of salt water krept up the sandy terrain. This water moved unnaturally, seemingly in defiance of the cyclical ebb and flow of the surf. It moved with calm purpose towards the now earthbound creature.

It continued its slow movement, until it was within a short distance of the boy in the sand. It rose into the shape of a pillar only five feet in height. In width, it was just wide enough to keep certain items stored safely. Inside the watery form was held the boy’s net, as well as the three dead fish kept formerly within.

”Umm... D-Did you drop these...? If not, I can take it back...”

The voice was timid in nature. It’s source was not yet present.

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2018, 03:24:59 PM »
Aleki stared at the column of water for a good 5 seconds before he screamed and shuffled backwards. His giant wings didn’t help with his escape efforts, and he ended up falling backwards into the sand once more.

The boy shot back up, eyes wide until he finally realized he might be overreacting. This was magic, wasn’t it? He quickly recovered, standing up and clearing his throat. He eyed the strange column of water suspiciously.

"Er, sorry for screaming. I just don’t see magic too often. I never have actually. That’s what you’re doing, right? Magic?” Aleki finally noticed his three missing fish within the column of water. "Oh! You got my fish for me! Thank you...” he said, taking a step forward. He hesitated, though. Should he just reach in and take it? Would that be rude? His mother was always nagging him about being polite.

Offline Kalak

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2018, 10:09:08 AM »
”Oh! I am sorry.” the voice said softly as the startled boy retreated.

It, too, moved away from him some feet over the sand. Everything remained suspended within. The column remained motionless as the boy recovered. It was completely harmless in nature, shrinking somewhat, seemingly cautiously, in response to any sudden movement towards it.

”No... It is my fault. Really...”

The water began to retreat once more towards the safety of the ocean behind it, keeping a small distance between it and the boy. It paused before making contact with the surf.

 ”Magic? I... do not know... Uhm, these are yours.”

As the column moved once more away, the net and fish were deposited on the dry sand in its path. They were also dry, as the water that had coated them joined the mass of seawater.

”I should go now...” said the voice as the surf crept up the beach towards mobile and watery pillar.

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 07:36:59 AM »
“Wait! It’s not your fault!”

Aleki moved forward, scooping up the net and hastily placing his fish inside. He looked back up towards the column of water, who seemed to be ready to return to the sea at any moment.

“What’s your name?” The boy asked. “Oh, I’m Aleki,” he paused, “but most people around here just call me a troublemaker,” he muttered, a small smile on his lips.

Offline Kalak

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 08:51:40 AM »
The flowing pillar stopped as the boy spoke up. However, a wave came before a response was returned. The strange moving water collapsed into the surf as it surged forward. The wave retreated, seemingly taking the anomaly along with it. Moments of silence passed before two soft words could be heard.

”T-Trouble... maker?”

Water rose once again from the soaked sand. It gently moved forward, leaving a patch of dry sand behind. This renewed column twisted and bent, taking a quasi-humanoid appearance. A single orb rose above the new form. A face formed on it, with small gaps making one eye and a mouth. Water surged and bubbled over where the other eye was supposed to be, forming pseudo-hair. Two arms met at the hands in front of the main pillar’s “chest”.

”I have been called... Fluvial...” it said timidly as it halted its slow glide up the beach.

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2018, 09:42:20 AM »
Aleki realized he’d held his breath to see if the strange column of water would leave or not. It seemed to return, though, and he relaxed. The boy looked in wonder as the pillar took a humanoid shape and announced its name.

“Fluvial...that’s a nice name. I’ve never heard of anything like it around here. Where do you come from?”

Offline Kalak

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2018, 01:30:45 AM »
”Please, I do not deserve such kindness...” the figure replied.

One of Fluvial’s hands detached itself from his body. Despite its consciousnesses, this one was still a being of water. Such was it that its shapes and parts did not follow the same structure of a being of flesh.

The orb floated up and hovered before the face of the elemental being. It made a look of confusion, changing only slightly from the nervous expression it had styled before. With a soft and timid voice, Fluvial continued.

”I am sorry, but I do not understand. Come from?”

Offline Jiaolong

Re: Clear Skies (open)
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2018, 06:26:50 PM »
Aleki sat in the sand, letting his enormous wings stretch out on either side of him. “Where you come where you were born, or where you were before you were here,” he explained, watching Fluvial’s movements with interest.

“Uh, for example, I’m from here, the Yoreiqi isles.” Aleki picked up a handful of sand, watching it drizzle from his fingertips into a cone-shaped pile on the ground. “I’ve always been here, and I probably always will be.” He said the last part with a hint of sadness. “Do you get to travel around a lot?”

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