Skyborn

"Skyborn, sweet Skyborn Here be lain in this human form Skyborn, you shall sing no more"

The Skyborn are creatures who fly through space, living among the above. When girl, a Skyborn girl, is pushed through a wormhole towards planet earth a tale of adventure is sure to unfold. With a tangle of memories and nightmares, revenge and belonging can she find out where she belongs

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7. Skyline - Chapter six

We galloped through the forest; Tyrell was slightly in front of me. I could ride, but I wasn’t brilliant. Tyrell was riding Nessus; a tall, strong horse, he was a pretty chestnut colour and he had four white socks; they were all the same height, except the one on his right foreleg went up to his knee. He also had a blaze down his nose, which was slightly wonky. I was riding Skylar, finally he was old enough. He had grown into the most beautiful horse imaginable; to me anyway. He was a dapple grey as Tyler had told me; with white blotches all over his body. His mane was grey and so was his tail, except it was golden on the end; a bit like my hair.

I spurred Skylar forward. I knew he could go faster than Nessus. Tyler and I were racing to the river, on the edge of the forest. He looked over at me and furrowed his brow; he then smirked and made Nessus go faster.

We both got to the river at the same time. Neither of us had any intention of losing, so no one did; however nobody won either. We let the horses drink and we stood by a tree, watching them.

“You’re good” Tyrell said, leaning against the tree.

“So are you” I replied. He said nothing.

We got back to the farm in time for lunch; Maia was in the kitchen, making sandwiches. She smiled at us, but said nothing. We sat down at the table. It was then that I noticed it was a very quiet household, and it must have been even quieter before I arrived. Cynthia must’ve been really special to them; Like Aris was to me.

Maia put the plates on the table, as I tried to make conversation with Tyrell;

“Tyrell, how old were you when you learnt to ride?” I asked casually.

“Please, call me Tye” He said, “And about five years old, I think.”

“Okay, Tye, so you’ve been riding for a long time then” I said. He didn’t reply; I didn’t try to make conversation again. We ate in silence. Maia picked up our empty plates and put them in the sink. Tyre- Tye went out to the stables; I decided to help Maia wash up. She washed; I dried.

“Tye seems to be warming to you” she said.

“Mhmm” I agreed.

She said nothing more. I turned to go outside, after we had finished washing the dishes.

“I didn’t know you had a tattoo” Maia said.

“A what?” I asked, turning back around.

“A tattoo, on your shoulder blade” She came over and reached past me; poking the skin on my right shoulder blade gently. I didn’t know what a tattoo was and I didn’t want to look stupid, so I just nodded. I went up to my room, to see what my tattoo looked like.

In my mirror stood a girl with long golden hair, and amber eyes; me. I wore dark jeans and a sleeveless top. I looked slightly worried. I turned around slowly, facing away from the mirror. I turned my head to find a tattoo on my right shoulder blade, it was quite visible; though very small. I pulled the strap of my top down to reveal the rest of it. It was the base of a wing, clear enough. I knew it was. It couldn’t be anything else.

However, I thought, I can’t remember it being there before; how peculiar. I like the word peculiar; Aris had picked it up from my mother. She told me that my mother used to say it quite frequently. We loved the word.

I pulled the strap back up on my shoulder. I miss Aris, I thought. I sat on my bed leaning up against the headboard, thinking about the stories she told me of my mother. Her wings, her voice, her laugh; Aris told me everything. Bejide, I remembered, that was her name.

I fell asleep, and dreamt about my mother, and her wings.

When I woke, it was the next day. I stayed in bed for a while, until I remembered my tattoo. I got up and looked in the mirror. What? The tattoo had changed. There was no longer just the base of a wing on my right shoulder blade; there was another one, on my left shoulder blade. Either I had missed it or it had appeared overnight. I slipped on a jumper and tried to forget about it.

That day passed quickly, and so did the next and the next. I checked my shoulder blades every morning. It scared me every day; a new part of a wing appeared on my back every day. Alternating between either of my shoulder blades, first my right, then my left.

I started having strange dreams too. I dreamt more about Hinter and Aris; somehow they got into my mind every night. Then My dreams started getting quite real, and sometimes rather violent. I sometimes awoke in a cold sweat, the blankets soaked. I  just sat on the floor until morning when that happened.

Until I could take it no longer. I felt that I couldn’t speak to Tye or Maia about it. So I decided the best thing to do. Though it hurt me. I had no other choice. I had to leave.

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