This is a story about my newly approved characters, Azula & Jasp. For those of you who can't be bothered to read the History Section, they are a Fairy Couple, recently married and have a newborn child. However, their child was captured by a 'cackling imp'. Now, in search of their only child, they chase the kidnapper through the forests endlessly in hope...
BiC: Jasp panted, wearily, and began to slow down.
"Hurry up!" cried Azula. "We're gaining on the little wretch!"
The ruthless child leapt from tree to tree with ease, cackling triumphantly, clutching the twinkling light in his fist.
"Don't cry, baby! I'm coming for you!"
The tiny fairy began to whine so the kidnapper gripped it harder in order to muffle its sound. Azula winced in pain as she saw her child crumpled.
In desperation, Jasp threw a bolt of electricity at the masked creature. It bounced off the tree, the kid had dodged it without effort. Jasp glared in horror at his failure before falling through the air: he had lost the energy to continue to fly. Azula ignored the groans and sped off to retrieve her baby. The kidnapper still laughed in her face, but she was determined. She flew within reach of his fists, so struck him in the face. The kid was dazed but unharmed. He swatted her away in annoyance and jumped down from the tree, only to continue running across the forest floor. Azula breathed a sigh of upset before racing off after him.
They reached a clearing where moonlight pierced the treetops. The child finally stopped and stared up as if hypnotised by the beauty of the night sky. She saw her chance and struck his hand. The young fairy stayed glued to his skin. he awoke from his trance and batted the mother across the clearing. Azula howled in pain as she lay in the grass, helpless. A green light suddenly filled the clearing. Jasp appeared beside her.
"Jasp!" she croaked. "Fetch our child!" Jasp looked up at the evil goblin and was hit with fear. It stared back at him and blew a raspberry with its disgusting tongue. It then dashed through the empty, black tunnel. The sounds of the crying baby were still heard until they faded off into the distance.
"Are you all right?!" Jasp asked her, concerned.
"I'm fine!" Azula replied. She got up and checked for the kidnapper.
"Where is he?!?!" she screamed.
"Through that tunnel-" he began, but she had already flew off without him.
He quickly caught up with her as they ventured through the tunnel. He used his Illumination to show the way but Azula didn't seem to worry about the dark.
She rushed ahead of him. Jasp didn't feel comfortable alone in the dark and chased after her.
"Slow down!" he cried, as he turned the corner.
The breeze hit him like a tornado. He had arrived out of the forest and into a field. The stars shone above him while the crickets chirped. He looked over to see Azula's expression. She also hovered in awe staring at the new land...
The night sky was a hidden beauty never seen by them before and they stood, fascinated for a while. Azula suddenly broke the silence.
"We need to find our daughter." she whispered, fiercely.
"But, Hen, we're in a strange place! We haven't a clue where that disgusting kid could have taken her!"
"Which is why we shall ask someone, Chicken!!!" she growled.
They began to wander about the field, searching for a passer by who would perhaps inform them of their location, or even better, welcome them.
It seemed that there was not a soul in sight. Maybe this land really was empty. They didn't want to be out alone much longer, for fear of who they might bump in to. A malicious thief? A wild beast? Or maybe even the kidnapper himself? Jasp's Illumination was just a faint glow in this vast plain, and it was gradually fading...
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Azula and Jasp were exhausted from travelling across the plains. But as dawn arrived, they came to a City Wall. It was a charming marble defence against the world outside that towered over the fairies. A grand archway stood before them, welcoming them with a plaque which said; Salowelf: The city of the Gold Rush!
"A city!" cried Azula. "Maybe someone here can help us fine our daughter!"
"Let's be wary though, Hen." Jasp cautiously spoke. "The people here might never have seen fairies before. They might freak out and fear us."
"Nonsense, Chicken!!!" she exclaimed. "This is just another one of your excuses not to socialise with people! Our daughter is in danger! Who cares what people think of us!"
Before Jasp could object, Azula was already gliding through the gate into the City. Reluctantly, he followed her...
The city was alive: a place of social gathering, for trade, for chat, for food, for hospitality. No wonder it was titled 'City of the Gold Rush'. Jasp felt a little awkward, it had been a while since he had been surrounded by people in society, ones that were above 4 foot tall anyway. He was positive that each and every one of them were staring at them in confusion as they strolled on by. Azula, on the other hand, was storming through the streets, without looking back. She was always inquiring the civilians of the whereabouts of their daughter. The people would shake their heads in a disturbed manner, from which they would hurry on their way.Azula would do the same, undeterred.
It wasn't until they reached a quiet side road when someone finally noticed them. A large man in a chef's hat called to them from the door of his shop.
"Oi! You two!" he bellowed down the street. Others turned their heads, interested.
"Get inside here, quick!" the man ordered them.
"Excuse me!!!" Azula gasped in disgust. "That is not the way to talk to a lady such as me!!!"
"No, come inside!!!" he continued to shout.
"I think we should just trust the guy..." Jasp murmured, cautiously.
"We are staying right here!!!" she resisted.
Suddenly, a pair of hands clasped around her. She shrieked as the grubby paws enclosed her. A cry was heard as Jasp shocked them off her using his Electrocute ability. Azula spun round to see the angry assaulter rubbing his hands.
"Flee!" Jasp told her.
They flew down the crowded street towards the shop where the chef stood. But, unexpectedly, every citizen on the path reached out their arms in order to grab them. They managed to dodge a few in terror before flying into the building. The man slammed the door of the shop and the attackers were shut out.
You should have come in when I told you to!!!" the man growled, furiously.
"Who are you?!" Azula screamed.
"It's okay, I'm not going to hurt you!" he assured her. "I'm Cogan the Chef, owner of this restaurant. I'm not dirty tradesmen like those people outside. I'll explain later. For now, you need to follow me." Cogan advanced across the restaurant. They saw a waitress carrying three dishes on her arm. She saw them and smiled.
"Hello, fairies! My name's Gina, are you dining with us today?" Cogan ushered them into the kitchens so they ignored her and obeyed instructions, something they should have done in the first place...
They entered the kitchens where Cogan quickly slammed the door.
"Don't you fairies know where you are?!?!" he boomed.
"I believe we're in a city called Salowelf, Sir." stammered Jasp.
"And don't you know what sort of people live in Salowelf?!"
"Not very nice people, that's for sure!" Azula snorted.
"Mythsnatchers-that's who!!!" Cogan scowled.
"Don't tell me that you've never heard of Mythsnatchers?!" he gaped. "Mythsnatchers are kidnappers, people you guys don't want to be noticed by! They capture any magical creature they see and then sell them on to Dealers, who will trade you as Slaves."
"That's horrible!!!" she gasped.
"Indeed. Luckily for you, not all of us are Mythsnatchers. There are the minority of us who want to protect fairies and the like. We're part of a special group which I will tell you about later. For now, I want you to meet my niece."
He clapped his palms together and called.
"Gina! Here please!"
As if by Teleportation, Gina appeared at the doors to the kitchen. She was a young teenage girl with jet black hair, dressed in a short Waitress blouse.
"Yes, Uncle?" she smiled.
"We've got some new guests who will be staying with us for a while." he informed her.
"You mean...fairies...?" she gasped.
"Yes. Why don't you introduce yourselves?" Gina hurried over to them and curtsied.
"I'm Gina," she said. "Pleased to meet you."
"I'm Azula, sweety, and this is my husband, Jasp. I'm sorry we can't stay but it was nice to meet you."
"What do you mean you can't stay?!" Cogan yelled. "You're not thinking of going back out there are you???"
"But we need to find our daughter!!!" she insisted.
"No! You will stay here until I permit you to leave!!!"
His authority was unquestionable and Azula & Jasp had no option but to oblige.
"You can stay in my room!" Gina grinned. "It's a little small, but we can all sleep there!" Jasp sighed. It was going to be a long day...
They both woke up early next morning as the Town Crier passed their window, screaming about sales prices and market reduction. Azula and Jasp rose from their bedside drawer where they had slept comfortably in Gina's clothes. To their surprise, Gina was already awake and her bed was made neatly. The restaurant was awake downstairs with people claiming their breakfast.
They knew that they could not yet visit the restaurant, in case some Mythsnatchers caught their eye. Instead, they had to make do upstairs.
"I don't know about you but I'm going to explore, Chicken." said Azula before taking off out of the room.
She spied three doors on the landing, all wooden with regular handle. She glided past them all, of which some were ajar allowing her to see Cogan's rather messy bedroom and a sparkling clean bathroom. At the end of the corridor was another wooden door, but this one had a hefty lock barring the handle. Her discoveries ended here. Azula turned around and headed back to the bedroom.