"I am here!" Valentyne shouted as she
jumped out of the remains of her pop.
"Youyou... Are.. you are..Not
not not..ONE of usus"
the myriad voices of the other star dancers replied.
"I am too! I am a princess - plant and I order you to stop harassing me!"
"Youyou... Have... NO.. wings...wings."
they told her, ever calm.
"I do have wings!"
it came from all sides.
Valentyne looked over her deep red shoulders. It was true. She had no wings.
How would she ever survive without wings? She remembered the jungle from her
caterpillar and pupil stage. It was dangerous out there. And no human would
be crazy enough to bond her when she was wingless. Frustrated she lashed at
the nearby bushes with her clawlike hands. The bush got hacked to pieces.
She jumped twirled in the air. She was light enough to stay there for a
couple of seconds... but it wasn't enough.
Valentyne started crawling. Something had gone terribly wrong in the short
time she had remained in her pop. It wasn't fair! All Star Dancers had
wings. There wasn't one without them. It wouldn't have mattered if she were
an animal or insectoid. Those hardly knew they were alive. But she, a
princess, one who had inner thoughts and dreams couldn't be handicapped like
"As you are my witnesses," she told the others hidden in the trees, "I will
return and I will have wings."
"Youyou will... will never..Never."
a few of them dared to remark.
"Don't think I will forget about you mocking me! You haven't seen the last
of me yet." she said and turned around.
Valentyne started crawling, followed by the careless laughter of other Star
Dancers. How hard it may have been to keep crawling, it wasn't as hard as to
know she wouldn't grow wings. She kept her head up and thought. Somehow,
somewhere there must be a place she could go.
Valentyne didn't know if she was progressing at a good speed, nor did she
know if she was headed in the right direction, but at least the Star Dancers
had stopped following her. She'd show them. That was the thought that kept
her alive. She would return and she'd have wings. Nothing else mattered.
Her second day came with a new danger. Animals. Big creatures that thought
she looked yummy. When she saw one for the first time she shrieked and
jumped, hoping to elude him into thinking she had flown away. But the animal
wasn't stupid. Too bad, when she fell back down her tail lashed his nose and
eyes and she could see a dark purple line running down his face. Within
seconds he was dieing. Amazed by her sudden luck she went closer and touched
the purple line. The stuff smelled weird, but somehow familiar. The animal
below her made a soft pitiful sound. Valentyne got a bit sad. It sounded so
afraid. Quickly she ran her hands over the wound and noticed the poison
disappearing. Strange. Valentyne knew all Star Dancers had powers, but
somehow she had thought she had lost those together with her wings. The
animal became silent, asleep. Valentyne crawled further, more daring. She
had a weapon now.
Her third day got her into shallower forest and she could see the humans
hunt for Star Dancers. They wouldn't get her. No way. They'd probably just
"Can you believe the weird people that are coming here to impress dragons?"
one bo asked a girl.
"No, Some hardly have arms or legs. I think some would even fall of their
dragons if they weren't bound to them."
"And we can't go yet." the boy said.
"Yeah, a pity." the girl agreed and off they were to another section of the
Dragons eh? Valentyne hadn't thought of those big reptiles in the sky. Maybe
they would see her potential. But not on Gineya. No, everyone here knew Star
Dancers were supposed to have wings. She couldn't risk losing here were
everyone would know. She'd have to go away...
Valentyne's mind reached out and she found a dragon. A small dragon, just
what she needed. She ordered it over and the dragon answered. It crossed a
dark place to be with her, it was curious.
Suddenly the air was full of red. The small dragon flying all over her,
trying to escape. But Valentyne didn't let go. She calmed it down and looked
at it properly. It was red, which she liked. The colour of passion would
suit her. Sadly the thing was too small for her to sit on. She doubted it
could carry her.
She was ready to release the creature when she suddenly saw one of it's
memories. Bigger dragons in the sky. All red and orange and cream! Valentyne
got excited, this was the place where she should go.
"Where is it?" she asked the creature.
The small red dragon squeaked and looked into her eyes, tilting it's head.
"Numbskull." she said, "You know nothing, I doubt you are a dragon."
But however she turned it, the small creature hadn't laughed at her. It had
wanted to go away, but only because it was afraid. Valentyne could live with
that, she probably would even start to like that when she was used to it.
"I will name you Derwish and you will show me the way."
Derwish chittered and flew up above
her. Now that he knew she wasn't going to hurt him he was happy just to be
in this new place. Valentyne crawled further and started to enjoy the
company little Derwish gave her. She wasn't made to be alone. Again she
started to crawl faster and hoped she'd be with the bigger dragons soon.
In the afternoon Derwish however got bored of their slow approach. He was
missing his home and friends and Valentyne could relate.
"Well if you want to go home, you better take me there!" she cried out and
hoped he'd give up.
She hadn't counted on Draconic Desire though because Derwish flew down and
grabbed her with his forepaws. The little dragon was stronger than he
"I'm flying!" she cried out.
Derwish chirruped happily as he felt his mistress was happy. Too bad his
arms were starting to get tired...
Valentyne suddenly felt Derwish' grip loosening. She screamed. Derwish,
startled by her cry, let go and watched as she fell. The trees broke most of
her fall so Valentyne was awake when Derwish came to search for her. He was
continuously making worried noises and it took her a long time to calm him
down. Valentyne desperately wanted to get him home and her within reach of
the dragons, but they wouldn't make it on their own.
Again the thought of humans crossed her mind. They had ships that flew from
planet to planet. She had seen them taking of and landing. Tiny spots they
seemed, but many people got on. Valentyne didn't quite know how they made
all those people so small. But from all this she had learned that humans
were great magicians, with powers that overshadowed hers. She'd have to be
careful if she ventured into their world.
Two days later the unlikely duo
entered the human world. Right next to a space-base. Derwish had been a
great navigation help and Valentyne started to like him more each day. But
she would never let him grab her again. Ever.
When the night had fallen they went in and walked toward the spaceships.
They were bigger here, maybe they made them smaller after the humans were
in. Suddenly Derwish made a happy sound. Through the strange bond they had
Valentyne could smell what he smelled. A faint smell, yet she remembered it,
the smell of home. Strange how the small creature could have such a good
sense of smell. And to label it home in stead of pleasant or something...
Valentyne crawled in and told Derwish to find a safe place they could hide
in. A place behind some crates in the cargo hold seemed very promising to
her. Valentyne sat down and waited. Suddenly Derwish came back and dropped
an apple next to her. Valentyne suddenly worried how they would make it to
Derwish' home unnoticed. She had forgotten all about food and other things
Derwish however crooned, completely secure with the situation. He fell asleep
next to her.
Over the days the journey took them Valentyne thanked the gods she had
called Derwish. The creature was truly amazing. It hopped in and out and
brought her food, drink and warm cloths she could sleep under. And he was
happy with a few taps on his head and a thankful glance. You couldn't get
much servants like that.
Finally the day came. The day she
noticed the people changing their routine. Humans were running everywhere
and Valentyne had to hide deep in the shadows so they wouldn't see her. She
felt the soft thud of the landing and awed amazed as the ship's doors
opened. The world outside was not very different from the one she had left,
but the dragon she saw was. Very different from the wise Wicenas or the
aquatic Atcydias. And it didn't even resemble a svarpian from afar. She was
glad about that, those svarpians gave her the creeps, even if she could kill
them with a single blow from her tail. Valentyne opened her mind and heard
the thousand voices of dragons nearby. They were excited about something. An
imminent hatching. Her hatching!
She looked up at Derwish. She really didn't want to, but it was the only way
she'd get there in time.
"Pick me up!" she called and waited...
Valentyne urged Derwish to fly faster when they
approached the hatching grounds. A lot of people with dragons were already
waiting outside. Would there still be dragons left? As she flew in her heart
almost stopped as she saw yet another happy couple making their way to the
’There goes another one, ‘ she thought, ‘Another one that could have
But then a voice from below her got her attention.
’Why are you looking at them? Pay attention to
me! To me! To me!" the little red dragon yelled. As
Valentyne found the dragon she smiled. The dragon was bigger than her, even
bigger than Derwish. And yet she still was smaller than most of the other
dragons she had seen.
"Sorry." Valentyne said, "What… what’s your name?"
"Astrelith. My name is Astrelith and I’m
your wings." The female dragon roared happily whilst
flapping her wings. They were big and looked stronger than Derwish’ Which
reminded her… she should make him land soon, but not before…
"Yes! I can return now!" she broadcasted all through the hatching
ground and left.
Poisonous Valentyne is a Candidate for the Valentine