Ariz (a near-adult dakotaraptor), Ash (a
Author’s note: This took almost two hours to
write. It was inspired by this post
Once, there was a great mountain. And
on the top of that mountain, a great society dwells. Where everyone is
respected, loved, and their talents are endless. Land-dwellers, those who lived
on the land surrounding the mountain, were tested to see if they were worthy to
live in the mountaintop’s great society. They were tasked to climb to the top
of the mountain, with five large rocks tied to their waist. Each rock
represented something special. Courage, Confidence, Assurance, Self-Love, and
Self Esteem. If they succeeded, they
would be allowed to live in this society, find an eternal partner, maybe more!
One day, two creatures, Ariz, and Ash,
decided to climb the mountain, their chief granted them five large rocks each
and tied them around the youth’s waists. Now, they were standing at the
mountain’s base, they were ready. “Hey, Ash?”
“Yeah?” “What’s the first thing you want to do once you get up there?”
The smaller feathered beast stomped her foot in thought. “I want to share my
talent with everyone!” Ariz tilted it’s head slightly, “Yeah, I want to do that
They agreed to climb, as long as there was a
two-meter space between them both, so if one was ahead, and a rock slipped from
under their foot, it wouldn’t hit the other one.
several meters up, there wasn’t much problem. Minus the fact that Ash’s arms
are too short, compared to her legs. She
just had to lean closer to the mountainside. Eventually, Ariz started to lose their
footing, the weight of the rocks around their waist was becoming too much for
them. Using their claws, it cut one of the rocks loose, causing it to crash to
the ground. With that Ariz continued upwards.
Several more meters up, Ariz cut another rock
loose, and another, and another. Now, only one rock left, the climb became much
easier. “I can definitely reach the top before Ash!”
Almost there. They could see the top. Claws
cracked, feet bleeding, feathers bent, muscles sore, but they were almost
there. It could feel a ring of bruises around their waist, where the rock’s
weight pushed the rope into their hips. ‘I don’t need this.’ They thought, and
cut the last rock loose.
Ariz’s claws dug into the soil at the top of
the mountain. They did it! They reached the top! Quickly, they pulled themself
up, and stared in awe at the great society. It was beautiful! Everyone looked
so peaceful, as the large group of beings watched this new creature stand on
their soil. A little was back, Ash reached the top, with all five rocks still
tied to her waist.
A mystical-looking individual stepped out
from the crowd towards the newcomers, examining them. He nodded to Ash, and cut
the rope off of her, giving her full access to this new world. The creature
padded over to Ariz, and examined them. “Where are your rocks? I see the rope
around your waist, but no rocks.” His low voice shook Ariz the their bones. “Well,
the climb was becoming too much for those useless stones, they were just
weighing me down.” “Then how come your friend here, who is younger than you, managed to get here?” Ariz lowered themselves in
submission. “W-well, her breed is
stronger than mine.” “THAT IS NO EXCUSE!!” His voice
shook the ground. “These stones are
given to you for a reason! It insures that you can love yourself before you
reach our ranks! Because of your
actions, you shall never step into
our ranks! You shall never feel love! You
are worthless!!!” With that, he turned, and belted his tail into Ariz
with full force, causing them to fly off the mountaintop.
fell fast, crashing into the mountainside many times, before eventually hitting
the ground. Back-first into the remains of the five cut, now broken rocks.
Short, sharp breathes barely escaped their battered body. Scars criss-crossed
their body, feathers damaged stained red. They slowly got to their feet, eyes
on the mountaintop, body lowered to the ground.”If I am unworthy to be a part
of their society, then i don’t want to be a part of it!”Slowly, Ariz padded away
from the mountain, far away, never to return, never to be happy again.