The Truth About Crows and Friendship
Marasnite sat by a window, watching the stars. She tried to make out any constellation, but couldn't.
Suddenly, a black figure flew through the open window. Marasnite screamed and jumped out of the way. The black figure was a crow, who perched itself on the chair Marasnite was sitting in. Marasnite got up to get rid of the crow, but couldn't.
"Now don't fly away," Marasnite said calmly, slowly approaching the crow.
The crow did fly away, however, and Marasnite watched it disappear into the night.
Marasnite sighed and sat back down. She gazed out the window again, wondering what her sister was doing and if she was mad at her.
Looking around the room, Marasnite eyed the small, hard bed in the corner of the room. Rubbing her eyes, Marasnite closed the window and walked over to the it and laid down. Despite the uncomfortableness of the bed, Marasnite fell asleep immediately.
In the middle of the night, she was awakened by a scratching noise at the window. Yawning, she got up to see what it was. It was the crow, presumably the same one who came earlier.
Marasnite opened the window and let the crow in. The crow flew in and perched itself on a bedpost.
Marasnite laughed and laid back down and went to sleep while the crow sat and watched.
The next morning, Celeste happily trotted along with the team, sniffing every rock and blade of grass. She went to sniff another rock when she smelled something very familiar. Quickly, she left the trail and went into the woods.
"Celeste, get back here!" Dezerite yelled. But when Celeste didn't obey, Dezerite went in after her. "I'll be right back," she told her teammates.
About five minutes into the forest, Dezerite found Celeste sitting and sniffing. She crouched by Celeste to take a look at what she was smelling.
"Guys," Dezerite yelled, "I think you should come here!"
Everyone followed Dezerite's voice to where she was standing, holding the object Celeste found.
"Isn't that Maras' headband?" Jedite asked, pointing to the headband Marasnite wore across her forehead.
"Yeah," Dezerite said, "but what is it doing here?"
"Isn't Malachite's castle that way?" Destinite asked, pointing.
"Yes it is," Dezerite said, "but Marasnite's must have been taken this way."
"Maybe," Razorite said, "there's a secret entrance this way and that's the way Destruction took. So, if we go that way we'll be less noticeable."
"What did you just say?" Jedite asked.
"Me?" Razorite asked. "I didn't say anything. Man, you must be hearing things."
"Maybe," Dezerite said, "Marasnite was taken this way because there's a secret way to get into the castle."
"Sounds reasonable," Zed said.
"Let's go," Dezerite said, letting Celeste lead the way.
Marasnite woke up and stretched. The crow had flown away and left a single feather behind. Marasnite picked it up and got out of bed. She shoved the feather into her pocket.
For some odd reason, Marasnite was not hungry. Befuddled, Marasnite left her room and went to find something to do.
She decided to go into the sub-levels. If Dezerite had found the headband Marasnite dropped, then they'd be there very soon. Quickly, and quietly, she made her ways to the sub-levels. Thank god for the scattered lights, or she wouldn't be able to see a thing.
Carefully, she walked through the dank corridors. Water dripped from the cracks in the ceiling. Old computer terminals were mounted into the wall. Marasnite tried flicking the switches on them until finally one worked.
She tried getting blueprints of the basement and fortunately she did find them. A flashing X marked where she was. She followed a path with her finger to a door that seemed to lead outside. Grinning, Marasnite turned the computer off and heading in the direction of the doors.
On her way there a large door caught her attention. Quietly, she opened the door to the dark room and entered. She couldn't see anything except for what seemed to be a heart monitor in the far corner. It was bleeping every second or two. The room was unusually warmer than the rest of the sub-levels.
Feeling the wall for a light switch, Marasnite was careful not to fall or make a lot of noise. She flicked the light on once she found the switch and gasped.
In a bed lay Zoycite, still bandaged like before and even more still. Marasnite slowly made her way over to her mother, being careful not to wake her (if she could awaken).
Marasnite picked up a clipboard and sat down on a chair by the bed. Keeping her attention half on Zoycite and half on the papers, she started reading:
"Victim suffers severe neck injuries and is in a very deep coma."
Bored, Marasnite skimmed through the rest. Nothing seemed entirely interesting, except for Zoycite was also shot in the back.
Marasnite sighed and sat the clipboard down. Taking one last look at Zoycite, she left the room.
Celeste trotted at a faster pace in front of the team. She did not stop to sniff any rocks or grass, but kept trotting. Dezerite cracked her fingers and continued to follow Celeste through the forest.
Neflite suddenly stopped and leaned against a tree. "Why the hell are we following a stupid cat?"
Celeste turned around and hissed.
"Because she can smell Marasnite's scent," Zed said.
"Do you want get on all fours and smell our way there?" Dezerite asked Neflite.
Neflite sighed in frustration and they continued walking.
Dezerite stopped when she heard the caw overhead again. The crow swooped down and landed beside Celeste, who hissed ferociously (even though it wasn't a very intimidating hiss).
Dezerite knelt by the bird and took something out of its beak. It was a necklace.
"This is Marasnite's necklace," Dezerite said. "But how did this crow get it?"
Suddenly, the crow flew away.
"Follow it!" Dezerite yelled.
Running, the team did their best to keep up with the crow. They stopped when they saw the crow perched on a hill. Dezerite went to take a closer look.
Under what seemed to be grass, was a doorway. Dezerite looked around for a way to open it. When she did, she gave the team a look and they all went in.