Starpebble dove underwater, beckoning to Ember and Spark. They followed her. She moved her wings about and they copied her. Then she slowly brought them in.
They couldn’t do it.
She popped up, and said as they popped up, “You have to do it day after day for a long time, and swim around a lot too. It will strengthen your muscles until you can fold your wings. And then!” She smiled. “And then I can teach you how to fly.”
This was met with strong doubt. Starpebble got out and lay down under a palm tree. She beckoned for them to join her.
“I’ll tell you how Star learned to fly.”
Ember tilted his head. “Who’s Star?”
Starpebble was surprised. “You don’t know who Star is? Didn’t anybody tell you any legends?”
“No,” said Spark. “Nobody really wants to come near us except for Uncle.”
“Well then I’m just going to have to do it myself,” said Starpebble firmly.
“Wait,” said Ember.
“Why did you want to see us?”
Starpebble shifted uncomfortably. “You know what, I’ll tell you later.”
“Starpebble…” protested Spark.
Starpebble got comfortable and began.
“Star trotted through the dense pine forest, alone….”
Starpebble lay down under a palm tree. Brightsky saw her and flew over. “Hello, Starpebble.”
“What did you do with Ember and Spark?”
“I told them how if they work hard enough they will be able to fly and I told them the story of Star the Healer.”
Brightsky lay down next to her. “So, why are you doing this?” she asked.
“Teaching them, telling them the legends… I don’t think it’s because you just want to be their friend. Why is it?”
“Yes, why is it, Starpebble?”
They both looked up in surprise. Cobrawing was there, looking curious, with Sunfire behind him. They both lay down next to Brightsky and Starpebble.
“I’ve just been talking to Ember and Spark,” said Cobrawing. “They told me what you did and said. I can’t believe no one told them the legends! I’m going to have to have a talk with old Sandflame… he was supposed to do it. But why is it?”