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( Chapter 5 is now up!)
THE COLD WINTER AIR STUNG VIOLETSTORM’S sore raw wingtips.
She drug them on the ground like sagging dead tree branches, she wished for them to be free from her aching shoulders.
Violetstorm trots through the pine forest hoping to find rest, she's been helping Oaktrot all morning with her search of herbs.
Violetstorm collapses upon the sandy beach of a lake, the water was frozen but parts of it had been busted here and there by strong warriors.
Despite the cold Violetstorm was sweating her useless wings brought extra warmth upon her body making her hot at time of hard work.
She lays there for a long time, gaining what energy she could back—until she heard wingbeats.
She quickly scrambles to her hooves, when Oaktrot lands before her displeased,
“Sleeping on the job are we?” She sneers at Violetstorm.
Before she could respond Violetstorm felt Oaktrot’s sharp teeth upon her haunches.
“Ouch!” Violetstorm cried tears welling up in her eyes,
the mare barely broke skin but it still hurt—it always hurt when Oaktrot disciplined her.
“No laying around! Get back to looking for those red berries!” Oaktrot hisses, Violetstorm broke off into a hurriedly gallop into the pine forest,
Oaktrot had been extra irritable this morning—of course she was dealing with the aftermath of a battle.
Thunder Herd steeds went after Tundra Herd spies and got ambushed as a result.
Thunder Herd was restless now and their warriors needed to be in tip top shape if they wished to protect their herd.
Violetstorm looked all around though, but she could not find the red berries Oaktrot seeked,
The mare came upon her again, the red roan’s ears were still pinned but she didn't scald Violetstorm this time.
“I can't find them…” she says to Oaktrot.
She lashed her tail in thought “alright…shoot we really need those!…” Oaktrot stamps the ground.
Her light pink wings vibrate irritated,
She looks down at Violetstorm “go on—you’re free for today—I’ll find them elsewhere…” she says before kicking off in the air.
Violetstorm watches her ascend effortlessly over the trees and into the pale sky.
Violetstorm sighs, she couldn't help but feel as though as if she's failed once again.
Violetstorm trots along a deer trail that lead back to the meadow alone, she wished to be something more to her herd—she longed for her first birthday to get here sooner—but it was still several moons away.
These few moons her—and her brother Fireshade would receive their Starfire from the Hundred Year Star that loomed over her in the blue sky.
Violetstorm wished to see her brother but she doubted he was free—he was a strong black foal when he was born able to move his wings and was already flying here and there.
But Violetstorm was not so strong, she was believed to die in her first hours—but obviously she made it through.
Fireshade was being trained here and there by Windfire one of their captains. Fireshade didn't like it very much however—for he was being pushed to be a warrior at such a young age.
The twins hated their life in Thunder Herd, no one knew of their secret they had made amongst themselves. No one but them,
Violetstorm was lying beside her brother watching the setting sun, tears of pain fell from Violetstorm's eyes as she bared stinging teeth marks upon her haunches,
Fireshade places a warm red—orange wing over her back trying to comfort her.
“Why are the adults so mean to us? Why don't they care about us like they care about their own foals!?” Violetstorm asked in a bitter tone.
“I care about you” Fireshade offers gently, “I will always care about you—I wish I could protect you…but when I grow stronger I will! I'll protect you! And no one will ever be mean to us! They'll fear me!” Fireshade declares.
“No Fireshade…no…” a better more realistic idea came upon her mind, she rose looking her brother in the eye,
“We'll both grow stronger—only within a few moons from now…and when we do we'll leave! Leave together!” She says nodding her head.
Fireshade blinks at her idea, “how?” Fireshade asks tilting his ears back.
“How? Who would stop us? We'll be invincible with the Starfire! If they try and stop us we'll burn them up like Nightwing did!” Violetstorm dared to say.
Violetstorm flattened her ears recalling her words as if it were yesterday—she was determined to leave Thunder Herd even if Rainwing didn't approve of it.
He wanted them for their power anyways it's why he's been pushing Fireshade so hard—and why Oaktrot has been so hard on her.
Oaktrot was supposed to have Violetstorm flying before winter but failed miserably.
There were times Violetstorm believed the mare did pity her—for she did protect Violetstorm from a pack of wolves once.
The pegasi within Thunder Herd despised the twin foals greatly however—for they knew that Rainwing will use them to destroy Tundra Herd, and anyone else that dare oppose him.
Violetstorm halts as she peeks out of the forest—there in a vast meadow was Thunder Herd steeds, thick coats were upon their strong bodies.
They grazed peacefully, their colorful wings glistens in the sunlight,
Violetstorm's mood immediately brightens as she spots Fireshade rocketing down to her, he lands clumsily before her out of breath.
“You're free too?” Fireshade says tilting his head at her,
“Yeah…why aren't you training?” Violetstorm asks.
Fireshade tucks his red—orange wings upon his back, “well…Rainwing sent Windfire and a few other off to spy on Tundra Herd—I hear that Whitecloud was spotted near our borders!”
“Whitecloud!?” Violetstorm gasps, Whitecloud was the lead mare of Tundra Herd—but she was much more than that—her skills of spying were legendary she's never been caught by Thunder Herd nor seen for that matter.
“Why do you think she'd be spying on Thunder Herd now?” Violetstorm asks flattening her ears.
Fireshade steps closer to her, lowering his voice, “isn't it obvious? Us silly! We're growing closer to our first birthday” Fireshade says.
It suddenly made since to Violetstorm now, Whitecloud was possibly seeing how much the twin black foals are growing in strength,
Violetstorm lowers her head,
“Do you think Tundra Herd sees us as a threat too?” She asks quietly.
“Of course they do” Fireshade says bitterly, “Hawkwing is afraid of losing power” he says.
“But we don't want to take power away from them…or anyone—we just want to be on our own…right?” Violetstorm says gazing up at her brother, his ears flicked forward as a soft smile played his muzzle.
“Right—I think we should leave a day before our birthday however…” he says turning serious.
“A day before? Why?” Violetstorm questions, if they left before they receive their Starfire Rainwing could hunt them down and possibly kill them then.
“Think about it…Rainwing and Hawkwing will be watching us—we must leave before hand…”
“But I can't Fireshade—I can't fly!”
“Don't worry about that sis—perhaps you will be before then and if not we'll leave on hoof!” Fireshade says nudging her shoulder,
Violetstorm wasn't so sure however.
Fireshade looked her in the eyes, “we'll be leaving—together ok? I'll be right beside you” he assured her.
Violetstorm smiles lightly at Fireshade the sleek black stallion trots away knowing his sister would follow.
Violetstorm was small compared to her large brother—he was solid black the only thing that made him stick out was his red—orange tipped wings.
Violetstorm's useless wings were violet—black tipped, they weren't nearly as glossy as Fireshade’s how could they be? When she's dragging them everywhere she goes.
The twins spent most of the day together grazing and playing it had been sometime since they'd had a whole day to themselves.
No biting, no yelling, no kicking amongst them—it was just them enjoying each other's company.
“Where do you want to go when we leave?” Fireshade asks circling her in a low swoop, Violetstorm shrugged “I don't know—and I don't care—just away fro—”
Violetstorm was cut off by a piercing whinny, they both froze at first thinking they had been caught but soon realized that the whinny came from the meadow.
Fireshade pinned his ears and rockets into the air towards the meadow—Violetstorm thunders after him on hoof, her hooves thundering across the forest floor.
When she erupts out into the meadow she saw pegasi fighting five Thunder Herd steeds were circling a pure white steed high in the sky.
Fireshade saw the fighting pegasi and rockets over to them with great speed—he was determined to help them but he was quickly cut off by Rainwing
The blue roan flares his mighty wings as he hovers before Fireshade, “leave this to us!” He ordered soaring away to attend to the outbreak.
Fireshade realized that the white steed they were attacking was a mare, his eyes widened
'no…it couldn't be…’ the stallions overpowered the mare and forces her to the ground by her white wings, she kicked and bit at them but it did her no good.
Fireshade lands as pegasi gather around the commotion. Violetstorm quickly came to his side, “what's going on?” She asks in a hushed tone,
“I don't know…” Fireshade replies looking on.
The white mare glares up at Rainwing as he lands before her his blue black spotted wings outstretched making him look bigger.
“Let her go…she can do us no harm now” he says in a pleased tone, Windfire releases her wing, “You won't keep me here for long Rainwing! I'll escape right under your big fat nose!”
The mare hissed at the Over—Stallion.
Rainwing merely chuckles
“You've been quite the trouble Whitecloud—spying upon us giving away our secrets…ambushing my stallions” hatred now plagued his voice as he glared down his nose at her.
Whitecloud this beautiful white mare was the legendary Whitecloud she's never allowed herself to be caught up until now.
Something wasn't setting right with Fireshade 'why was she really here?’
“Believe me Whitecloud, you won't be escaping—for you will pay for the trouble you've caused me” Rainwing continues.
He lifts his head up high, “you will be executed tomorrow morning” he declares, gasps and murmurs erupt throughout the herd.
“She should be!”
“She's nothing but trouble!”
Fireshade swivels his ears as he listens to his herd simply accept this.
It felt wrong to him however…Whitecloud’s gaze landed upon him and Violetstorm.
They seemed to brighten at the sight of the twin black foals of Anok— “Hawkwing will be furious!” Violetstorm says in a hushed tone.
“He'll be upon us like a storm…” Fireshade says in a saddened tone. Maybe that was Whitecloud’s plan—to get Hawkwing to rain down on them in a blinding rage.
Hawkwing was a force to be reckoned with, Rainwing has never taken the stallion on head on.
And now his possible fury was upon Thunder Herd’s heads.
NIGHTTIME HAS FELL OVER THUNDER HERD, the steeds were settling down for the night.
But not Violetstorm no she could not sleep knowing what she'll have to witness tomorrow.
Fireshade was already asleep next to her, he was a warm lump.
Violetstorm got up and trots to Wind Lake, it was frozen stiff due to the cold winter night.
She pins her ears and concentrates, she attempts to move her sore wings.
But she could only feel the base of her wings, her wingtips felt dead.
She sighs lowering her head, “maybe Fireshade should just leave me here…” she said to herself.
“Or you could come with me”
Violetstorm whips around startled, her eyes widened there standing before her very eyes was Whitecloud!
The white mare flexed her wings and swiveled her ears.
She was listening—and anxious! But how was she away from the guards!?
“I’ll explain everything later, but first come with me—” the mare says,
starting off down a forest trail.
“She just vanished!”
Loud whinnies erupt throughout Thunder Herd, Violetstorm pricks her ears alarmed, but her instincts told her to follow the lead mare.
She gallops after her easily catching up to her in long strong strides, Whitecloud seemed pleased to see Violetstorm next to her.
“How did you escape? Thunder Herd steeds were literally circling you!” Violetstorm cried.
Whitecloud pinned her ears
“Hush now child—I told you I'll explain everything—but not now” she scowls.
Whitecloud leads Violetstorm near the edge of Thunder Herd’s borders, the pine trees disappear gradually and the Vein comes into view Violetstorm halts realizing that this mare was trying to lead her out of Thunder Herd.
Whitecloud seeing her stop halts as well, “come on” she encourages.
“But—where are we going?” Violetstorm questions narrowing her eyes at the mare.
Whitecloud seemed displeased by her gesture but remained neutral, she spreads her white wings out wide.
“Listen to me Violetstorm…” she starts her tone was soft.
“I have been watching you for quite some time—Shadecloud wants a better life for you away from Rainwing—we’ve made a deal to get you out of here” she explains.
Shadecloud was the twins adopted dam, she nursed them when they were born—she had lost her own foal to wolves.
Shadecloud loved them for who they were not what they were. Tears rimmed Violetstorm’s eyes Shadecloud was doing something a Lead—Mare should never be doing—going against her Over Stallion.
“Wh—What about my brother?” Violetstorm sniffles shaking away her tears.
Whitecloud’s eyes darkened,
“You’re brother will be fine—but if you stay here any longer…” Whitecloud didn't finished, she turned towards the Vein beyond Thunder Herd was a vast land Violetstorm had never explored before.
But she refused to follow Whitecloud, “I can't leave—not without Fireshade!” She says stamping the ground.
“We can't go back for him—forget him!” She says sharply. Violetstorm flattened her ears,
“no! How dare you say that!” She bellows.
Violetstorm whips around and bolts to the forest
“Violetstorm! Wait!” Whitecloud easily swoops past her and lands before her wings flared.
“I'm not leaving without him!” Violetstorm whinnies
“But you must!” Whitecloud insists blocking the black filly off.
Suddenly two stallions behind Violetstorm, her eyes narrowed at them.
She didn't recognize them at all, “grab her—she’s not cooperating” Whitecloud orders them.
Violetstorm squeals as they grab her by the wings
“Let go of me!” She screams.
“It's for your own good Violetstorm—please try to understand…” Whitecloud whispers before Violetstorm was carried off by her stallions.
They were dark bays the colors of their feathers were dark blue and the other dark green—they wouldn't be so easily spotted in the night.
Violetstorm thrashed trying to pry her wings from their jaws, their grib was too strong however and fear set in as Violetstorm was carried high over the trees the land seems to shrink before her very eyes.
Her heart was reiling in her chest, 'this is a lie—it has to be—Shadecloud would never just give me away!’
Shadecloud would never agree to this—Whitecloud was kidnapping her!
But why? “For power!” Fireshade's words rang in her mind.
Fireshade flew frantically all throughout Thunder Herd—but he could not see his beloved sister in the chill of the night, he couldn't really see anything within the darkness.
Rainwing was furious for the stallions guarding Whitecloud has failed miserably.
Shadecloud was settled next to him quietly, her expression was unreadable—and yet Fireshade just knew that deep down, she must know something.
Rainwing threw back his head trumpeting his rage in an ear piercing whinny,
“WHY ARE YOU ALL STILL HERE GO FIND HER!” Rainwing bellows.
Windfire and his team all skatter into the air, it was going to be a long night for them.
When Rainwing storms off to go cool off Shadecloud comes up to Fireshade.
“I can't find Violetstorm!” He says prancing in place.
Shadecloud’s eyes widened in surprise, “oh my…so she did it…” she murmurs.
Shadecloud grabs Fireshade by his wing and leads him to the cover of the lower part of the meadow, it was empty all of the steeds were in a panic in the upper parts.
“Fireshade…you must forget about your sister…”
Shadecloud says her tone shifting from surprised to sadness.
“Because Violetstorm has left with Whitecloud, in hopes of having a better life in Tundra Herd”.
These words…they stung Fireshade's heart, “wh—what?…” He breathes softly.
Shadecloud seemed puzzled by his reaction, “are you not happy for her?” She asks tilting her head.
Fireshade shook his head “I—I don’t know! What if it's not safe for her in Tundra Herd…” he lowers his head remembering their secret plan.
'What happened to leaving together…?’.
“Don't worry Fireshade—she will be…I hope…” Shadecloud says placing a wing around him.
WHEN THE MORNING CAME VIOLETSTORM was far from Thunder Herd territory.
Her shoulders burned from the stallions holding her for so long in the air, she's never felt so much discomfort before.
She squirms as spasms of pain prickle up her shoulders, warm tears stream down her cheeks,
“Hey—uh…Whitecloud? I think we should rest”
One of the stallions calls to the white mare leading them forward.
“Land wh—oh” her expression filled with guilt as she saw Violetstorm crying in pain.
Whitecloud halts hovering in place the stallions halt as well, “ah—yes…come” The white mare dives down through a forests, the stallions follow they land perfectly near a sparkling lake.
They released Violetstorm from her pain, she staggers to her numb hooves unsure of what to do.
Whitecloud looks down at her apologetically,
“sorry—I forgot about your wings…” she says.
Violetstorm pinned her ears, but said nothing.
She was already feeling more alone from being away from her brother, she wanted him here but she doubted he even knew she was taken.
“Now…about all this…” she says gesturing her wings to indicate Violetstorm and her stallions.
“We mean you no harm black foal, simply to give you a better life away from Rainwing” she explains.
“How do I know that!? How do I know that you’re not just taking me to even the Plainfield!”
Violetstorm erupts she was not in a good mood to be hearing a bunch of nonesense.
“Evening the Plainfield? What nonsense are you talking about!?”
Whitecloud shot back lashing her tail.
Violetstorm turned from her,
“you know exactly what I'm talking about! Hawkwing just wants me for power!” She sneers at her.
“That is not true!” Whitecloud stamps her hoof.
“Hawkwing doesn't even want you in our herd but I’ve been seeing what you've been going through and I wanted to help you!” Whitecloud says her wings were a blur of fury.
“I don't know what they've put in your head about us but get it out!” She snorts before storming off.
The two dark bays watched Violetstorm calmly, she didn't try to run away, how could she? She couldn't fly so it was pointless.
The bay with the dark blue feathers steps forward,
“Please understand…what Whitecloud speaks is true we merely want to help you—please just try and trust us” he says kindly.
This stallion looked old and seemed to have been through quite the battles over his years.
His scarred body told that he had stories to tell.
Violetstorm lays down exhausted, she didn't feel threatened by this stallion however,
she didn't feel threatened by any of the Tundra steeds strangely but this one she seemed to believe more than Whitecloud.
“Who are you?” Violetstorm asks curious.
The bay raises his head up high, “I am Darkriver and this is my younger brother Willowfire” he says.
“We assist Whitecloud in almost all of her…well spying missions” Willowfire says bobbing his head.
Violetstorm was allowed to dose off for a small amount of time, but she was soon awoken by Whitecloud,
“we have to get moving again—I’m sure Rainwing will be sending his warriors after us by now”. She says keeping her pale blue eyes to the sky.
But Violetstorm shies away from the stallions as they come to grab her wings.
She did not want to endure any more long excruciating pain in her wings.
Whitecloud seemed to grow restless with her, “we’re not that far from Tundra Herd lands now—please just a bit longer?” She presses.
Violetstorm shakes her head,
“If we're not that far then we can walk!” She suggests.
Whitecloud rolls her eyes, “grab her” she says annoyed, Willowfire starts for the black filly as she cowards away from him.
“No” Darkriver breaks in.
He looks at Whitecloud, “Tundra Territory isn't that far Whitecloud—we can make the journey” he pressed.
Whitecloud seemed surprised at his words, her ears flattened in thought,
“Alright…but you get to walk with her” she sighs after a moment, her tail strikes against his chest as a smirk played her muzzle.
Darkriver seemed pleased and didn't care about his position on the ground,
“Willowfire with me—we’ll be watching out for Thunder steeds” she says rocketing into the sky.
Willowfire follows suit of her, “be careful of predators” he calls.
Darkriver looks down at Violetstorm, he offers her a blue wing, “it's ok—we can walk now if you want” he assures her.
Violetstorm has never convinced an adult before to do something before, she straightened her posture and began walking beside Darkriver.
“Will you go back for my brother?” Violetstorm asks as they travel through the dense forest, the trees were leafless, bits of snow covered the ground here and there.
“I'm sorry dear—but I don't have a say in that matter…” Darkriver says.
Violetstorm's ears drooped, “does no one care that my brother is being kicked and beaten too?” She questions bitterly.
Darkriver flicked his black tail in thought, “Hawkwing was only willing to take in one black foal not both…perhaps you are right to question his fear of losing power” the bay says thoughtfully.