Sorry, Crackle may be a bit OOC but perhaps it's another side to her...
Anyways, I apologize as I made a small joke near the end - please don't hate me...
Crackle's story - Snowdust
Today’s the day.
The day that’s constantly replaying in my mind, haunting me, yet I can’t shake it.
It’ll stay for till the end.
“ Crackle! Hey, over here!”
Looking down, I see Ash, my best friend.
Tilting my wings downwards, I ride the winds down towards her.
As I land I’m instantly thrown onto my back as an obnoxious SandWing tackles me into a hug. This particularly annoying dragon happens to be, Glaze, my unfortunate crush.
And by ‘unfortunate’ I mean seriously unfortunate.
We can all see it.
The way he looks at her.
The way he smiles at her.
The way he’s absolutely head over claws for her.
The way he loves Northern.
It’s the dragon he’s admired since they’ve met.
His one true love.
And it’s not me.
Okay, let me shed some light on the scene.
My best friends Ash the MudWing and Glaze the SandWing, have always been by my side.
Since all of our parents met at Jade Mountain Academy, they kept in touch.
Now, it’s out turn.
We were all put in the same winglet along with four others.
They were: Northern the IceWing (and Glaze’s crush), Crystalgazer the NightWing, Mist the SeaWing, and Sakura the RainWing.
We’re a very close group, despite all of the drama.
Although, we had a rough start.
When we first met, no one liked each other and no, I don’t mean romantically.
I mean personally.
It’s been a few decades since the whole “ Jade Mountain Prophecy” now but the stigma belonging to the tribes are still prominent.
I mean the whole NightWings vs IceWings is still around.
Northern and Crystalgazer were at each other’s throats for weeks.
RainWings being a “lazy and uneducated tribe (even though Queen Glory’s changing that).
Sakura was pretty much treated like she knew nothing ( I’m ashamed of that. I want to blame it on my upbringing but I would be lying to myself).
This was the beginning of JMA’s greatest Winglet (No, seriously. I mean it. Did the Jade Winglet have all of their members intact? NO).
Within our Winglet our “family”, there were already small “cliques”.
It was really: Glaze, Ash, and I. On one side and Northern, Mist on another.
Sakura and Crystalgazer made up the last mini-group.
Things stayed like this for a good part of our first year.
It only changed when Crystalgazer went missing.
To be honest, it’s really only when you go through life threatening situations do you ever get close to everyone without hating at least one of them (Come on, don’t deny it).
“What?”, I hiss.
It’s that annoying SandWing again.
What to do about him?
Do I confess? Do I let Northern have him?
Why are relationships so confusing?
Infinite pinning only to be rewarded with pain and heartbreak.
“Come on! Northern and the others are here as well! They’re over at the cave near the waterfall.”
Uh, just the way he says her name - it’s always about her.
A grin appears on my face.
Taking off I launch off of the ground.
“ Race you!”, I yell over my shoulder.
I hear a Glaze yell faintly. Something along the lines of an ‘unfair start’.
Funny, the same thing I keep thinking about Northern.
The unfair start she had in the race for Glaze.
I’m met with a chorus of, “ SURPRISE”, and, “ Happy Hatching Day”, as I crash through the waterfall.
I hear Glaze and Ash land behind me.
Looking around I see my friends.
The Gold Winglet III.
I wouldn’t give them up for the world.
Smiling, we party through the night.
Although, that never did calm the raging storm inside of me.
Every time I saw Glaze and Northern together, my heart died a bit.
I won’t cry though, SkyWings never cry.
Especially ones with super awesome firescales.
I won’t cry…
Ash must have noticed.
The party sort of stopped.
And by sort of.
I mean completely.
Everyone’s eyes were on me.
You just want to crawl into a hole and die when your crush sees you do something totally uncool.
Yep. Glaze totally saw.
What a wonderful hatching day.
I mean it was already pretty bad since my unhatched siblings ( Snap and Pop) died today but when you get your heart crushed and stomped into a million pieces, it gets a billion times worse.
Staring at the ground I feel a warm body take my talons in theirs.
It can’t be.
No way is it.
Risking a glance up, I see Glaze, watching me carefully.
What does he want?
Smiling, he opens his mouth.
“ Crackle, I know that this wasn’t always the best day for you.
Even though it should be.
It’s your hatching day and you shouldn’t be weighed down by the deaths of your siblings, it wasn’t your fault.”
He took a deep breath and continued.
“ This might sound cheesy but, I want to change the meaning of this day for you.
Instead of one of the most dreadful days of your life, it could be the greatest.
And… and I wanted to ask you.
The rest was blocked out by the cheering of the others.
They’re so crazy.
But it did happen to be one of the most memorable days for me.
It rekindled the burning embers.