First of all, sorry for any grammar mistakes/stuff because it doesn't copy and paste right in from Google Docs and so I have to space all of the paragraphs and re italic all the thoughts. If I miss something, please tell me! Also, advice will be greatly appreciated! :)
When the emerged behind the secret waterfall, Rain was there waiting. “Ah. She roped you in to?” She asked Javi, smiling. He laughed.
“Of course I did!” Astra said. “Now let’s go!”
“Where are we going exactly?” Javiland asked, still confused.
“We’re going exploring of course!” Astra said, hiking up from the gully. Rain and Javi both sighed and followed. They emerged into a bright forest.
“Now, act casual, like you’re a nice New Yorker taking a casual stroll away from the worries of life.” Rain said, grinning.
“Is there really anything such as a ‘nice New Yorker?’” Astra said, teasingly grinning.
“Hey!” Rain said.
“Just kidding!” Astra said, laughing. Javi joined in. It was nice to hang out with friends again. They found the path and joking and talking the whole way until the reached the edge of the park.
“Now where to?” Javi asked. His cloak fluttered lightly in the wind. He glanced at Astra.
“Let’s try the Empire State building!” She said, grinning.
“I thought we weren’t allowed to go there? Or anywhere for that matter.” Javi said.
“Well, I mean...you’re already here..so..we’re going!” Astra said, grinning at him. He blushed and looked away. C’mon. If you want her to like you, go! He sighed, and agreed. Rain grinned in triumph. They walked around the busy streets until they found a street map.
“Aha!” Javi cried over the honking taxis. “Finally!” He traced where they were to the Empire State Building. “Look. Only ten blocks left!” They all cheered. Rain led as they walked. “We’re here!” She said. Astra and Javi looked up at how tall it was.
“I never imagined it to be this big!” She said, looking excited. “C’mon let’s go in!” Rain pushed the doors open. They emerged into a large space. “Try to look normal.” Rain whispered. She tried to act casual as the two Nokia marveled at the building. People gave them paranoid stares. “Come on. We’re getting looks.” Rain said, and ushered them towards the elevators.
“Halt.” The guard said. “You need tickets.”
“Oh, of course.” Rain said, trying to act like a tourist. She reached into her neck pouch. “How much?”
“Twenty dollars.” He said, looking slightly annoyed. Rain pulled out the money and gave it to him. In return, the guard handed her three tickets. Javi and the others walked through the metal detectors. Beep beep beep! One blared.
“Ah! What is that?” Javi yelled. Rain immediately rushed over.
“It’s just a metal detector.” Now they were really causing a scene. “What are you carrying that’s metal?” She asked.
“Um…...my necklace?” He said, holding it out. It was a sharp looking silver thorn. The guard noticed, and waved them along. Astra had yet to go through. She slowly stepped through it, looking nervous. Luckily, she hadn’t brought her daggers. When it didn’t make a sound, she sighed looking relieved and hurried to catch up to them.
“Okay, ready to go in the elevator?” Rain asked, slightly sarcastically. Javi didn’t catch on.
“Yes!” He exclaimed and rushed over. Rain and Astra followed. Rain pushed the call button.
“Now what?” Astra asked, ever curious.
“Well all die. No, what do you think? It comes, and then we get in.” Rain said. Javi sniggered. Astra looked hurt for a moment, then grinned with them. Then they waited until the doors opened, and they all climbed in.
“Which buttons do we press?” Javi asked.
“Well duh.” Astra said before Rain could respond. “We press the highest number!” She reached over and pressed 102. The elevator started zooming up.
“Whoa!” Javi said, stumbling a little. “This thing goes fast.” Soon they reached the top. The elevator doors opened with a little whoosh, and the group stepped out into crowds of tourists.
“Well this is packed.” Astra said, squeezing her wings a little tighter against herself. Javi did the same. They pushed their way over to the doors to get out onto the platform.
“Excuse us, excuse us.” Rain said, trying to apologize while the group pushed their way through to the edge. The wind whipped at their hair and tugged at their clothes.
“Wow, sure is windy!” Javi said over the wind, holding onto his cloak.
“Yep!” Astra replied, looking excited. She had never been this high up before, except for flying. “This is amazing! Look at the view!” All three looked outwards towards the city. The view was amazing, the whole city seemingly spread out at their fingertips. Astra’s eyes drew to the spire on top, and she imagined what it would be like to climb up their, spread her wings, and enjoy the wind. Maybe she could even jump off! She looked excitedly down, as if imagining herself doing exactly that.
“Astra….” Rain warned, seeing the look in her eyes. “Don’t.”
“Guys, I’ll be right back.” Astra said, unable to resist the call of the wind, started elbowing tourists out of the way.
“Astra no!” Javiland shouted, following her. The tourists gave them strange looks, but still immediately filled up their spots at the edge. Rain looked after them, panic filling her eyes.
“We should never have come here.” She muttered to herself, then followed Javi, pushing and shoving her way to try to get them. Astra looked the wall and the top up and down, looking for handholds. She found some, and immediately began climbing, ignoring Rain’s and Javi’s protests.
“Astra!” Javi cried and immediately started climbing up after her. Oh, I can’t believe this is happening right now! Astra looked down, and seeing her pursuit of both Rain and Javiland started climbing even faster, almost at the top now. Rain, looking even more panicked now if that was possible, tried to climb faster. The tourists were no longer staring at the view. They were shrieking and pointing at the three. A guard came out onto the balcony and started yelling at them.
“Come down right now! I repeat, come down right now!” When they ignored him, he spoke into his walkie talkie, probably for reinforcements. There was nothing he could do. Astra reached the top, the wind whipping her hair and carrying away her words.
“What?!” Javiland cried, trying to understand her.
“I said, don’t stop me!” Astra cried. Her eyes gleamed, and she whipped off her cloak, letting it be carried away by the wind. Her six foot wings unfolded, and now she was standing on top of the Empire State Building with her huge wings spread out. Astra stretched her arms out, as if almost wanting the wind to carry her away. By now Rain and Javi had reached the top, and they were clutching onto the spire because of the wind.
“Astra what are you doing?!” Rain cried.
By now the tourists had alerted the guards that at least one of the kids on top of the tower was Nokian. The guards spoke into their walkie talkies, asking for backup. Most of the tourist were running around screaming, thinking this was it for them. There was a clog at the doors and they were stuck outside. The balcony swayed from so much movement.
“Calm down!” One of the guards yelled. It barely worked.
“Astra stop!” Javiland said, and reached out and grabbed her arm. That was a mistake. She ripped his hand off.
“No!” She yelled. Her wings were getting buffeted back and forth by the wind, and they could all feel the top swaying in the gusts. Astra folded her wings. Thinking she had stopped, Rain finally tried to reach out and grab her so she couldn’t jump.
“Get off!” Astra yelled and pulled away. Rain pulled back and looked hurt. Astra knew she was going to regret this later. She pulled her gaze back to the city beneath her.
“Astra don’t!” Javiland said, warning her. “You’ve never jumped from this high before!”
“That’s exactly why I’m going to!” Astra exclaimed. She took a deep breath all the noise surrounding her fading to nothing. She stepped forwards, and jumped. Immediately she could feel the wind was much more powerful than before, pushing her back and forth. She narrowed her eyes and opened her wings. She immediately stopped falling, but her wings were buffeted around by the wind, and the g-forces were much stronger. Panic filled her eyes and the gleaming look faded as she felt herself lose control of the wind. And then she was falling. She screamed, and tried to open her wings again. It was no use. The wind twisted and turned them, making it impossible to fly. No wind magic could save her now.