Another Rreign takes flight. The Archaeopteryx, more commonly known among his friends as ‘Archie’, watches as the creature soars through the clear sky. Archie itches to join the Rreign. “I need to keep practicing!”
Sabrina, a small Fluoretyl, sighs. “Archie, it isn’t that easy.”
Archie looks at his friend. “Easy for you to say. You can fly. I just need to keep trying. Practice makes perfect!”
It was Archie’s dream to fly. He longed to join the flocks of lain fly through the Veta. He wants to soar with the Dragarths and view the world alongside the Noktoas. But even with his feathered wings, he cannot fly.
Archie’s talons dig into the sand of the Delphi Beach. He spreads his feathered arms out and then begins to run to gain momentum. Once he is ready, he jumps into the air and begins to flap his feathered wings. Gravity gets the better of him and he plummets right into the sand. Sabrina flies over to catch up with him.
Laughter breaks out and Archie looks up from the sand to find a Common Bhakoru and Lilac Ruffie. “What are you doing?” the Bhakoru asks. “No matter how many times we see you try, you can’t fly. Look at how unproportionate your feathered wings are to the rest of your body. They’ll never be able to support your weight.”
The Ruffie nods in agreement. “Just give up. I almost feel sorry for you. You trying to fly is like a Swampie trying to live on land. It isn’t meant to be.”
Archie grunts and stands up from the sand. “Kind of like how you’re trying to look cool with those sunglasses. Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be, right?”
Now the Bhakoru laughs at her Ruffie friend and the Ruffie snarls, not sure what to say. Archie continues, “I’m used to getting made fun of. But you know what? It’s okay to chase your dreams. If a Swampie dreams of going on land to see the beautiful willow trees of the Peka Glade, then let her dream. Nothing is impossible.” Archie sticks his tongue out at the pair before walking away.
Sabrina lands on Archie’s shoulder. “Don’t let those two discourage you. It won’t be easy, but I believe in you.”
Archie is silent as he walks the beach. Perhaps they were right. Rreigns have huge wings. Lains are small, but their wings are of the right proportion to help them take flight. Perhaps Archie’s feathered wings are more for decoration. It may be his dream to fly, but is it really true that nothing is impossible, or is he saying that to give him hope?
He gets his mind off of the flight possibility by looking at the beautiful ocean of Delphi. Subetans and their pets alike are swimming, enjoying the perfect summer day. Sailboats gently move across the ocean and a hot air balloon can be seen far off in the distance. Archie watches as a few Subetans pass by in the sky on hang gliders.
And that moment right there is when he gets an epiphany. Subetans can only walk, but they’re able to fly through the sky with the power of hang gliders. What if he has been using his wings wrong this whole time? “I got it!” Archie blurted out, startling Sabrina. “Perhaps I can’t fly high up in the sky like the Lains. But maybe I can glide.” He's anxious to try immediately.
Bursting with excitement, Archie runs towards the direction of the pier. Sabrina flaps her wings quickly to catch up with the Archaeopteryx. He runs down the wooden pier and once he’s comfortable, jumps up onto the railing. He catches his breath and then spreads his feathered wings once more. “I can do this,” he says to himself. “It’s time to prove everyone wrong.”
He jumps off the pier. For the first time, he doesn’t try to flap his wings to get higher into the sky. He leaves them spread out much like a hang glider. A part of him braces himself to land right in the water, but he doesn’t. He’s gliding. He begins to rawr with excitement as the breeze of the wind carries him forward. He looks towards the beach to see that Bhakoru and Ruffie simply stand there, staring at him with their mouths open.
He did it. Maybe he wasn’t ever meant to fly. But he continued to dream and found an alternative. He can glide. And from that moment on, he will continue to dream bigger by finding larger heights to glide from.
Story by Tali
Profile by Chelsea
Artwork by Hamilton