The first of many

No moon means no tides, and Nashita couldn’t bring herself to trust a sea so still. She would have flown over it before without hesitation. Now she wouldn’t dare. Leaving her stranded. It would take someone with a lot less care for their own safety to pass over the sea now.

It was why she flitted around this Ria right now. “It would take less than a minute.”

“That’s still a minute over still water,” Nashita retorted.

“If you don’t want to do this, go away already.”

Nashita didn’t know why Ria thought she could fly. She was no fairy. Or any other type of creature that naturally flew. Ria had no wings or anything else to keep her off the ground.

Ria settled the goggles over her eyes.

Nashita scowled. “You wouldn’t be going that fast.”

“Wouldn’t I?”

Nashita might have spent the rest of her long life on that island, separated from the rest of her kind. Or she could take a chance on this child. This child with no sense of danger.
She took the chance.

Ria and Nashita

Damn, it was a beautiful night for flying.

Ria settled her goggles over her eyes. “What do you think?”

Nashita sighed, right in her ear. “I think you’re an adrenaline junkie.”

“Well of course I am. If I hadn’t been, I probably wouldn’t have started flying in the first place.”

The sky lit up with another streak of silver. She counted. The thunder followed, a shining ring in the distance. Despite how grumpy Nashita tried to be, Ria could see her eyes shine with the light in the distance.

The air was electric. Ria finally got back to her feet, feeling the weaker limb of the upper reaches of the tree sway beneath her. “Plus, why are you coming with me? You can fly on your own.”

“To make sure you don’t flatten yourself.”

Because we don’t go as fast alone.

Nashita disappeared under her hat. Taking in a breath, Ria stepped off.

Off the edge

It was two hundred feet to the ground. Ria adjusted her goggles.

“Are you insane? You can’t beat a dragon!”

She took a couple of breaths. “I’m not trying to beat him, Nashita. I’m just proving I can do it.”

“Why do you have to prove anything?”

Her gloves felt warm, her chest tight. Ria knew it was because of the start of her adrenaline rush. “Are you coming or not?”

The fairy flitted under her hat. “We better not be flattened.”

Ria smiled. “Of course not.” Looking afar, the dragon’s golden eyes stared deep within her. She grinned back at him.

Then she stepped off the edge.