I woke up to a bird screeching in my face. As my eyes were adjusting to the bright light I looked around to try and see where I was.
"Must've fallen asleep on the roof again" I said, trying to remember what had happened last night.
I had gone to bed, had not been able to sleep, so I climbed the ladder next to our house and apparently fell asleep up here. I thought back, i had been doing that ever since I could remember. Some times I did it because I felt the sky just....call to me. I couldn't possibly describe it in any other way. The dream I had last night was weird. I was falling through the sky, with my three internet friends beside me. Their internet personas, all dragons, appeared in a spiritual form beside them, with a phoenix beside me. We reached our hands out, then they absorbed into us. It was weird, as if a part of me I never knew was missing had...returned. I shook off the memory and climbed down the ladder and went inside my house through the back door that was still unlocked from last night.
I stepped in the kitchen and looked at the clock, which read 6:30. That meant my mom had left for work, my dad was asleep, and I had 30 minutes before the bus came. I walked into my room and just admired the posters of phoenixes all over the place. I loved the creature. It was just so amazing. I grabbed some clothes, looking at myself in the mirror. Brown hair, blue eyes, I was all here. I walked across the hall to the bathroom to take a shower.
After a relaxing 20 minute shower I walked into the kitchen and found my dad awake and cooking breakfast.
"Want anything Nate?" He asked.
"I'll take some bacon" I replied.
I looked at him. He was about an inch taller than me, at 5'10, with light blue eyes. He had brown hair, but barely any on top. He was wearing his Shelby cobra shirt this morning. He had vowed that after he retired he would buy one. He absolutely loved that car. I suggested painting a tribal phoenix on the side if he got one, but he had replied it would ruin the cool factor.
As I waited for him to cook the bacon I walked into my room, looking for my shoes and backpack. I looked at the clock, which said 6:55. "CRAP" I yelled, grabbing my backpack and bolting out the door. I ran to the end of my driveway, and just in time as the bus pulled up. I climbed aboard, found a seat near the back, and enjoyed the relatively peaceful ride to school, well as peaceful as it could get with adrenaline pumping through your system.
I got off at the high school and walked into the cafeteria. they were serving chicken biscuits today which I really liked. I went through the line and found a seat where my friends were sitting. When i arrived they were talking about if either Dustin or Alexis would win at 1 on 1 basketball. We talked for awhile and ate until the bell sounded.
"See y'all later" I said, getting up to go to first block.
After another 9 hours of my life I'll never get back, school was finally over. I walked to the doors, and saw the glass above one was shattered, and two of the doors had been ripped off the hinges.
“Wow" I said, not giving it a second thought when i saw my friends outside and walked up to them.
"What are y'all doing" I asked.
"We were talking about going over to Dustin and Alexis's house" my friend, Chris, said.
when he said that the new kid we got today, josh I think his name is, walked past Dustin and Alexis and said hi. They talked for a second like they had known each other for a lifetime then he bolted for the busses.
"You know him?" I asked them.
"I guess you could say that" Alexis replied.
"Anyways you wanna come?" Dustin asked.
"No I can't" I said. "My dad wants me home by 3:30.
"Oh, ok I understand" he said.
"I hate having to be on a schedule" I said.
"I know how you feel bro" my other friend, Jeffrey, said.
"Alright well I better get going" I replied.
After that I took off down the street. I decided to walk home because the busses in the afternoons were so crowded you were lucky to find a seat without 4 people in it. I went down a road towards the industrial park, known as my "shortcut". It was known fact that walking through the city was shorter, but the industrial park was less hilly and was a straighter shot to my house. I got closer to this abandoned warehouse and felt drawn to it for some reason. It was like something deep within me woke up and was yearning to go inside. There wasn't anything special about it, it was just an old steel warehouse with a fading blue paintjob and broken glass windows, surrounded in a fence that couldn't hope to keep anyone out. With every second that passed the urge got stronger and stronger until I was forced to give in. I looked and saw no one around, so I hopped the short fence and walked up to the building, then went inside.
Inside was fairly unimpressive. Just a bunch of broken and rusting machinery. I looked around and saw a staircase so I went down it, and it opened into a hallway with a singular open door. At the end of the hallway opened to the loading dock for semi's to pull up at. I approached the door, then an older man stepped out, nearly scaring the crap out of me. He looked at me for a second, like he was surprised I found the place, then smiled at me.
“So, you’re the one to carry on the Legacy” he said.
I stared at him blankly. “What”
“you have a secret love for phoenix's, do you not?”
“…yea” I said, unsure at the moment.
“here, stay for a moment” he said, walking back into the room.
After minute he stepped back out holding an impressive looking sword. It was pretty old, with a yellow handle, and two brown tails coming off of it.
“like it?” he asked.
“my names Drecon” he said. Yours?
“Well, Nate, this sword is now yours”
“This sword, it’s said to have the spirit of a Phoenix in it, I’ve had it as long as I can remember, now I offer it to you. Do you accept?”
“I-I should go” I said, turning around and running out of the building.
I ran out of the property, towards my house. I ran inside, straight to my room, sat on my bed, catching my breath. The guy weirded me out, and he knew me well enough to know my secret i hadn't told anyone. I went to my computer and pulled up fanfiction, going to a story i was following. After reading for about ten minutes, I walked into the kitchen to grab a drink.
"Hey Nate, why such a hurry?" My dad asked.
"Just trying to get in shape" I said.
"Sure, keep believing yourself”
I opened the fridge, poured a glass of soda, and walked back to my room. I pulled out a scrap of paper, and began drawing. Nothing much but random lines. After six hours of nothing but a weird Zentangle, I laid down and soon fell asleep.
A Phoenix. It was made of fire, spirit like. It was formed around the sword, looking into my soul.
"The spirit of the Phoenix..." I whispered.
I heard an inaudible whisper. "What?" I asked.
I saw its beak move but didn't hear anything.
"I can't hear you!" I yelled.
"My name...." I barely heard. "Is" then silence.
"I can't hear you!" I yelled back.
It screeched at me, and shot towards me.
I jumped wake, nearly falling out of my bed. It was midnight, and i knew what needed to be done. I slipped my shoes on, walking to the back door, slipping outside. I grabbed my dirt bike from the shed and walked well away from the house before starting it, as to not wake my parents. I hopped on and rode towards the warehouse, jumping the fence again. I walked in and followed the path I had before, approaching the door.
"Drecon? Drecon!" I yelled, poking my head in the door.
"So, you've returned" he said, sitting in a chair with his feet propped on a desk, eyes closed.
"Yep" I said.
"Have you made your decision?"
"Good" he said, smiling.
Suddenly a plume of fire appeared in front of him. The sword formed in the middle, and he grabbed it, stabbing it in the ground.
As if by instinct, my hand reached out and gripped it. It erupted into fire and i jumped, but it floated. Fire erupted from all around it, then took the shape of a Phoenix. Then on from my dream.
"Spirit of the Phoenix" I said.
"You are the next piece in this legacy" it said.
I smiled, but it able to hear it.
"My name is..." and I heard nothing.
"I..i can't hear you"
"My name, it is" and i still heard nothing.
Suddenly it screeched, launched at me, consuming me in fire. The flame seemed to absorb into me, and I fell, the sword dropping in from of me. I looked at it, and an elegant ring formed around the handle.
"It is complete" Drecon said, helping me up.
"Wicked" I said.
"Now there are some things you should know. The sword is a carrier. It is passed through generations to a new guardian. Each generation yields a new possibility, but not always does the guardian find it. Usually it takes many generations. The sword has a tendency to turn the guardian into a Phoenix"
"Wait....so I'm gonna become a Phoenix?"
"Wait...does that mean you're a Phoenix?"
He smiled. "That I am"
Feathers started to sprout all around him. His feet turned to claws, his big toe shifting to the back of his heel. His feet turned brown and scaly, his ankles elongated, the scales following. His legs cracked and became digitigrade, growing red feathers to his ankles. He mouth turned into a beak, his head changed and feathers sprouted all around. Red feathers continued down his neck, his arms, and body. His chest grew orange and yellow ones, as did his arms which became wings. Long tail feathers sprouted from his back, gradienting from red to orange to yellow. He looked at me.
"This is as I usually am" he said.
"Whoa..." I said, speechless. This man has become the very animal I wished to be all my life, right in front of me.
"One last thing, you will be able to switch between your Phoenix and human forms easily the first month or so. Then it will become progressively difficult until you will not be able to, and will need magic to stay in a humanized form"
"Gotcha" I said. "How long have you been searching, anyways?" I asked.
"Since long before this time, in a time of dragons, when the world was then called Tenebris"
"Wow, dragons now?"
"Yes, now, you can make the sword appears and vanished at your whim, you should be able to by saying 'soul cry'. Got it?"
"Like...Soul Cry" I said, and the sword vanished.
“Yes, just like that”
“Question. Why soul cry?”
“It's a spell i put on it long ago, when carrying around swords in public was forbidden in law.
"Wow, ok, thanks" i said, looking at the time to see it was nearly two A.M. "GOTTA GO!" i yelled, running out the warehouse.
"One last thing! You won't transform until the situation calls for it!" But i was long out of earshot.
I grabbed the bike and started It, riding home at top speed. When I was a distance away, I turned it off and walked it the rest, putting it in the shed, sneaking back inside. My parents didn't seem to be awake, so I walked back to my room, and laid on my bed, soon falling asleep.
I woke up, realizing it was Saturday. Looking around my room, I got up, changed my shirt, and went to the kitchen. I pulled out the only cereal we had, fruit loops, and made a bowl, downing it quickly. I wrote a note to my parents saying I was gonna be out for a while, and went outside, hiking it to the industrial park. I found the warehouse and entered, seeing Drecon in the middle.
"Good morning young guardian" he said. "What brings you?"
"I want to learn how to sword fight. It's something I've always wanted to learn, and now I can"
"Ok, that I can do"
Before i knew it we were both set up at either end of the floor, he had a longsword.
"First lesson is to be able to summon the sword. You, like every other guardian, can do this naturally"
"Like this. Soul cry" I said, and the sword appears in my hand.
"Very good. Now, once you transform into a Phoenix, you won't need it as much, but it's still a good thing to know in case you do" he said. "Now, the most important part is to feel the blade. It must become an extension of your arm. Once you get that, it will come naturally"
"Ok" I said, and suddenly he was on me, his sword swinging down. I threw up mine, blocking it.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU MANIAC"I yelled.
"Helping you learn" and he swung at me.
After a few minutes of swinging and blocking, I began to get the hang of it, and was doing pretty good. I saw a clock on the wall, which read 2 PM.
"Crap!" I said, stopping my swing.
"What?" Drecon asked.
"I need to go, promised a friend I would meet her" I yelled, running off.
The sword vanished, and i ran towards town. It was about a mile from the industrial park, not a problem for me. Eventually I saw her, standing in front of the library on the square.
"It's about time" she said.
"Sorry Amy, i was sword training with someone"
"So you've decided to pick up swordsmanship finally?"
"Cool. Off to the park now?"
"I guess so" I replied. We talked about going to the park yesterday, we rarely went by ourselves and we hardly saw each other in school so we wanted to.
"What's sword training like?"she asked, when we started walking
"Cling, clang, frustration, trying not to get cut"
"Neh, about 10 minutes of swinging a sword around and your arm feels like jello"
"I can see, your arms quivering" she said, pointing at it.
I saw that indeed my arm was shaking, the muscle hurt as well.
"Guess so" I said, seeing the park in the distance.
"Race you" she said, taking off.
"Hey!" And I ran after.
She was a much better runner than I, she had joined cross country last year and one multiple awards. When I eventually reached it she was sitting on a bench, waiting.
"It's about time" she said.
"Sorry....I'm...not as fast....as...you" I said, trying to catch my breath.
"Well, where do you want to go?" She asked.
"Well, how about the fountain?"
"Sounds good" and we began walking along the sidewalk.
She was silent for the walk, probably lost in thought. It was only a short distance, but seemed to take forever. I suddenly had a bad feeling, but brushed it off. It was a nice day after all. We eventually reached the fountain. It was big, had nearly taken a year to build, and cost tons of money. I didn't understand why though.
“This fountain makes me smile whenever i see it” Amy said.
“It seems like a huge waste of money if you ask me”
“Well, not really, compliments the park. It was lacking before”
“Stop being so stupid” she said.
“Sorry but, in my eyes it's just a fountain”
“Sure, you think whatever”
We sat on the edge of the fountain for a while, listening to the rush of water and feeling the mist the fountain created. Just sitting there made me like the fountain a little more.
“So what did you plan on doing today?”
“Whatever you planned on doing”
“Well this is a conundrum, i planned on doing whatever you did”
“Please no big words”
“Fine” she said chuckling.
“Let's walk” i said.
“Sounds good” and we both jumped of the fountain and began walking.
“So how's life” i asked.
“That's an odd question to start with”
“Well i'm an odd person”
“Yea i can see- BOOM”
“What was that” i said, hearing screaming.
“Let's see” she said.
We began running, weaving through the people trying to get away. Eventually we saw what it was. There was a horrid black creature, it looked to be nine feet tall with beady red eyes and throbbing black veins covering it. It reminded me of a horribly mutated dragon. It was rampaging, dispatching trees with a single mighty swing. I saw it come upon a family backed against a tree.
“ over here meathead!” amy yelled, picking up a stone and running behind it.
“Amy no!” i yelled.
It turned to see her, as if interested, and disregarded the family in favor of its new prey. It seemed to watch her intently, then she threw the stone at it, hitting it square in the muzzle. It reared up, letting loose the most horrible wail i had ever heard, then looked at her with eyes full of rage. I couldn't stand and watch her die. I ran and stopped in front of her, making the thing recoil.
“Nate, just go, you don't deserve to die”
“Wrong, We don't deserve to die” i corrected. ‘
“Although i don't know how to keep us from dying” i said in my mind.
Suddenly i heard a whisper in the wind. It wasn't audible to anyone not fully aware, but i could just make it out. A single word. Sword
The creature reared back and swung. I saw it coming from the short lesson from Drecon, and reached out my hand.
Fire erupted from my hand, the sword forming from it. I grabbed and swung at the beast, making a large gash down its forearm. It screeched and drew back.
“Wha...what just happened?” Amy said in shocked, other people looking at me as well.
“Long story” i said. “Basicly- OOF”
I suddenly felt a flame in my side, and the world began spinning around me. No, i was spinning. I hit a tree and felt my ribs crack, leaving a fire in my chest. I looked over and saw amy in front of me, she must have been hit as well. I stood up somehow, helped amy up, and got between her and the monster again.
“Amy, go” i said.
“I won't leave you”
I sighed. I got the sword at the ready, and saw the creatures intent to kill us. One more hit and we would be all over the park.
“No, i can't die” i said.
Suddenly the world was black, the sword floating in front of me. It illuminated, erupting into flames, burning away the darkness. The sword was consumed in a white flame, and took the shape of a phoenix.
“White fire…” i said in awe.
“...the fire of creation” it said back.
“You're the phoenix from my dream” i said.
“Nate, step forward child, you should be able to hear it now”
“My true name, child.”
“My name is Eternus, i am an ancient being bound by this sword. You have proven yourself worthy of donning my power.”
Suddenly i was back. The creature was looking at us in distaste, frowning. He lifted his paw and swung at us. I saw it clearly and threw Amy and i out of the way, much to the discomfort of my ribs. I looked at the creature and held the sword up. I was ready.
“Now nate, say my name”
A ring of fire suddenly formed around me as time slowed down. I felt all my wounds stop bleeding and heal at once, then my clothes erupt into flames. My feet turned into talons, my big toes shifting to my heels. Brown scales formed and rushed up my ankles, when my legs cracked and shifted into a more birdlike stance, yet reminded me of a dragon's leg. Feathers erupted from my skin, going from yellow to orange up my body. A plume of tail feathers formed, going from red to orange with yellow tips. Three long feathers formed, before the changes continues up my body. Orange and yellow feathers formed on my chest, then my arms formed into a more wing like shape with orange and yellow feathers flowing from them. My neck began elongating, and my nose and jaw shattered and re hardened into a long yellow beak, feathers forming around it. Long red feathers formed on the back of my neck, and two long feathers like the ones on my tail formed on my neck. My eyes began to burn and i closed them, but when i reopened them i had the vision of a hawk. Two long blue wing like thing formed on the sides of my head, feathers forming on them as well. The wall of fire disappeared and time sped back, leaving me, now a phoenix, and a very shocked amy. The creature looked at us in distaste, before letting loose a horrid screech and swinging at us. I felt my body erupt in flames, and i let out a musical screech before burning his hand to ash from the heat being emitted from my body. I jumped in the air and looked at him, then shot straight through him like a flaming arrow. I looked around and saw many people onlooking, some with scared faces, others with pure shock, but most with utter surprise. I landed, and people began to look, then to my surprise began cheering. I felt the fire dissipate, then looked at amy, whose face was still in shock, before she fainted.
“Amy” i said, catching her in my wings.
I heard the sirens of police cars and fire trucks, then it dawned on me. I was a phoenix, and no telling how many people saw my change. A news van suddenly pulled up, and i grabbed amy’s shoulders in my talons, and took to the air. The film crew had the camera pointed directly at me, but i ignored it and flew in a random direction until i was out of their sight. After that i flew as high as i dared, shooting as fast as i could to the industrial park.
I saw Drecon outside, looking in my direction. He held his arms out and i gently lowered amy until he grabbed her, carrying her inside. I groggily walked after, suddenly aware i was really tired. We went inside, i thought i heard Drecon say something, but passed out before i could make anything of it.