The sun shone bright overhead. The changeling skittered along through the trees, ducking in and out, looking for her friends. A smile crossed her face as she spotted them. The others squealed in glee at her arrival, tackling her onto her side and rolling merrily in grass. Someday they would grow up to be powerful hunters, strong in the ways of magic. They would be the next generation to take from the land.
But not her...
They happy group played and nipped at each other in pure, innocent fun. These were the times that she was happiest: with her friends. The adventures they would go on, to the waterfall, playing in the river, climbing trees, and stalking tiny critters in the brush. She rolled on her back and soaked in the rays of the warming sun. It was good to be alive.
The changelings chased each other in a game of tag, until they looked up, realizing they entered unfamiliar territory. This did not deter the youths, instead, it excited them. They ventured further along into the strange new area of the forest. A clearing opened before them. Standing in the center was a rising of earth and stones. And upon circling around it, they found a mouth of a cave, leading steeply down.
They all looked at in with interest. But in the bottom of their very beings, they had a feeling that they shouldn't go in. Some seemed nervous about the cave, some said they should go home soon and leave this for another day. But not her. She didn't feel any twinge of holding back.
Grinning at her follows, she morphed into a better shape for climbing down the steep walls. They called out for her return, but no sounds came from their lips as she took the first step. She was screaming in her mind for her body to stop. She knew what was going to happen next. She wanted to return to her playmates. But her body wasn't responding. She went down further and further into the hole.
The walls vanished and she fell through blackness. A glimmer of the entrance soon vanished as well.
For what felt like an eternity, she fell. Until finally, a red, ribbon-like light flashed nearby her. It happened again, and again, and more ribbons began to dance around her. All around the changeling, the psychedelic ribbons filled her vision. She no long had the sensation of falling. It was more like... floating.
A part appeared in the mess of colors, like a curtain being pulled back. There stood a figure in the shadows she knew all to well. Against her will, her body reached out for the figure, begging to be saved.
There was a nod. And the colors vanished to become a land of pure white. The figure stood before her, cloaked in shadows with only glowing eyes to set off the silhouette. Her body looked up to him in gratitude, but her mind shuddered for she knew what was to come.
From out of nothingness, chains of ethereal blue clinked around her wrists and ankles. Her neck and tail were soon restrained. The figure merely watched her, as if examining a new toy he had procured.
She squeezed her eyes shut... and opened them to the ceiling of her room.
She let out a sigh as she rose from the bed. She looked around the wooden room, glancing outside to the night sky. Only she knew it was not really the true stars that were out there. She shifted her gaze and looked down upon her form. It was that of a wolfess she had encountered some time ago. She gently brushed her fingers against the fabric, closing her eyes, wishing to dream again.
She didn't need sleep now. He saw to that. Nor did she need food or water. Those had become little more than small comforts where she was now.
She was trapped in this world. She had been trapped longer than she could count. Dreams where the only way she could escape this place now. They were the reality she longed to visit once again.
But it was little comfort now. She was awake. It was time to wander the realm once more. Wander until he finally decided he wanted them to come. It won't be long now
, she thought to herself, I failed to stop the poor soul's coming. It's my fault he is here now
A tear welled up and dropped from her eye. Now there was nothing to be done. Hope had long been abandoned. Now, she could only wait out her days... as The Lady of Air.