-Almost there, little friend!
-Great! Thanks for the ride, giant man. If I was to walk all this way I would never arrive.
Mandar had met the little green creature by the road. She was hitch-hiking, sitting on a tree stump.
“Hello, little thing,” he had asked. “Where are you going?”
Tindai had made some squeaking sounds.
“Hey hey hey! Not so fast, little one! I can’t figure out a word of what you’re saying.”
Tindai giggled. “Big things, always so slow.” Still fast, but understandable. “Anywhere which is not here would be fine. I’ve been waiting for ages!”
“I’m going to the lost city of Dentrar, he said. You can come with me if you want.”
She had accepted, and jumped up… (more)
They lived under ground. They had been for as long as anyone could remember, for as long as their legends and myths could tell. Outside the moon was shining, creating beautiful silhouettes of the tree tops towards the night sky.
They were waiting. Waiting for the sign.
-The roots will some day speak, the Elder said, as he had done so many full moons. -That’s the day we will move out into the open.
-How do you know? a little child asked… (more)
-No! Let go! It’s mine!
-Not any more it ain’t! Give it!
-Please… You don’t know the danger you are…
A voice thundered from hills on the other side of the valley.
-Is that man bothering you, Elisa…?
-N-no! No! Everything is fine! We’re.. we’re just… flirting! Flirting, yes, that’s it! We’re flirting.
-Are you sure? He seems rather aggressive… (more)
-She’s back! The Mushroom Picker! She’s back!
-Oh my great fungus! Run! Hide!
-Wait, Surnbok said thoughtfully. -I might have an idea.
He ran through the little mushroom forest as fast as he could with his little tail body. The others ran back and forth in panic, screaming, crying.
The first mushroom was picked. No one lived there, but it did give good shadow down by the little puddle.
Another mushroom went up in the air.
-Nooooo!!! My house! My new sofa! Bambar ran towards the mushroom house.
The others held him back.
-There’s nothing you can do! Shell take you as well!
Surnbok had something white in his hand… (more)
-Sooo… Wanna try?
-I dunno… It looks like a lot of bones, really. Rather small, too.
-Hasn’t stopped you before.
-It’s probably poisonous. Look at the strange colours on its upper body.
-You think? I think it looks rather tasty…
-I’ve read somewhere the green upper bodies are poisonous… Leathal, even… (more)
“We have to stop meeting like this,” the swordhands warrior said to the mantis priestess. “If the dark lords find out, we’re doomed.”
“I know… I’m so sorry.”
“Me to, my love. Goodbye.”
They parted ways with heavy heart that night. One day interspecies love would be accepted in this world, but they would be long gone by then.
The warrior was sad, so sad…