This work belongs equaly to myself and
It's for the latest shinlai adoption contest, and since my tablet is out and I have nothing to post I wanted to put this up. 8)
It can be found on both of our accounts, but I'm not going to enter it to the group since only one person needs to do that. If you like reading, enjoy! XD
This story is told in 2 parts. One half by the dark shinlai pup Nyama (pronounced Nee-yah-mah) The second half told by her brother, the light shinlai pup Yuri.
Ever since I was born, things have been, well strained to say the least. Stuck in the constant battle for the most basic of things, love, safety, even life. Truth be told, I shouldn't complain, Yuri has had it worse than I, but still, we shouldn't have to be so adult at this age should we? Yuri is my brother in case you were wondering, we are twins, most say that makes us special, I think it is what will set us apart.
So it all began ten years ago, as we've been told by our step-parents, there was nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Our mother went into labor, according to everyone she never showed the strain of her pregnancy until that day. They knew she was a little larger than what was to be expected for a female giving birth to a single pup, but they didn't expect there to be two of us. I came into being first, the usual slimy, wet, and yelping. They said things were going well, but they lied. Yuri was stuck, our mom, was becoming strained, her body panicking to release the new life that struggled within her. There were some humans nearby, they heard the commotion and decided to investigate as their species is commonly known for.
Our mom begged them for help to save Yuri, I guess she knew there would be two when the pain refused to cease. With the help from the humans, Yuri finally emerged into being. Unlike me, Yuri was quiet, almost limp, a frail and fragile pup. The humans moved us close to our mothers head, and her final gift to us was the last bit of strength to save the second born. Once again according to our step-parents, our mom only got to see us for a few minutes, barely long enough to name us. The strain of the pregnancy, and the complications during our birth proved to be to much for her body, then when she expelled the last of her strength to revive Yuri, it sent her over the edge and her body shut down. She knew us long enough to say goodbye.
I hear whispers sometimes from people who know our story, and they expect me to be angry with Yuri, saying that he was the reason we are orphans. This I find ridiculous. It was never his fault, and I love him all the same. Sure our lives may have turned out differently had our mother survived, but he is my blood and we are linked in a way no one will ever understand.
That day under the orange and red leaves, the humans knew they couldn't care for us the way proper shinlai parents could, in fact they didn't know a lot about our kind at all. However, someone in their village did, and they took us to a settlement of shinlai lead by our wonderfully fanatical step-parents. They agreed to take us as it was the way of Daila to show kindness and compassion for those in need. Too bad once they found out our parents were followers of Darius, they assumed we were born tainted and evil. Really suppose it didn't help our cause that when our elements started showing only last year, mine turned out to be darkness.
The life of a pup is supposed to be simple, when we are hungry our parents feed us, when we are hurt and crying our parents lick our wounds and love us. But what do you do when your parents are too busy preaching to the choir to even notice you? What do you do, when you are pretty sure just because your biological parents don't believe the same things your new parents do you are judged before you even know how to speak, or even comprehend what is going on? Ever since I could even remember we were given just the bare necessities which included food, and the gospel of the almighty Daila shoved down our throats everyday.They preached love, but deep down, I knew they didn't love us.
Let me get a few things straight before I continue. I am too young to be involved in these things. I am too young to make a decision on who I should follow. From what I know and have heard of my true parents, they weren't evil, murderous darkbloods like our step-parents alluded too. They were on the fringe of the society, simply calling themselves darkbloods because they didn't believe in Daila's rules. They called themselves darkbloods only to keep the more sinister of the order from hunting them down; for refusing to kill others for believing in different things. Is that so bad? Isn't it worse to judge others based on the beliefs of their family. Isn't it worse to ignore those you chose to take in so you could force your views and opinions on others? I don't know who to believe, but what I do know to be a truth, is that you always stick up for those who love you...I stick up for Yuri.
Yes, Yuri is truly my twin. Granted we seem to be opposite colors, but everything else matches up. We even have the same spots on our rump. As it turned out even our elements seemed to be opposites, Yuri learning about light, my fascination with the dark but still in my opinion we are one, just split between two bodies. Only problem is Yuri is, a little off. Its not a bad thing I swear, but it does mean I will always need to be with him. I love him very much and I heard our step parents talking about his specialness quietly one night. Apparently, when he got stuck inside our mother, a cord was stuck around his neck and cut off the oxygen to his brain. The damage is irreversible. I don't really understand the science of it all, but what I do know is that it makes him a bit quirky.
Sometimes during the night he has panic attacks, crying and reaching out for something to hold onto like he is falling somewhere dark. It scared me at first and I don't know what it is he is seeing in his minds eye but I know that he copes easier if I keep him close, if I protect him. Other times he seems to space out staring off into nothing for a few moments then carrying on like nothing had happened. Our step-parents seemed to despise Yuri's quirks, its not his fault he sometimes loses track of reality. Thats when I knew, we needed to escape. I was the only one taking care of us anyway, there's really no difference except now, we don't have to acknowledge the lack of care from others we were so graciously receiving.
That leaves us where we are now, wandering, no real place to call home. Its not too bad, we both can hunt and take care of ourselves. We love each other and look out for one another, and thats really all we need. Sure it would be nice to have someone to help us with our elements, nothing worse then trying to teach yourself control and accidentally getting lost in a darkness you created. Maybe one day though, might even get our masks too. As for now however, we just tread forward. One paw at a time. (Narrated by Nyama)
In the beginning of our race, there was light, followed by earth, fire, water, and air. It was the job of our kind to keep the world in balance, to make things peaceful after the passing of the Elites, and a legendary dragon called Daila. She was supposedly our creator, and gave us the gifts of our elements. There were the years of creation, during which Daila traveled about our world, Elasia... And then she dissapeared. No one is really sure what happened to Daila, if or not she really died, but our race still remained. Since then it has always been our duty to protect the world, for we were created from love by the hands of a god.
But then something changed. To counter light there was darkness, against all odds there was balance, and amongst these new elemental discoveries there was a wavering in faith. What did we have but a few documents and passed down word of our magnificent creator, the almighty Daila, who herself according to some even claimed was not a god? So from the believers there rose up a revolution set to discover the truth and change the way we live forever. They are led by a shinlai called Darrius of the dark element, calling themselves Darkbloods, and now they face the followers of Daila as enemies.
Is it to one of the followers of Darrius that my sister Nyama and I were born. I do not remember our mother, but from what we have been told by our new parents, I know that she died giving us life. I say us, but it isn't really so simple as that. Nyama was born healthy and strong, from having known her all my life I believe I can say that she would make almost any parent proud. And then when I was born things went all wrong.
There were humans that helped, and without them I would not have survived, but they could not save our mother, who gave up everything for one cause. We were then raised by another couple of shinlai who took us in the name of Daila. They did what they believed was right, seeming to believe that the Darkbloods are all bad, but how could that be true? Our mother did for me what Daila did for all our people, she exhausted her strength to bring into this world new life.
I have my own limited opinions, supported by what I suppose may be childish reasoning, but what I do know for sure is that I am grateful for what our mother did. I may never be perfect, I will always feel guilt, but I have something I would never choose to give up, and that would be my sister.
She could easily have chosen to hate me, she knows best that I have flaws, but no matter what anyone says she's always been there for me. I could not do enough to show Nyama how grateful I am that she stays by my side. I don't really talk much I suppose, I do like to smile, there's something about being alive that makes me happy, but even I sometimes get a bit jealous. Since I am the male, shouldn't I be stronger than my sister? Shouldn't I be the one who protects her when she is scared and stick up for her when others say things that hurt like stepping on broken glass?
I guess that's just the way things are, we do not choose our own fate, not do we need to search for it. I never asked for my mind to be flawed, but it is, and I don't know why. For as long as I can remember there has been not one, but two realities. Others don't seem to understand, but I prefer the reality with their company, even if they are hateful sometimes, at least they exist. In the other reality everything is nothing, there is a darkness, and there is light. This reality likes to swallow me up sometimes when I do not expect it. Often at night, but occasionally during the day in less severe cases.
It's very difficult to describe, I can't pretend to understand it, but it feels a bit like falling. It's very lonely, and sometimes I cry out in such dispair that it can be heard in the populated reality. I try to grab for something solid, anything to save me, but there is nothing. Except, sometimes there is a light, and I somehow know that the light is being guided by a different sort of darkness, a warm, velvety darkness that isn't so scary. As long as I can reach the light and the velvety warmth that surrounds it, I know I can go home. When I was very little there was no light or the warm velvety darkness to drive away the cold loneliness. I don't remember how I got back, but I know that the light and warmer dark began to help me at an interesting time.
I think now that it has to do with our elements. Right around then I was discovering that I am driven towards light, and can even produce it when I practice. Nyama is the exact opposite, she has a talent with darkness, the element that led to doubt and ultimately the revolution. I was afraid of her element at first, I thought it might change her, and that we might not be such good friends anymore. But then I realized something, maybe she is the velvety dark in my other reality. Maybe Nyama is always with me, even if it isn't in a solid, conscious form. Her element somehow works with mine, and I hope that eventually I and my light element will have grown strong enough that I don't need that support, it's just nice to know that it's there. Some day I want to thank her, but for now I am content to work hard and listen to what she tells me.
I consider myself to be very close to my sister, as twins and going through the struggles of coping with parents who do not have time for us. But Nyama seems to have a slightly different way of thinking than I do. I will fight if provoked, in fact I like the feel of violent contact, since it gives me a strong sensation to cling to, but for the most part I tend to go along with whatever happens. If I was to be compaired to a fish that swims with the current, Nyama is a fish that swims against it. She's not just one for words, but also actions. She realized that if we were ever to make something of ourselves that we would have to leave the neglect of our new parents and set out for ourselves.
I don't have a particular opinion as far as Daila v. Darrius goes, I can understand little bits of both sides, but I think Nyama might be leaning towards the Darkbloods. They sound kind of scary to me, but I trust Nyama so I will follow her wherever she chooses to go. Maybe there is really something about the element of darkness that's different, and maybe deep down because of it she knows something that I don't about the revolution and all these things. I sometimes wonder if there is one true answer, my own element might lead me to want to believe in Daila, but if the Darkbloods have reason I'd be willing to listen to it when I'm old enough to understand better.
Personally, I would just like to grow up to be strong, and prove to myself that I do deserve to be alive. I want the privelages the other adult shinlai have, a special mask and to have mastered my element. When we grow up, I just know we'll do great things. There's something to look forward to in growing up, some parts might be hard, but I can't wait. There's a storm brewing in our time, and I intent to see it through. (narrated by Yuri)
A little bit about Yuri
Nyama- That should be a given! Yuri loves his sister, especially when she stays by his side. He may not understand everything about her, like why she seems more agressive towards others than towards him, but he ultimately trusts and looks up to her.
Light- Yuri loves the light, mostly because it's his element and brings him great comfort. In fact, he is so fond of light that he tends to speak of it as if it is a friend, or another intelligent being.
Humans- While humans can seem a bit strange and maybe not trustworthy, Yuri likes them in general. Especially if one were to stroke him or scratch behind his ears, he likes the contact of their furless hands.
Shinlai- It might be easiest to say that Yuri likes everyone. He may not like all shinlai or humans for their personalities, some say things that hurt him, but he loves them as living creatures. Yuri's current youthful opinion on life includes the belief that everyone is good in some ways, so you can't hate the whole.
Physical contact- Be it a gentle touch or head on collision, he's bound to enjoy it at least a bit. Yuri doesn't need the physical contact to replace any other senses, his eyesight is actually quite good, dispite his nearly albino appearance. He mostly likes that it ensures he is not alone.
Warm sand- He likes to roll in it a bit like a dust bath, mainly for entertainment purposes
Laughter- Anything that signifies happiness. Yuri doesn't always have a lot of reasons to laugh, he's pretty quiet, but if he does he's bound to take full advantage of the opportunity.
Birds- Yuri doesn't really think of birds as a symbol of freedom like some, but he seems to think it's incredibly amusing when they land on him and groom his fur.
Cold- Yuri's fur is thinner than a lot of shinlai, aiding in his sister and his almost cow/horse-like appearances, and while it does offer enough insulation that he isn't cold very often, he still dislikes the feeling.
Loneliness- Even if Yuri isn't having one of his complex partial seizures, he still likes the assurance that he isn't alone. There is nothing more frightening to him than the idea of losing his sister's company, or being alone forever.
Little rocks- Sometimes during the daylight hours if Yuri has a seizure he continues about his normal actions as if nothing is happening (or stares off into space for a little while). However, his awareness of his surroundings suffers, and he sometimes gets little rocks lodged in his toes, which hurts quite a bit later on.
Parasites- Who likes parasites anyway? Yuri doesn't like them at all, especially the little fleas that once got on him, and biting flies. This is part of why he enjoys the company of birds that groom his fur, and keeps clean as a habit.
Loud noises- Since he's generally quiet in nature, loud noises tend to startle Yuri, and sometimes even send him into a panic.
Death- Yuri doesn't think about death very often, it isn't one of his main concerns, but he hates it when someone else dies, and it makes him particularly upset to think that they are gone forever.
Generally speaking, Yuri is a happy camper. He doesn't talk much, and sometimes when he does the words come out jumbled and hard to understand, but he does smile a lot. One might need to be a bit patient with him to have a good conversation, but he enjoys getting to know other shinlai and even humans as friends, partially since he and his sister didn't get all the attention they needed from their adoptive (or is it adopted?) parents.
Yuri isn't always particularly outgoing, he tends to walk forward one step at a time and follow the flow of things, but that doesn't mean he always bows down or has an overly peaceful attitude. It may be because of his own shame at being weaker than his sister because of the complications during birth, but when the opportunity arises he loves to throw his weight around. When he was a bit younger this wasn't true, but more recently as the twins have reached their 10th year, he seems to increasingly enjoy the idea of fighting for sport.
Sometimes Yuri has a bit of a hard time expressing his thoughts and feelings, and the things he says may sound a little odd especially if he's nervous, but he really isn't stupid. In fact, while Yuri doesn't understand everything, he is actually fairly intelligent, and might catch some things that others would normally miss. However, he isn't very opinionated. If there is something that requires a strict decision he's likely to ask for someone else's opinion and if he trusts them he'll probably agree with whatever they say. This can be bad since it means he's easy to control to a point, but most of the time he keeps out of trouble.
A little bit about Nyama.
Likes: Truth. Plain and simple Nyama would prefer to be told straightfoward what is on someones mind or any situation. She doesn't like to be lied to even if the truth is more unsettling.
Yuri. He is her world and she would do anything to keep him safe. He is the only family she has and she needs him just as much as he needs her.
Nighttime. Nothing is more comforting than the deep soothing calm of night. Nyama is definitely one who prefers to accomplish things in the night. Not to mention she loves owls.
Fighting and wrestling: She loves to fight and wrestle. While she knows brute strength can't solve everything, it helps to be able to throw your weight around if you have to. Especially if she has to help protect Yuri from other creatures larger then them at the moment or other shinlai.
Shady characters: She's fairly perceptive on when people are hiding things from her and nothing annoys her more.
Staring. People and shinlai alike sometimes stare at them strangely knowing they live on their own or if they know about Yuri's uniqueness. Its really rude and she doesn't think its fair if she can't stare back at them just because they are living their lives a certain way.
Being alone. Even though she is stronger than Yuri, she hates being without him. She gets scared panicky when he isn't around.
Nyama is fairly confident in herself. She has to be if her and Yuri will survive. Even for being so young, she has been able to make tough decisions, even one that sent her and Yuri away from their adoptive parents. Sometimes she has aggressive tendencies and is quite defensive during conversations. She like her brother, isn't genuinely out going and has even been described as slightly brooding. However when it comes to her brother, her mood is greatly changed. She is warm and caring and incredibly protective. She knows he looks to her for guidance, and tries to make sure she does the right thing by him at all times.
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It was a lot of fun to work on, and everyone put so much time and effort into theirs it should be fun to see who wins. 8D