Nicole E. Woolaston
Copyright 2002, 2015 Nicole E Woolaston/ Woolaston Entertainment
No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission from the author. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the work of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.
For Mom: Thanks for believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.
For my fellow writers and creators: never give up.
1. Starting Over 11
2. No Time to Lose 17
3. The Disgrace of the Winged Seven 21
4. Flock 27
5. Nightfall 33
6. Verdonna 37
7. The Sacrifice 41
8. Together Again 45
9. Back Across the Sea 53
10. Battle at the End of the Earth 62
11. The Choice 70
12. The Fate of the World 76
13. The End of the Dream 80
He who possesses the Wings, shall control the fate of the World…
The Oyama siblings stood in the doorway of Haverdy’s bedroom, side by side, staring in utter disbelief. Fast asleep upon Haverdy’s bed, was little Emery. Haverdy leaned in close to Fortune, and whispered, “Is she real?”
Fortune nodded his head slowly.
“Are you sure?”
Again, Fortune nodded his head. “She’s real,” he said.
Haverdy tilted her head to one side. “So….we’re awake? You and I?”
Fortune smiled at his sister. “We’re awake, Haverdy, and Emery is real.”
Haverdy sighed. “How are we supposed to explain this to Mom and Dad?” she asked. “Hey, Mom, hey Dad! We brought you a souvenir from our trip: a little girl! Can we keep her?”
There were footsteps coming up the stairs. Fortune and Haverdy turned to see their mother walking towards them. “Good morning,” she whispered. “Is your little cousin awake yet?”
Fortune cocked an eyebrow. “Uh…no, she’s still asleep,” he said, cautiously.
“Oh, okay,” Mrs. Oyama said. “Well, if you two are hungry, I’ve got breakfast ready.”
“Thanks, Mom,” Haverdy said. Mrs. Oyama nodded, and headed into her bedroom. Fortune and Haverdy slipped into Fortune’s room, and closed the door. “Little cousin?” Haverdy said.
Fortune smiled, and shook his head. “Grandpa Adam,” he said. “He must have done this. He must have arranged it so our parents think Emery is their niece.”
Haverdy sighed in relief. “Well, at least we don’t have to worry about having to explain how she got here,” she said. “Unless, of course, Grandpa’s spell or whatever wear off. I hope not.”
Fortune folded his arms. “Speaking of Grandpa,” he began, “we can’t wait for him.”
Haverdy gave her brother a curios look. “What are you saying?”
“We can’t wait for him to return,” Fortune said. “I think we need to leave for the End of the Earth right away.”
“Leave without Grandpa?” Haverdy said. “Fortune, I don’t know. I mean, he dropped us off right where we needed to be. How will we know which direction to start from?”
“I have the Wing Pendant,” Fortune said, confidently. “That will be our guide. Trust me, Haverdy, we need to leave as soon as possible. I want to call our friends and make sure they’re okay, and see who still wants to be part of this.”
“I doubt anyone will drop out,” Haverdy said. “Okay. If you want to leave right away, then I’m with you.” Fortune walked over to his door, and slowly opened it, and peeked out into the hallway. He didn’t see either of his parents, so he and Haverdy crept out into the hall, and into her room, where Emery was beginning to wake up. Haverdy sat down beside her, on the bed, and rubbed her arm. “Emery?” she said.
The child rolled over and looked up at her. She smiled, and sat up. “Miss Haverdy,” she declared. She looked all around the room. “Are we in your room?”
“Yes,” Haverdy said. “You’re at our house.”
“And there are some things we need to talk to you about,” Fortune added.
Emery nodded her head. “Oh, I know,” she said. “Mr. Adam already told me.”
Fortune and Haverdy exchanged puzzled glances. “He did?” Fortune asked.
“Uh huh,” Emery said. “He said, your mom and dad think I’m your cousin, and I’m going to stay here with you. And I have to help you, when you go back to the End of the Earth. He said I have to show you my light. I don’t know what that means, but he said I would know, when the time comes.” She reached over, and gave Haverdy a tight hug. “I’m so glad I get to stay with you!” she exclaimed.
Haverdy looked up at Fortune and smiled. Fortune chuckled and looked away. He had to wonder, though, about what Emery had said. She would have to show him her light. He sighed softly. Each time he thought he finally understood the Prophecy of the Wings, he learned something new.
No Time to Lose
Fortune made a phone call to each of his friends, and was relieved to learn, each of them had returned home safely. When he asked them if they would continue to help him fulfill his destiny, he was not met with any opposition. His friends agreed to meet at his house, after his parents had left for work. Shortly after he got off of the phone, both Mr. and Mrs. Oyama said goodbye to their children and left the house. Before they left, however, they made Fortune and Haverdy promise to take good care of their young cousin.
“We will, Mom,” Haverdy said. She, along with Fortune and Emery, stood near the front window and watched Mr. and Mrs. Oyama climb into their cars and pull out of the driveway, and drive away. Once they were certain they were gone, they each gave a sigh of relief.
Emery looked up at Haverdy and asked, “Can I have a bowl of cereal?”
Haverdy smiled at the child. “Of course,” she said. Just as the three of them were about to walk into the kitchen, the doorbell rang. Haverdy looked at Fortune. “Can you get her some cereal? I’ll see who’s at the door.”
“Sure,” Fortune said. “Come with me, Emery. I hope you like Cheerios.”
“I love Cheerios,” Emery said, as she followed Fortune into the kitchen.
Haverdy walked up to the door, and looked through the peephole. To her surprise, she thought she saw her friend Kazumi, standing on the other side of the door. She unlocked the door and opened it, and greeted Kazumi with a smile. Kazumi did not smile back.
“Haverdy?” Kazumi said. “I’m so glad you’re home. I saw your parents leave just a minute ago.”
“Uh, yeah,” Haverdy said. “They had to go to work. So, how are you? Are you okay?”
“I…I remember what happened,” Kazumi said. “I remember being out in the woods, with you and Fortune.”
Haverdy gulped, and shook her head. “What are you talking about?” she said, nervously.
“The woods!” Kazumi said. “We were there! And we were fighting!”
Fortune left the kitchen to see who his sister was talking to. He approached Haverdy and stood beside her.
“This morning I found a sword under my bed,” Kazumi said. “A sword, Haverdy! Tell me what’s happening!”
Fortune and Haverdy exchanged worried looks, then Haverdy gestured for Kazumi to come inside the house. She slowly stepped inside, and Haverdy closed the door. “Kazumi, I can explain everything,” Haverdy said. “But, when I tell you, you’re probably not going to believe me.”
Kazumi’s eyes searched Haverdy’s face. “Please, just tell me,” she said.
Haverdy took a deep breath. “The world is ending,” she said. “And there are seven people who were born with a single wing, and they’re part of the Prophecy of the Wings. Only one of them can claim the Right Wing and complete their set, and decide the fate of the world. Will it end? Will it be saved? Only the person with both Wings can decide that, and that person is Fortune.” She looked at her brother, and asked, “Did I explain that right?”
Fortune smiled at his little sister. “Perfectly,” he said.
Kazumi looked from Haverdy to Fortune, then back to Haverdy. “So…you guys are trying to save the world?” she asked.
“Yes,” Fortune replied.
Kazumi blinked a few times. “My head hurts,” she said.
There was another knock at the door. “Haverdy, why don’t you take Kazumi into the kitchen and talk to her some more?” he asked. “I’ll get the door.” Haverdy nodded and escorted Kazumi into the kitchen, where Emery was just finishing her bowl of cereal.
Fortune answered the door, and found Esrieve and Ringo standing on the porch, with their back packs. “Good morning!” Esrieve said, cheerfully. “We’re here, and we’re ready to go!”
Fortune chuckled, and looked at Ringo, who seemed less enthusiastic. “It is too early for anyone to be that happy,” he said. “Pipe down, Esrieve.”
Esrieve poked her bottom lip out. “Ringo is such a bully,” she said to Fortune. Fortune stepped aside to let them in.
Minutes later, they were joined by Narumi, then Tony. Once everyone was inside and settled, Fortune gathered his friends in the living room, and shared his plan with them.
“First, I have to thank all of you for agreeing to come with me,” he said. “If you had changed your minds, I would completely understand.”
“No one is going to turn their back on you now, Fortune,” Narumi said, in a soothing tone.
Fortune nodded gratefully, and continued. “I know, we would normally wait for Adam to return, and drop us off wherever we needed to be in order to begin our journey. But, I have a bad feeling I just can’t shake, and I don’t want to wait for him. I want to leave now. I can use the Wing Pendant to guide us in the right direction.”
Tony cleared his throat. “Uh, what about…” He nodded towards Kazumi, who was sitting beside Haverdy on the couch. “You know who?”
Haverdy glared at Tony. “And what about her?”
“Well, is she coming with us?” Tony asked.
All eyes fell upon Kazumi, who looked around the room like a frightened rabbit. “I’m still having trouble believing all of this,” Kazumi said. “Wings and magic powers, and the world coming to an end? What am I supposed to think?”
Fortune smiled at her. “I understand,” he said. “If I was hearing all of this for the first time, I’d have my doubts, too. So, let me show you something.” He closed his eyes, and the Wing Pendant around his neck began to glow. He took a few steps back, and his Wings materialized upon his back. Kazumi stared at him, her mouth agape with shock and fear. She slowly rose from the couch, and walked up to Fortune, and touched a single feather on his left wing.
“It’s real,” Kazumi whispered. She began to walk around Fortune, stopping behind him for a moment, then continuing until she was standing in front of him. “They’re real.” She looked up at him with sad eyes. “Such a burden.”
Fortune’s smile faded, and he nodded his head. “But I can’t let them fall into the wrong hands,” he said, with a reassuring tone. “I can’t let Demitri have them.”
“That’s why we’re going with Fortune to the End of the Earth,” Haverdy said, as she stood up. “You can join us. We can use your help.”
Kazumi looked into the faces of each of Fortune’s friends. “Okay,” she said. “Okay. I’ll go with you. I’m not completely sure why, but I feel like I need to.”
Haverdy put her arm around Kazumi, and the others stood up. “All you need is a few clothes,” Fortune said. “After Kazumi gets her stuff, we’re leaving.”
There was a sudden tremor, and the entire house shook. The teenagers looked around, then ran to the front door, and stepped outside. Everything appeared to be normal; quiet. As he stood and surveyed his neighborhood, Fortune wondered if the rest of the world had felt the unexpected quake, or if it was limited to those who were part of the Prophecy of the Wings. Either way, he knew he was running out of time.