The Opal Quartet:
Tern looked at the sky. It was a wonderful, late summer morning, with the sky partly filled with cirrus and cirrostratus. He was at the park, awaiting Fabiola to come walk with him to school.
“Hi, Tern!” Fabiola cried happily when she saw Tern. “A nice day, isn't it?”
“Yes! Low sixties. My favorite”, Tern said. “Although, it's supposed to get into the seventies this afternoon.”
Tern loved nice days like this where the weather called for good walking conditions. He enjoyed the rain and the cold, too, and even the heat, but not as much as comfortable, slightly breezy weather like this morning had to offer.
He then saw a ladybug crawling on a strand of grass. He picked it up. “Look, Fabiola. A ladybug.” He handed it to her and she held it gently.
“Hi, there, little fellow”, she crooned happily.
The ladybug was little, with black dots, while the rest of the body was red. It amazed Tern how they could travel so far, yet were so little.
“I wonder what it must be like for that little critter”, Tern said.
“The grass must be a forest to it”, Fabiola said curiously. “Yeah”, she said thoughtfully, “what would it be like?”
“Probably pretty cool”, Tern smiled. “Well”, he said, yawning and stepping off his swing,”we'd best be going to school now so we aren't late for English class.”
“Yeah, let's get going”, Fabiola agreed.
Fabiola got off her swing and they started for school, with Fabiola still holding the ladybug. As Tern watched while he and Fabiola were walking, he saw Fabiola studying the movements of the ladybug. Then, suddenly, the ladybug opened its wings and flew into the air.
“You know”, Fabiola said thoughtfully, “I wonder what it would be like to fly.”
“I wish I knew”, Tern said. “Flying must be a great freedom, don't you think?”
“Yeah. But I guess we'll never know what it's like”, Fabiola shrugged. “we're humans, not ladybugs.”
But things had a strange way of happening unpredicted. And Tern and Fabiola were soon to find out that indeed, they would later be given the same powers as the ladybug had.
* * * To Be Continued? Yes!