Silver Wings

Silver Wings

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In the distant future, a strange, intelligent new species appears suddenly on earth. Mayhem insues as top scientists struggle to discover their origin; are they native to our planet, or some kind of alien? The beasts spread throughout the world rapidly, while always managing to keep just beyond humanity's curious grasp. As the years pass they slowly integrate into normality, until they are nothing more than an everyday enigma.

Crystal Brien is a quirky, hotheaded young woman fresh out of college who wants nothing more from life than to pursue something she's passionate about. Unfortunately for her, the entry-level HR position she now holds is anything but exciting. She wishes for something more, something worthwhile...an adventure.

The Silver Wings are about to give her just that.

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Summary

In the distant future, a strange, intelligent new species appears suddenly on earth. Mayhem insues as top scientists struggle to discover their origin; are they native to our planet, or some kind of alien? The beasts spread throughout the world rapidly, while always managing to keep just beyond humanity's curious grasp. As the years pass they slowly integrate into normality, until they are nothing more than an everyday enigma.

Crystal Brien is a quirky, hotheaded young woman fresh out of college who wants nothing more from life than to pursue something she's passionate about. Unfortunately for her, the entry-level HR position she now holds is anything but exciting. She wishes for something more, something worthwhile...an adventure.

The Silver Wings are about to give her just that.

Chapter1 (v.1) - Magnificence

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Submitted: May 09, 2017

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The head-splitting screech from her phone’s alarm clock jolted Crystal abruptly out of dreamland. Being the deep sleeper that she was, she had chosen an obnoxiously loud pterodactyl cry as her wake-up call, since none of the happy generic jingles seemed to do the trick.  Besides that, waking up at the ass-crack of dawn was certainly not a pleasant event, so evil screeching fit the mood perfectly.

 

Gritting her teeth and groaning, she shifted slowly in the cocoon of blankets, sluggishly beginning to extend her limbs from their warm nest. The outside air, freezing in comparison, caused her to shiver and seriously contemplate the pros and cons of just retracting back inwards and drifting off to sleep again. If it hadn’t been for the incessant banter of the prehistoric bird in her phone, she seriously might have done just that. Once she had silenced the alarm and emerged completely from the covers, she allowed herself a long overhead stretch of the arms before swinging her legs off the bed and officially committing to the start of her morning routine.

 

After showering and getting dressed, Crystal poured herself a bowl of cereal and turned on the television so the morning news could play in the background while she ate. Besides for the weather forecast, she didn’t usually pay much attention to the news. It was simply background sound that she had gotten used to hearing in the morning, and as such it was now part of her routine as well. Since she had begun living on her own six months ago, it also helped to kill the silence in her apartment. Back at home, the house had always been so lively; with two younger brothers, four dogs, and a seven-month old baby sister, a noisy atmosphere was the norm and silence was rare.

 

Crystal had moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina shortly after graduating college. She had been able to find a job in the human resources department of a call center, which wasn’t her first pick for a career, but which had competitive pay and a decent benefits package. It was more than a three-hour drive back to her home in Richmond Virginia, but she considered herself lucky to have gotten hired straight out of school. The sooner she could begin chipping away at her student loans, the better.

 

Mrraow.” A stroke of fluff on her ankle drew her attention downward, where her cat Bizkit circled impatiently, waiting for his chance to join her for breakfast.

 

“Ah, crap. Sorry about that Biz-biz. Gimme one sec.” Crystal rose from her seat to get a can of wet food out of the cabinet. The sound of her peeling the tin lid back sent Bizkit into a mini frenzy, and his vocalizations increased until the food was finally placed before him. She gave him several pats on the head as he happily began to feast on the gourmet cuisine.

 

“-came rushing out of nowhere, like an angel. I admit, I thought that’s what it was at first, ‘though the fever was probably partly to blame.”

 

A line from the TV caught her attention as she made her way back to the kitchen table to retrieve her cereal bowl. Turning her head toward it, she saw an elderly man being interviewed. He had a look of excitement on his weathered face. Underneath him, a headline read: ‘HIKER STRANDED ON MOUNTAIN CLAIMS TO HAVE BEEN SAVED BY SILVER WING’.

 

So, you are sure it was one of the silver wings that rescued you?” The interviewer inquired, before turning the mic back to him.

 

The man made a face as if he had been asked something rather stupid. “Well, they are a bit difficult to miss, ain’t they? Yer not really saying I mixed ‘im up with some other beast?” The interviewer quickly tried to turn the conversation back around as Crystal turned away, beginning the task of cleaning up her dish.

 

Silver wings. The enigma of a species that continued to confuse and mystify people, even after almost two decades had passed since their discovery. Crystal had only been a toddler then, but apparently they just began showing up randomly all around the globe, everywhere from the deserts of Africa to the northernmost parts of Greenland and Canada. Which was pretty strange, considering the creatures themselves. They were huge and flashy, certainly not the type of animal that would be able to hide easily. When they first made their appearance back in 2019, humanity had a wide-spread anxiety attack to say the least.

 

 Everyone was mind-boggled; how could an entire species have been hidden away somewhere all this time, and such an obviously advanced one at that? Where had they come from? Some theorized that they may in fact be extraterrestrial beings that had descended on the earth, while still others saw them as harbingers of either salvation or demise.  Scientists everywhere tried valiantly to get ahold of one; no one could resist the chance to capture and study this exquisite new life form. However their efforts turned out to be fruitless: to this day no one had been able to catch one, dead or alive. Which meant that the data available on these creatures was extremely limited.

 

Some of the observed behavior indicated that the silver wings were mainly solitary animals which occasionally traveled in pairs. No mating had even been observed, but young had been spotted a couple of times. They were apparently omnivorous as well, and extremely efficient hunters. Despite how dangerous they were, however, they seemed to have quite an affection for humans. Stories had surfaced over the years about people being rescued by them in one way or another, and incredibly, no report of a silver wing killing a human had ever been reported.

 

Crystal finished packing her bag, making sure that she had everything she needed before heading out the door. Luckily enough, the building she worked at was only a ten-minute car ride away, so she didn’t need to feel too rushed to get ready in the morning. With a short goodbye to Bizkit, she closed and locked her door before walking over to where her car was parked. It was late May and the weather was comfortably warm. A pleasant breeze rustled the trees as birds flew about, tending to a new wave of hatchlings. Pulling out of the driveway and turning out onto the main highway, Crystal glanced up for a moment as a flash of shining white caught her eye. She got a glimpse of glittering silver feathers and a slender wolf-like frame before it was lost behind a row of trees.

 

Nowadays, the silver wing craze had died down considerably. After realizing that they weren’t an immediate danger to humans, most people relaxed, and naturally their presence became less and less exciting. While science continued to work hard to uncover the many secrets still surrounding these creatures, the general public naturally began to move on. Silver wings, as incredible as they appeared, faded into the normal ebb and flow of everyday life.

 

Even so, Crystal couldn’t help the thrill that ran through her at the sight of such magnificence.

 

 


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