Once imprisoned

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Writers Rift
What if you were caged for two years, ready to be sold and never knowing who will buy you in the end? What if you don't want to be bought? What if you're not a puppy or a kitten and would never go to a nice home and you just want to be free, free from a horrible reality?
Lalita knew what it felt like and she had always hated it, but then the opportunity to be free finally passed by.

“I have come with a gift, a gift of freedom.” was the words Lalita had always wanted to hear.

Submitted: July 09, 2014

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Once Imprisoned

Rows and rows of vertical iron bars lined up against the walls. These bars formed several cages that were just big enough to fit an average sized dog, but these cages didn’t contain any kind of dog. There was something entirely different within. Creatures that were far beyond the normal animal…

Presenting the colours, red and black, the female creature also supported two angelic wings that resembled a butterfly. She also had two arms but no legs, and a tail to keep her balanced. Her smooth, armour like scales were similar to the ocean as they shimmered in the dim glow of the ceiling lights.

This magnificent creature was called Lalita, and having been in that cage for two years she knew exactly why she was there. She was unwillingly taking part in something that would bring fortune to the humans. The idea disgusted her but she was going to be sold. What for? Well, that depended on the buyer’s intension. They could want to keep her as a pet, or they could use her for something much worse.

Not many humans knew about that place but those who did were usually abusive and only cared about making a profit, or maybe they simply didn’t know that those creatures that they treated so badly were just like them. They might not look like a human, and they might not speak like a human, but they have feelings like a human.

It was horrible that a creature as beautiful as Lalita was accustomed to being starving, but she was only given enough food to survive and after her two years of imprisonment, she, like everybody else in the cages, was as thin as a snake.

The only positive with her being stuck in a cage, extremely bored and with nothing to do, was that her brother, Iniko was in the cage next to her.

Lalita sighed as she heard the metal door swing open. It wasn’t feeding time so she knew it must have opened for a visitor, who most likely wanted to buy one of them. It was because of this knowledge, that Lalita had no intension of seeing who it was. She just kept her head down on the cold metal beneath her, while her long winding tail curled around her.

The light tapping of long black boots echoed of the walls as all the prisoners suddenly went silent, but Lalita ignored everything around her as she closed her eyes and pretended she was somewhere peaceful and faraway.

“Wow. She’s different than the usual visitor.”

Hearing Iniko’s words, Lalita decided to take a peek out of curiosity. Lifting her head, she saw exactly what he meant. The usual visitors looked like they belonged in her place, behind bars, but this time was remarkably different.

Strolling confidently down the aisle was a kind looking woman, with her cinnamon brown hair and black strapless dress waving behind her as she walked. Her hazel eyes flicked from side to side as she observed every bit of her surroundings. The woman knew exactly where she wanted to stop, so she passed several cages before halting and turned on her heel.

Confusion crossed Lalita’s facial features as she then stared up and into the eyes of the woman, who had a calming smile constantly placed on her lips. “Hello, I am Akemi.” Even her voice was soft and gentle as she introduced herself in a relaxed manner.

But then a man approached them. He was one of the guards that stood watch outside the door. “Um, ma’am, the dragons can’t understand you,” he said, confusion seeping into his statement.

Akemi turned her head to face him. She closed her eyes for a second before opening them again. Her smile appeared broader as she then went on to say. “Well, that may not be entirely true. Every creature can communicate with each other, one way or another. Just because they cannot speak, who is to say they cannot understand?” she asked before facing Lalita again. “Now, please be a dear and go stand by the door so I can speak with them alone,” she added.

The man was a bit astounded by what she said, but he hesitantly obeyed anyway, and made his way back to the rooms’ entrance. Lalita felt nervous in his presence so she was relieved when he left.

With her eyes focusing on Akemi once more, she began to think over a few things, trying to figure out whether she had good or bad intensions for being in a place like that. Even though Akemi may seem nice, you can never really tell until they give you a really good reason to trust them.

As she was lost in her thoughts Akemi said something, something that Lalita was longing to hear. “Don’t worry my friend. I will get you out. I will get you all out,” she whispered. “Just be patient for nightfall.” With that said Akemi straightened up, spun around and then walked out the door.

Lalita wished Akemi’s words were true, however, she chose not to believe them. She didn’t want to get her hopes up if Akemi didn’t keep her promise, but Lalita’s brother was a different story. Being younger than her, he acted much more positive. “Wow. I like her already,” he stated.

Lalita just rolled her crimson eyes at Iniko’s response, before lowering her head, prepared for nothing more than to crouch in her uncomfortable cell for the rest of the day. She just couldn’t shake Akemi from her mind. The things that woman had said just made her feel unsettled.

Time, as usual, went by at a snail’s pace as her mind continued to run wild. Why did she call me her friend? I don’t even know her. Is she actually going to let us all out? She probably won’t even come, so why am I over thinking everything? After a few more hours Lalita had fallen asleep, but was then woken up by her brother when he yelled out, “hey, it’s nightfall. She should come and save us now, right sis?”

Being startled awake and very grumpy, she replied. “Don’t count on it, and even if she does try to safe us, you’re not doing her any favours, so keep your voice down,” she growled.

“Oops, you’re right,” Iniko whispered as he sunk lower to the floor of his cage.

Lalita sighed, but then she heard a noise. She jerked her head over to the big iron door as it slowly opened. Standing there was Akemi, but this time she wore sunglasses. They had a fancy red and black frame, which looked remarkably similar to Lalita’s wings.

Akemi’s expression was dead serious when she walked over. Looking directly at Lalita, she then spoke. It was only a few words, but it was something that Lalita had always wanted to hear, ever since she was put in that place. "I have come with a gift, a gift of freedom," she paused for a moment as her usual smile returned. “Even though the building itself is horrendous, the creatures caged within are beautiful, so I would be honoured if you could please be my friend. What is your name?” she asked.

“Uh, Lalita,” Lalita replied after a moment’s thought.

“It is a pleasure to meet you,” Akemi said. Not only was she being nice to Lalita but it appeared that she could actually understand her. Humans couldn’t understand dragons, so if Akemi wasn’t human, then what was she? Lalita had asked herself.

As Akemi continued to look at Lalita, her smile turned into a mischievous smirk, and her eyes changed for a second. A lovely lavender colour over took the hazel and white in her eyes, and her pupil’s narrowed, while thin lines clustered in the colours of fire. Purple, yellow, orange and red created a wonderful array of colours, but in the second her eyes changed they faded back to hazel again.

In a simple gesture, Akemi waved her arm outward and all of the doors to the small cages opened at once. Iniko straight away took this opportunity, and flew out of his cage only to land on Lalita.

“Who is this?” Akemi questioned as she looked from Iniko to Lalita.

They looked very much alike. The only difference was their colouring. Iniko was ocean blue while his sister was blood red. “Oh, this is my brother, Iniko,” Lalita answered as she shook of her brother.

“You are amazing. What are you?” Iniko asked Akemi, as he flapped his wings so he didn’t fall to the ground after being shaken of Lalita. That was the same question Lalita was eager to ask, but Iniko bet her to saying it.

Lalita shook her head as she realised that they probably shouldn’t waste time talking and get out of that place like every other dragon. “Save that question for later Akemi, because I would like to know the answer, but I would also like to get out of this place as soon as possible,” she said.

“Yes, of course. I understand, this way.” Akemi turned and quickly headed out the door, with Iniko and Lalita flying behind.

The way to the exit was a long silent journey. The building was large and Akemi kept taking detours to let out more prisoners. Not all of them were dragons, but they were, in one way or another, extraordinary.

As Akemi speed walked through the big structure, she came across a few people that worked there. Akemi decided to punish them just by locking them in the cages they fitted in, which caused Lalita to laugh.

Once they finally got out of the building there were still questions that lingered. “So Lalita, I would love for you and your brother to accompany me on what is to come. Would you please come and be by my side when I need it, because I will always be by yours?” she asked as she faced the two siblings who flew around her in the chilly air.

Lalita landed on Akemi’s shoulder and smirked as she replied. “You went through so much trouble just for a friend, I don’t understand why, but I will gladly be your friend. You have gained my trust.”

“Right there with you sister,” Iniko agreed as he landed on Akemi’s other shoulder.

The silky fabric of Akemi’s dress blew wildly in the wind as she began to walk to a place far away from where her new friends were once imprisoned.


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