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Peak bounded through the hallways, trying to remember where the art cave was. She had decided to take a break from reading after she finished the scroll about the Scorching. In all honesty, Pike had given her more information than the scroll had. As she rounded the corner, she almost collided with red scales.

"Woah!" Peak smiled up at Peril. "We really need to stop meeting like this. One of us might end up hurt."

"Mainly you," Peril pointed a talon at her. "I can't really get hurt. You're the one who would die a painful, fiery death."

Peak laughed. Peril smiled down at her.

"Anyway," Peril continued, "why were you in such a hurry?"

"Oh, I'm just trying to find the art cave. I left my map back in my room cause I wanted to figure it out on my own, but then I got lost."

"Oh, that's cool. I can show you where it is if you want. I was just looking for someone to go hunting with."

"I can go with you!" Peak exclaimed. "That is, if you want. Unless you'd rather go with one of your other friends."

"Wait, really? Wouldn't you rather go to the art cave? I think I remember seeing your friends in there; they're probably waiting for you, since you got lost."

"Probably not. I was reading, and I told them I might join them later. But the scrolls were pretty long so they probably aren't expecting me. And anyway, you're my friend too! I want to spend time with all my friends!" Peak moved to brush her wings against Peril's before jerking them back. Peril looked at her with a funny look.

"We're friends?" Hesitance was clear in her voice, as if she didn't want to get her hopes up.

"Of course, we're friends! Just because we can't touch each other doesn't mean we're not friends."

Peril beamed down at Peak. "Well, then, friend, I would love it if you came hunting with me."

Peak grinned at the other dragon before glanced around the corridor they were standing in, then spoke with a laugh, "But umm, you're gonna have to show me the way out." Peril chuckled before motioning Peak to follow her.

 

The two Skywings flew around the mountains, scanning the rocky crevices for animals.

"So Peak, why were you raised outside of the kingdom?" Peril asked.

"My mother told me it was to keep me away from Scarlet."

"Oh, yeah, that makes sense. She kind of raised me, so I can see why your mother would want to keep you away from her," Peril muttered the last part.

Peak looked up to her in surprise. "Oh, three moons, I'm so sorry! I had no idea." Talons & tails, she really is a Skywing princess. And I just told her my mom hid me away from hers. Maybe I can take my words back? Tell her I'm sure she wasn't as bad as my mom said? Oh, moons above, a Skywing princess. Now she'll never want to be my friend, and she'll tell everyone else & no will wa-

"Oh no, you're fine. She wasn't my mother or anything. She actually kinda forced my real mom to kill my brother & then tried to kill my mom before taking me and raising me to be a, uh, how did Qibli phrase it? Oh right, a Dancing Monkey of Fiery Doom. So, yeah, she wasn't a good dragon. Your mother had every reason to hide you away," Peril waved her talons dismissively. Peak calmed down a bit.

"Oh, I'm sorry about that. I was worried that you were a Skywing princess," (at that Peril snorted), "and that you were going to tell everyone to not be friends with me and then I'd be alone again," Peak rambled.

Peril laughed. "No, I'm not a Skywing princess. And nobody really listens to me anyway. In fact, if I told someone I didn't like you, they'd probably try to become best friends with you or something."

"Wait, why?"

Peril hesitated before answering, "Well, let's just say that I've done some pretty bad things that make me not everyone's favorite dragon." Peril spotted a mountain goat climbing up a wide ravine. She dived for it.

As Peril flew through the ravine, Peak caught sight of a falcon. She soared through the air towards it. As it caught sight of her, it dived. Changing course, she shot through the air, heading straight towards the bird. Catching it in her claws and then snapping its neck, Peak swung around before flying into the mountain. Turning around, she saw Peril carrying the charred corpse of the goat. Flying over to her, both dragons started to head back to the school.

"Why did you go after a falcon? Why not wait for a better bird?" Peril questioned.

"Hmm? Oh, well, my mother always said to just go after what you can find. And I don't mind falcons that much," Peak said.

"But they're so tiny. I mean, there's not much to eat. And the one you caught is definitely on the smaller side," Peril gestured to the bird.

"I don't really eat a lot. This is plenty for me."

Peril nodded as they made it back to the school. They both landed in the Great Hall, neither wanting to eat in the Prey Center. As Peak started to pluck the feathers off the falcon, she glanced over at Peril. The other Skywing was already starting to eat. The shaggy coat of the goat had turned to ash, so only the charred body still remained.

"Have you ever eaten anything that isn't burned?" Peak asked.

"Turtle gave me raw fish once. He threw it in my mouth, so it didn't touch my scales. It was disgusting," Peril wrinkled her nose in disgust.

Peak laughed, "Well, that's because it was fish. I don't like raw fish either. Too slimy for me." She shook her head.

"Yeah, well, I decided that I don't like raw food anyway."

"Alright, your preference."

They continue to eat in silence. After they finished, they disposed of the bones. Peril turned to Peak, smiling brightly.

"Well, this was really nice. I haven't really been able to hang out with other Skywings at all. Everyone kind of avoids me, so it's nice to be able to talk to another Skywing who doesn't hate me."

"I don't get why everyone would hate you. I mean, I think that you are super cool & you've been super nice to me & you showed me around & stuff. So what if nobody can touch you? There are different ways to show affection," Peak smiled at Peril.

"I'm not the nicest dragon. I've been nice to you, because I didn't want a Skywing who isn't automatically terrified of me to be scared of me in the end, but overall, I'm not actually that nice. And like I said before, I've done some pretty terrible things." Peril shifted on her talons.

"Have you done anything terrible recently?" Peak questioned.

Peril hesitated before she shook her head.

"Well then, I believe you are getting better & everything else is in the past. Dragons should move on & get over it."

Peril laughed & shook her head, "It's not as easy as that. But I'm glad that at least you're not afraid of me." 

 

5/11/20