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A Drop of Dew

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Chaos heard the pleas of people. People who needed his help. The water of life. He had been so preoccupied with caring for his dewdrop over the last few months he had begun to neglect his duties.

The land which he was to venture to was no place for a child. Begrudginly, he chose to leave his dewdrop behind in care of his eldest Chao. Promising he'd be back as soon as he could, Chaos burst into a shower of rain, his spirit traveling through the lakes and rivers.

The dewdrop crawled around the temple.

That same day, a member of the tribe of Babylon made her way to the temple to drop off some offerings in thanks. Chaos had saved her village from a drought some time ago, and she was so thankful. The great owl had just arrived in town, and had no idea of the events that perspired here over the last few months.

Her name was Longclaw.

She traversed the stairs, knowing if she ever flew up it would be considered a disgrace to the eyes of the echidna population.

She nearly fell from the raw power of the Emeralds upon the shrine. But she had to bring her offering right up to the front door. She had trained her body for so long to handle the Chaos Energy exposure. She had to see Chaos for herself and give him the utmost thanks.

Upon reaching the last step, she collapsed. The bright gems glittered in the afternoon sunlight. Weakly pushing herself up with her wings, Longclaw staggered to the Master Emerald, laying down a bag of thanks her people had created together.

"My great Chaos. Keeper of life. Bringer of water. I come bearing a gift, if you...gnh...would so kindly receive it." Longclaw winced, trying to stand up straight. There was no answer. Was he off somewhere else, answering another cry for help?

Longclaw was saddened she wouldn't be able to thank the god in person, but she was very proud of herself for making it as long as she did. She nudged the bag closer, hoping Chaos would arrive home to a wonderful surprise.

Then she felt something hit her talon.

Longclaw looked down, her vision dancing. Something blue, with green eyes. Chaos? He was here after all? And why was he so...small?

Wait a second. Chaos didn't feel fuzzy.

She forced her eyes to focus. The creature...he was the most brilliant blue, shining almost as bright as the Emeralds themselves. Hold on. It was a baby Mobian! He was staring up at her with squinty eyes, in absolute wonder at her feathery form.

"Oh!" Longclaw peered down at the babe. "I..." He was so small. So young! Did some zealot leave him here as a sacrifice? How...how barbaric! She knelt down, and he grabbed at her beak.

"Who would just leave you here?" She asked. The baby smiled at her. He didn't even know the danger he was in.

She had to do something. She didn't care who's civilization she might upset now, the person that left their baby here was putting a young life at risk. And so close to the Emeralds' power! She had to save him before the raw energy hurt him, or worse. He wasn't trained. In fact, him still sitting in front of her was a miracle in of itself.

Longclaw gently pet his head with a wing. "Don't worry. I'll take care of you." She gently picked him up with a talon. If she ever found the parent who left him here all alone, he would face her wrath. She sucked in a deep breath, and took flight, soaring down the steps with the child. He wiggled in her grasp, and began to cry, prompting Longclaw to stop and hover in the air.

"Shh, shh...I got you. It's okay. You won't be alone from now on." She tucked him into her chest, her feathers providing a soft atmosphere for him. He calmed down, only sniffling a little. Gently, her remaining talon touched to the steps, and the babe closed his eyes. In a moment, he was fast asleep.

In front of her, the echidna priest dropped his holy staff. It bounced down the rest of the steps, rolling and hitting the bottom with an audible thud. He watched, mouth agape, and Longclaw finally noticed him. She bowed her head in respect.

"Forgive my sudden intrusion, but somebody left a child at the alter. Some sort of sacrifice, I had to do something-"

"Put the holy child back!" The priest screamed. "Put him back! You will anger the god!"

Longclaw's heart shattered. They knew about this? Worse yet, they were okay with it? Leaving a child without their mother at the alter of somebody they called "god"? She would not bear this kindly. Longclaw furrowed her feathery brows as the priest continued ranting.

"You don't understand what you have done!" The high priest yelled. "Chaos will be enraged, he will kill us all!"

"You were willing to sacrifice a child!" Longclaw spat back. "I will not allow an innocent soul to be harmed for a mere superstition!"

"That's not-" The echidna priest never finished, because a gust of wind knocked the voice from his lungs. Longclaw had spread her wings, soaring into the air, and shot off into the distance. They were insane. Truly, they were.

She flew for hours.

Once she arrived home, the child woke and, realizing he was not back home, screamed for his parents. Longclaw could only stare at him sadly, knowing she could not do anything to bring them back to him. He was scared, alone, and she promised herself that day she wouldn't let anything happen to him as long as she lived.

"I'm sorry..." She tried to pull him closer, but was met with a sharp sting. "What the?"

Lightning sparked over the baby's body as he screamed again, and all the candles blew out at once. There was a sudden rush of blue around the room, and the child disappeared for a second before reappearing in a different position. A heavy pressure fell over the room, like they had suddenly descended miles underwater. 

Longclaw knew this aura. It was Chaos Energy. And it was coming from him.

Meanwhile, the echidna's city suffered a devastating flood. They packed their belongings on canoes and settled at the top of the highest buildings, staring in awed fear at the temple mountain. A hurricane had formed around the peak, and the screams of Chaos echoed for miles.

Bring him back.

Then Chaos went silent.