Wind whisped around the trees. Crickets buzzed and chirped loudly, and the leaves of the oaks and birches danced around in the air. Hallow stepped forward and sat down. He couldn't return to the forest. Everybody hated him now. The ender dragon hated him most of all.
"Argh," He whispered to himself. "They don't understand. This relationship just doesn't need to be happening." He disapproved the bond between humans and monsters, and anger trembled through his body. I was so close.
He picked up a piece of dirt. "If only I had someone to talk to." Of course, the dirt could not talk, and it made no sound.
"Some friends I have," Hallow threw the dirt across a bush and it landed with a soft plop. Pacing the grassy meadows, he tried to think of a new plan."I could help," A deep voice rumbled behind him. Turning around, he looked at a dark brown creeper. "I am Tiger's Roar. I know how to break them apart. Just listen closely." The ghostly creeper spoke within earshot of Hallow. He grinned and nodded his head.
"Perfect. This should work." He trembled with excitement.
"I have others for you to meet," Tiger's Roar pointed with his foot towards three other creepers. They were all ghost-like. "Meet my friends." The spirits waved. Hallow flinched.
"How can I know I can trust you?" Hallow narrowed his eyes.
"Because we came long before you did," One of the spirits answered. "We know things you don't. Why would we lie to you?" Hallow nodded his head. He was liking these monsters.
"And we come in many different shapes and sizes!" Another spirit bragged. A puff of smoke, and the spirit turned into a cat.
"Whoa!" Hallow threw up his hands in the air. "How did you do that?"
"All spirits can. It's not really how we do it, it's that we can." Tiger's Roar squinted his eyes into icy slits. "And I know the perfect person to try this out on." He nodded to the cat, and it turned back into a spirit. "She is ready."
"Ready for what?" Hallow blurted out.
"For the plan, you dope," A yellow-orange spirit hissed. "What else would it be for?"
"I am Gator's Rage," A green creeper lashed his tail. "This is Night's Shadow and Sun Claw. We came before Herobrine."
"Before Herobrine?" Hallow was amazed. "Then how do you know who he is?"
"We know many things. We've been around for longer than you have. We know that this plan will work, guarenteed." It was Sun Claw who answered. Hallow rubbed his hands together and a smile rose to the corners of his mouth.
"Excellent," He spoke like he was a genius. "I can't wait to take this into action."
"We have to give them time," Night's Shadow replied. "Or else they will think something's up. We must tell them to not tell anyone else, or the results of our plan will be fatal. Keep this a secret with you and you alone.
"But if I go back-" Hallow began.
"Don't worry about that," Tiger's Roar answered with a glint in his eyes. "We know something that will help." He stomped the ground, and Hallow instantly felt smaller.
"Huh?" He stammered.
"Go now. We have bigger things to discuss." Tiger's Roar pointed over to where the forest was. The four starry spirits huddled together. Hallow burst into a lope, feeling more alive.
Finally! Humans will be enemies with us again, and everything will be back to normal!
Emerald lay in the sun with Sapphire. Her adventuring made her awfully tired. The warmth on her skin felt good in her muscles. She didn't feel like getting up.
"Beautiful day, huh?" Sapphire asked. A bird passed over the trees.
"Sure is," Emerald replied. "I don't hardly feel like walking anymore!" She had saved Blake from Hallow's treachurous plan, and now she was relaxing. Thanks to some unknown wolf, she had saved both monsters and humans from becoming enemies.
"The trees are growing vines now," Sapphire looked over the tangled mess of vines and the ever-growing trees.
"It's like we're in a jungle!" Emerald sat up. Her cave-den had leaves spread all over it. One blew in the wind and hit her in the face.
"Mrrff!" She shook it off and it floated in the air and landed on her leg.
"Aww, it likes you!" Sapphire teased.
"Leaves don't have minds of their own!" Emerald shook it off. Iron padded out of the cave and looked down at her, prodding her with his leg.
"Tag, you're it!" He dashed off into the trees. Emerald bolted up and chased him. Iron stopped and Emerald came crashing into him with a startled yelp. The two tumbled across the trees. She felt more alive when she was moving. Hissing playfully, she scampered away, then leaped on him and pinned him down.
"Drat! That's not how you play tag!" Iron scoffed, struggled and squirming under her grasp.
"It's how I play it," Emerald teased. She let go of Iron, and he dashed away to the Old Clearing. She chuckled and scampered after him. Sapphire looked up and trotted over to them.
Emerald, forgetting how fast and strong she was, rammed into Iron by accident with a startled yelp. The two tumbled around in a black and green ball. They fell apart and landed in the soft grass. The wind shook the trees, and leaves fluttered around her face.
"What did I tell you? The plants seem really interested in Emmy!" Sapphire teased, padding up to the two. Emerald kicked Sapphire's leg and she fell down face-first into the grass. Rolling her on her back, Emerald giggled when a small twig fell on her.
"Gack!" Sapphire screeched, trying to reach her stomach to shake it off. "I hate bugs!"
"That's not a bug, that's a twig!" Iron kicked it off of her. "Hey, Sapphire has Stickaphobia!"
Sapphire puffed out her cheeks. "Shut up!" Iron laughed. Emerald cast her gaze around the sky. Birds were singing and geese were honk-honking. But something muffled the sounds. It was like a pat-pat-pat-pat, as is something were running.
"Uh, guys?" Emerald asked shakily. "Do you hear something?" Iron and Sapphire looked around.
"No, did you?" Sapphire looked at Iron.
"Actually, I can hear something too." Iron got up and padded over to a tree. Climbing up the vines, he looked out of the tree, craning his neck to get a good look.
"You look like a bird!" Sapphire joked.
"Quiet! I'm trying to listen!" Iron gave her a cold stare, then looked back out to the forest. Something yellow-orange was loping up towards their direction.
"I can't tell what it is," Iron broke the silence. "But it looks pretty big!" The speck in the hills became larger and larger, with a waving tail and ears.
"That's an ocelot!" Iron jumped down. "And it's coming our way! It looks pretty big!" He added. Emerald stood her ground in case it would leap at her. About a moment later, a giant ocelot burst out of the trees and skidded to a halt, meowing loudly.
"Gosh...that ocelot is huge!" Emerald gasped. It was half as tall as her and twice as long. "It's like a mountain lion!" The ocelot cocked his head and meowed, sitting down on his paws.
"He's kinda cute," Sapphire padded up to the ocelot. It sniffed her, then stood up and meowed again. He brushed his tail across the grass. "He seems so innocent."
"Where did he come from? There's no jungles around here!" Iron exclaimed.
"Somewhere you don't know," The ocelot replied. All three of them stared at him.
"You talk?" They all said at once.
"Well, duh. I grew up around some humans, and some genetic thingy I do not know." He spoke slowly and studdered a lot. "But I do not talk very fluidly." Sapphire's eyes were round with fear.
"That...that's a t-talking cat!" Iron backed away.
"Hey! Where are you going?" The ocelot stammered. Emerald loped into her cave-den. Cats don't talk!
"A talking ocelot?" Herobrine replied quietly.
"Yes, he talked! Cats don't talk!" Emerald blurted out. "It's creepy! He was this big!" She stretched out her feet.
"Oh, Emmy. You're so worked up. Calm down," Iron fretted. You're just like my mother.
"Well, maybe you should go and talk to him," Herobrine ignored Iron. "He seems pretty friendly."
Too friendly, Emerald thought. She walked away to the Old Clearing. The oversized ocelot was giving itself a grooming. Iron and Sapphire followed closely behind. The ocelot looked up mid-lick.
"Hi!" His voice was squeaky.
"You're awfully big for an ocelot," Sapphire commented. The cat stretched out his front paws and yawned.
"My dad was a mountain lion," He replied. "My mom was an ocelot, of course. I think I have a sister."
"How would you know your dad was a mountain lion?" Emerald observed. "You would be a hybrid if that worked out."
"My dad's genetics of size passed on to me," The ocelot studdered. "Nothing else that I know of."
"You've got a big mouth to match," Iron sneered. The ocelot looked up at him.
"By the way, I'm Spot," The ocelot ignored Iron's remark. "And I know already who you are. Emmy, Iron, and Sapphy."
"Sapphy?" The blue creeper exclaimed. Spot nodded his head.
"That still doesn't explain how you can talk," Emerald glared at him.
"I already told you. I grew up around a bunch of humans. I don't like meowing all day, anyway." Spot flicked his tail over to the plains. "It gets boring, so I left to come to the forest, where it's much nicer."
"I don't know where there are any mountain lions," Iron looked up at the hills.
"He died after I was born," Spot replied.
"Oh.." Iron looked away. Spot got up and walked around in circles.
"I've heard of the tales of some really weird Enderwhatsit that tried to break your bond with the humans," Spot sat down on his haunches. "Is it true?"
"Yes. His name was Hallow." Sapphire answered. Spot laughed.
"He must be pretty stupid if he thinks he can do it again," His voice was high-pitched. "I would rip him to shreds."
"Whoa! Look at your claws!" Spot unsheathed his claws. They were as long as his foot.
"Woah, Nessie! Guess I inherited my dad's huge paws, too!" He retracted his claws, then stood up. "Now I know I can take him on in a fight."
"Slow down, you don't know how powerful he is," Emerald spoke. "He can teleport, and many other things."
"Teleport?" Spot echoed. Iron nodded his head. "Well, that just completely changed my opinion."
"Never underestimate the power of an Enderman," Sapphire muttered. Spot turned around in anxious circles.
"But if we all try, surely we would defeat him?" Spot meowed. "I mean, how tricky can one Enderman be?"
"Very," Emerald leaned in closer. "He is a tricky fighter. He almost broke our bond and managed to stay under cover." Spot's eyes widened as she spoke.
"Guess I thought wrong," Spot gaped his jaws in an enormous yawn. "I wonder where he is now?"
"That's what we want to know," Iron hissed. "We haven't seen him or any of his minions for weeks." Spot lashed his tail across the ground.
"Well, I better get going," Spot quickly spoke. "I have an older sister and she's gonna throw a fit if I'm not home by now." He got up to his feet and trotted away into the forest.
"An older sister?" Emerald echoed. "I didn't know ocelots lived in families." Iron yawned and looked up at the sky. Sunset was starting to come.
"Well, we get to stay up later than Mr.Kitty," Sapphire sneered. "Let's make the most of it." She dashed off to the Old Clearing. Iron and Emerald stayed put. Crickets began to chirp softly.
"Uh, Emerald?" Iron asked quietly. "I have something to tell you." Surprised, she turned around to face him.
"All this time..I-" He never got to finish. Sapphire slammed into Iron. He yelped and fell on his side.
"Tag! You're it!" Sapphire loped away again. Iron hesitated, then followed her. Emerald sighed and padded after them. What was Iron trying to tell her?
Emerald stood in a blueish hilly area. The trees were in full bloom, and huge butterflies danced in the air. The sky was a pale green, dotted by purple clouds.
"Where am I?" She walked around, trying to find someone else. Nobody answered. Anxious, she followed the rising sun towards plainlands.
"Do not be afraid, young one," A deep, calm voice sounded. She turned around, thinking that it was Herobrine. But it wasn't. It was a creeper!
"W-who are you?" She stammered. This creeper wasn't normal. He towered over her and had long front claws.
"I am Tiger's Roar," He replied. "I come from a time before Herobrine walked the earth."
"Before?" Emerald gasped.
"I have many of my kind that came from when I did," He explained in a soft tone. "Some before, some after. I lived to see Herobrine and his friends, and I was part of the scheme to get rid of the humans. But my poor old body just wasn't up for it." He bowed his head for a moment. "And I have been looking for you."
"For me?" She echoed. "What's so great about me? I'm just a creeper, like everybody else."
"Is that so? Then who stopped the war and brought peace when there would of been injuries and death?"
"Uh...I did, I guess. But that was nothing."
"Who prevented Hallow from destroying the bond and your friend?"
"Then you are special," He finally replied. "You are unlike others. You have a pure heart that speaks of good, and actions to match." Emerald was surprised. No one has complimented her on her actions. She suddenly began to like the creeper.
"Where do you live?" She changed the subject.
"Oh, I'm afraid it's very, very far away from here," Tiger's Roar shook his head. "It would take days to get there by foot. It is a special place I visit to see my friends. Even with my help, it would be long before you reach it."
"But I want to see you for real," Emerald argued. "Not just in my dreams."
"If that is what you wish, then I suppose." Tiger's Roar looked away. "But would you be willing to go through the risks and challenges to get there?"
"Aren't I special?" She replied.
"Being special does not make you immune to danger," Tiger's Roar pointed out. "If you can avoid it with skill and determination."
"I want to go to this place. Tell me where and when I leave. I am ready."
Emerald woke up with a start. She was standing in her cave-den. She looked outside. It was Moonhigh. Silently, she stalked outside towards the Old Clearing.
"What are you doing?" A muffled voice called behind her. It was Spot.
"I must say farewell," Emerald whispered back.
"What?" Spot sounded scared. "But why? And where are you going? Can I come too?"
"I must go to a special place. To meet someone alone." Spot tilted his head.
"Alright, it's this guy named Tiger's Roar," She blurted out. "I have to see him."
"Tiger's what?" He meowed.
"Never mind," She replied quickly, then darted away into the forest.
"Hey!" She heard Spot chasing after her. Loping as fast as she could, she dared not turn around. She didn't want a cat to come to a place only for special people.
Spot cannot come with you, A voice whispered in her head. Her heart pounding, she loped over to the hills. Spot was hard on her heels. As if her body had a mind of its own, she turned around, arched her back and hissed. Spot skidded to a halt, eyed wide with fear.
"Don't bother coming with me," Emerald growled. Spot's legs trembled, then he scrambled to his feet and loped away. She relaxed her shoulders and continued to walk. She felt a breeze whisper around her.
"Where are you going?" A deep voice sounded behind her. Startled, she turned around and met Herobrine's gaze.
"Uh, just taking a walk," She answered hastily.
"Why so far away from your den?" Herobrine narrowed his eyes.
"I like this part of the hills, it, uh..feels good to walk on." She hoped he hadn't guessed why she was outside. Without thinking, she ran past him and realized that she had entered the town. Blake was outside working on something when he saw her.
"No time to explain!" She yelped as she passed him. She panted but didn't want to stop. Herobrine wasn't going to stop her from finding Tiger's Roar. She exited the town and loped forward. She didn't know where she was going, but anywhere was better than meeting someone she didn't want to see.
Emerald slowed down to a walk, breathing heavily. She was bone tired and there was nowhere to rest. The moon glinted in the dark night sky. Sitting down, she looked around to see if anyone had followed her. No one was in sight. She eventually spotted a hollow cave. Emerald stumbled up to her feet and padded inside. No one was in the cave. She lied down and eventually fell asleep.
Emerald was standing in the same weird plainland she was at last time. She looked around for the familiar, dark brown creeper she had seen last time.
"I have something to tell you," A familiar voice sounded to her side. She turned around to see Tiger's Roar.
"What do you mean?" She wondered aloud.
"Do you remember the creepers?" He asked. Emerald nodded her head. Iris, Sapphire, Gash, and a bunch of others.
"They don't like the human-monster bond," He began. "They were hiding their hatred, and they were going to go after you, then break the bond." She flinched.
"They were your allies until the relationship began to form. They were plotting against you to drive you out. They were secretly behind Hallow's scheme to break the bond, but they pretended to be the 'good guys'. Today was going to be the day they would get rid of you."
"They...what?" She trembled. So all along, my friends were enemies? They have hated me? What kind of friends do that? I must get to Tiger's Roar's special place, and quick!
Emerald was jolted awake by a dark shadow. It shoved her around.
"Hey, you!" A shrill voice hissed. "Get out of my cave!" It was a spider.
"This is my cave now, bozo," Emerald growled and took a step forward. "Get out or I'll rip you to shreds."
"Think you can just haul threats around?" The spider challenged. "What do you do in fights, talk your enemies to death?" This was too much for Emerald. She screeched and pounced on the spider, easily pinning him to the cold, stony floor.
"Uh, I take that back!" The spider spoke quickly. "My bad, this is your cave!" He squirmed away. Groaning, Emerald walked outside. She didn't mind fighting others occasionaly. The sun rose lazily up in the milky dawn sky. She knew she had to travel early so no one would see her.
She had no idea where she was going, but something in her told her where to go. She suspected it was Tiger's Roar. Emerald made twists and turns around trees and slopes. Occasionaly she felt that someone was watching her, but she shook the thought away.
She had walked for hours, and she began to grow tired. Her muscles ached and her feet were sore from the trek. She had no clue how far she had gone, but she didn't want to know. Finally, she toppled to the ground and gasped. Fog surrounded the trees, and the sky became a pale grey.
Silence. Emerald shuddered at the sudden cold. Stumbling to her feet, she walked towards the east. Or at least she thought it was east. She was hungry and tired, but she didn't want to stop. She had to find Tiger's Roar and his special place. But her feet wouldn't carry her body, and she fell on her side and she blacked out.A musty scent woke her. She was laying on a purple blanket, and scents wreathed around her. She sat up and looked around. A dark shadow was working on something in the corner.
"Lie down, or else you will not heal properly," A hoarse voice sounded. Startled, she rolled over on the blanket and tried to look at the shadowy figure.
"Who are you?" She asked. The form stared at her with blank eyes.
"I am Kyrii," It replied. "I am a Healer of my tribe. I saw you within our boundries and I took you in." Emerald was confused.
"Tribe?" She echoed.
"Argh, what are those dadgum humans teaching kids nowadays?" Kyrii hissed. "We are a tribe of the Creepers. We live away from miners and their pitiful structures. We create bigger things than they do. We are the Tribe of Rushing Water. There is a huge waterfall right next to us where our leader stays." Kyrii walked over to Emerald, holding a bottle of purple liquid.
"What's that?" She asked.
"It's a healing potion. Drink up, or else you won't be able to walk again."
Emerald looked around the barren tribe. Creepers were scattered across the clearing, huddled in discussion. She wondered what they were talking about.
Probably tribe things, She wondered. At that moment, a huge, dark black creeper strode out of the waterfall, tagged along by a slim female. The large black creeper nodded to the smaller one, and she took off in a hurry.
"Saidra, you will lead a hunting patrol," The female called out to a white-and-blue creeper talking to two others. "Bring Hydras, Leion, and Geos with you."
They have such strange names. The black creeper walked up to Emerald.
"I see that we have a visitor," He towered over her. "Welcome to our tribe, stranger. Might I ask for your name?"
"Uh, Emerald," She replied. "You can call me Emmy for short."
"Emmy?" The male laughed. "That's a name I haven't heard in quite a while." He walked away for a moment, then came back with an eldery-looking shiny green female.
"One of our elders just so happens to have that nickname," The old female stared at Emerald. "This is Emerald's Glow. She has been with us for about a couple of years."
"I'd hate to interrupt the history lesson, but I'm in kind of a hurry to get somewhere," She spoke quickly. Emerald's Glow stared at her.
"What for?" The elderly female had a voice cracked with age. "You youngsters are always going off everywhere."
"It's...uh..a secret," Emerald answered quickly. "I'm not allowed to tell anyone."
"If you say so," The black male shrugged his shoulders. "You better take some traveling herbs from Kyrii."
"Did someone say my name?" The shadowy male padded out of a den.
"Prepare some herbs for our guest," He instructed. "She has to get somewhere." He turned to face Emerald. "In the meantime, you better get something to eat. You look like a skeleton."
Emerald waved her goodbye to the tribe creepers and set off again. She had to make up the lost time. Tiger's Roar would be wondering where she was if she was a few days late. The moon shone like a claw in the sky. Kyrii had given her some herbs to help her on her long trek. She had traveled for a total of a day and a half.
Nobody can find me now! She thought happily. The fog began to clear and she could see better. The plains ended in a hilly area with flowers blooming everywhere. She hoped that Tiger's Roar wasn't exagerating when he said how far away his 'special place' was.
A twig cracked behind her. Her blood ran cold. She could hear faint footsteps in the distance behind her. She darted to a bush and peeked. She couldn't make out who it was, but from the looks, it was a human.
I wonder who it is, Emerald thought. She leaned closer, startled at the sight of eerily familiar, white eyes.
It's Herobrine! How did he get so far?
Emerald dared not to move a muscle. If Herobrine saw her, she knew he would know that she ran away.
But Herobrine wants to get rid of you, A voice reminded her. You must get him away and cause enough confusion that he won't recognize you. Without hesitating, she leaped silently and jumped off his back, pushing him to the ground. With a startled yell, he tried to get back up. Emerald pounced and leaped off again.
"Oomph!" He grunted. He slipped away into the shadows. Emerald relaxed and closed her eyes. She heard a faint vroof behind her. She preformed a backflip and landed on his back, pinning down his arms. He struggled and managed to get away.
She panted, staring at him right in the eyes. Herobrine stepped back.
"I come in peace," He replied calmly.
"Yeah right," Emerald sneered and headbutted him in the stomach. He was sent reeling into the dirt. He slipped away again and this time he didn't return. Puzzled, she continued her walk. Nothing was going to stop her from meeting Tiger's Roar.
The hours slipped by. She had eaten Kyrii's herbs and she didn't even break a sweat. Morning arose, and she passed by a spider.
"Hey, you!" She called. "Do you know anywhere kind of far away here to the east?"
"Yeah," The spider replied. "It's called Rainbow Alley, I believe."
"Mind if you take me there?"
"Not at all." Emerald leaped on the back of the spider and they took off. This was much faster than walking by foot. They passed by trees and other lone spiders. This reminded her of the big storm when she was little.
Nothing is going to stop me from finding Tiger's Roar. The trees and flowers began to thin out as they went by. The plains turned into mountains. Few trees were scattered across the tops.
"I don't know the way from here," The spider stopped. "I'm afraid you're on your own now." Emerald waved goodbye and started off again. She would climb the mountains if she had to. They were steep and it was difficult for her to find footholds.
Whatever Kyrii had put in the herbs, it worked. She didn't even feel tired. The moon had rose again, and it was hard to see. After climbing a tall hill, she found a small cave. Walking in, she turned around in a few circles and fell asleep.The familiar yet strange plainlands had returned to her. She regonized Tiger's Roar standing by a lake. Emerald trotted over to him.
"Any news?" She asked him. He turned to look at her.
"You have traveled quite far," He complimented. "Farther than anyone else I know. You only have a few days left before you'll find me." Her heart jumped. She would finally be able to see Tiger's Roar!
"Yeah, about that..." Emerald studdered. "I don't know how else to put this, but-"
"I know what you mean," Tiger's Roar leaned in closer. "That's how all the females felt about me."
"But I'm special," She retorted. "Others don't deserve you."
"Yes, I know," Tiger's Roar shook his head. "I made that mistake when I was still alive."
"I can't wait to see you in person!" She changed the subject.
"Nor can I. But we'll both have to do it together."
"What do you mean?"
"I have been guiding you on what to do ever since you started your journey." Emerald then understood.
"I'll meet you as soon as I can.
It was pouring rain. Iron, Sapphire, and the others have searched for Emerald for the past couple of days, and they had no luck. Lightning flashed in the sky.
"Dag nabbit, we'll never find her!" Gash hissed. "All I have is a pile of dirt!"
"We have to keep looking!" Iron met face-to-face with the large senior. "I won't let anything happen to her!"
But I already did, He thought darkly. Gash grunted and walked over to another place. Sapphire walked up to Iron.
"I can't find her anywhere!" She wailed. A tear streaked down her cheek. "What if we never find her?"
"Don't say things like that!" He scolded her. "Doing so is only going to make this situation worse!"
"What will I do without my precious Emmy?" Emerald's mother screeched. Iron shook all the noise away and walked over to the forest. They had to find Emerald. Thoughts whizzed by two and fro.
"Have you found her?" Iron shouted over to Jay, who was looking from a tree.
"No, but I did find a cat," He replied, holding up a familiar giant ocelot. "I think his daddy was a dinosaur."
"Spot!" Sapphire and Iron shouted at the same time. "Have you seen Emerald?"
"Yes," He croaked when Jay dropped him off the tree. "But that was about four days ago. She said she wanted to go somewhere, and she also told me it was requested by this guy named..uh..I think it started with a B."
"It must be the humans!" Sapphire spat. "They must still hate us for the explosions and the dog-stealing!"
"You're right!" Shade padded up. "We could try and get them back to show them we aren't as cowardly as they think."
"We aren't cowardly at all," Iron hissed.
"Whatever the reason, we must punish the humans," A deep voice sounded out of nowhere. It was Herobrine. "I have a bad feeling that they are the ones behind this." His pale white eyes were filled with worry.
"I don't want anything to happen to her!" Iron shouted.
"Why do you care so deeply about Emerald?" Herobrine narrowed his eyes. "You seem to have a thing for her."
Iron froze, then in a trembling voice, he responded,
"I love her!"
The sun rose all the way up in the cloudy sky. Emerald didn't know how far she had traveled or when she was going to find Tiger's Roar, but she had a feeling that it was close by. Instead of climbing the mountains, she went around them to avoid loosing energy for the rest of the trip.
Keep going, A voice encouraged in her mind. You're almost there, then you will find me. She nodded her head and walked slightly faster. She knew she had to save her energy, but she wanted to meet Tiger's Roar as soon as possible.
My friends thought they could just throw me away like garbage, She wondered darkly. They were wrong. I can take care of myself now anyway. Along with Tiger's Roar and his friends in Rainbow Alley. She strained to see, and the sunlight had suddenly grown harsh. It wasn't a desert.
Squinting in the sudden change of light, she could pick out faint colours in the distance. Is that Rainbow Alley? She loped to where she saw it and it grew bigger. All colours and others she didn't know were spread aross a giant ravine. There was a glass covering at the top, and farther in was a giant room. Walking inside, she felt instantly stronger. Pools of water splashed as she ran by.
She tumbled out of a pair of bushes, and the light had dimmed slightly. A rainbow spread across the sky, and trees were everywhere. A lake and a few rivers were nearby, and flowers bloomed everywhere in sight. Huge butterflies bigger than her head flapped by her face. In the corner was a familiar, darkly coloured creeper. It was Tiger's Roar!
"Hey!" Emerald called over to him. He lifted his head. "It's me, Emerald!" Tiger's Roar instantly got to his feet and loped over to see for himself.
"You made it!" He had a surprised tone in his voice. "I didn't think you would be able to get here in such little time. That was only about five days!" She slammed into him and pinned him to the ground playfully.
"Do you have friends here?" She wondered aloud.
"Yes. Emerald, meet my other friends," Three other strange-looking creepers stepped out of the shadows. They were all ghostly.
"I am Sun Claw," One said.
"I'm Gator's Rage!" A green spirit said.
"I am Night's Shadow." An eerily dark coloured creeper whispered. Emerald waved to all of them.
"But that's not all we have here," Tiger's Roar scrambled away from Emerald. He pointed over to a tall, black figure wearing a black coat.
"Wait a second...." Emerald narrowed her eyes at the newcomer. He seemed all but too familiar. "That's Hallow! How can you be friends with him?"
"Because you are too stupid to realize that we formed together a month ago," Hallow chuckled sarcasticly. Tiger's Roar took a step forward.
"Uh, guys?" Emerald slank backwards. "Are you ok?"
"We're fine. But you, on the other hand, must be dealt with." Gator's Rage hissed and leaped at her. She scrambled away and the scaley male tumbled into the grass. Utterly confused, she stepped backwards as the three spirits closed in on her.
"Tiger's Roar!" She screeched. "How could you be apart of this horrible gang?"
"Because I hate the human-monster bond, and it's too late to turn back now." Tiger's Roar tagged along with Night's Shadow. Emerald hissed and headed for the ravine. A tear rolled down her eye. But why? Why did he trick me? Why didn't anyone say anything?
Emerald burst into a lope. Heading for the exit, she panted with the effort. The spirits were about a couple of feet behind. She didn't stop running. Her heart was broken and shattered.
As bad as he is, maybe he is right about my friends hating me? She thought to herself. She tried to follow her trail, but it was washed away by the rain. She didn't know where she was going, but anywhere would be better than dealing with Tiger's Roar. She passed the mountains and slowed down to a walk. Kyrii's herb affect had worn away, and she now realized how hungry and thirsty she was.
Pushing the aching lurch in her heart away, she walked around the tall peaks and headed to the plainlands next to the Tribe. She knew she would have to stop by there in order toget fully rested, but it was a day's length to walk. Her muscles ached, but she didn't want to stop.
The plains stretched on for what seemed like forever. Dirt was stuck to her skin, and bruises dotted her legs. She passed by flowers and trees, but not the same spider that had helped her. Now, she didn't have Tiger's Roar to help her know which way to go.
Eventually, night arose and the moon glinted in the sky. She passed by monsters, who were all gasping at her return. She finally found the fog-enclosed area and limped inside the camp of the Tribe. The tall black creeper padded out of the waterfall with a gasp. Creepers flooded out of their dens, whispering to each other, including Kyrii.
"What happened?" The Healer came loping over to Emerald. "You look like a dinosaur half-ate you!"
"I don't want to talk about it," She groaned as Kyrii checked her legs.
"Come with me," He called. She followed him inside his den, hoping that she would still be able to walk back home. She had learned her mistake the hard way.
Kyrii doubled the amount of herbs Emerald had received last time, and she hastily ate them all before returning to her journey back home. She had no idea where she was going, but she hoped that she would find familiar places that she had passed when she came to see Tiger's Roar.I'm such an idiot, She wondered. I should of known that I wouldn't be able to trust him. She noticed that the fog was thinning out, and she found herself lost. She was stuck in a desert, not knowing where to go. She kept following the setting sun, but she didn't know whether going west would lead her home.
It was cold and starry night. Sand billowed around her, and for once she wished that Tiger's Roar was there to help her. She shivered at the freezing air. She didn't know where to go, and what to do. There was nowhere to rest. For hours she kept going forward.
At last, she found a place all too familiar.
It's the town! I made it home!
Even though she had eaten Kyrii's herbs, she still felt tired and hurt. She wasn't too excited to come home because of what Tiger's Roar had told her. She snuck past the town and headed for the forest when she heard angry shouts and yelps. She darted to a bush to listen.
"Admit it! You kidnapped Emerald!" It was Herobrine. All the monsters were behind him, snarling and bristling with rage. "Give her back or else!"
"For the last time, we don't have your stupid little friend!" Blake. He had a crowd of humans behind him. They were about to fight.
Wait, so they weren't going to drive me away? She stumbled and got to her feet when she recognized Iron's voice.
"Hey, it's Emerald! She's returned!" The black-and-yellow creeper came running up to her. She felt hundreds of pairs of eyes stare right at her. Herobrine's eyes grew wide. Muffled gasps rose.
"Where were you?" Iron was nosing all around her. "You look like you got attacked by a ghost!"
"That's exactly what happened," She croaked. "Some jerk lead me far away just so he could ambush me."
"So you weren't kidnapped by the humans?" One of the monsters asked.
"Of course not," She replied. The humans began to walk away in their own directions. The monster began to crowd around her, asked many questions. Herobrine sighed with relief.
"Go away, shoo! Shoo!" Sapphire hissed. "Give Emmy her space! She just went through a horrible incident! You think she would have time to answer your questions?" The monsters broke away. Iron, Sapphire, Emerald's mother, and Herobrine remained.
"We've been looking for you ever since you left," Herobrine broke the silence. "I was worried that you were dead."
"I couldn't bear spending another day without you," Her mother huddled close to her. "You must be tired. You need some rest. Welcome home."
"Say, where's Spot?" Sapphire asked. "He disappeared ever since you left!"
"Right here," A hoarse voice called. The same giant ocelot padded out of the trees with an smug look on his face.
"You don't sound like the Spot I know," Emerald narrowed her eyes.
"That's because I'm not Spot," The cat turned into a tall, black form with a black coat.
"Hallow," Iron gasped. The enderman charged at Emerald, flinging her to the dirt next to Herobrine with a yelp.
"I was never a little talking kitty," Hallow laughed darkly.
"Stay away from her!" Iron screeched and leaped on Hallow's back, pushing him to the ground. He leaped off again as soon as he teleported away. His face was twisted with rage.
Whoa, Emerald thought. That's not the Iron I know. How come he's so overprotective? He hissed and slashed his feet out at Hallow. Other creepers and monsters joined in and drove him backwards.
"You haven't seen the last of me," Hallow disappeared in a puff of purple smoke. The monsters walked away with confused looks. Iron padded over to Emerald.
"Can you get up?" He asked.
"I'm fine," She stood up on wobbly legs. Iron watched her with a worried gaze. Emerald trotted into her cave-den, along with Sapphire.
"Why did you leave?" Sapphire sat down.
"Oh, some guy named Tiger's Roar tricked me into coming where he lived. He had me believe that you and my friends were going to drive me away and that I should stay with him."
"Why would we do that?" Sapphire leaned in.
"I don't know..I didn't really think it through when he told me that. Let's hope that never happens again."
"I think Hallow gets the point. You need some rest. If I didn't know better, I'd think you would be a half-dead creeper."
Emerald found herself in a glittery cave. Am I dreaming? No one was there. The moon shone from a hole on the roof, revealing a crystal-coloured wolf. Her pelt shone like stars.
"Hey, I remember you," Emerald observed. "You're that dog I saw a couple months ago when I was kidnapped."
"I have important news for you and your friends," Her voice was silky and smooth. "An outburst will rise in the future. You must be prepared for anything that happens."
"But what's going to happen?" Emerald pressed.
"I'm afraid I cannot tell you," The wolf shook her head. "But you will know when." She began to fade.
"No! Tell me what's going to happen!" Emerald woke with a start. Sunlight shone dimly in weak rays, slightly lighting up the cave-den. Her legs were still sore. Shaking her head, she walked outside. Iron was already outside.
"What are you doing?" She asked. Iron jumped and turned around."Oh, just thinking about you," He blushed. Emerald could tell he was hiding something from her.
"Why me?" She asked.
"I..I just get so worried about you," Iron turned to face her. "I can't help it. I just get so scared that something bad is going to happen to you."
"Well, I'm alive and standing right next to you," Emerald replied. "What's to worry about?"
"I honestly don't know," Iron looked away to the rising sun. She understood.
"Well, at least I'm not dead. I've got a long time before that happens. You don't need to worry."
- -THE END-