Glaring at my computer screen become increasingly hard as fatigue took over my eyes, I took my glasses off and rubbed my thumb and middle finger on my eyelids. Not withstandanding my tiresomeness I felt hungry.
Maybe I should eat something before going to bed huh? – I murmured to myself.
I went to the kitchen and reached out to the cabinet handle when I heard something moving inside it. Two or three seconds later a faint dark-purple glow started seeping trough the cabinet’s crannies.
I stepped back still gazing at the weird phenomenon, but the noise grew louder and the cabinet collapsed inside what seemed like a portal to another dimension. I realized other objects flying towards said portal. Before I could think about fleeing my foot was already sliding irreversibly in that thing’s direction.
I rememer thinking whether it was a blackhole as my body was flunged inside said portal. The dark-purple light gave way to a pink sky. Nothing below or above me, I was freefalling. Wind rushing against my face. The terrain approached quickly, and I ended up hiting my head against some tree’s branch.
I woke up just to find several small creatures looking intently at me. They walked on two curved short legs and had a toad-like appearance. One of them got near and said something without moving what looked like it’s mouth.
-Greeting stranger, can I have your tribute?
Was that telepathy? And what did it mean by tribute?
It looked at the it’s peers as if it had read my thoughts and tooked them as an answer.
It didn’t looke pleased but it’s not like the thing had changed it’s expression.
-Stop calling me “it” and show me the Giant Tulip seeds.
I don’t know what you’re talking about – I thought, this time knowing there was no privacy within my mind anymore.
My head was still hurting from hitting the tree(and possibly the soil, my consciousness ended right after the branch hit) but I endured and tried not to show any sign of weakness.
The weird band, which amounted to 5 or 6 beings plus some dark silhouette behind them. The bright sky was partially blocked by the pervasiveness of the trees.
They started throwing some red gloo from what seemed like their mouths. It was very sticky and as the quantity being thrown increased my body got binded.
Stop! – I yelled. It probably contained some sleep inducing chemical, my eyes started closing on their own.
Don’t worry, we are not going to kill you, just have you get us the tributes you owe. – I thought hearing before falling unconscious again.
When I woke up three or four creatures were removing the binging gloo by spraying some liquid(also from their mouths) that eroded the gloo.
Climb this giant tulip, get to the flower, get the yellow colored seeds, and climb down to us – One of the creatures told me(using telepathy, as always)
I couldn’t tell if the toadish thing was the same creature that greeted me before, they all look very similar to me.
I thought about fleeing but I felt a hunch that it would be a fruitless endeavor.
Yes, it would be uselees, don’t bother – Damn, I had forgotten they can read my mind.
I climbed the tulip whose height was twice that of the neighbouring trees but whose width wasn’t so bulky.
The flower itself was the size of a telephone cabin. I slid inside and took one of the yellow spheres, it was soft but seemingly resistant. It didn’t feel like I could break it by squeezing it. Perhaps I should just let it fall to the green toads?
Don’t do that! – I heard one of them saying, a different voice.
Hmm, so I guess the one that instructed me to climb was the one who greeted after the fall.
You can call me Yoonar – the first voice told me
Now, climb down the tulip while holding the seed. – Yoonar
I did as told and gave them the yellow sphere.
They started drooling as they ripped it’s shell.
Inside lied what looked like a butterfly, but it wasn’t moving.
It’s dead! Go get another one. – Some other toad said.
And so I did, this time they were happier when looking at the interior.
A live butterfly, Yoonar took it by the wings and swallowed it.
He trembled for a while and started smirking. The first time I saw him(or any other toad-like creature for that matter) changing his facial expression.
Great! – He screamed inside my mind – Hahahaha, now go get two more!
As I climbed yet again they started running away.
I decided to stop and check things out.
Two human-like entities come into view. They resembled girls, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, wearing what looked like a summer dress, they had two somewhat transparent insect wings. they run towards the spot the toads were standing before, and then suddenly stopped.
One of them looked up at me.
Hey you! What are you doing? – she yelled, I was about 24 feet high clinging to the giant tulip.
Well, they told me to get some yellow spheres and… – I was interrupted
What!? You helped them kill our children!? – said the other winged cat-girl
Come down here! – she continued.
No, they made me get those things… – I started explaining as I climbed down.
She then pushed me to the ground with an unexpected strength. And chained my wrists.
You are under arrest! – she yelled.
Can you people stop binding me!? – I asked exasperated.
The two took me through the florest until we reached a huge lake. In the center of the lake lied an island and on top of that Island a huge but slender white tower that dwarfed the whole forest(including the giant tulips).
The cat-girl that wasn’t behing me made some gestures and summoned a bridge that seemed made of transparent plastic with a very faint blue color.
Let’s go – she said while pushing me forward.
I walked following the other cat-girl who had just summoned the bridge and was now walking towards the tower.
Hey cat-girls, can you please tell me when I’ll be able to explain myself? – I asked
We are fairies, not cat-girls. And the answer is never! – The one behind me said
The cat-gi… er… fairy leading the way chuckled and said – Well, we need to get to the fairy tower before you can be judged.
The fairy behind me tsked.