Tchink and Eden (Chapter 2)
It’s a little before dawn and I’m out with Yovec and Tcheb sitting on a large rock close to the edge of the village. This is where we spend our early hours before we unwillingly return to the village to do chores. The sun is one of the most beautiful things Tchink Village owns.
Yovec is number one of course.
“Tchink, do you think there is another village like ours somewhere?” Yovec turns to ask me.
I stare into her dark, wide eyes for a second before I say “Of course not, Yovec, we are the only lomes in the world.”
“But have you ever stopped to wonder maybe…”
“Papa Tchlan says that the lomes that have tried to explore the rest of the world never came back. He says that they were killed by wild animals. We are the only lomes there are, Yovec.”
Tcheb throws a rock into the lake of decon and three of us turn to watch the ripples in silence.
Dawn is almost here…
Tcheb stands up and starts walking towards the narrow path to the village. Yovec follows but I linger for a moment to stare at the ripples of decon before I jog towards my friends.
“RACE YOU TO THE VILLAGE!” Tcheb shrieks as he whizzes past Yovec. Yovec and I break into a run, laughing as our wings spread and we soar over the trees and towards Tchink Village. When I’m flying I wish I can keep my wings forever but they’ll disappear completely by the time I become a full grown lome. I twirl twice in the air as I close in on Tcheb.
“Eh! I dinna ever see a cheat like you, Tchink!” He yells.
“Yovec knows I dinna cheat haha!”
We both await Yovec’s witty response but all we hear is the sound of our wings flapping.
My heart stops inside me as I turn around to find that Yovec is nowhere in sight.
“Yovec!” I call
Tcheb hovers towards me. I can feel the fear he brings with him and the unspeakable thought in his head echoes in mine:
Did Yovec fly into a tree?
We descend into the forest and thankfully find Yovec not too far from the spot we landed.
“What happened, Yovec?”
She’s out of breath and her dark eyes seem wider than ever.
She saw something.
“What did you see, Yovec?” Tcheb asks her, checking her left wing. She has a few scratches.
“Tell us, Yovec” I kneel in front of her and gaze into the depths of her eyes.
“I saw…” there’s a thin sheath of sweat on her face and her cheeks are a bright, excited shade of pink.
“What did you see, Yovec?” Tcheb shakes her shoulders gently, turning her towards him. His lower lip trembles a little. He is thinking what I’m thinking.
Yovec finally voices our thought “I saw a…a…thing.”
“What thing?!” I am getting impatient. The sun is shining in all of its glory now and Mama and Papa will be awake and about soon.
“A lome but not really a lome. It dinna look anything like us, Tcheb! And it’s not an animal either!”
“Are you sure of what you saw, Yovec?” I turn her face towards me now and I see the truth in her eyes.
“Let’s go home,” Tcheb helps Yovec to her feet “and don’t tell anybody what you saw, Yovec. We aren’t supposed to be here in the first place…”
“You dinna see anything, Yovec.” I say this to convince myself more than I say it to convince my friends.
There are creatures out there that we are not aware of.