Chapter 27: An Important Message
My ear flicked, but I ignored the soft voice calling my name. I shifted, my eyes staying closed.
"Vixenfur... wake up, Vixenfur..."
I sighed a little and my eyes slid open to see Flamestar. We were on Venus once again, and I was guessing Flamestar was going to explain what I had to do next. Now that I've finished the three tasks that were assigned to me... it was time to continue on with my journey. Questions coursed through my mind. What about Venomflare? Was he doing tasks similar to mine or was he way ahead of me?
"I know you want to ask many things," Flamestar purred. "But I'll explain it all." I flicked my ears forward in curiosity as she continued. "Now that you've finished your three tasks, you've proven to us quite a few things. You've proven your bravery, your speed and agility, and how you cope with other cats in a difficult situation. The rock climb also proved you are eligible to climb mountains; by your muscle movement and technique of going up the wall."
I blinked in surprise. All of those things really proved my strengths? "And your journey is going to start. Do not worry about Venomflare at the moment; he will only add extra stress. Let's just say he is doing well, but Froststar isn't doing a good job on finding out his strengths and weaknesses. The first place you need to go is across the ocean. Once you find land, you need to explore every inch of it until you reach more water. I won't tell you any more; you are on your own."
"Is this goodbye...?" I asked softly, and Flamestar purred.
"Of course not, Vixenfur. I'm going to give you small hints, but I'm not going to point straight to the answer for you anymore. You have to learn more on your own."
"So... I'm supposed to swim across the ocean?" I asked, and Flamestar nodded curtly. "You have the strength. It will take time, and you have the powers to rest and explore and speed up. You just need to be creative and learn how you can use those powers." I tilted my head and nodded. Fire is put out by water, though... I wonder. Is my weakness water? That can't be... I love to swim, and I swam even after I learned about my powers...
"I know you are wondering many things," She murmured. "Your questions will be answered over time. All I'm going to tell you is this. You need to go everywhere, learn everything. You need to learn how to read, write and speak Twoleg language. And once you know that, you can explore the land. There's a certain cat that can teach you that. You will know who she is, and she'll know who you are. That's all I can say about that. You'll find the ocean very soon, Vixenfur. I wish you luck."
With that, I felt the urge to sleep. That means I'm going back to Earth... I yawned and laid down, sleep quickly taking over me.
When my eyes opened, I was still in the makeshift den that I made in a nearby forest. It was small, many many many miles away from Iron Oaks. I learned what miles were from listening to the song "A Thousand Miles" on the strange device I found that plays music. I figured it out; it's a way to measure distance.
I got to my paws, gathering my things and stuffing them in the bag. My necklace sparkled a little, and I smiled, glancing down at it proudly. It was like a symbol for my powers. I've noticed that the orange sparks swirl when I'm using my fire powers or when I'm in fire... or even in the blazing sun. It's pretty awesome!
I slid out of the den slowly, stretching my jet black legs and letting them glint in the sun. I felt power pulse through my veins as I sat under the sun; my fiery fur felt... well, fiery. I laughed a little, then padded away from the den. I leaned down next to a small, gurgling stream to get a drink of water. I lapped up the crystal clear water and stood, leaping over the stream and running.
My paws thundered against the soft grass; I leaped over huge roots and rocks, over puddles of mud and splashing through pools of water. I pushed through the thorny bushes quickly to be met by another endless field of grass. I sat, digging the device out of my bag and plugging the earbuds in my ears. I moved down the list of songs using my paw, and stopped on one that I didn't recall seeing before.
I clicked play, and was met by a peaceful tune. It was kind of sad, and a male-twoleg's voice came in. "I fall a thousand feet per second, you still take me by surprise..." I nodded, liking this choice. I stuck the device in my bag, swung the bag on my shoulder and grinned, taking off at another sprint. I was finding the ocean today, for sure.