TITLE: Singing the Wires
GENRE: Middle Grade
'Go on, make her fly, Gossamer,' Orchid Indigo said. Her green eyes glittered with mischief.
'Yes, do it!' Bopplenut said.
Gossamer turned back to Decibelle and the indecision in her eyes cleared. She swept her body around in a half-circle and slammed her wing against Decibelle's shoulder.
Decibelle grabbed a branch, but it was too late. She screamed as she toppled. Instantly, her wings flickered into life. They beat out of time, struggling to balance her body, turning and spinning her in space as she dropped through the leaves.
In the last moments before she hit the ground, the wings found their beat, slowing her descent. Decibelle curled her body on impact and rolled into the thick layer of leaves. The air punched from her lungs.
As she lay there gasping, the three tintookie younglings landed and stood watching.
'You didn't fly up here, did you? You climbed.' Bopplenut Snout shook his spiky blond head in mock disbelief. 'I'll tell on you! Imagine what the clan will say.'
Gossamer's mouth gaped, as though in horror at what she had done.
Decibelle sat up. One grazed knee dribbled blood and her palms throbbed from the rough slide along the track. Much worse than that though, the others had witnessed the embarrassing, clumsy landing. She brushed away tears as her voice tore from her throat.
'LEAVE ME ALONE!'
The tintookies fell back and held their hands over their ears. Pain leached the colour from their faces.