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Pet Name: drakicho
I've always been a troublemaker. Playing pranks and causing a bit of mischief has always been something I loved to do. Ever since my owner met me and took me into her home she's always been putting up with my tricks. If I get caught she'd just scold me and laugh afterwards. I asked her why, why she wouldn't get mad at me all the time. She said to me, “I knew what I was getting into when I adopted you. I love you for who you are and I was looking for you for a very long time.” When I heard that, I didn't understand what she meant. Why would she love a troublesome Darigan like me?
It wasn't until that day that I finally understood.
Those cold, lonely nights. Diving back to my instincts, I carved out a cave in the mountainside to grant me shelter. My inner flame kept me warm, but I didn't have the energy to start a fire every day. I shuffled myself into the corner of the cave, curling up on the soft snow. The first night was the worst. The snowstorm was relentless. I could barely sleep.
I thought a lot during those days, in between looking for food when the storm paused and trying to find my way back to Happy Valley. I missed the mornings visiting the Underwater Fishing Vortex and never knowing what I'd fish up next. I missed looking for jobs at the Job Agency, and rushing to the Marketplace as quickly as my wings could take me. I missed pestering my brother Sentiiment, he’s always picking a fight, and I'd always manage to slip away without a scratch. It's fun seeing him get angry!
I missed all the books she bought me, no matter how much I read she always had more to give me. I missed entering in the Beauty Contest with her, she always pushed me to look my best among all the other pretty pets. I missed playing little pranks on her. Hiding items from her inventory, sprinkling Tyrannian spices on her food, and replacing her toothbrush with an Invisible one.
Is she looking for me? Did she finally get sick of all the jokes and tricks? What if she thought me getting lost was just another prank?
I cIenched my fists and stomped my feet. How could I think these things? Of course she’s looking for me. She must be worried sick. For the time I've known her she has always cared so much for me, no matter how much I troubled her.
The storm finally let up one day. The sun shone through and I could finally see my surroundings. As I let the morning sun warm my wings a bit, I heard a distant call.
“Drak!! Where are you?!”
That familiar voice. I took flight and I followed my ears. The calls became louder and louder. And then, there she was! I dove down and pounced onto her, and we tumbled in the snow. Sentiiment was there too, and he scolded me for scaring her. She hugged me tightly, and I knew she was in tears.
Every little trick I played on her was a precious memory. Even after we got lost, she fought through the snow to look for me. I was a Darigan that caused nothing but trouble for her, but she wouldn't want it any other way.
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