*Gecko sits on a rock, smoothing out the scales on her tiny body, she looks at the floor with a slight smile on her face. Without a word she looks over at the crystal ball that glows with life, all the other creatures were asleep, except for a slight few* It's been a hectic while, many moons since she returned to the tree which was her temporary home. Over the dry spell it has been more then hectic as Gecko's heart was fooled and strung along the entire way.
Rattlesnake: He was considered one of Gecko's close friends and it's true they dated back when they could both be considered hatchlings, Rattlesnake was the first creature to ever physically be there for Gecko in her times of pain. One moon there was a celebration for the Squirrel and on that moon in particular the two talked about old times, present times and possibly the future. *Gecko flips glances at an old picture, smiles* She always thought about him although she kept it quiet and told nobody, but Kitten always knew something was going to happen. And so, once again, they were together and this time Gecko knew of her past mistakes and would make everything right this second time around. "But some say that it's best to leave things alone, leave them where they lay." *Putting the picture away, she goes back to sketching on a piece of tree bark* It wasn't long before a secret was kept from Gecko, Rattlesnake filled her head with false hope and dreams and sadly...she fell for each one. Sparrow knew better, he tried reasoning with the both of them: Rattlesnake to leave Gecko alone, to set her free and Gecko to come to her senses. Finally on a moon sometime later, Gecko finally had enough and turned away from his lies. *Stops sketching, laughs quietly to herself* "But some habits never die, and it's for those habits that I'm severely grateful." With time apart, it came to be like the last time this happened: both went their own ways, following their own dreams, living their own lives...once again becoming friends, forgetting what happened. *Gecko goes back to her drawing, mutters* "But never again will this happen..."
So Gecko went on her way, once again free from the chains of any type of relationship with another creature. But she began to witness a case of honesty from one of her other close creatures and it came to be that Gecko started to wonder about her feelings and actions.
Blue Jay: He is more then you're average creature..."He is perhaps the kindest, most wonderful creature I've ever met thus far in my journey." Out of the few lands she has visited, and the many animals she has met, Blue Jay is the one that she could relate to the most. *Gecko mutters* "Well, of the male gender anyways." The two lived similar lives and have lost two similar brethern and both Gecko and Blue Jay strived to live for their dreams and hopes, hoping to find the one thing they couldn't get from their homes: love. She thought that the both of them could fill in what was missing in each other's lives and so she gave it a go, but Gecko finally learned that although this may be a perfect match, like that of a puzzle, she couldn't be comfortable. *Gecko sighs as she picks up a rock to scratch out her mistake* She felt terrible, as if she had led Blue Jay on but eventually their friendship was restored to as close as possible it's original state.
"I'm finished with this, I can't get this to come out right!" But, this wasn't the first time she thought that. It finally arrived: the short season before the great harvest and Gecko was to return to her apprenticeship in hopes to achieve her main goal: to become great at Art to start her new life. Although excited to once again see Iguana, Poison Dart Frog and Turtle again (among others) she decided to keep away from any and every creature/animal of the opposite sex. But then she ran into a creature she only spoke to a few times and then something happened...
The Pretender: He's an unusual creature: creative, outgoing and he left Gecko feeling quite comfortable to be herself. It was like a million fireflies trapped inside a closed jar, lights and sparks flying everywhere. And so Gecko decided that it was time to try and love again. Sadly, the happiness seemed to fade after only seven moons and she was left alone with her thoughts...more then she wanted to. "But the Pretender wasn't a bad creature, he seemed to have just lost his way." With this said, Gecko kept her chin up, helping the Pretender in any way possible but in the end it failed. *She walks across the silent room to look out through the hole in the tree, a different view then the season before* She didn't understand what it was she did wrong, or rather what she always seems to do wrong but the Pretender reassured Gecko that it indeed wasn't her fault. But she wasn't alone, there was a creature...a mysterious creature with kindness...
*Gecko continues to look out the hole of the tree, the wind has grown colder as it's slowly fading into yet another season* "Sometimes I wonder, is all of this just one type of temporary season? If so...when will the warm, caring season come?" After a recent letter received from Dragon, whom also returned to his distant land, Gecko was left with a deeper sense of loneliness and not only this...but regret and a feeling that perhaps...it is better to be alone. But hiding, in the shadows lies the mysterious creature that in so many ways resemble the Dragon's old ways, how he used to hold her tiny figure in his strong arms only to protect her from all the evil that surrounded her, everything except the deceitful, unknowing trance. But even so...this creature has yet to be identified and although Gecko has let him in she remains cautious and scared of what he may become... *She looks away from outside and covers herself with a leaf, quietly* "The bruises you left me have disappeared, the bleeding scars are still healing but Dragon...you have left me with much more pain then ever." *Looking down at the ground she curls into a tight ball, holding the leaf closer to her, tears fall quietly* "I can no longer trust, I can no longer hope and I can no longer try for love...thanks to you."