Sisk turned in the saddle and looked back at Helios. "Once we are free-clear of the village perimeter we'll retrace the swath the bug-beetles cut through the deep-thick forest. Scouts said there were a few dangerous-large Rahi that were driven closer to the village, we'll have to take them back where they belong-came from. Ready? Here we go!"
With that, he squeezed the bird's shoulders, and the next instant the contours of their surroundings turned into colourful blurs streaking past like the paint of an abstract painting and the wind roared in their ears. After a few seconds, everything started to gain focus again, as they were climbing higher and higher above the treetops. Eventually, Skyscratcher leveled out, before Sisk pulled him into a slow turn and they headed towards the broad patch of jungle where the beetles had raged. Even from above, the damage could be seen in the distance, where there were gaps in the foliage and strange discolouration had taken hold of many of the trees.
IC: Helios (Riding Skyskratcher)
The first rush of speed as Skyskratcher took off felt like my mask suddenly decided to go on autopilot, and I clung tighter to the harness than I probably should,. That is, if I wanted to look less like a frightened manchild who was riding his first Ussal crab.
But when we got clear of Le-Koro's treetops and had only the clear sky around us, I decided that there was no way my mask and my powers were both developing minds of their own, so I started enjoying the view.
Le-Koro's treetops had always seemed to me to be where it ended; often there was so little sunlight or rain that slipped through that you'd swear it was a solid roof. But of course, streaking above it now, it looked like just a tiny part of a massive world. The island stretched out to all sides below us, and from some sides we could even see the massive ocean. The ocean that we'd always wondered over whether or not there was anyone else out there.
The remains of the beetle attack looked like a wound in the ground, like the very island was bleeding. It wasn't a pretty sight. Glad I had something to do, though, I needed that at the moment.
"Never been this high-far up, the island-view is wonderful" I remarked to Sisk.