Haki continued to throw pebbles into the forest while listening to the many conversations going on around him. While it wasn’t in spoken words, the plants and animals were communicating and he could hear all of them. It was a calming sound but it wasn’t always like that. When his powers first manifested, those voices drove him crazy to the point of abusing alcohol. It made the voices stop and everything to be quiet. He left those habits a long time ago but he would occasionally look back to remind himself of how far he had gotten.
While listening to the conversations, he didn’t notice the griffins or Chance until his voice broke through his thoughts. “Chance!” Haki yelp in surprise. He quickly jumped to his feet causing him to drop the bunny in his hand. It landed safely and scurried away.
“H-Hi Chance…” Haki could feel the heat rising to his face and the pounding of his heart. He didn’t know why chance would be here until he noticed the griffin watching them from behind the tree. It made him go quiet for a moment. “Chance…” It was hard to find the right words to express what he was thinning until he remembered something he picked up earlier that day. Carefully, Haki reached into his robe and took out a crystal rose. It was translucent and was surrounded by a light green halo. He then stood up and walked over to Chance. He reached out, grabbed Chance’s hand, and helped him onto his feet.
“Chance I have only known you for a little while but you are more important to me than anyone…even Adrian.” Haki held out the rose for Chance. “There is a tradition here Du'vir where you ask the person you loved to a dance with a rose. So Chance will you share a dance with me?”
“I'm okay just thinking,” Adrian said. He was about to take a bite of his food when music suddenly started playing, and the street burst to life. Petals of flowers began to rain down from the sky as people left their homes and head off towards the city center.
Adrian smiled then suddenly stood up. “Come I have something to show you!” Adrian signed. He took Nessa’s hand and urged her to get up from her seat. Smiling, he guided her out of the store and into the crowd of people all heading to the same place. After a small walk, they reached the city center where a large tree and hundreds of people stood. All of them waiting for a once in a lifetime event. Unlike any other year, this year’s festival was different. The tree at the center of the city was grown by magic and would react to the high magic in the air causing a spectacular sight.
Adrian continued to walk until they were at the center of the square and next to the tree. At its root was a large garden of roses with dozens of colors. Carefully, Adrian picked a rose from the bush and showed it to Nessa. Then like clockwork, the tree began to glow. Its bark turned a bright white. Its leaves a pale blue. “Nessa, will you share a dance with me?” Adrian asked along with everyone else under the tree’s canopy.