“Rainstorm got himself into a meditating position, which was a sitting position with his tail over his paws. He closed his eyes and felt himself calm down. Healing rain oh healing rain, come down to sprinkle us with rain.”
“I don’t want to go!” Rainstorm whined. “Why do I have to go with you to the unknown?! I want to stay home!”
“Rainstorm, shut up and quit crying,” Blaze growled. “This rain is also quite annoying!”
My healing rain, Rainstorm thought in agony, trying to act right. It can heal any kind of wound I want it to.
Blaze led his adoptive brother away from their home. “Listen, Rainy, I’m sorry if I was a jerk in the past…”
“It’s fine,” Rainstorm growled. “I just really want to meet a friend! A true one!”
“I’m your friend,” Blaze murmured comfortingly.
Rainstorm began crying again. “You’re my adoptive brother!”
“Who says we can’t be friends?”
“I meant like a different friend.” Rainstorm walked away to calm himself down. He felt his special healing rain sink into his fur.
“Man!” Blaze followed him. “You cry up a storm when you’re unhappy! No wonder your name is Rainstorm.”
“Yeah, yeah, I know,” Rainstorm grunted. “Tease me all you want. I’ve been teased enough in my life to care less.”
All throughout Rainstorm’s life, he had been bullied. No one liked him because of how useless he was. He couldn’t control his unusual powers, either. Blaze, on the other paw, was a respected cat. He was technically Prince Blaze, but he preferred Blaze.
“Maybe we should check upon Skyline, don’t you think?” Blaze asked. “You were babbling about him shortly after we left. You said he can’t control his grief or something along the lines of that.”
Rainstorm nodded in agreement. “Where do you think we should look for him at?”
“Maybe the river.” Blaze led him over to the nearby river. “Look. Is that him?”
“Yes,” Rainstorm answered.
He peered at the cat in the river. The cat was sinking his claws into something Rainstorm didn’t see.
“Skyline?” Blaze called.
He ran over to meet him, followed swiftly by Rainstorm.
Skyline, well, King Skyline, was the cat who ruled Eastern Rome. He had lost his mother many months ago, and a few months after that had lost his father. He had lost both of his parents due to a sickness. Rainstorm and Blaze were cats who used to live by the river but got kicked out by the ruler Queen Periwinkle because of Rainstorm’s dangerous magic.
“Ugh!” Rainstorm moaned. “Skyline!!!”
Skyline looked at them warily. “Yes?”
“You okay?” Rainstorm came to sit beside him.
Skyline shook his head. “Too much has been going on in my life.”
“Like what?” Rainstorm asked curiously.
Skyline flinched. “Oh, by the way, you can call me King Skyline as well if you want… You don’t have to. I’m trying not to think about being a king in this stance…”
“I caught a cold a month ago, and it’s getting worse…” King Skyline burst into a fit of coughing. “I let my daughter Sofia take over as queen until I can get better. My daughters, Sofia and Shadow, look almost exactly the same…”
“Woah, you just changed the topic!” Rainstorm exclaimed. “You never used to do that!”
King Skyline looked away. “I know! I can’t think straight with this cold!” He coughed more.
“Should I heal it?” Rainstorm asked. “I think my healing rain can do the trick.”
Skyline looked at him with watery eyes. “Could you try it then?”
“Sure.” Rainstorm got himself into a meditating position, which was a sitting position with his tail over his paws. He closed his eyes and felt himself calm down. Healing rain oh healing rain, come down to sprinkle us with rain. Terrible summoning job! Great going, Rainy!
Rainstorm felt rain sink into his fur. It worked? But how?
Skyline was still coughing himself off even as the rain sank into his fur.
Blaze nodded at him. “Should I keep the little one warm?”
“I’m not that little!” King Skyline rasped.
“I never said you were little!” Blaze spat.
Rainstorm flattened his ears as Blaze began hurling insults at Skyline and Skyline began talking quickly…
Rainstorm glared at the sky as the rain stopped coming down. He tried to summon his healing rain again, but nothing came from the sky. He tried again and again until he began feeling frustrated. Work already!
“Blaze!!!” Rainstorm bellowed. “Stop it!”
King Skyline was on the ground. His chest was heaving with the effort of talking.
“He’s dead,” Blaze grunted. “Well done, Rainstorm! You killed him.” He narrowed his eyes. “I’m being sarcastic, you murderer!”
Rainstorm flinched. “B-but he’s not dead yet…”
“Just because he isn’t dead ‘yet’ doesn’t mean he won’t die five minutes from now!” Blaze shot back.
Rainstorm knelt beside Skyline and tried to not lose control of his growing emotions. Am I slowly killing him?
“Y-you’re fine!” King Skyline gasped. “Don’t worry… about me.”
Rainstorm itched to give him a hug and hopefully make him feel better, but he knew he’d have to have his permission. “Sky, may I hug you?”
“Ugh, stop!” Skyline wheezed. “Talking to me…”
“Can I hug you or not?”
The sick king nodded. He didn’t say anything else really as Rainstorm hugged him.
“Aww, a couple. I like that.” Blaze took a phone from off the ground and snapped a photo.
“Hey!” King Skyline glared at him. “That’s my device!” He began coughing again.
“Did the rain heal you at all?” Rainstorm asked.
King Skyline nodded. “Slightly. I still feel awful.”
Rainstorm decided to give him a few reassuring licks on the back. “How does that feel?”
“Terrible,” King Skyline moaned in distress.
“Try feeding some of the rain to him,” Blaze suggested out of the blue. “Oh, here’s your device thing.” He gave it back to Skyline, who sniffed it.
“Such an animal,” Rainstorm said to himself. “Animals sniff everything!”
“Yeah,” Blaze agreed. He turned to glare at Skyline. “Animal!!!”
King Skyline sighed. “What?!”
“I thought ‘animal’ was sick,” Blaze grunted. “Why are you even responding if you’re sick?”
“Well, I’m not deaf,” King Skyline wheezed.
Rainstorm decided to use his dangerous magic to try to heal Skyline. He reached forward and dug his claws into the king’s fur.
King Skyline looked at him fearfully. “What are you doing?”
“Something,” Rainstorm answered, feeling the magic sinking into the king’s fur. Please work! Please work!
King Skyline let out a scream of surprise. “What…” He suddenly went limp.
“That’s a good thing,” Rainstorm murmured, looking into Blaze’s shocked face. “He’s unconscious, meaning that he’s healing.”
“I’ll carry him home then,” Blaze murmured back. “But the problem is I don’t know where he lives.”
“Just keep him here for now,” Rainstorm said breezily. “And we’ll check in on him in a day.”
“What about his kingdom?” Blaze demanded. “He needs to go back! He’s a king, you dummy!”
“Yeah I know, but what’s more important: sending a sick, unwell king to his kingdom, or waiting until the sick king heals to send him back to his kingdom?”
“I guess the second one,” Blaze said reluctantly.
“Exactly, so let’s just wait here,” Rainstorm growled.
“Where am I?!” a cat who sounded like Skyline wailed.
“Huh?” Rainstorm woke up immediately and found King Skyline whining near a bush. “What’s wrong?”
“I had a nightmare about my kingdom!” King Skyline moaned. “They were all dying, and it was my fault!”
“Okay first off, calm down and second… there’s no such thing as an entire kingdom dying at once.”
“Thanks.” King Skyline curled up in a ball again. “Say, what happened while I was dead or out or whatever you call it?”
“Unconscious. Nothing really happened except for Blaze and I discussing when you’ll go home. We don’t know where you live, so we can’t walk you there.”
“It’s okay. I can go home now.” King Skyline gave Rainstorm a few licks on the face. “Thanks for saving me. I really appreciate it.”
“No problem, but I’m still walking you home to make sure nothing happens to you. Blaze is coming, too. Sky, show us the way.”
Skyline shut his eyes. “They won’t like it. But sure, let’s get this over with.”
“You guys are going to get me in trouble,” King Skyline moaned. “I already got in trouble with my father for losing my crown about half a year ago!”
“Your father is dead,” Rainstorm reminded him. “I know it’s still kind of new to you… and I’m sorry that you had to lose your parents at such a young age.”
King Skyline shut his eyes angrily. “Yeah I know…” He flexed his claws in the grass unhappily.
“Sorry for your loss.” Blaze gave the king a few licks on the cheek. “Rainstorm lost his parents in a dog fight I think.”
Rainstorm glared at him. “Yeah, and them dying ruined my life forever!” he barely managed to keep himself from bawling out loud.
“Wait, what?” King Skyline flickered his ears up in surprise and opened his eyes. “You did? And Blaze, stop kissing me!”
“Sorry, sir. I’m trying to cool you down,” Blaze apologized.
“Nope, you’re embarrassing me.” King Skyline looked at the camp entrance. “There should be a line of soldiers on their way to scout the entrance for intruders.”
“Would you allow your crush to kiss you?” Blaze teased.
King Skyline looked at the ground and shuffled his paws awkwardly. “Depends on who it is.”
Just then, a patrol walked right up to them. They had hostility in their eyes. “What do you think you’re doing?! Catnapping Skyline?!”
Skyline looked the other way. Rainstorm wondered why he was so embarrassed at looking at his own soldiers.
One of them strolled out. Her black fur was rippling along her spine. “Sky, what’s wrong?” She rested her tail on his back.
“N-nothing.” Skyline shook her off. “Go away, Alanna.”
“Who’s Alanna?!” Rainstorm blurted. “Your love?”
Skyline didn’t answer. “This is my goodbye. Thanks, Rainy.” He hugged him tightly, and Rainstorm noticed that he was bawling yet again and was trying to hide it.
Yeah, I don’t blame him. As soon as I found out Queen Periwinkle wasn’t my mom, I was bawling for hours. I didn’t even know my parents were long dead. Queen Periwinkle was his adoptive mother, and where he used to live, she was a ruler. She had one or two kittens. One of their names was Blaze, and for some reason Blaze ran away from his mom along with Rainstorm. Rainstorm found himself still twitchy from that experience.
“What about me?!” Blaze demanded. “I helped you, Skylight.”
“Skyline,” Skyline corrected. “Yeah sure.” Blaze hugged him anyway. “Bye, Blaze, nice being around you.” Skyline went to join the others. “Bye!”
“Bye!” Blaze and Rainstorm chorused, going back home the way they came.
I hope King Skyline feels better at home, Rainstorm prayed. Maybe one day he’ll decide to visit us again when he’s settled back in his home.