Today I have been invited to sit in on a conversation with three of my native beacon characters. For those of you who don’t know what native beacons are, they are winged horses that I saw in a dream a few months ago. Their bodies are six feet long, from head to tail, and they stand seventeen hands tall. Their wings have feathers that billow out and take the shape of any object that is needed to rescue people in trouble. They use a melodious cry to communicate with one another, and their melodies can take on a variety of meanings, and they use a variety of melodies to make their needs and wants known to their own kind. However, they can speak to humans in their own native language. For example, if a character from one of my stories had a major problem that only the native beacon could solve, the beacon can speak to that character in English and advise him or her as needed. These creatures also help my characters solve simple or complex problems or fly them to a safe location to save them from grave danger.
Let me set the scene for you. Milo is standing in his large comfortable enclosure. Maxim and Maylani are gathered round him in the open paddock outside the fence that surrounds him. Milo has called his children, to discuss a very important assignment with them. Their mother, Francesca is out hunting for food. Let’s join the conversation with milo and his two children, Maxim and Maylani.
“Maylani, Maxim! Come into the paddock, we need to talk.” remember, this conversation is conducted in the native tonal tongue.
“Yes Father? What can we do for you?”
Maxim groans. “What is it this time, rescuing animals?”
“Maxim!” Maylani swats her brother on the back with one of her long fluffy feathers.
“Ow!” Maxim darts away from the flying wing feather.
“Children, Children!” Milo lifts a front paw to silence the squabbling siblings. “This is very important, and I need your undivided attention.”
“Yes sir!” The two siblings chant in unison as they hang their heads in shame.
“Now that I have your undivided attention, I need you to fly to earth and bring back a family, from the southern part of the United States, to help our ferry friends rebuild their town.”
“Will they come to Wing haven?” Maxim’s curiosity gets the better of him.”
“No, you goofball.” Maylani tries to swat Maxim again, but he ducks the playful blow.
“In one way, Maylani is correct. You won’t be bringing them here as of yet, but you may have to as the story progresses. However, let’s take this story one step at a time. These children must help the townspeople of Snow Angel, rebuild their city. After the Christmas festival last year, all the snow that the town was built upon was melted by the citizens of Fire haven.”
“How was Snow Angel destroyed?” Maxim steps closer to his father’s fence.
“An evil prince of the neighboring land of Fire haven, sent a fireball into the center of Snow Angel and melted all the snow, which sent the townspeople into Iceland to live, until their home land can be rebuilt. Your job, is to find the perfect family to help you. This family must have little girls that love princesses and fairy tales. The little boy must love to build thing with his hands, and the babies must love to simply follow their siblings. Their parents and grandparents will join in the venture. The grandfather, and his son will use their welding tools and knowledge to build frames for the dwellings for the Snow Angel citizens. More people will be invited to build the dwellings, but the foundations and framework must be built first.”
“What will happen to the children?”
“I will communicate this information to you when you and this family arrive in Snow Angel. For now, I must show you a very important tool of your native people. You’ll need to know this type of magic when fulfilling this assignment. First of all, you’ll need to know how to form chariots and other objects with your feathers. Here, let me give you a crash course in feather formation. Watch closely, as this is very important.” Milo sings out a long low tone that gradually rises in pitch to a very high whistle. At this point, his wing feathers form a circle. He emits the strange whistling tone again, and the feathers form a traveling chair. “Now, let’s try to form an object together. Come Maylani, work with me.” They create a small house out of their feathers. Maxim adds wheels to the house with his own feathers. “How creative, son! Now you too try to make a chariot from your own feathers.” Their feather take their natural form, and the two siblings stand facing each other and form the winged chariot that will take the family to Snow Angel. “Maxim must go to earth and be introduced to this family. Once he finds and meets this chosen family, he will call you to come and help him. Now, you must prepare for your assignment.” Milo sends the children on their way so he can get back to his work. “Wait!” He beckons the siblings back to his side. “The family consists of a child whose mother is blind. The mother may be able to come up with a creative way to help us build this village again. The rest of the family consist of her relatives. This is all the information I have for you at the moment, but you’ll learn the rest as you go on your special journey and complete your assignment. If you need me, you know how to call out to me.” Maxim and Maylani give Milo a nod to show that they understand, and leave him to his work.
The following conversation and scene descriptions are from a story that was inspired by a dream. However, this particular scene was inspired by one of my favorite TV shows. If anyone remembers the sitcom called ALF that aired from 1986 to 1990, you’ll understand what I am referring to. My husband and I have been watching the classic episodes on Stars/Encore, on demand through our cable company’s Roku app. As I was thinking about how ALF came to live with the Tanners, my Native beacon characters came to mind. The father, whom I named Milo began talking to me, and thus the scene above was created. Have you ever watched a television show or movie, or read a book whose characters stuck with you for a special reason? If so, how did this particular character or set of characters inspire you to create a story or novel? Please share your stories in the comments below.