The Winter Rider: chapter Thirteen: Midnight Spying

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Hello peeps!  

I've been busy lately, but i'm really excited because were getting close to the unveiling of The Winter Rider's identity!  Yay! :D  So naturally i couldn't resist writing another chapter.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy chapter thirteen, Midnight Spying!

And fyi, here are the other chapters if you haven't read them yet:



"Her soul was too deep to explore by those who always swam in the shallow end."

~Quote from A. J. Lawless






Life is gray & dull, & all i see is dark,

stay by my side & i'll be there no matter what,

though the snow falls faster, & the wind blows louder still,

i'll be there by you're side, to blow away the chill.

~Poem i made for Pearl & Snowdust 








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(Pearl by my Bff Frytha <3)                  (drawing of Snowdust by DatOneTrumpet)




Winter can be unforgiving

Hard, evil, and cold.

But if you stay with me,

I promise you'll never be alone.

~Poem by me for Pearl & Snowdust





Meet my Oc's!


Pearl Garmadon


Carl Henderson




Zane Blackhaule


Ida Barnes

Water Phoenix

Henry Mcnire


Robin Goodfellow



Other Oc's





 Zane Blackhaule X Shielle                            Pearl Garmadon X Carl Henderson

(Adorable ship pictures by the talented Tosilohi)


Snowdust X Blitz

(Picture of me, Snowdust, my friend, & her Snow Wraith, Blitz taken by me)


(By me XD)



Pearl looked inside & gasped.  Sitting there in plain view, was her father's map.  

Pearl took the yellowed paper in her hands &.  She scanned it, her grip shaking h .  This was it.  The key to finding the Winter Rider.

~Quote from my fanfic, The Winter Rider



I'm currently writing a fanfic called The Winter Rider.  Check it out >Here<

(Special thanks to Infinity12356 for the cover)


Short stories


               (By me)                    (By Navlyn Fury)







"It was vicious, relentless, and impossible to see in the white out. The Snow Wraith."

~Gobber translating Gothi's text


"This dragon has notoriously poor eyesight and uses thermal censors to locate its prey.

It camouflages itself in the snow because if it can't see you, it doesn't want you to see it!"

~Dragons: Rise of Berk





"Snow Wraiths have no known vulnerabilities, making them 

supremely formidable force to be rekoned with during battle."






(Mountain Sun by 1flower)



i have WAY to many adopted dragons to put in my siggy.  because of that,

i've posted all of them here:








Name: Deadpool

Species: Cyber Night Fury

Biotech: 72% Robot

Cyber Ability: Equipped with plasma educed claws that burns through

any material/Modified plasma blasts that act like explosive darts






Hackers, we are coming!












((By me))

If you believe in the real meaning  of the rainbow, put this in your siggy through the month of June!  #RememberTheRainbowReason!



And remember.....

(By Megaboltphoenix XD)





Good job, you made it to the end!  Snowdust says goodbye! :D

(Edited Snowdust gif by AlicornBrodie)


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The group stayed the rest of the night at Bear island & continued their journey in the morning.  They spent the rest of the week island hopping, flying from one island stop to another.  Pearl couldn’t help but begin to feel bored as the days wore on uneventfully.  Henry had said they were making incredible time, despite the frequent breaks, & would arrive at the Islands of Misery before schedule, but Pearl still felt that something was missing.  The last stop before the Islands of Misery was a large, snowy island, covered with large mountain chains.  It was unnamed, so Pearl decided to name it Mons, for its many mountains.  The group decided to settle down on Mons for the night, before heading onto The Islands in the morning.  Pearl had scouted the island, & found a small cave, nestled snuggly in one of the mountains sides.  They all decided it would be the best place to stay for the night, & settled down inside.  Little did any of them know what was about to happen next…..

Pearl groaned & covered her ears.  “No more Carl, please!  I don’t think i can stand your awful puns any longer!”  Carl grinned.  “What? Tired of cheesy puns?  No one ever gets tired of my cheesy puns.”  Pearl whacked him upside the head.  “Oh be quiet you.  We’ve all had a long week & anymore of your comments will drive all of us insane!”  Henry chuckled from his spot by Windhurtle at the mouth of the cave.  “I agree.  You’ve nearly gotten yourself flung off Zander into the ocean more then once because you annoyed someone.”  Carl shrugged.  “Eh, you can’t please everyone, can you?”  Ida grunted.  “With your puns, no one is ever pleased Carl.”  Robin giggled & nodded in agreement.  Carl sighed.  “Haters gonna hate.”  Pearl rolled her eyes.  “Whatever Carl.  Anyway, we’d all better hit the sack guys.  We’ve had a long week & tomorrow will be even longer.”
Ida nodded & stretched.  “your right Pearl.  The sooner I’m asleep means i get to hear less of Carl’s snoring.”  “What?  I don’t snore Ida!  You’re the one who snores!”  Pearl sighed.  “The day you two get along is the day Yaks will fly.  I’m going to bed, & I hope all of you will do the same.  Goodnight.”  Reluctantly, everyone agreed & soon everyone but Pearl was sound asleep.
Pearl tossed & turned against Snowdust’s back, mumbling crossly to herself.  It was very late, past midnight probably, & Pearl hadn’t slept one wink.  All she could think about was her father, her mother, & the rider who ruined her life.  Finally she decided to give up & walked out the mouth of the cave.  Outside, the air was crisp & fresh.  The glowing moon smiled a greeting from far above in the night sky.  Pearl sighed a deep heavy sigh.  Tomorrow they would reach the destination they had sought for what seemed a lifetime.  Tomorrow they would find the Rider.  At least she hoped they would.  Pearl suddenly wished she hadn’t thought of that.  She had dragged all her friends out here to find some rider.  Their only hope of finding him was based on the hallucinations of her father, who could have easily been mistaken.
Pearl tossed the stray thought away.  They had already come this far.  They couldn’t go back.  Even if they did decide to go back to Berk, they’d be grounded until they left for Valhalla.  Suddenly a dark shadow jolted Pearl from her thinking.  She looked up.  Far above, a dark looming shape had blotted out the welcoming gleam of the moon.  It glided noiselessly across the sky, & swooped downward behind a neighboring mountain.  Pearl jumped to her feet.  The rider!  It had to be him!  Who else could it be?  She was about to dash off, but then stopped herself.  The last time she had gone after him alone, she nearly drowned.  Who could she bring with her?  She decided almost instantly on the best person to bring & rushed quietly but quickly inside the cave.  she stepped over Henry, who was still propped up again his huge Thunderdrum, & hurried over to Carl’s sleeping form.
She shook his shoulder.  “Psssst!  Carl, wake up!”  Carl groaned & rolled over.  “just five more minutes mom…”  He murmured.  Pearl rolled her eyes & shook him harder.  “Carl!  Its Pearl!  Wake up!”  His eyes popped open.  “Wha?  What?  Whats happening?  Is the rider here?!?”  He jumped to his feet.  “Don’t worry, i’ll protect you!”  Pearl shushed him.  “Be quiet!  You don’t want to wake up everyone from here to Berk do you?  I just need your help, thats all.”  Carl looked a little disappointed.  “Aww, really?  Thats all?  I thought someone might be in mortal danger.”  Pearl sighed, annoyed & beginning to re-think the idea of bringing Carl with her.  “I need a scouting partner.  I think i just saw the rider.  I don’t want to go alone again, so i need you to come with me.”  Carl smirked.  “What, you afraid?”  Pearl scowled.  “Of course not!  I just don’t want to end up nearly dying again, thats all.  Now wake up your snoring dragon & lets go!  This time, we’ll make sure he doesn’t escape.”
“Wow, you were right Pearl, there he is!”  “Ssshhh!”  Pearl hissed.  She, Carl, Snowdust, & Zander were all clustered on a small ledge overlooking a ravine. Below, Pearl could make out the fuzzy form of the Winter Rider.  A green Windgnasher stood next to him, & in front loomed a large dragon hunter cage.  Pearl squinted & peered through the spyglass she had brought with her to get a better view.  Something squirmed inside the cage.  “Hey Pearl,”  Carl whispered. “Do you see anything interesting down there?”  Pearl shrugged.  “I can see something inside the cage, but i can’t make out what it is.”  She squinted & leaned forward, hoping to get a better view.  “Ok, the rider is walking over to the cage.  He’s opening it….I can’t believe it, its the Speed Stinger!  You remember Carl, the one that was taken by the rider a month ago?”
Carl nodded.  “I remember.  But whats he doing with it?  I thought he would have killed it or something by now.”  Pearl nodded, still peering through the glass.  “Me too.  Wait!  He’s…..Wow, i don’t believe it!”  “What?  Whats he doing to it?!?!”  Pearl lowered the spyglass from her eyes & turned to look at Carl.  “He’s…..he’s letting it go.”  Carl’s eyes widened.  “What?  REALLY?!?!  Let me see!”  Carl tried to grab the spyglass from Pearl, but she slipped & lost her grip.  The spyglass fell from the ledge 7 tumbled the short distance into the ravine.  Pearl’s eyes widened in terror.  The Winter Rider was sure to have seen the spyglass.  What were they going to do now?  As she suspected, the Winter Rider definitely noticed the spyglass.  He picked it up & studied it for a minute.  The two held their breath, afraid that even the slightest disturbance would alert the rider of their whereabouts.
The rider suddenly looked up to their spot on the ledge.  Pearl stood as still as stone, sure that the rider was looking directly at her, his eyes piercing her very soul.  he suddenly sprang upward & raced toward the green Windgnasher.  Pearl sprang upward exactly like the rider did & raced over to Snowdust, who was restlessly burrowing through the snow.  “Hurry Carl!”  Pearl called to him.  “We need to get up into the air, NOW!”  Carl stumbled to his feet & rushed over to Zander.  “What?  Whats going on?”  “The rider’s making a break for it!  We need to hurry & make sure he doesn’t escape!”