The Winter Rider: chapter one: The Calm before the Storm

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"Good job robin!" Pearl yelled to her friend Robin Goodfellow as her dragon landed gracefully beside her.  Carl scoffed.  "Her flying wasn't THAT inpressive."  Robin frowned.  "Really?  It wasn't?"  Pearl shook her head.  "No Robin, Carl's just being a bump on a log.  If you're so GREAT Carl, why don't you go next?"  Pearl Garmadon & her friends, Carl, Robin, Henry, & Ida were all showing off their flight skills to eachother atop one of the many seastacks that surrounded Berk.  Carl grinned.  "Gladly."  he puffed out his chest, trying to look big & tuff, then strolled over to Zander.  A foot shot out & tripped him.  "AAAHHH!!!"  he shreeked as he fell flat on his face.  "Ida that wasn't funny!"


Ida Barnes, one of Pearl's good friends, made an attempt to look inoccent.  "Who me?  I didn't do anything Carl."  Carl stood up, dusted himself off & scowled at her.  "Hmm, yea, right."  He swung one leg over Zander's saddle & climbed up.  "Ok, you guys keep you're eyes open, because you're not going to believe what i'm about to do!"  Ida scoffed.  "Ha, someone must have had an extra serving of pride today with the daily serving of ignorance."  Carl ignored her & nudged Zander's side.  The sweet wraith roared & took off into the sky.  Pearl heard Ida snickering behind her.  "there no way hes going to be better then me."  she told Henry.  "He practices about as much as he does household chores!"  Henry shrugged.  "I don't know Ida.  When Carl wants something, he could move a mountain to get it."  Ida rolled her eyes.  "whatever.  I still don't think he could beat Water Pheonix's splash dive & twirl."


Pearl just stared out over the water to Carl & Zander.  They had approached the seastack maze, a place where she & her friends used to test their dragon's agility & manuverability.  Zander's brown body disapeared between the rocks.  Robin climbed down from her Hackatoo & landed softly beside her.  "So, do you think he'll be able to do better then last time?"  Pearl chuckled at her remark, remembering last time they had tryed this, Carl had fallen off Zander into the ocean.  "Eh, i think after the last episode he'll aim to be better this time."  Robin giggled.  "yea, he had a cold for nearly a week & his mom wouldn't let him out of her sight!"


Pearl looked out over the water again.  Sure enough, she could see Znader & Carl emerging from the seastacks.  "well at least he didn't run into one this time."  She commented.  "It looks like he has been practicing in his off time."  Ida just snorted.  "Ha, i bet."  Carl & Zander were approaching the lone seastack now, where most of them preformed their tricks.  Pearl watched as Carl stood up on Zander's saddle, then ran & jumped off the top of his head.  He landed with ha ha.rd thud on the seastack, ran the short distance to the edge, & grabbed Zander's saddle as he flew upward.  Pearl grinned.  "See?  I told you he was practicing!  He wasn't able to do that last week."


Ida looked a tiny bit suprised, but still wore her sour judging scowl.  "he was just lucky.  When he comes to the open sea he'll fall off like last time."  Pearl just rolled her eyes.  "Of course he will."  Then Carl did something unexpected.  Instead of preforming some interesting trick over the strech of bare sea, he kept right on going.  "Whats he doing?"  Robin asked in a small voice.  Pearl's eyes widened.  "Hes going to run straight into the seastack!  DUCK!"  she shreeked.  Everyone stumbled to get out of the way.  But just as he was about to run into the seastack, Zander pulled up from the water & shot upward, bringing a bunch of water droplets with him.  Pearl shielded her face from the array of droplets, then looked up into the sky.  Carl & Zander were mere dots in the sky.  "I sure hope they're ok."  Robin whimpered beside her.


Then the one dot split into two & both started plunging downward.  Pearl squinted to see what was going on.  Had Carl fallen off again?  Sure enough, the two dots slowly morphed into Carl & Zander, falling side by side in a dead drop.  "What does he think hes doing?"  Ida exclaimed.  "Hes going to kill himself!"  But just as they were nearing the ground, Carl grabbed Zanders saddle & he folded his wings outward.  They fell downward a little ways more untill they landed infront of the little group.  Carl climbed off Zander's saddle & smirked.  "What were you saying Ida?"  It was clear Ida was suprised.  But instead she just crossed her arms & huffed.  "Pretty good i guess."  "what was that?"  Carl held a hand up to his ear.  "Did i just hear a compliment?"  Ida scowled.  "One more word out of you're mouth Carl & you can be sure i'll smack you!"


Carl rooled his eyes & shrugged.  "Eh, it was worth a try."  He strolled up to the group.  "As you can see, i've been practicing lately.  Does anyone think they can beat that?"  Pearl smirked but pretended to look beaten.  "Oh i guess you're right."  she said, holding a hand to her head.  "I guess you won this time!"  Carl puffed out his chest.  "See?  I told you guys you wouldn't be able to beat me!"  Pearl signaled to Snowdust by pointing to the edge of the seastack.  Snowdust stuck out her tounge & pranced over to the other side. Pearl sighed & walked to the edge of the seastack.  "I guess now i'll just have to go.  Pity that Carl already won."  Then she grinned & fell off the side.


"What!  Pearl!"  Carl shreeked.  Pearl fell for a few seconds, then Snowdust zipped by & she grabbed her saddle.  She held on & the two shot forward torwards the seastacks.  Pearl guided Snowdust towards the seastacks.  "Come on girl."  She whispered.  "Lets show them what a REAL rider looks like!"  Snowdust bayed happily & plunged into the maze of seastacks.  They wove through them for about a mintue, until they emerged from them back into the open seaside.  She could see the seastack from her spot ontop of Snowdusts saddle.  "That way girl!  torwards that seastack!"  She steered Snowdust torwards a long seastack.  "Ok Snowdust,!"  Pearl pulled back on her saddle, & Snowdust shot a blast of frost at the seastack.  The shot split into three, then exploded against the seastack.  The seastack sagged, then bagan to crumble.  


Pearl slowly stood up on Snowdust's saddle, then lept off it.  The seastack crumbled at the exact same moment, & she went sailing over it.  Snowdust shot under it, missing the depry by mere inches.  She caught up with Pearl & caught her just as she was about to fall into the ocean.  Pearl whooped.  "Good job Snowdust."  She pat the top of her white head.  "Now lets land!"  Snwodust stuck out her tongue again & roared happily.  She barrel-rolled & shot three blasts in her wake.  She rolled again & fell upside down torward the ocean.  Pearl grazed her hand along the surface, then nudged her flank.  "Ok girl, its time."  They were next to the seastack by now.  Snowdust flapped her wings har.der, & they flew parallel with the seastack.  Pearl turned herself around to be facing the seastack.  Her breath echoed in her riding helmet.  "Ok."  she thought.  "You've done this before.  Just take a deep breath, concentrate, & JUMP!"  


Just as Snowdust reached the group, Pearl jumped off the saddle onto the grass of the seastack.  She slid a couple inches before finally coming to a complete stop.  She turned to the group & grinned.  "Well, what do you think?"  Everyone, Especially Carl, stood wide eyed and opened mouth.  The Robin began to clap.  "Yay!"  she cheered.  "Good job Pearl!  That was amazing!"  Carl just stared at her.  "But....what......HOW!?!?"  Pearl laughed.  "Carl, you should know by now you can't beat me at dragon flying."  Snowdust landed beside her & she climbed back up onto her saddle.  "But you can beat me at something."  She grinned.  "Race you back to the docks!"  And with that she took off, laughing as she heard the cires of "Hey!" & "No fair!"  behind her.  Soon Carl caught up with her, then Ida on her Windwalker, & soon Robin came into view.


Poor Windhurtle wasn't built for speed, so he lagged behind.  Pearl laughed happily.  "You've got to be faster to keep up with me guys!"  Carl laughed too.  "Well i plan to be!"  "Oh yeah?  Well......"  Pearl stopped.  She pulled on Snowdust's saddle & pulled her to a complete stop.  Carl pulled Zander to a stop beside her.  "Pearl, are you ok?  Whats wrong?"  He said, concerned.  Pearl wasn't listening.  All her attention was focused on a ship, bobboing on the horizon.  "I can't believe it..."  SHe said in a hushed voice.  

"Hes back!  Dad!"


"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)