At the dawn of time, all things were created, as well as the Oak. The Oak is the realm of all birds that have passed on from one world to the other, in other words, it is both the light and the darkness in the history of birds. It is the world in between that keeps all others in balance. Without it, life would become bitter and cold like ice. Happiness and remorse would be gone, then anger and revenge would replace. This safe haven was created as a boundary from anger and destruction. The land beyond The Oak is said to be the portal into true enlightenment. Many have ventured to the other side of the great tree to see what is beyond the mighty wall of oakwood. Others have said The Oak has no bounds of enormity, and others say that it is the gateway to another chance on earth complete the tasks that were not accomplished in their small lives. The species of birds that live among in The Oak are infinite. They need no food, for the time for eating was only among the land of earth, not here in the paradise of The Oak. In fact, they’ve quite forgotten what food was. Water however is limitless. Everyone gets their fair share and the great creeks that run through every tunnel are enormous. However, they did know all the emotions: happiness, anger, annoyance, quizzicality, sadness, disgust, and fear. If The Oak was just a land of                       loo-loo-la-la, where would the fun be in the afterlife.   From one of the great tunnels fluttered in a small red-throated hummingbird named Gryphon Lightwing. He settled down to a nearby creek and sipped the succulent water with his thin beak. He heard a twig snap in the distance. He cocked his head in the distance and squinted his eyes. All that was there was complete darkness. The glint of eyes shimmered in the reflection of nearby fireflies. Before he knew, he felt a hard punch in his stomach and he found himself pinned to the ground by...

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