Chapter 10:

Despite the fighting which had taken place during the previous evening, the dawn promised a beautiful day. Rosy tinted clouds hovered upon the horizon, shifting to an orange and scarlet as the sun tipped its head over the city. The gathering breeze swept through the streets of Rio, bringing the tranquil spell of a world at peace.

"Is there anyone in there?" A voice called into Luiz's garage. Jewel rustled her feathers, coming awake as she heard the voice. Pulling her beak from her wings, she smiled at the sight of the margay entering through the up-raised metal door.

"What can we do for you?" She asked the cat, "Haven't you margays done enough already?"

The cat like creature turned to the bird. Her eyes shined bright in the dim light.

"Are you Jewel?" She asked, "We thought you would want to know, Nigel was defeated last night."

Jewel breathed in a huge sigh of relief. Her smile deepened as she thought of the part Blu had ultimately played out.

"And... what about Blu?" Jewel asked, "Where is he?"

The margay lowered her head, speaking softly as she related the story leading up to Nigel's final moments.

"My Blu fell into a river?" She said shocked, holding up her wings to cover her beak. "Is he ok?"

"His body was found on a beach not too far from here. We were on our way to check it out, you're more than welcome to come with us and see for yourself."

Jewel nodded and turned to Luiz and Rafael, who now stood behind her.

"Can you watch my kids, just one more time?" She asked, "I've got something I need to see."

Rafael nodded his head. "Of course, you go to Blu... we'll meet you back at the tree this afternoon."

Jewel followed the margay a few blocks, neither said a word as they hurried along the streets. Eventually arriving at the beach, Jewel traversed the sand with relative ease. She lowered herself down to Blu's body, her wings stroked the macaw's chest.

"You promised you would return to me," She said, "so you have got to be ok. Please wake up."

Blu's uninjured wing gradually wrapped itself around her back. Blu forced a weakened smile, as he peered at her.

"Have I ever broken a promise to you?" He asked, "We did it... Nigel was beaten."

Jewel nodded, shedding her tears, she lowered herself solemnly and laid beside him. Listening to his heart beat.

"I must admit, there were a couple of times I thought I was done for." Blu squawked.

As both macaws laid there, enjoying each other's company. A large body washed ashore. Both macaws studied the soaked monkey, his face resting with a peaceful smile as he eyed them.

"You two make a good couple," he moaned, "I can see now why Nigel tried so hard to destroy you... I must admit, I'm glad he didn't. You two are just stubborn old birds, with many more good years ahead of you."

Blu rose to his talons, his body trembled under how own weight. His injuries still burned despite the cast.

"Yeah, well the adventure is not over yet." He grinned, "First thing we got to do is treat the injuries... then it's time to party."

"Party, eh?" The monkey arched a curious eyebrow. "I think I like the sound of that..."

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All music died down as Nico landed upon the stage. Spotlights focused solely on him. With a twist of his bottle cap hat, he pointed to the crowd of creatures.

"Cali-calara! This song goes out to a wonderful city in one of the most beautiful places on Earth,"

Pedro landed beside him. "Let's put our wings together for the conquering heroes who made sure peace... romance... and freedom have returned to this place!"

"Let's get ready to party... Rio style!"

Drums roared through the samba club, Blu and Jewel stood eye to eye ready to dance.

"They're playing our song." Blu smiled.

"Is that a special request from you?" Jewel asked, "or did they feel like playing it for our victory?"

"I think it was a little bit of both..." Blu grinned, "Let's not talk now though... Let's party."

Nico danced across the stage, his voice sung out loud and proud as the room filled with different coloured lights.

"I want to party! I want to Samba!

I want to party! I want to Samba!

I want to party, and live our life

I want to party, and fly!

I just want to fly, fly just like a bird

(you are a bird)

Yeah you're right, so I'll fly like a rocket then


Climb so high, I'll need to come down for oxygen


Once I start, baby, there will be no stopping then.

Cus I just want to live my life and party


I want to be free and rock my body!


I've been around the world, and I want to live my life.

In Rio, yes Rio, In Rio, cus I realised

I want to party, I want to samba


I want to party, I want to samba


I want to party, and live my life!

I want to party... and fly!

I'm the samba, samba master

Master master master master

You shout sound from my getto blaster

Blaster Blaster Blaster Blaster

You can dance fast, but I dance faster

Faster, faster, faster, faster

You're doing it! Let's fly!

I want to party!


I want to samba!


I want to party!

I want to samba!


I want to party!

And live my life!

(oh yeah!)

I want to party!


And fly!"

Blu spun Jewel in the traditional fashion, listening to her laughter as he released her into the sky. Jewel flapped her wings, hovering in the air for several seconds. She eyed Blu, and sung her small verse for him.

"Flyjah, Flyjah, Flyjah, Flayjah

Flyjah, Flyjah-lyjah, Flyjah-lyja, Flyjah-lygia-lygia."

Jewel landed and peered in Blu's eyes. Repeating the moment their first kiss almost occurred on a year ago. Her eyes shined bright as she leaned in, kissing him passionately on the end of his beak.

The Blu macaw smiled as she pulled away. His eyes filled with a renewed hope.

"You know what?" He asked her after a moment of silence.

"No what," She asked, "You don't need to hide anything from me anymore."

Blu shuffled his feet across the dance floor, his smile deepening.

"For the first time ever, I think everything is perfect just the way it is."

Jewel embraced him in a hug. Her eyes narrowed in seriousness. She smiled.