A/N: Hello everyone, Twinkletoes101 here, and ready to give chapter two of "Raven of the Night." I'm terribly sorry for the delays of my story due to things at school, home, and some choir practices at church, but now I'm here. To sum up everything to what happened in the last chapter, Raven was a little chick for of wonders and curiosity. Now she's a beautiful young penguin, that has a wonderful voice that is kept hidden from her people, why you may ask, you'll find out as you read this chapter.


CHAPTER 2: Free and Alone

As the months went by, the chicks of Raven's generations were not chicks no more, no more playing outside with their friends, no more always depending on their parents, oh no, there were drastic changes in that generations of theirs, they became responsible adults. Now there was a major difference from Emperor Land and the other colonies, you see, Emperor Island, there was no time for playing games or having fun, they trained to work 24/7, it was the law to please the almighty Guin, that what the elders say, basically it's governed in a matriarch system, which meant the female were in charged, but that not what it seemed to look like, the woman's role was to fish, make sure things went right in the household ( yes, the elders would check in once or twice in a while to check if things went well!) and most importantly, taking care of the little chick, and by that I mean young female penguins would take care of 20-40 chicks at a time. This is a really huge tradition to their island, the women must first pick a block of ice, on each ice there's a symbol representing that job, they must stay in that career until the time will come to have a mate, apparently singing is forbidden , there is no such thing as heartsongs and such sort, to them the Guin says it`s just a bunch of nonsense, in their culture, to find love, the young bachelors must buy them, they could choose how many they wanted, it just depends on if your family is well-known or if you were popular, if someone was seen doing so, let's just say they would get a severe punishment. What happened to Raven you may ask, well she now works as a nanny at a huge daycare center where she was easily targeted by the head official matriarch singing to the little ones to bed, she was an amazing singer, but they wouldn't tolerate that.

"RAVEN, come here at once!" yelled a rather old mistress, she was the directeur of the daycare in Emperor Island. Raven obeyed and came to her presence.

"Yes Mrs. Fisher, how may I help you?" she asked her boss.

"Did you clean the caves as I told you so, and most importantly, did you feed the children yet, it's past their lunch time, they look as if they were dying skuas for Guin's sake. She scolds at her.

"I'm sorry ma'am I'll get started right

"Well than hurry up you stupid girl, your useless to our community, and I don't want you to make this mistake again, GOT THAT!" She spat.

"Yes, and it won't happen again." Raven replied very upset. Mrs. Fisher walked out of the cave leaving the young penguin taking care of the chicks, they were a handful. You see, Raven always hear these kinds of insults like that, she was never excepted in her community because of her singing ability, and her ways of having a good time, mostly the others would talk behind her back while she wasn't there or the way her features' looked like, there was nothing wrong with her body, in fact, everyone agreed that she was the most fairest one of all in Emperor Island, that made all the women jealous and always leaving horribly insults at her, sometime they would even spit or abuse physically while no one was looking. All these days on Earth, she was an outcast, a misfit, the only penguins who would care for her was her father Claude and her aunt Vanessa.

Raven looked at the hungry chick all complaining that they were hungry, cold, tired, all the kinds of complaints little children do these days.

"Okay guys, who wants to hear a story?" She asked them.

"Ms. Raven, can you sing us the river lullaby please?" asked one of the female chicks.

"Yeah, sing to us please!" said another. Sooner or later every chick in the room begged for her to sing.

"Alright already, I will sing, just this once." She stated. The little chicks all went to a find a comfortable space to take a nap. Raven went in front of them and began to start her lullaby.

( River Lullaby, Performed by Amy Grant from the Prince of Egypt)

Hush now, my baby, be still love don't cry,

Sleep like you're rocked by the stream,

Sleep and remember, my lullaby,

And I'll be with you when you dream.

Raven went around patting all the little ones heads, soothing them in relaxation. Seeing each of the little chicks drifting of to sleep.

Drift on a river that flows through my arms,

Drift as I'm singing to you,

I see you smiling so peaceful and calm,

And holding you, I'm smiling, too.

Raven danced to the rhythm of her lullaby, cleaning each and ever little mess that the chicks had left on the floor. She continued singing the next verse.

Here in my arms,

Safe from all harm,

Holding you, I'm smiling too.

Raven squeezed her self tight as she sang out the action to described to the chicks. They enjoyed it and loved when she came to take care of her. Raven began to sing.

Hush now, my baby, be still love don't cry,

Sleep like you're rocked by the stream,

Sleep and remember this river lullaby,

And I'll be with you when you dream

Here in my arms,

Safe from all harm,

Holding you, I'm smiling too

Sleep and remember this river lullaby

And I'll be with you when you dream,

Sleep and remember this river lullaby,

And I'll be with you when you dream.

The young female penguin twirled around tucking each and everyone to their place. Raven than ended her lullaby,

I'll be with you when you dream.

Raven kissed their heads, a few tears fell from her cheeks, the lullaby reminded her from what her father had sung the lullaby for every time he sang that lullaby, he would always told stories about her mother, they were all mentioned well about, she wished her mother were hear. Raven flashback was rudely disturbed by the one penguin she wished hadn't appeared.

"WHAT IS THIS I HEAR!" Raven turned around in horrified

"Madame MaryFeather, what are you

The elder of the Island rushed up to her and gave her a huge slap on the face, Raven fell on the ground trying to soothe her pain from her face.

"What have a done

"Oh shut up you filthy child, get up this instant!"

Raven got up and stood up in front of her and in a terrified look in. She has been in her cave many times, and in her cave, she has experienced many things in that cave and she wishes not to go back, this is the reason everyone fears her. Standing in of her , Madame MaryFeather took her from her arm.

"You pathetic little ignorant fool, you dear disobey my rules and regulations!" she said in a stern voice. Raven took a deep breath and spoke to the elder.

"I was just singing a lullaby to the

"Singing. SINGING! YOU KNOW THAT SINGING IS FORBIDDEN AND YOU JUST DID! She yelled and threw her down the wall, Raven got up and rubbed her head!

"Ow, that was rude you what you did unbelievable, I mean who made you the matriarch of our Island." She said at the top of her lungs.

"Well you idiot, you should had studied your history!" she scold at her face.

"Listen, this is my final warning, if you sing another song, I swear, I'll kill you father, I demolish your cave and anything that is important to you, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME!" She threatened her.

Raven just looked at her in a scared looked and just nodded yes. MaryFeather just left the penguin alone in the corner, as she was about to leave she stopped at the entrance.

"Oh by the way, boys, show this shrimp that I mean business." she said in a cold voice, the big buffy penguins took Raven away, to her next destination that probably will be her last.

As you see, Raven's colony is nothing but being right and that's what Raven fails to do. As you can see, Raven just wants nothing but be free and do what ever she wants, her Aunt Vanessa once told her that there was a place beyond Emperor Island that there is a place that everyone can sing what ever they want, Vanessa used to live in Emperor Land, and she loved it there, then why did she leave, she found her true love Micheal and the had their chick! Raven had always dreamed of going to Emperor Land or anywhere beside the place that she lives in now!

Raven was outside getting her mind out of her troubles, she was just thinking of how this world would be if the place never existed.

"Raven, honey are you there?" said an unknown voice, it basically sounded as if it were a male penguins voice. Raven turned around and saw her father Claude with Aunt Vanessa.

"Hi you guys, whats up?" she asked them.

"Nothing much, we heard what happened today with Madame Mary, you okay kiddo?"

Raven just looked at them ashamed. "Yeah, sorry about that, I just couldn't help it, they need to settled down to sleep, than she came out of nowhere and..."

Raven stopped at the moment and stared on the ground.

"I don't really want to talk about it." she said as tears ran down her cheeks.

"That's okay it's-" Vanessa said in her mid sentence.

"Of what! I just bring misery everywhere I go, everyone hates me, I have no friends, the guys use me as a tool, than they drop me as a rotten fish, I've been abused emotionally,sexually and all the other things that I was mainly abused all my life by them, which sucks for me!" Raven raised her voice at her aunt.

"Come on sweetheart that's not true. You're very special in your special way, you have a marvelous voice that everyone is dying to have your talent!" Claude said.

"THAT'S NOT TRUE DAD AND YOU KNOW IT!" Raven yelled at her father.

Raven walked away from them and went down the hill, she stop and looked back at them.

"I may not know much about my mother, but I know she wouldn't want this!" Raven said, then she continued sliding down the hill, until she wasn't seen.

Raven hated to see them upset, but it wasn't easy for her to handle these things, being the only misfit that couldn't anything right. Everyone was right, she was a freak, a disgrace to her colony and to her family, and she couldn't do anything right! Fir that moment she wished that she wasn't born.

When she arrived home she went straight to her bedroom and cried in the corner she cried until all her tears had drained out of her. She wiped her tears, still sobbing. Basically she was just having her moment of relaxation. Raven didn't want to stay in this miserable place she wanted to be free, but she was too terrified, because the last time she tried to escape, was in for it BIG TIME! Nothing seemed right for her, her mother wasn't anything like her, her father told him that she was a daring penguin, everyone loved her, but that didn't seemed to go like that for Raven. There was only one thing to do, it would rather mean staying here and dying every single day, or getting out of this place and having freedom or death.

One sunny morning at Raven's cave.

BANG! The officials and mistresses came in and barged into the cave.

"What is this! What are you-" Claude said in his mid sentence.

"Silence, you idiot! We're here to take your pathetic little skua you call your daughter." Mary said with a cold voice.

"Now listen hear, you might be the matriarch of our island, but no calls my daughter pathetic or anything that is insulting to her, she is better than anyone you can name from the top of your head, she's talented, smart, kind, and maybe our next matriarch someday! Mark my words, some leader you call yourself." Claude scold at her.

"Well, over my died body, now WHERE IS SHE! She yelled.

"First off, why do you need her anyways she hasn't done anything to you!" he said at the matriarch.

"Well let's just say the time has come to be sold to her new husband to be! Now give her to me this instant!" MaryFeather demanded.

"Never, I will never let her go in the hands of you! You'll probably abuse her or even worst, kill her before she gets into her husband!" Claude yelled at her with rage.

"I don't know, maybe I'll do both! Now get out of my way peasant!" she pushed Raven's father on the ground while the officials held him.

"RAVEN!" Claude yelled to his daughter.

"Ah shut up!" and knocked Claude out cold. They looked for Raven high and low, until the reached her bedroom.

"You're mine now!" Mary said in an devilish tone, but when she went closer all she saw was some pile of block of ice that looked as if it were a figure of a penguin! The matriarch looked in shock, than was filled with anger, she then yelled in rage!

"I promise you young woman, when I find a way to capture you, I swear, I'll kill YOU!"

Now Raven was long gone away from that miserable island, she was finally free, but frightened, leaving all the most important people in her life, her father Claude and her aunt and best friend Vanessa. She was terribly scared.

"Oh my Guin, what have I done, it's now too late, I can't go back." She sat down on the ground. "What would mom do?" Raven asked herself. She thought of what Vanessa had told her about her mother when she was a chick.

FLASHBACK!: Raven was a little chick that loved to ask questions, Vanessa and Raven went on the stroll while Claude went out fishing. While they were walking Raven asked.

"Auntie Vanessa." she started, Vanessa knew this was going to start.

"Yes Raven, what do you want to know this time, she giggled.

"I've had songs dancing in my heart that wants to come out but, I don't know if they'll sound nice or if I explode because it has been in my chest like...FOREVER!" Raven said in a panicking tone. Vanessa just let out a huge laugh, Raven looked confused.

"Sweet is practically normal, don't worry." Vanessa said to her little Guindaughter.

" What is it than, than how am I supposed to tame my inner wildness me" Raven asked. Vanessa just put her gentle flipper on her shoulder.

"Well" she started, "What you hear in your heart is your unique song called a heartsong, but I can't teach it to you, you must find it yourself, but to help you, take a deep breath and let them do the work." she said in a motherly tone. Raven looked at Vanessa and hugged her leg very tight and looked up to her.

"I love Vanessa!" Raven said to her!

"I love you too my child! said Vanessa, those were the best days until they took Raven to the boarding school

FLASHBACK ENDS!: Raven took a deep breath, and listen to her heart.

"Come on heartsong, please don't fail me now!" She told herself. She got up, dust herself and began to sing.

(Skyscraper, Performed by Demi Lovato)

Skies are crying, I am watching
Catching teardrops in my hands
Only silence, as it's ending, like we never had a chance.
Do you have to make me feel like, there's nothing left of me?

Raven wiped some of her tears and continued to sing her heartsong, it made her feel a bit better when she sang.

You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I'm made of glass
Like I'm made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper

As the smoke clears
I awaken and untangle you from me
Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed
All my windows, still are broken, but I'm standing on my feet

She walked through the harsh winds that was blowing in her face, sharp snowflakes leaving pains in her body.

You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I'm made of glass
Like I'm made of paper
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper

Raven ran unto the wall, and stayed there for awhile resting to restore herself.

Go run run run I'm gonna stay right here
Watch you disappear yeah
Go run run run yeah it's a long way down
But I'm closer to the clouds up here

Raven looked at the sun rising from the sky. She took a deep breath and continued once more.

You can take everything I have
You can break everything I am
Like I'm made of glass
Like I'm made of paper
Ohh
Go on and try to tear me down
I will be rising from the ground
Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper, like a skyscraper
Like a skyscraper

Raven felt the sun heat her feathers, how that felt warm on her body. Raven felt that she felt renewed, restored in a new character, she hadn't felt this feeling before, she was finally at peace. Raven continued on her journey, still carrying her loved ones in her hearts, she continued to find her place in the world that she can express herself anyway she wanted. She may have been an outcast from the beginning, but that didn't matter she was beautiful kind and caring. As the sun shone on her feathers, they sparkled as if she was angel of the night, she had never seen this before, but she liked it. Raven knew that this was the beginning, no matter what happens, if any trouble or drama ever came in her way, she was ready. Raven walked to continue her journey, Raven was truly beautiful, she was the Raven of the Night!

THE END!


Well that's it folks, as you can see, Raven was abused not only by the elders but by the people near her, the men the teachers except for her loving father and her Guinmother, Vanessa, now, Raven is on her journey to find her place and living the time of her life. Don't worry Raven, your mother will always be watching you!The reason why I chose "Skyscraper" was that it was an emotionally that my sister and my friend told me to use it for this story and I was glad to use you guys! Anyways, I'M TERRIBLY SORRY FOR THE DELAY! School work, choir practice for church, and helping the musical South Pacific, need to paint the background, but this no excuse for not writing on time, sorry about that! :P But don't worry, I'll always make my stories good for you readers, I guarantee that. Well enjoy this story!

-Twinkletoes101