"Saraph Vireo, I hereby sentence you to exile for life for the death of Hanshi Ranir." "You have made a mistake! I did not kill her." "We have spoken. Saraph, I am sorry to see you go, but this must be done." "Do not do this to me. How can you expect me to live? You said yourself that humans do not appreciate us." "With your study and fascination with them, I am sure you will think of something." Saraph woke up in a panic. He bolted upright, panting as he remembered falling. He flew well enough, but being thrown from the sky by his own people had been too much to handle and he'd nearly crashed into the ocean. Since that time two weeks ago, Saraph had been holed up in an alleyway, afraid to leave. He didn't know where he was or who to talk to. No one would accept a Cloudi, a humanoid creature with wings. He looked like an average human, except his eyes were especially dark and tinged with purple. He had a pair of glossy black wings, like a raven's. He was tougher and stronger but his bones were light, giving him the ability to use his wings. However, no one had seen him since he'd flapped awkwardly into New York, since that's where he'd ended up. His people had told him that humans were fearful and angry creatures, and they would not accept someone who appeared superior. Saraph was far from that, but these humans didn't know any better. He sighed, standing up and stretching one wing. The other had been sprained or broken when he'd crash-landed into the alley while trying to avoid the tall buildings. He ducked into the shadows as humans passed by the alley. There were so many of them! Saraph didn't know how he was going to escape this trap in between the two buildings. He'd only survived by taking semi-rotted food from the restaurant and water from bottles when a human came by to deliver them. For the first time in his life, Saraph was truly afraid of what was going to happen next, because he knew it would be impossible to stay there forever, especially with his injured wing. Someone would eventually discover his location.