The Life of the Old Forests

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A young girl walked through a forest, leaves on the trees dappled with sunlight. Her waist length black hair caught the light as she walked, the light showing the tones of raven color throughout her hair. Her feet somehow managed to avoid the twigs that were settled on the ground, making little noise. Her strides were graceful and balanced. She wore a stormy blue-grey colored dress. The sleeves were long and billowing, falling from her wrists to drag slightly on the ground. She looked like a forest sprite as she walked in this dress, her hair flowing behind her as she moved faster.
Suddenly, the girl glanced around, her icy blue eyes scanning the area around her for something, before ducking behind a thick curtain of ivy. Behind the ivy was a cave-like formation, though it was warm and inviting in a way that a cave could never be. She followed a path of glowing crystals, eventually coming to a room that was decorated with tapestries. A large table sat in the middle of the room. A group of people sat around it talking softly. An older man looked up, shoulder-length hair pulled back from his face. His hair was a deep brown, looking like rich soil. Grey was weaved throughout, gathering at his temples. When he spoke, his voice was deep and had the sound of a tree long standing.
“Welcome, Liana. The trip?” Liana nodded her head to him, almost a bow, in respect before sitting down at the table. She pushed a strand of hair behind her ear, her high cheekbones making her look regal.
“The trip was well. I ran into no one, and no one has followed me. The woods were beautiful this morning, though a bit too quiet. What is going on, Rinji?”
The man sighed, sadness in his eyes. He seemed to feel defeated, and it showed in his voice. “It ...

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...g a less livable place. Dagwood had been correct in his guesses. There were places where the dryads were protected, places that the humans called parks. But these places protected only a small amount of the population. The rest were killed, either from isolation within places that they could not live, or from humans killing them off slowly. The Council was among those who were lost.
It took centuries, but eventually, even the protected 'parks' were destroyed by the humans. The dryads became extinct. The earth became a place where none could live. Some humans managed to escape to distant worlds, places where they could survive, though not truly live. Those who didn't escape died along with their planet. The humans killing of the dryads ultimately led to their own deaths. Only the ones the humans called 'environmentalists' truly regretted the killing of the dryads.
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