Avelin, a queen among owls, was a protector of the forest. In time she grew restless, for she did too well, and nothing about the forest ever changed - nothing entered, nothing left. Avelin ventured to the outskirts of her forest and discovered that a small human home existed beyond her bounds. A young man lived there and worked everyday to study the plants of the edge of the forest. She watched him, and began protecting him. She was in love with his determination for knowledge. Unfortunately, she had begun neglecting her duty in favor of watching the man, and a fire started. Her forest began destroying itself. Avelin had weakened from the loss of plant life, and could no longer save the forest. Using the last of her energy she took the form of a human to appear before the man she loved for the first and last time. He would remember this encounter as the day he met a dying angel.
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