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Secret Love v2
« on: February 01, 2019, 12:16:37 pm »
Okay, so in the summer of 2017, I had decided to write some simple DuckyxPetrie love story, titled "Secret Love," and it was met with great reception on It became my FanFiction highlight of a year in which I went through so many family struggles, such as my stepfather's near-fatal injury, my grandmother's loss to cancer, and having to move because our old landlord turned evil. Thankfully, those hard times are well past me now, and the last year and a half have shown great improvements.

Anyways, since "Secret Love" was my first "successful" LBT story on, and because I remembered so little about the series at the time, I knew that at some point I'd think about writing it again after I joined this forum, because now that I look at it, there are many things that could have been differently. So, this new version you'll be seeing here will be drastically different from my 2017 version. There will be differences in the storyline, and there will be some other changes here and there. My friend, TimeLordMaster108 also requested that I include references to my previous prompt entries, so perhaps you could consider certain stories like, "Waters Rise, Illness Flies" and "A Broken Family" to be some sort of prelude to what you'll see here.

Fittingly enough, since it's the first of February, and this month's prompt obviously involves romance to coincide with Valentine's Day, I will be entering this as my entry for the February prompt, even though it will contain many chapters. The original story had 30 chapters, so I thought that perhaps I could post a new chapter once every two days all the way up to the prompt's due date at the end of March, and it should be finished just in time by then. This will by far be my longest prompt entry to date, and I don't know if I'll ever make one this long again.

I initially didn't want to post this on, since there already is a much-liked version on there, but I decided to read through the guidelines at the last minute and realized that it was mandatory to post a prompt entry on, so yeah, I suppose my audience will get quite a surprise. :smile

Finally, I'll just let it out that I am a proud DuckyxPetrie shipper, so to anyone who isn't a DuckyxPetrie shipper and happens to come across this story, I at least hope you'll find the story itself enjoyable as it progresses over time, as I am aware that some of you whom I've come to know on this forum are not shippers of these two adorable characters.

Anyways, here's my prologue for what will be my much-revised version of "Secret Love."



Are we really meant to be?

“Are we really meant to be?”

Those were the only words she could picture herself saying as she stared down at the river on a starry night in the Great Valley.

Whenever a certain subject came into her mind, all her usual feelings of playfulness would be replaced by those of a friendship she shared with someone very special to her.

For about two years now, ever since this green Swimmer had the adventure of a lifetime that earned her four great friends and a wondrous new home, there was still something she felt uncertain about. She had a great home, a wonderful family, and now had not four, but six special friends whom she could play with every day. The moment she thought about her friends, one friend in particular, would take over her thoughts …

Ducky stared down at her moonlit reflection in the river as she allowed all her thoughts to be consumed by her best friend. To her, this “best friend” felt more than just a “best friend.” From the moment they first met, she thought he was an adorable sight, even for a Swimmer like her …

Littlefoot and Ducky were walking through a somewhat barren forest, intending to find this legendary … “Great Valley,” but they had barely even walked a few steps before there came the sounds of their stomachs growling with hunger.

“My stomach is talking,” giggled Ducky.

“Mine, too,” replied Littlefoot as he curiously looked up at a tree, “I wonder what this tastes like?”

However, as Littlefoot began to pull on the tree with his mouth, they heard what sounded like yelling coming from within the tree.

Ducky gasped as she heard the yelling. Although nobody had ever said anything about talking trees, she couldn’t help but wonder if this tree was capable of doing such a thing.

“The tree is talking,” she said.

“No, it isn’t,” replied Littlefoot, trying desperately to pull off anything from the tree.

“You should not eat talking trees. Nope, nope, nope,” said Ducky.

Littlefoot ignored her again, but a second later, a small creature came sliding down the tree the Longneck was pulling on, screaming as it slid towards the two hatchlings. The tiny creature landed right on Littlefoot’s nose, and the Longneck looked in shock and screamed in horror. As he released the tree from his mouth, the plant swung around and tossed the creature into the sky, screaming. Ducky took cover underneath Littlefoot just as the small creature went crashing right through the ground.

Ducky quickly recomposed herself and approached the hole that had been left on the ground by the small creature’s fall. When she looked inside, she was very surprised to see that the creature was a young Flyer, appearing to be so frightened and confused.

“Who are you? Huh?” she asked the Flyer.

“M-m-my name Petrie,” the Flyer stuttered.

Ducky couldn’t help but giggle as she brought her head back up and allowed Petrie to crawl his way up.

“Petrie, huh?” chuckled Ducky, “Funny name.”

“I-I-I flied?” said Petrie.

“No. You falled,” answered Ducky.

“I falled?” whimpered Petrie in frustration as he threw himself onto the ground.

“You cannot fly?” asked a confused Ducky as an odd thought struck her. If Petrie couldn’t fly, then how could he have managed to make his way up a tree? “But how did you get way up there?”

“I climb,” answered Petrie, jumping and putting on a midair pose that Ducky thought was rather adorable.

“Hmm,” was all the Swimmer could say.

“But you are a Flyer, not a faller,” said Littlefoot.

“Hard thing to fly,” said Petrie, and he made another attempt at flying by flapping his wings, but he remained in the air for only about a second before he came right back down with a thud.

“I guess it is,” agreed Littlefoot, “We can’t do it.”

“Nope,” added Ducky, “We cannot do that alright.”

Ducky sniffled as she thought about that warm memory of when she first met that young Flyer. It was hardly any time at all after their first meeting that she began to think of Petrie as an adorable Flyer. There were many things about Petrie that Ducky thought was adorable; his smile, his cute-sounding voice, and his somewhat nervous personality. In the many adventures that followed, Petrie had even come to enjoy her presence just as much as she would enjoy his, and whenever she was down, he was, more often than not, the first one to come to her. This inspired her to do the same for him when he was down.

Ever since then, Ducky had secretly been developing these strange, unexplainable feelings for Petrie, but she was too afraid to mention it to him. She especially didn’t want to tell anybody else in the Great Valley, because they feared that she and Petrie would become outcasts if anyone found out about these unexplainable feelings. She wasn’t entirely sure how their families would react, although Cera’s father would definitely forbid such a thing from happening, so he was the last one she wanted to approach. She wasn’t even sure if her mother or father would be in favor of such an idea, even though they had willingly adopted Spike for Ducky’s sake after they found that she really adored him as a brotherly figure.

Over the last two cold times since they came to the Great Valley, the Swimmer and Flyer had developed a very strong bond with each other. In fact, Ducky often spent more time with Petrie than anyone else, even her brother, Spike. Only time would tell if she and Petrie were meant to have such a special bond …

“Ducky!” she heard a familiar voice calling her name, “Time to come back to the nest and get some sleep!”

Quickly snapping out of her trance, the Swimmer came back to reality and stood up before heading in the direction of her mother’s echo.

“Coming, Mama!” she replied as she found her mother next to a large rock, waiting for her.

“Are we really meant to be?” she thought to herself one more time before she joined her mother, and they started their walk back to their nest.

“We really meant to be?”

In front of a cave within a large rock not far from the river, a small brown Flyer was murmuring those same words as he sat on the ledge in front of his home. He stared down towards the beautiful view of the Great Valley that was dimly lit by the Night Circle. Every once in a while, throughout the last two years following his arrival in the Great Valley, he would find himself clouded with strange thoughts. They weren’t about how happy his life was in the Great Valley, nor were they about his not-so-happy family life, or his friends, … unless, of course, if he counted one friend in particular.

Ducky was the only one whom Petrie could think about from time to time. Sure, they may have been best friends, and she would always be there whenever he was feeling down, and he did the same for her, but there was something about Ducky that Petrie felt was extra special.

Unlike Littlefoot, Cera, … or any of their other friends, for that matter, Ducky seemed to give Petrie a more warming presence whenever they were together, and it often made him wonder if she had special feelings for him. He also thought of her as extremely beautiful, and he loved it whenever he got to see her eyes glistening and sparkling. Of course, Ducky’s famous catchphrase, “Yep, yep, yep!” would always put a smile on the little Flyer’s face whenever they were playing together or just being happy.

Suddenly, it dawned on him. He was developing certain feelings for Ducky. It wasn’t just because they were best friends. He didn’t know how to explain these feelings, and he kept it all to himself because he was wary of how everyone would react to the idea of a Swimmer and Flyer being … “together.”

Was it right for them to be together? Was it wrong just for one to have special feelings towards his or her special friend, regardless of what kind they were?

One thing was for certain, though; time would tell if they were meant for each other, and if that was the case, how would they be able to tell each other? More importantly, how would they be able to keep it a secret?

Petrie began to reflect on some of the past adventures he had with his friends, and how on some occasions he and Ducky would get close to each other for warmth and comfort.

He could vividly remember the heartbreak he felt when his own uncle betrayed him and kidnapped his precious friend. When he and his friends found Ducky the next day, he was so overjoyed to have her back by his side, but he couldn’t imagine why his uncle had committed those heinous crimes. Ducky was the only one who was able to assure him that Pterano was really a good Flyer at heart, and Petrie was so grateful to Ducky for her reassurance that he was not truly a bad Flyer. For many days afterward, Petrie struggled to cope with his uncle’s banishment, but Ducky always came to his side every day and comforted him to the point of treating him almost like family.

That, however, was only one out of many times Ducky would come to Petrie during his many emotional distresses, yet that one seemed to be the most memorable to him.

“Petrie?” a voice called right behind him, snapping him out of his flashbacks.

“Aah!” Petrie shouted as he jolted and looked back, only to find his mother motioning for him to come inside the cave, “Mama, why you always startle me when me think about things at night?”

“I’m sorry, dear,” Mama Flyer apologized, “But it’s time to come into the nest and get some shuteye.”

Petrie sighed in disappointment. He couldn’t possibly feel like sleeping right now when so much was on his mind, but, being a kid, he would have to get plenty of sleep every night.

“Okay, Mama,” the little Flyer gave in.

“I understand you like to come out here and think about things every now and then, but you’ve got to get lots of sleep each and every night,” said Mama Flyer as her son slowly walked into the cave.

“Me know, Mama,” sighed Petrie, “Sometimes, me wish me could stay up longer.”

“I know, dear,” sympathized Mama Flyer, “Once you’ve reached the Time of Great Growing, you’ll be able to stay up a little later.”

Petrie sighed in defeat, and he lied down in the back of the nest, well away from any of his four sleeping siblings. He quickly grabbed his snuggling stick so that he could sleep comfortably. His mother lied down next to him and gently patted him a few times to provide enough warmth for him to close his eyes.

“I love you, dear,” Mama Flyer said gently to her son.

“Me love you, too, Mama,” replied Petrie just as he closed his eyes.

“Goodnight, Petrie.”

“Goodnight, Mama.”

As soon as he was sure his mother was fast asleep, Petrie opened his eyes for a few seconds as an image of Ducky appeared in his head. All he could think to himself as he settled down to sleep that night was …

“We really meant to be?”

So, it's become apparent that Ducky and Petrie are feeling these strange vibes, but what could this lead them to? What could they mean? How will they tell each other if it remains stuck on their minds? I'll be delving deeper into all of that when I post chapter 1, possibly on Sunday. Like I said, do expect chapters to come regularly over the next two months. So, until then, have a good day, and I'll be back soon! ;)
My fanfics:
Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2019, 04:50:45 pm »
I saw this story on when you were writing it for the first time and I couldn’t help but notice it was rather well received. And indeed, this first part was quite nicely written and it showed the duo’s affection towards each other rather effectively. You’ve always been great at elaborating the characters’ feelings and it’s clear that those skills will excel in this kind of fic. However, as you probably know, I’m one of those who do not really like this shipping but I’ll still give this a shot as I have full confidence you’ll still make this story worth reading despite the premise. We’ll see how it turns out soon enough if you really plan to keep that pace in publishing new chapters.


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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 12:46:53 pm »
Hey, I adored Secret Love when it came out since I ship these two, so I'll go out on a limb and wager that I'll enjoy this rewrite too.

It might be just me, but despite the A/N in the beginning I couldn't really spot any obvious changes in the prologue from the original. Then again, it IS the prologue, so heh. :P I'll look forward to Chapter 1, then.
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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2019, 02:19:16 pm »

Those Strange Feelings

Ducky was awakened early one morning after feeling a warming sensation on her cheek. Gradually, it began to tickle her, and she began to giggle. She knew that only one thing in the Great Valley could possibly give her such a sensation.

The Swimmer slowly opened her eyes, giggling as she felt the sensations tickling her, and she noticed Spike licking her cheek in an effort to wake her up in the same playful way that he always would.

“Spike! Stop it!” Ducky giggled, “That tickles! It does!”

Spike stopped licking his sister, and she sat up in the nest and stretched her arms while yawning.

“Good morning, Ducky,” her mother called.

“Good morning, Mama,” Ducky replied once she stopped yawning.

“Did you have a good night’s sleep?” her father asked.

“I did. I did,” answered Ducky.

“That’s good,” chuckled Mama Swimmer, “You woke up just in time for breakfast. Spike’s already had his.”

Ducky sighed as she stood up and joined her brothers and sisters for breakfast. She couldn’t help feeling strange for being the last one up this morning, since she never was the last one up, … and she quickly remembered why.

All throughout the night, Ducky had been thinking about Petrie in her sleep, and all she could think about now were the special feelings she had for him. It was slowly getting to the point where she wouldn’t be able to hide it from him much longer, and she would surely have to tell him soon. She didn’t want to simply approach him like she always would and give him a cuddle, as that would be a little too sudden for him. She simply wanted him to know how she really felt about him but telling him would surely be a challenge, even despite all the many moments they shared together.

Suddenly, she wasn’t even sure if she wanted to see him today. The two had been best friends for more than two cold times, yet now she felt so nervous about the idea of simply being in his presence. Her urge to tell him about her feelings seemed to have gotten her so shy that she thought of avoiding him for a while until she could gather up the courage to do what she wanted to.

The sound of her siblings’ chewing on nearby tree stars managed to snap her out of her thoughts, and she grabbed a few ground stars and slowly ate them. Before long, she had eaten nearly more than enough ground stars to keep her energized at least until lunchtime.

As soon as she finished eating, the young Swimmer sat down on a rock near the nest, not really feeling like playing with her friends at the moment, and she stared off into space. All she could think about was her longtime Flyer friend whom she felt so attached to, … but not for long …

“Ducky?” Mama Swimmer spoke gently as she approached her daughter, “What are you doing, just sitting there, doing nothing?”

Ducky didn’t know how to get herself out of this situation. She had to come up with a valid excuse.

“I do not know, Mama,” she said, “I was just, … um, … thinking about so much.”

“What kind of things are on your mind, dear?” asked Papa Swimmer as he joined them.

“Well, I do not think now is the best time to explain them,” replied Ducky.

Her parents looked at each other oddly. It seemed rather strange for their daughter to be behaving this way, unless a certain Swimmer came into her mind.

“Are you thinking about Judy again, dear?” Mama Swimmer asked calmly.

Although that name usually brought sad and cold thoughts to Ducky, she managed to quickly shift her mind away from her friend she lost so long ago.

“No, it is not Judy,” she told her parents, “It is something else.”

“Well, dear, whatever it is you’re thinking about, I sure hope it’s something happy,” smiled Papa Swimmer, and he gently nuzzled his daughter.

Ducky smiled up at her father and allowed both her parents to nuzzle her playfully for a moment, before Spike suddenly ran up to them and gave the girl a pleading smile.

“I think Spike wants to play with you,” giggled Mama Swimmer, “Why don’t you run along and find your friends?”

“That was the last thing I wanted-ed to do,” thought Ducky as she sighed in dismay, not quite comfortable of the idea of seeing her friends at a time like this.

“Okay, Mama,” she answered, giving in.

Spike instantly licked her face in such a playful fashion.

“Spike!” giggled Ducky, “Stop that!”

“Run along now,” chuckled Papa Swimmer, “We’ll see you two later.”

“See you later, Mommy and Daddy,” replied Ducky as her parents returned to their nest.

Without another word, Ducky jumped off the rock she was sitting on, and she led Spike on their journey to their friends’ regular meeting place.

Petrie felt rather groggy as he woke up to the sound of his mother and siblings eating their breakfast. He was used to often being the last one in the nest to wake up in the morning.

However, he knew why he was feeling groggy …

He had been having strange sleep stories about Ducky. He was still wondering if they were meant for each other after he couldn’t stop thinking about her for yet another night. This was the fourth night in a row which he could only endure happy sleep stories about her.

“Good morning, Petrie,” the Flyer heard a voice gently greeting him as he felt a pleasant sensation on his head.

He knew it could only be his mother gently patting him on the head, and he grinned. At least it wasn’t one of his brothers or sisters trying to wake him up in such teasing ways like they often would, especially after that one embarrassing incident during the cold time.

“Good morning, Mama,” Petrie yawned as he stretched his wings.

“You’re quite one to oversleep, Petrie,” one of his brothers teased.

“Always having so many weird sleep stories,” said one of his sisters.

The other children laughed, and Petrie flushed in embarrassment. Mama Flyer could see how embarrassed her son was, and she turned to her other children to stop the teasing.

“Ahem! Now, children,” Mama Flyer scolded them, “You know Petrie can’t help that sometimes, so try to give him some personal space, okay?”

The other Flyer children stopped teasing Petrie and quickly resumed eating their breakfast.

“They never stop teasing me,” sighed Petrie sadly, “Even after … that night.”

“I’m sorry about them, sweetie,” Mama Flyer sympathized, “I know you sometimes have a hard time getting up in the mornings. I’m sure a lot of other dinosaurs go through the same thing.”

Petrie looked down as he stood up and leaned against a wall. It was then that Mama Flyer noticed that something was a little … off … with her son, and yet she wasn’t all that surprised …

It had not been a happy cold time for Petrie. He had endured the most depressing cold time of his life. After his mother admitted to him what had truly happened to his father, he spent several Night Circle cycles descending into depression, until a terrible sleep story caused him to have his worst wetting accident ever and his siblings coldly threw him out. He flew away to some strange cave and found a mysterious wall of frozen water that showed him a wondrous vision of his entire family, including his long-dead father. Seeing such a vision provided some sense of closure to the little Flyer, but although he promised his mother that he wouldn’t constantly go looking around for it, he still did it on some nights until the cold time was over and the frozen sky water melted.

“Petrie, are you feeling okay?” Mama Flyer asked her son.

Petrie gulped nervously.

“M-Me feel okay, Mama,” he stuttered, “Just … have strange sleep stories.”

“You still haven’t gotten over that cold time yet, have you?” sighed Mama Flyer sympathetically.

“It not that,” replied Petrie, “It something else.”

“What is it, dear?” his mother asked him curiously.

Petrie looked away and fidgeted as he tried to come with some excuse to hide his thoughts.

“Maybe now not best time,” he stammered.

Mama Flyer didn’t feel convinced, but she decided to shrug it off for now. She didn’t want to pressure her son again after everything he had been through during the cold time.

“Here, Petrie,” she said as she handed him a tree star, “I saved this one for you.”

Petrie gladly took the tree star and took a small bite out of it. In no time, his taste buds were treated to the delightful taste of the tree stars that grew not so far from where their cave was.

“Thanks, Mama,” he smiled, “This so good.”

“I’m glad you like it, dear,” chuckled Mama Flyer.

Petrie finished his tree star, and he quickly stepped out into the open space in front of the Flyer family’s cave.

“Are you going out to play with your friends, Petrie?” asked Mama Flyer.

At that moment, an odd thought struck Petrie …

He didn’t feel very sure about playing with his friends, especially if Ducky was going to be with them today. He didn’t quite feel like seeing her today after thinking about her for so long. He wondered how he could approach her the next time they met, but nothing came to mind. She may have been his best friend, but he suddenly felt so nervous about her. He couldn’t bear the idea of seeing her while he was developing these strange feelings for her.

However, Petrie also did not want his mother to find out why he was feeling so strange, so he decided that he was going to take off towards his friends’ meeting place so that she wouldn’t become suspicious about him.

“Yeah,” he finally said, “Me no can wait to see me friends.”

“Okay then,” replied Mama Flyer, “Run along now, and have fun.”

“Me will, Mama,” said Petrie as he opened his wings and took to the skies, “See you later.”

“See you later, Petrie!” he heard his mother call back before he set off on his journey.

Ducky and Spike were still on their journey towards their friends’ usual meeting place. In just a matter of minutes, they would be meeting up with Littlefoot, Cera, Chomper, Ruby, and … Petrie …

Suddenly, Ducky froze as she began to think about her best friend again. She still felt nervous about seeing him at a time like this while so much was on her mind … about him. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to see him at all today.

Spike took notice of his sister’s abnormal behavior, and he gave her a worried expression. Ducky could tell what her brother’s expression meant, but she couldn’t let him bother her at a time like this.

The Spiketail let out some groans that only Ducky could understand, and the Swimmer sighed and looked up at him.

“You go ahead and find the others, Spike,” she said, “I will catch up in a little bit. I will, I will,”

Spike nodded and set off towards their meeting place, while Ducky looked to her right and found her favorite shallow river just a few yards away.

Once Spike was no longer in her sight, the Swimmer walked towards the river and sat down right on the bank. She dipped her feet into the cold water and sighed as she could not stop thinking about Petrie.

“I have never felt-ed this way before,” she said to herself, “Petrie has been my best friend ever since we first meet-ed. There is just something about him that I find so … so, … I do not know how to explain it. No, no, no.”

She knew that no other dinosaur her age would know anything about what it was like to develop special feelings towards someone else, so Petrie would probably not be able to understand how she felt about her. However, she did have a hunch …

Petrie giggled happily to himself as he was enjoying his flight through the skies over the Great Valley. He felt like nothing could strike him down. He didn’t know how to explain it, but it felt like just another happy morning in the Great Valley. A simple flight was all it took to refresh his thoughts and think about the day ahead. With each day, he could slowly but surely get over this nasty cold time and focus on the near future. The warm times were coming back, and the valley was blooming with life again like it always would during this time of the season. It was a sight for sore eyes to behold.

It was then that he looked down and gazed at the beautiful river below him. The water glistened beautifully as the Bright Circle’s light gorgeously reflected it. It was one of the most amazing sights he had seen in quite a while.

Then, he noticed someone sitting on the edge of the river, and he gasped in shock once he realized who it was …

“Oh, no! It Ducky! Me must hide!” he thought to himself as he swooped downward and took cover behind some plants on the opposite riverbank.

Among all his friends, Ducky was the last one whom Petrie was planning to see today. He still didn’t know how to approach her with these newfound feelings spiraling within him. It felt nearly too much to bear.

“Why me feel so nervous around her?” he thought, “Me wish me could just forget all about these strange feelings!”

On the other hand, he began to imagine that all his feelings were one-sided. After all, nobody at his age would likely be experiencing feelings like these, so he was sure that Ducky wouldn’t be feeling the same about him.

Taking a few deep breaths, Petrie peeked across the river to get a glimpse at Ducky.

There she was, soaking her feet in the river with a strange look on her face. She seemed to look exactly how he had felt this morning, and the Flyer started to feel a little uneasy with himself. Now, he wasn’t sure that his feelings were one-sided. He was suddenly picturing himself in one of his sleep stories where it was just the two of them together, having an adorable time. He started to have a hunch that she was feeling the same about him as he was feeling about her, and he felt rather spooked by it.

“Maybe, … me should just go meet up with Littlefoot and others,” he whispered to himself, and without a second thought, he left his hiding place and walked along the riverbank, keeping himself hidden behind the bushes so that Ducky wouldn’t see him.

Ducky had finally decided that her feet were cold enough, and she scooted backwards before standing up. Petrie was still stuck on her mind, and she still wondered how she would act the next time she saw him, but for now she had decided that she would take her parents’ advice and play with her friends for a while, even if Petrie would be among them.

“I had better get going,” she said to herself, “Littlefoot and the others will be waiting for me. Yes, yes, yes.”

With that, she pressed on with her slow walk towards their friends’ meeting place. She stayed alongside the riverbank so that she could listen to the gentle sounds of the water glistening in the daylight. The sounds of water could always take her mind off certain things whenever she needed it to.

Then, once she got to the end of the river, where the two riverbanks would join, she looked to her right, … and she was met with a completely unexpected surprise …

There stood Petrie, stopping dead in his tracks and gasping at the sight of her, just as simultaneously as she had at the sight of him, looking at her as if he had just been frightened by her appearance.

Both children stood frozen in place and gazed at each other nervously. This was the one moment that they were NOT prepared for. Each had foolishly assumed that the other would, for some random reason, not be joining their friends today, but now they had proven each other to be fools for believing so.

Now, here they were, looking into each other’s eyes while their cheeks blushed red. As they looked at each other, they seemed to notice how their expressions looked so eerily similar. It was then that each had realized why the other was blushing and quivering nervously as they stared at each other. No spoken words had to confirm it. Their faces did it for them. That alone was enough for one to realize the other’s feelings. Neither had seen the other this nervous in each other’s presence before, unless they were going on one of their many dangerous adventures, and it just about spooked them both because of the fact that they had developed strange feelings for each other, although they hadn’t told each other once over the past two years that they had those special feelings. They were best friends, but new feelings had taken over their minds as they thought about each other in recent weeks.

Ducky couldn’t find any words to say as she looked into Petrie’s eyes. She wanted to slowly walk away from him, but her legs wouldn’t move. It was as if she had been paralyzed from the waist down.

Petrie felt as if he wanted to back away from Ducky, but his nervous body prevented him from moving an inch. He could only look into her eyes as he tried his best not to act so panicky.

Eventually, Ducky managed to gather up her courage and greet her best friend, “H-hi, Petrie.”

Petrie shifted back an inch when he saw that Ducky was acting as nervous as he was. He felt a lump form in his throat as he struggled to form words. There was no turning back now.

“H-h-hi, D-D-Du-Ducky,” the Flyer stuttered.

Ducky saw that Petrie was acting in a rather panicky state, almost as panicky as he typically would be, although there was nothing around him that could trigger it.

“Are you feeling okay, Petrie?” asked Ducky, although she already had a few guesses for the answer to that question.

Petrie couldn’t find any words to answer her question, and he stayed silent while staring right at his best friend.

“Did you have a scary sleep story?” Ducky guessed.

Once again, Petrie didn’t answer, and Ducky’s selfless instincts began to take over as she slowly approached her friend and stopped right in front of him.

Petrie looked down and placed his hands behind his back, showing a clear sign of nervousness, and Ducky slowly reached down and gently held the Flyer’s hands. She knew this almost always worked when she wanted to calm him down.

Thankfully, Ducky’s method worked its magic, and Petrie sighed and looked into the Swimmer’s eyes again with a very faint, almost unnoticeable grin on his beak.

“Okay, Ducky. Me confess, … me no have bad sleep story last night,” he said, although he quickly regretted saying that, as he knew that instantly blew his chances of pretending that he had gone through yet another sleep story that caused him to wet the nest. Ducky had heard about Petrie’s sad cold time and unpleasant wetting accidents. She had endured very similar experiences herself, so she could relate.

Seeing that Petrie hadn’t endured a bad sleep story last night, Ducky began to sense that her predicament about him having feelings about her might have been correct.

“It is okay, Petrie,” Ducky whispered gently to her best friend, “I have been having strange sleep stories myself, too. I have, I have.”

Hearing that brought an uneasy feeling into Petrie’s chest. Seeing that Ducky had not been going through bad sleep stories lately, there was definitely something odd about her strange behavior, even if it mirrored his own.

“Me wonder what we so nervous about?” the Flyer said, trying to change the subject, “It about something our friends have planned for today?”

“Not exactly,” replied Ducky, “I was just thinking about some of our fondest memories ever since we first came to the Great Valley.”

Petrie grinned faintly as he thought of the many happy times they had had together over the last two years.

“Me, too,” he said in a cute voice that just about made Ducky smile and giggle, “So many Great Valley memories. What can me say? This just a happy place to be.”

He stopped when he noticed that his best friend was smiling at him.

“What you laughing about?” he asked as he blushed.

“Did I ever tell you that you have one of the cutest voices I have ever heard-ed?” chuckled Ducky.

Petrie blushed deep red in embarrassment from hearing those words, while his heart received a warming sensation from a particular word that no one had ever used to describe him, except for his mother.

“Cute? Ducky think me voice sound cute?” he thought to himself.

As the Flyer tried to get over his embarrassment, he took a glimpse into Ducky’s sparkling eyes and smile. He could only describe it as being the most beautiful smile he had ever seen in his life.

Ducky took notice of the smile that appeared to be stuck on Petrie’s face, and she smiled right back as their cheeks continued to blush.

“What are you smiling about, Petrie?” the Swimmer asked.

“Me think your eyes so shiny, … and your smile … just … beautiful, Ducky,” Petrie answered.

“I could say the same about your smile, Petrie,” replied Ducky.

The two young hatchlings stood where they were for a few moments, smiling passionately at each other, although to them, it suddenly felt as if time had slowed down tremendously. Just a moment ago, they felt uncomfortable about even seeing each other, yet just a few cute words managed to get them to overcome their strange fears and now they were seemingly falling into a pleasant trance; one they wished could last forever.

It was then that Ducky decided that she would take her chances and admit why she had been so nervous about being near Petrie …

“To be honest, Petrie, … there is a very special reason why I have been thinking about all our happy times together,” she said.

“Really?” replied Petrie with a look of interest on his face, “What that reason be? It about our old games or Grandpa Longneck’s stories?”

“No,” giggled Ducky as he found Petrie’s eager guesses to be amusing, “It is because of the time that I get to spend with you, Petrie.”

“M-me?” stuttered a surprised Petrie.

“You and I are best friends, Petrie, … but that is only part of why you have always felt-ed so special to me. You are always there for me when I am sad, just like I am for you, and you know how to make me happy.”

Petrie was speechless. He could not have imagined hearing those words from his best friend. He felt tears building up in his eyes as Ducky’s words sank into his heart.

“Y-you think … m-me so … s-spe-special?” the Flyer said.

“I think you are very special, Petrie. Yep, yep, yep,” answered Ducky.

Petrie allowed some tears to leak from his sparkling eyes as he refused to break eye contact with Ducky’s smile. Her heartwarming words had put a big smile on his face, and he promptly wrapped his wings around the Swimmer’s back to embrace her.

Ducky smiled and returned the embrace by hugging the Flyer, her arms creating a warm barrier around his back.

“M-me think … y-yo-you … so special, too, Du-Ducky,” he sniffled, “Sometimes, me feel so sad that no one can cheer me up, … except for Mama, … or you, … and you always know how to make me so happy.”

Ducky’s heart melted warmly as Petrie’s words filled her with happiness.

“Aw, Petrie!” the Swimmer sniffled as tears threatened to pour from her eyes, “You are the sweetest Flyer I have ever met. Yep, yep, yep!”

Petrie giggled as his smile grew wider. He could never get enough of Ducky’s happy, “Yep, yep, yep!”

After what felt like ages, the two kids broke their hug, and they gazed at each other’s eyes, smiling as their tears subsided.

“Me guess this make our friendship very special,” chuckled Petrie.

“It sure does,” agreed Ducky, “You really are the most adorable Flyer I have ever known, Petrie, and our friendship has always been very special.”

“Aww, Ducky!” chuckled Petrie, blushing, “You most adorable Swimmer me ever know, too, … and me agree our friendship always be so special from beginning.”

Ducky blushed deeply as they continued to smile adorably at each other. The ends of their mouths pointed upwards at such angles that it looked as if they had been wanting a moment like this to happen for a long time.

Suddenly, Petrie felt Ducky’s hands gently grasping his own, and they refused to take their eyes off each other as their faces grew closer together. Their faces slowly came closer together as they seemed to fall into some strange trance.

“Me think Ducky like me very much,” thought Petrie, “Me wonder if she maybe …”

“Petrie must really care about me so much as a friend,” thought Ducky, “I wonder if our friendship is going to have a whole new feeling?”

Their faces were now as close as they could be, and Ducky’s bill opened ever so slightly and touched the tip of Petrie’s beak. The Flyer nearly tensed but allowed the sudden sensation to soothe him. Their lips were right on the brink of touching, when suddenly …

“Ducky! Petrie! Where are you!?”

The two children were momentarily startled by the sound of Littlefoot’s voice calling them from afar, and they both jumped back with jolts in their backs. They took deep breaths to get over their moment of shock, and they looked at each other again. At that very moment, they realized something that just about broke their hearts …

They had just come inches away from what just might have been a passionate kiss, but the sound of another echoing voice interrupting them had denied them of that pleasurable moment.

“Oh, no, no, no! We were so close!” thought Ducky sadly.

“Me no can believe we almost kissed!” Petrie thought, “Our first real kiss!”

Sure, Ducky may have kissed Petrie in such childish ways in the past, but this would have been their first true kiss that they would have enjoyed had it not been for some form of interference.

“Why our other friends always have to ruin our moments at wrong time?” thought Petrie as he couldn’t help but feel angry at Littlefoot and the others for ruining what may potentially have been a warm, adorable moment.

“Very bad timing, Littlefoot,” thought Ducky, “This would have been our moment to enjoy.”

“Me guess we better see what Littlefoot and others up to,” sighed Petrie.

Ducky sighed sadly in agreement, but then an idea suddenly flew in her head …

“Hey! I have an idea, Petrie,” she said, “Would you like to join me by the river just before the Bright Circle goes down tonight?”

Petrie perked up and looked at his best friend with amazement showing all over his face. The idea of spending the evening alone with Ducky sounded like the most pleasant thing in the world. They had enjoyed very few times like those before, and the prospect of doing it again gave him excitement in his chest.

“Sure, Ducky,” he said with an adorable smile.

Ducky returned the smile, and the two kids resumed their journey to their meeting place where their friends were waiting for them.

Before long, the duo had caught up with their five other friends, and the seven children found themselves playing their usual favorite games in no time.

“So, so close,” Ducky and Petrie secretly thought as they reflected on their near-kiss, “Maybe someday …”

Well, this is where the differences really start to become obvious. Considering that I have a better knowledge of the series than I did two years ago, you can probably say that this is a bit more LBT-like than my previous effort. Also, since I decided that I don't want to make any chapters so ridiculously short, I decided to take chapters 1-2 of the old version and mix them into one chapter. That way, you wouldn't be left for two days wondering what would happen once the two suddenly met each other next to the river.

So, Ducky and Petrie came so close to revealing their true feelings, but it seems that fate wasn't quite on their side this time around. Although they've gotten close, this wasn't quite their time, but when will that time come? I'll be back on Tuesday with the next chapter! See you then! :smile
My fanfics:
Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2019, 12:28:47 am »
And Littlefoot interrupts at the most inopportune time. XD  Though I cannot claim to have read the first version of this story when it came out due to some severe time constraints on my part, I am quite enjoying what I have read thus far.  The characterization of Petrie and Ducky seem quite spot on as is their respective concerns about seeing the other when their feelings are entering full bloom.  I also quite like how you incorporated some of the events in the other stories of yours (like the mirror in the cave, and Ducky's thoughts on Judy) though I think that the description of the mirror incident might seem a bit jarring to someone who had not yet read that story.  In any case I loved the call backs to those stories as they firmly establish in my mind that this story takes place in the world where those events took place and with that I have a firmer understanding of what these two characters have already been through.

I look forward to seeing how this develops going forward.  I will have to resist the urge to read the previous version of this story as I want to experience this fresh, but I have no doubt that the future chapters will be worth the wait. :)

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 11:43:00 am »

Talking Hearts

It would be another one of those regular fun days in the Great Valley for the gang, for the most part. For Ducky and Petrie, they spent most of the day unable to stop thinking about their near-kiss that morning, and they did everything they could to pretend it never happened. However, it was easier said than done. Whenever they looked at each other, they shared odd smiles and occasionally blushed, and before long Littlefoot and the others began to notice their abnormal behavior.

Early that afternoon, Cera was helping herself to some leaves that had fallen off a bush, when Littlefoot stepped in to take the bush that was next to it.

“Have you noticed anything odd, Cera?” the Longneck asked.

“Nothing odd around here,” replied Cera in her usual, gruff tone that clearly showed her lack of interest, “Why would you ask?”

“I can’t help but notice that Ducky and Petrie seem to be acting a little … strange today,” said Littlefoot.

“Gee, I wonder why,” the Threehorn said sarcastically, “Maybe they’ve had one too many tree sweets.”

“Uh, I … don’t think so,” Littlefoot disagreed, “I’ve seen them making these odd faces whenever they look at each other.”

Cera paused as she pondered what Littlefoot had just said. It was never like Ducky and Petrie to act this way when they were together, given how they were always playful on days like these.

“I think … something’s up with those two,” she said thoughtfully, “I’m not quite sure what.”

“Whatever it is, it just seems … strange,” said Littlefoot, “I wonder what it is?”

“And how do you expect us to do that?” asked a bemused Cera, “We can’t just get in their faces and suddenly ask, ‘Hey, what’s been going on with you two?’.”

“You’re right,” agreed Littlefoot, “I guess we’ll just drop the subject until we can get a clear answer.”

With that, the two best friends continued eating their lunch and spoke no further about Ducky and Petrie’s odd behavior.

The topic was relevant with Chomper and Ruby, too, as they went bug-hunting for their lunch.

“Ducky and Petrie have been behaving so odd today,” said Chomper, “Have you noticed them?”

“I have, actually,” replied Ruby, “Something tells me that something is going on between those two, because those two have something going on.”

“I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure it may become concerning later on,” said Chomper.

“I don’t really think that now is the best time to talk about it,” said Ruby.

“Why not?” asked a confused Chomper.

“If they want some privacy with whatever it is that’s going on with them, then we should give them the privacy they need,” explained Ruby.

Chomper sighed. He knew his best friend was right. Although he felt concerned that Ducky and Petrie may be up to something suspicious, he knew that right now was the time for the duo to have some privacy until they settled whatever it was that was happening between them.

Just then, the Sharptooth fixed his eyes on a crawler beneath the tall grass.

“Mmm! A ground crawler!” he said excitedly, and he launched himself towards the crawler before catching it with his mouth.

In an instant, his taste buds were satisfied with the taste of those ever-delicious ground crawlers that he enjoyed so much.

The hours passed, and the gang tried their best to take their minds off Ducky and Petrie’s suspicious behavior, while at the same time the two were trying to act as normally as they could without thinking so much about that morning. They would still smile at each other for longer periods of time whenever their friends weren’t looking, and sometimes the gang would catch them doing so, which renewed the concern they had for their two friends. It became more and more clear to them that something was brewing between the Swimmer and Flyer, but none knew what.

Eventually, the Bright Circle began to set, and the gang decided that now was the time to part ways for the night and go home to their families (with the exception of Chomper and Ruby, who lived together in the Secret Caverns).

Ducky and Petrie felt their hearts leaping with excitement as they could finally spend some time to themselves by the river as Ducky had planned. Of course, though, there was still one final obstacle they had to overcome …


As the duo went along with their journey to the river, Spike, being the typical brother figure he was to Ducky, wouldn’t stop following them. He was anticipating that they would be on their way home right then and there, and this made the Swimmer feel wary of their situation. She knew there was only one way to lure Spike away from them for a while.

Once the three made it to a beautiful spot on the riverbank, Spike began licking Ducky’s cheek to get her attention.

“Spike!” chuckled Ducky, beginning to feel a little annoyed with her brother’s antics.

“You think you can take Spike home first?” suggested Petrie uncomfortably.

“Spike, … why don’t you go ahead and head on back home, okay?” Ducky instructed her brother, “I will meet you there in a little while. I will, I will.”

Spike groaned sadly, but he decided to obey his sister nonetheless, so he turned the other way and began his slow walk back to the Swimmer family’s nest.

The instant the Spiketail was gone, the Swimmer and Flyer sighed in relief and relaxation.

“Peace and quiet, … at last,” they sighed.

The duo sat down and dipped their feet into the shallow water of the river, and they held each other’s hands as they looked at each other in the eyes. They couldn’t have imagined themselves having some time alone like this, especially after the strange feelings they had been going through in recent weeks. It already felt so unlike any of the previous times they spent alone together. Any other time they did this, there was nothing much to anticipate, but tonight, they each knew deep down that the other was wanting to make this occasion memorable.

“This feel so nice,” sighed Petrie as his feet received soothing sensations from the water, while having Ducky by his side warmed his heart.

“Yep, yep, yep,” agreed Ducky, earning a chuckle from Petrie.

The Swimmer couldn’t help but giggle from the fact that Petrie was chuckling at her catchphrase, and she knew exactly why.

“You really like it when I say, ‘yep, yep, yep’, don’t you, Petrie?” she guessed.

This prompted an even bigger smile from the young Flyer, and the Swimmer giggled playfully as she wrapped an arm around his back.

“Me always love that, Ducky,” beamed Petrie.

“I am always happy to make you smile, Petrie,” replied Ducky.

Petrie blushed as he couldn't stop beaming.

“That is one of the reasons why I think you are the most adorable Flyer I have ever known,” added Ducky.

“Me smile?” said Petrie, blushing even deeper from being called ‘adorable.’

“Yes, yes, yes,” said Ducky, “But you are also adorable in other ways, too.”

Petrie felt happy tears forming in his eyes as his best friend pampered his heart with so many warming words.

“Your voice is the cutest I have ever heard in my life,” Ducky went on, “Your eyes are a pleasant sight whenever you are happy, … and it is when you are happy that I am happy, … because it always makes me sad when you are sad or lonely.”

“Y-you always know how t-to … br-bring happiness to m-m-me,” sniffled Petrie as his beak quivered, “This the most happiness you give me in one night.”

“I have thought-ed about our many adventures together, … and … more often that not, I have thought-ed about you, about how you are sometimes the first to come to me when I am sad, and how I do the same for you.”

Petrie simply smiled and chuckled at her statement.

“Do you remember when we went to the Land of Mists?” asked Ducky.

Petrie instantly shivered at the dreadful memories of that adventure. Almost immediately, he realized exactly what she was referring to.

“You mean, when that Sharp Beak and blind Belly Dragger tried to eat us?” he stammered.

Ducky nodded uneasily.

“Me remember that so much,” tremored Petrie, “Me never forget when me see you get snatched by that Sharp Beak, and me feel this strange pain in me chest that give me courage me never have before, … to save you.”

“That was what told-ed me that you really care about me,” admitted Ducky, “That was when I started-ed to think that I should do the same for you, … and … I began to feel so differently about you.”

The Swimmer noticed that Petrie was staring off on the horizon, appearing to be deep in thought, and she gently tapped his shoulder.

“Hmm?” he murmured, indicating that she had his attention.

“What is it, Petrie?” Ducky asked cautiously.

Petrie sighed and frowned.

“You … remember … me Uncle Pterano?” he said in a sad voice.

Ducky nearly tensed at the name but remained calm.

“I do, I do,” she answered quietly.

“Me think that really make me feel stronger about you than our other friends,” confessed Petrie, “After me own uncle take you away, and me no could save you, me feel so bad. In fact, Cera even blame me for everything until it over.”

“I remember,” said Ducky, keeping an arm wrapped around Petrie’s back to keep him calm, “I will never forget how you felt-ed when you and the others found-ed me.”

“Me feel so happy to find you that day, but me feel so upset that me uncle could take you away like that, … even if he mean no harm,” quivered Petrie, as the renewed pain from that terrible memory lingered in his fragile heart.

“I may have already told-ed you this once, but … before I eavesdropped-ed on your uncle, I had really been on my way to your home, … because I wanted-ed to cheer you up.”

“You know, Ducky, … me have some good friends, … but you only one who really understand me when me down,” said Petrie as he turned to look at Ducky’s eyes.

Ducky smiled and allowed her best friend to wrap a wing around her back to add a little happy flavor to their touchy moment.

“Our friends may make us happy, … but when I am with you, I feel the happiest of all,” said Ducky with a cute chuckle.

This turned Petrie’s frown into quite a sweet-looking smile, particularly sweet for Ducky’s eyes.

“Me think we very lucky to find each other,” grinned Petrie, “We both lose so much before our lives change forever.”

He paused and sighed as he didn’t feel comfortable about bringing up those who didn’t get to share the Great Valley or their happiness with them.

“You lose such wonderful friend before Earth Shake separate us and bring us together as if by destiny; … me lose me Daddy right after me hatched, … and me lose me uncle to exile. Sometimes, me feel like me lose more than you did. You have such wonderful family, … but me have such miserable family life that it feel like me Mama only one who loves me.”

Ducky looked down at their reflection in the river as Petrie mentioned the friend she had lost so long ago. She almost couldn’t bear to hear anyone mention her, even if he hadn’t spoken her name, but she knew Petrie had a point to make. He himself had suffered a similar loss during his hatchling days, so he would have known how painful it felt, even though he wasn’t told the truth about his father’s demise until just before the most recent cold time.

“Judy would have loved-ed our Great Valley,” sighed Ducky sadly, and she turned to Petrie again, “And you know what, … I think your Daddy might have, too.”

“Me never really know me Daddy,” sniffled Petrie, “Sometimes, me and me Mama spend nights alone together, and she tell me stories about me Daddy so that me understand what he was like. From stories me hear, me think you right, Ducky.”

Ducky smiled and gave Petrie’s chest a very brief tickle. Even though it only lasted for about two seconds, it was still enough for a giggle to escape his beak, and she chuckled along with him.

As the two smiled at each other, they each thought about how strangely they had behaved that morning, and each wanted to ask the other about what they had been thinking about.

“Well, here it goes,” Ducky thought to herself as she took a deep breath and broke the silence.

“When we bumped-ed into each other this morning and we were both nervous, … I was actually thinking about you,” she began, as Petrie listened to every word she had to say, not daring to interrupt her, “You see, … the day we first meet-ed … and when I found-ed you in that hole underground, … I thought-ed right then that you were the cutest sight I had ever seen. Even if you were not able to fly then, you were still special to me in many ways. After we drowned-ed the Sharptooth and you fell into the river with him, I thought you were gone forever, … but when you came back up, my heart was filled-ed with so much joy, … more joy than you could have imagined-ed. So many adventures later, … I think I can say … that … I could never see myself living my life without you, Petrie. Nope, nope, nope.”

Petrie felt tears welling up in his eyes, but he tried his best to hold them in so that he could hear the rest of what Ducky was trying to say.

“Only just recently, … I have been having these happy sleep stories, … and they have been about just the two of us being together, having fun and playing our own games,” Ducky continued, earning a chuckle from Petrie as he sniffled a let a single tear escape, “Sometimes, when I find you, you are feeling very sad about something: missing your uncle, Pterano, … or there being other kids like Hyp bullying you. All I do is just say some nice words to you, … and your frown turns into a smile.”

“Aww, Ducky!” sniffled Petrie happily, “Me feel so, … so …”

The Flyer couldn’t even think of a word to describe his overflow of happy emotions that Ducky’s words were giving him.

“Basically, … what I am trying to say, Petrie, … is, … is, … uh.”

“Yes, Ducky?” said Petrie with eager eyes.

Ducky gulped nervously as she wondered how Petrie would react to what she was about to say next. She knew it would feel very odd, but she had waited so long to let it out, and after all this time, she knew now would be the time to unbottle her feelings and bring them out into the open for him to hear. It was now or never.

At that moment, Ducky looked intently into Petrie’s eyes and reached out to his hands with her other hand.

“I love you, Petrie.”

The Flyer stared at her with wide eyes and a wide-open mouth as tears slowly began to trickle down his face. He could not believe what he had just heard.

“She love me? Did Ducky just say … that she love me?” he thought.

At that moment, it dawned on the little Flyer why she had been acting nervously around her, and why she had been looking very thoughtful when he spotted her soaking her feet on the riverbank this morning. She had been waiting for so long to confess her true feelings about him, and now here she was, telling him that she loved him.

Petrie remained speechless for nearly a whole minute, while Ducky started to feel nervous about his inevitable reaction.

Then, …

“Y-y-yo-you l-lo-love me, D-D-Du-Duck-Ducky?” Petrie stuttered, still trying to register what he had just heard.

“Yes, Petrie,” smiled Ducky, regaining her confidence, “I love you … with all my heart. I do, I do.”

Upon hearing those words that confirmed to him that she, indeed, loved him, Petrie wrapped his arms around Ducky’s neck and cried heavily onto her neck and shoulder. The Swimmer instantly felt the tears landing on her as he cried hysterically. It took her everything to not start crying herself.

“Petrie never feel this happy before,” wept Petrie, “Me no expect this. Me no know what to say.”

Although Ducky felt weird about how sudden this was for Petrie, she was happy to have finally let those feelings out and let her best friend know how much she truly cared about him.

It took a whole minute for Petrie to regain his composure before he looked into Ducky’s eyes with this strange new feeling within his heart; one that renewed his similar feelings about her when he had awakened that morning. If she had such courage to open up to him about her feelings, then he knew he would have to do the same with her.

The Flyer took a deep breath and spoke in a nervous yet cute voice, “Me feel same about you, too.”

Ducky was stunned as she heard those words, and she looked into Petrie’s eyes.

“M-me feel so nervous around you lately, … because … m-m-me no could stop thinking about you, Ducky,” Petrie began as the tears continued to soak his face, “Me remember all the happy times we have together in Great Valley, but mostly because … of you.”

Ducky felt a warm sensation in her chest as she listened to Petrie’s words. Even if they were spoken in improper grammar, he still sounded so sincere to her.

“When we first meet, you so kind to me, … and me love it when you warm me whenever me feel sad,” the Flyer continued, “That not only reason why you so special to me.”

Ducky smiled as she felt the tears building in her eyes.

“Your eyes sparkle so beautifully, especially with nice eyebrows, … your smile so gorgeous, … and your happy, ‘yep, yep, yep,’ get me every time,” Petrie went on, “Most of all, … your presence always feel warm to me, … especially when compared to everyone else.  You always there for me when no one else is. You only one who truly understand me troubles much like me only friend who understand yours. Me no can imagine me life without you, Ducky.”

“Aww, Petrie, … you are so sweet! Yep, yep, yep!” chuckled Ducky as the tears began to fall from her eyes.

“Me no know how to say it, … b-but, … um, … but,” Petrie stuttered as he struggled to let those words out of his mouth, the words that would describe his true feelings towards his longtime friend. He looked away from her and stared at his reflection in the river while he tried to compose himself again.

“But what, Petrie?” asked Ducky, wondering what her friend had to say.

Finally, Petrie realized that he could hold it in no longer, and he knew that now would be the only time he would get to say those words, so he gulped several times and looked directly into Ducky’s eyes again, … then he swallowed his pride and spoke …

“Me love you, too, Ducky.”

Ducky gasped in astonishment as she heard those words from Petrie, and her mouth was agape. She sat there for several seconds, not moving a muscle as she realized why he was acting just as nervous as she was. Petrie had developed feelings for her just as she had developed feelings for him, and, by coincidence, they shared those special feelings, which they could now describe as love and devotion to each other.

“Do you really love me, Petrie?” asked Ducky, wanting to be sure that what she had just heard from Petrie was true.

“Petrie love you so much, Ducky, … with all me heart,” the Flyer cried happily.

The young Swimmer could hold no more of her emotions, and she pulled her friend right onto her lap and embraced him with a hug that nearly felt bone-crushing. Petrie was taken by surprise by her hug, but he didn’t want to complain because this was the Swimmer he could now say he loved so much, and now that he knew that she loved him just the same, he didn’t want this moment to end.

Just this morning, they each had been nervous wrecks, but now there was no need to feel nervous anymore. They had discovered their feelings for one another; they had been secretly crushing on each other for more than two years, and now their long-awaited confessions had been made. All the uncomfortableness had been replaced with warmth and happiness as they cherished their newfound love for each other.

“This happiest day of me life,” sniffled Petrie.

“This is the happiest day of my life, too,” replied Ducky, “Yep, yep, yep.”

Petrie once again giggled happily from hearing Ducky’s catchphrase.

“You want me to say it again just to give you grins and giggles?” asked Ducky playfully.

“Yep, yep, yep,” chortled Petrie happily.

“Hey, that is my line. Yep, yep, yep,” replied Ducky.

At that moment, the two kids broke into laughter as Ducky eased her grip on Petrie. This allowed the Flyer to breathe a little more after being squeezed for nearly a minute. He relaxed comfortably as the Swimmer kept him on her lap.

“Me ever mention how sitting on your lap feel like?” the Flyer said with a wide grin.

“I am happy when you get to relax on my lap,” replied Ducky, “You make my legs feel very warm.”

“Aw. You a sweet swimmer,” giggled Petrie eccentrically.

“And you are a funny flyer,” chortled Ducky playfully.

“Sweet Swimmer and Funny Flyer?” said Petrie in realization, and a suggestion flew into his head, “Those names sound so funny. Maybe we make those our new secret love names for each other?”

“I do not see why not,” said Ducky, “Sweet Swimmer and Funny Flyer it is, then.”

The duo laughed again for a moment before Petrie took notice of how marvelous the Bright Circle looked when it was setting. The sky was a brilliant assortment of yellow and orange as the Bright Circle shone down on the two.

“Bright Circle look so beautiful when setting,” sighed Petrie.

Ducky looked toward the Bright Circle and couldn’t help but smile. She was fascinated by the early evening skies and their wondrous mixture of warm colors.

“It is beautiful, Petrie. It is, it is,” she agreed.

“But not as beautiful as you, Ducky,” Petrie put in.

Ducky turned back towards her longtime friend and smiled brightly. Petrie instantly returned the smile in such a playful fashion, and they once again stared into each other’s eyes while just catching glimpses of the ends of their mouths which pointed upwards at such angles that could only indicate such bright, happy smiles.

Slowly but surely, their faces got closer together, and soon Ducky’s bill came in contact with Petrie’s beak. In an instant, they both felt strange sensations in their chests, and to them it felt as if their slightly sped-up heartbeats were urging them to open their mouths.

Unable to resist the urge any longer, Ducky slightly opened his bill and allowed Petrie to bring the front of his beak inside. The instant the Flyer could feel a somewhat pleasant sensation on his beak, he opened his mouth slightly and brought his tongue out. Ducky felt something gently tapping on her tongue, and she knew immediately that it was the Flyer’s. Without a moment’s hesitation, the two brought their tongues together and started dancing with them while they moaned softly in delight.

As their tongues danced around while they exchanged saliva, they looked into each other’s eyes again as they simultaneously realized that they were interlocking each other in something much warmer than all the previous times they had cuddled together, such as when they got lost on the mysterious island where Chomper was living at the time, or when they reunited after Ducky had been kidnapped by Petrie’s own uncle, or on any of their other adventures they had been on. This was the moment they had been putting off for so long, and now it was finally coming true …

Their much-awaited first kiss.

The ends of their mouths pointed upwards again, and Petrie relaxed pleasurably while Ducky hugged him, pinning his arms and wings down, while continuing to cuddle him in her lap. The Flyer simply moaned in pleasure to indicate to the Swimmer to keep hugging and kissing her, and she obliged by tightening her grip on him to form a warm blanket around him.

Eventually, though, they both reached the point where they had to get some air, so they reluctantly pulled their mouths away from each other. Their mouths made a cute sound as they pulled away, and the two children started gasping for air so they could regain their breathing stability.

It took them several seconds for their breathing to become stable again, and they once more looked into each other’s eyes with bright smiles.

“That … feel … so …,” Petrie started but couldn’t find the words to describe what they had just experienced.

“Warm and pleasuring,” Ducky finished his sentence for him.

Petrie nodded in agreement, and the two lovers nuzzled each other’s faces for several minutes while blowing small kisses all over each other.

“Me wish tonight could last forever,” sighed Petrie.

“Me, too,” replied Ducky, “I’m dreading the moment when this will end.”

“Same here,” agreed Petrie.

Suddenly, a terrible realization hit them both like a ton of boulders.

“Oh, my,” gasped Ducky.

“Something definitely not right about what me thinking,” said Petrie.

Indeed, there wasn’t. Although friendships between those of different kinds didn’t matter very much in the Great Valley, a relationship between dinosaurs of different kinds was strictly forbidden. They both knew that anyone who defied that rule in any way was to face immediate and permanent banishment to the Mysterious Beyond and never be allowed to return to the valley, even with another herd. Anyone in an interspecies relationship would forever be seen as outcasts and infidels by those living in the valley, particularly Cera’s grouchy father, given his strict beliefs. Now that Ducky and Petrie were in such a relationship, they realized that their newfound love for each other had just put them in grave danger. If anyone ever found out about them …

“I guess I know another reason why we have been so nervous about each other,” said Ducky, shuddering as if she was frightened, “We are going to have to be very careful.”

“We must keep this secret, Ducky,” panicked Petrie, “Otherwise, we get kicked out of Great Valley forver.”

“We must, we must,” agreed Ducky.

The two examined their surroundings for a moment to make sure that they were alone. Nobody else could be seen anywhere, and they sighed in relief, knowing that nobody else had been present to witness them express their forbidden love for each other, which, in the eyes of many, was considered a heinous crime.

“How we going to keep this secret from everyone else?” asked Petrie worryingly.

“We just … do not tell anybody,” answered Ducky, “And not let anybody see what we do when we are alone.”

“Me hope that not easier said than done,” said Petrie.

“I hope so, too,” replied Ducky.

“Petrie!?” came Mama Flyer’s voice echoing from some distance away, “Time to come home!”

“Uh, oh,” gasped Petrie, and the two lovers instantly broke off their hug and got back on their feet, “That be Mama. Me gotta go home now, Ducky.”

“Okay, Petrie,” said Ducky.

“Ducky!? Time to come home to the nest!” came Mama Swimmer’s voice calling from afar.

“That sounds like my Mama,” sighed Ducky.

“Me guess we both gotta go home,” said Petrie sadly.

“So, … uh, … Petrie, … you wanna … come back here again tomorrow night?” offered Ducky.

“Sure, Ducky,” answered Petrie with an instant smile, “Me love that.”

“Just remember about our secret, okay?” Ducky reminded him, “Do not tell anybody.”

“Me promise, Ducky,” replied Petrie, “You no tell anybody, either, okay?”

“I promise, Petrie,” agreed Ducky.

“Well, … me guess me see you later, Ducky,” said Petrie.

“See you later, Petrie,” said Ducky, and she planted a quick kiss on Petrie’s beak, earning a smile from the young Flyer, “I love you.”

“Me love you, too,” Petrie replied before he flapped his wings and took to the skies, “Bye, Ducky!”

“Bye, Petrie!” the young Swimmer called back as she watched Petrie disappear into the yellowish-orange skies above.

Once the Flyer was gone, Ducky turned away and started her walk back to her family’s nest. She felt so happy to have confessed her love for Petrie, and she was so overjoyed that he had confessed his love for her. The only thing she hoped was for their love to remain a secret. Who knew what could happen if anyone ever found out about their forbidden relationship? She shuddered to think about that.

Up at the Flyer family’s cave, Mama Flyer had only just tucked her children into their nest, but Petrie hadn’t shown up yet. She began to wonder why her son was taking so long to return home. She recalled that he had been acting abnormally this morning before he took off to play with his friends, and she figured that because of that he was taking an extra-long time to come back.

Eventually, though, she walked back outside onto the open space of the entrance … just in time to see Petrie soaring towards her with a smile on his face.

“Oh, Petrie!” Mama Flyer sighed in relief, “I was just about to go out and look for you. You had me worried for a few minutes.”

“Me just admiring how beautiful Great Valley is,” replied Petrie as he came down in front of his mother.

Mama Flyer seemed awestricken upon hearing that. It wasn’t often that Petrie would be out late, admiring the Great Valley’s natural beauty.

“Something is off with Petrie lately,” she thought to herself, “First he oversleeps for several mornings in a row, and now he’s admiring the Great Valley. I’ve got to figure out what’s going on with my little son.”

It was then that she noticed that Petrie seemingly couldn’t stop smiling for reasons she didn’t know. Gazing at the Great Valley in all its glory couldn’t possibly keep a smile on the face of someone like him.

“You look as if something amazing happened with you today,” said Mama Flyer.

Petrie tensed and tried desperately to think of a valid excuse for his strange behavior. Now that his mother was on his case, he knew that he would have to be careful when it came to making up stories so that she wouldn’t find out about his new relationship with Ducky.

“Okay, Mama,” he sighed, “Truth that me and me friends have so much fun today, we all smiling so much after playtime over.”

Mama Flyer couldn’t help but chuckle at those words. The thought of Petrie and his friends having such a great time that they were all smiling by the end of the day sounded rather cute.

“Well, I’m glad you and the other kids had fun today,” she beamed.

Petrie felt relieved that his excuse was just what he needed to get himself out of this sticky situation.

“I sure hope you don’t plan on staying out here again like you did last night,” said Mama Flyer.

Petrie gave his mother a strange look that seemed to show the slightest bits of annoyance and sarcasm.

“Mama,” he sighed.

“I’m sorry, Petrie, but we all need to get some sleep,” Mama Flyer reminded him.

“You seem to over-worry about me sometimes,” said Petrie.

“Well, it’s my job to worry about you, isn’t it, little one?” chuckled Mama Flyer, “After all, I’m your mother, you’re my special boy, and I love you so much.”

Petrie couldn’t help but grin and blush as his mother’s love for him sunk into his heart.

“Me love you, too, Mama,” he said cutely, “And, … you really think me special?”

“Of course, you are, dear,” said Mama Flyer kindly, “Haven’t I already told you how special you are?”

“Oh, uh, y-yeah,” said Petrie as the realization hit him, and he blushed in embarrassment as he thought of the memories of the recent cold time.

“Now then, … are you going to come inside with me and get some sleep?” asked Mama Flyer.

Seeing that his mother wouldn’t be letting him stay outside tonight, Petrie sunk his head, feeling defeated.

“Okay, Mama,” he sighed.

“Come on, sweetie,” Mama Flyer said in a gentle voice as she placed a hand on her son’s back and brought him into the cave.

Petrie was rather surprised to see all his siblings already fast asleep, even though the Night Circle hadn’t come out yet.

“Night Circle not even out yet, Mama,” the young Flyer whispered, “This usually too early for us to go to sleep.”

“I want to make sure you don’t wake up late again tomorrow, Petrie,” replied Mama Flyer.

Petrie sighed sadly. He knew his mother was right. The longer he stayed up at night, the later he would get up in the morning. So, he decided to go ahead and settle in for the night.

The Flyer grabbed his snuggling stick and wrapped his wings around it to keep himself warm and secure. Before long, he felt his mother’s warm presence as she lied down next to him.

“I love you, dear,” she spoke in a gentle whisper.

“Me love you, too, Mama,” Petrie replied faintly.

“Goodnight, Petrie.”

“Goodnight, Mama.”

As his mother quickly fell asleep, Petrie stayed awake for a few moments and thought about Ducky. He felt dreadfully nervous about how they would be able to keep their relationship a secret. He shuddered to think about what would happen if they were ever found out. The consequences of an interspecies relationship in the Great Valley could potentially be … dire.

Eventually shoving his thoughts aside, Petrie closed his eyes and fell into a deep sleep.

And so, our favorite Swimmer and Flyer have confessed their true feelings for each other, and now they've gotten themselves into what may seem like a happy relationship, but, as mentioned, the fact that interspecies love is forbidden, in my version of the LBT universe, at least, will set the tone for some later chapters. Now that Ducky and Petrie are officially in love with each other, the new question is how they will be able to keep it a secret from everyone else. From this point on, future chapters will contain some romantic flavor in them, but they will also contain dread, as the couple try to avoid having their love being discovered. Even if one single family member on either side found out, the consequences could still potentially be severe for both of them.

I hope you enjoyed what may surely be the most romantic prompt chapter I've written thus far, even though the romantic flavor will only increase from here on. :smile That will be all for today, and I'll see you on Thursday with the next chapter; the beginning of a new forbidden relationship.
My fanfics:
Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2019, 11:40:47 am »
OML, you're serious about your update rate. Geezzzzz... I'm gonna be a slower reviewer than your refresh rate. :opetrie

Chapter 2 thoughts in this post, will do Ch3 next time when my eyes aren't droopin'.

Ah, yes. Swim of Silence ref. At the rate this is going your stories are going to get an arc-based continuity just like every regular author in LBT. :P

I distinctively remember laughing when I read them running into one another and being trolled by Littlefoot ruining the moment. I suppose that hasn't changed. xD
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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 12:45:54 pm »

One Fun Morning

Petrie woke up early the next morning after having a very happy sleep story about Ducky. After they had confessed their love for each other last night, all he could think about was spending some fun time with her. He felt as if nothing could get in his way …

… except, of course, for breakfast.

At that moment, just as Petrie was stretching his wings, Mama Flyer awakened and sat up. She was rather surprised to see her son up rather early. It seemed that putting him to sleep earlier than usual had done the trick.

“Good morning, Petrie,” she whispered as quietly as she could so that she wouldn’t wake up her other children.

“Good morning, Mama,” Petrie replied in a whisper, and he stood up and stared out the cave entrance.

He managed to get a glimpse of the Bright Circle’s early light shining down on the rocky ledge in front of the cave, indicating a bright start to a new day.

“You’re up rather early this morning,” said Mama Flyer as she herself on her feet and followed her son outside onto the ledge.

“Maybe that because you put me to bed before Night Circle was out,” Petrie pointed out with a slight bit of sarcasm.

“I was just worried about you, dear,” his mother reasoned, “You’ve been quite random with your sleeping hours lately, Petrie.”

“Me sorry, Mama,” sighed Petrie, “Just thinking about so much lately.”

“I could see that,” said Mama Flyer, “Something tells me that it’s more than just our wondrous Great Valley, … or your six good friends.”

Petrie gulped as he looked down to admire the early morning view of the Great Valley. It seemed that with every minute that passed, his mother was becoming more suspicious of his recent behavior around her.

“Me no want to talk about that right now,” he said nervously.

Mama Flyer could tell immediately that her son was trying to get himself out of admitting what he was really thinking about. She knew it wouldn’t be easy trying to get him to discuss wherever his thoughts had drifted off to, given his long history of trying to hide his thoughts from her, and she was sure it didn’t have anything to do with the recent cold time, but she wanted to be able to know at some point sooner or later.

“Okay, son,” she sighed in defeat, “I will want to discuss this further with you when you come home tonight, … but for now, let’s have breakfast so you can go out and play with your friends.”

Petrie desperately did not want to discuss this subject with his mother any further any time soon. This was something he had to keep private, or everything just might fall apart.

“I’ll be right back with your breakfast, sweetie,” his mother said kindly as she lifted herself off the ledge and soared down to the trees below.

Petrie let out a sigh of relief as he had once again managed to bribe his mother out of invading his personal thoughts. He was still worried, though, that she would continue to try and goad him into revealing why he had been acting so strangely around her. Even though his mother loved him very much and had a good heart towards all of Petrie’s friends, the young Flyer still couldn’t help but worry if she might react negatively towards his relationship with Ducky. What would she do if she ever found out? How would Ducky’s parents react? How would the rest of the Great Valley react? Petrie couldn’t bear the thought of himself and Ducky receiving backlash for their forbidden relationship. His beak nearly began to quiver as he tried to avoid thinking about the possible consequences if they were ever found out.

A moment later, Mama Flyer returned with several tree stars in her beak, and she set them down on the ledge before handing one to Petrie. The little Flyer began nibbling on his breakfast, and before long he felt some new energy within him; energy for playfulness.

“Me suddenly feel so good,” he chuckled to himself.

“You must have really enjoyed that tree star,” giggled Mama Flyer.

“Me sure did, Mama,” smiled Petrie, “Well, me off to go play with me friends now.”

“Okay, Petrie,” replied Mama Flyer, patting her son’s back, “You go and have fun!”

“Me will, Mama!” said Petrie as he flapped his wings and lifted himself off the ledge, “See you later!”

“See you later, dear!” Mama Flyer called back as she watched her son descend towards the beautiful Great Valley grounds below.

Petrie smiled brightly as he flew over the Great Valley’s many fascinating highlights of beauty. There was only one place he could think of flying off to …

Ducky woke up seemingly early after having a joyful sleep story about Petrie. She couldn’t stop thinking about their confession last night, and now that they were in a relationship, all she could think about was spending lots of quality time with him. She felt as if nothing could stop her from meeting up with the Flyer on a bright morning like this …

That was, except for breakfast, … and, inevitably, Spike.

Mama and Papa Swimmer were only just sitting up and stretching their limbs when they turned and noticed Ducky doing the same thing.

“Good morning, Ducky,” Mama Swimmer said to her daughter softly.

“Good morning, Mama,” Ducky replied.

The young Swimmer looked around and saw that all her siblings were still asleep. She looked back and saw Spike still sleeping peacefully beside her. This was quite the opposite of yesterday, and to her it felt like such a drastic change.

“Decided to get a head start today, Ducky?” asked Papa Swimmer.

“Yeah, I guess so,” said Ducky thoughtfully as she stood up and looked around their nest area.

“I’ll get you a few tree stars,” said Mama Swimmer, and she stood up and picked a few tree stars from one of the nearby trees.

Ducky licked her lips in anticipation of a tasty breakfast, and the moment her mother laid the tree stars on the ground in front of her, she immediately grabbed one of them and began to nibble on it. Her parents couldn’t help but chuckle as they watched their daughter enjoying her breakfast.

“I take it you can’t wait to start a new day,” she chuckled.

“Nope, nope, nope,” replied Ducky, “I am so excited-ed about today.”

“Quite a change from yesterday, I must say,” Papa Swimmer pointed out.

Ducky sighed as she remembered yesterday, and she tried her best not to remind herself of yesterday’s events, although her confession to Petrie seemed stuck on her mind.

“What exactly were you thinking about yesterday, dear?” asked Mama Swimmer.

Ducky gulped nervously as she tried to think of a lie that would bribe her parents out of invading her personal thoughts. She couldn’t let them find out that she was now in a relationship with Petrie. She didn’t want to imagine how they would react if they found out, or how Petrie’s mother would react, or anyone else in the Great Valley, for that matter. Although her mother had such an open heart to all the valley’s children, she was still sure that her father would probably not take very kindly to a relationship between a Swimmer and Flyer.

“I was thinking about how happy I am to be living in the Great Valley, … and how I am happy to have five great friends and a wonderful brother in Spike,” she said, trying to add some sincerity in her voice.

The two adult Swimmers looked oddly at each other as if they had just been hit in the head with a rock. The way Ducky sounded when she said that didn’t quite seem sincere.

“Something within me tells me that it’s more than that,” Mama Swimmer whispered to her mate the instant Ducky looked away from them and continued eating her breakfast.

“I’m with you on that,” replied Papa Swimmer suspiciously, “Our daughter’s acting a little … strange. Something must be going on.”

“But if she says it’s not … You-Know-Who, … then what would you suppose it is?” asked Mama Swimmer.

“I suspect she and one of her friends are having kind of a hard time,” said Papa Swimmer thoughtfully as he stared off into space for a moment, contemplating his guess, “I wouldn’t be surprised if she and Cera were having another quarrel the other day.”

“That’s very possible,” nodded Mama Swimmer.

The two looked down at their daughter, who was still happily eating her breakfast, and she soon finished her tree star.

“You know, Ducky, we’re both happy that you’re happy to be living in this wondrous valley,” smiled Papa Swimmer, “It means you’re one very happy and thoughtful child.”

“Oh, Daddy!” blushed Ducky.

“We’re happy to be in the Great Valley, too, you know,” Mama Swimmer added, “I’m especially happy that you have so many special friends in your life already, and that one of them happens to be a friendly Sharptooth. Nobody else had ever come face-to-face with a friendly Sharptooth before Chomper came along.”

“Yeah,” chuckled Ducky.

The young Swimmer smiled up at her parents, and her mother grabbed a nearby handful of tree stars and handed a few of them to her mate. Just as they started eating them, they looked to their right and found a pleasurable sight.

“I take it you finished your breakfast just in time, Ducky,” commented Mama Swimmer.

“What do you mean, Mama?” giggled Ducky, taking no notice that they were looking to their right for a reason.

“It seems that one of your friends has decided to be an early bird,” said Mama Swimmer.

Ducky looked to the direction her parents was facing, and she gasped in delight and smiled brightly when she saw who was there …

There was Petrie, standing on a rock just a short distance away, smiling adorably at her.

“Surprise!” he called adorably but not too loudly so that he wouldn’t wake up the other Swimmer children.

“Hi, Petrie!” Ducky greeted the Flyer she now secretly called her boyfriend as she stood up and ran towards him.

“Hi, Ducky!” Petrie replied with a broad smile as he anticipated a hug from the Swimmer he now secretly called his girlfriend.

Hardly a second later, Ducky was pulling Petrie in for a playful hug. She was careful not to make it look so passionate so as not to break the illusion to her parents. To further convince them, she decided that she would tickle the Flyer to make him laugh, and he immediately started laughing cutely.

Ducky’s parents laughed softly as they watched the two best friends hugging each other in such a playful fashion and giggling adorably from their tickling. The sight of it seemed so cute to them that neither Swimmer could stop smiling.

“Good morning, Petrie,” the Mama Swimmer greeted the Flyer.

“Good morning, Ducky Mom and Dad,” Petrie replied once he and Ducky had ended their ticklish hug.

“That was quite a cute surprise,” Papa Swimmer chuckled.

“Me feel so happy today,” said Petrie, “Me just couldn’t wait to play with all me good old friends.”

“Well, you’re probably a few minutes early, Petrie,” informed Mama Swimmer, “Spike hasn’t woken up yet.”

“Oh,” sighed Petrie, although he secretly felt happy that Spike was still asleep, thinking it could give him and Ducky an opportunity to spend a few minutes to themselves before they would go find their other friends.

“I just coincidentally happened-ed to be up early this morning just like you, Petrie,” said Ducky, “Yep, yep, yep.”

Petrie smiled from once again hearing his girlfriend’s catchphrase, and they shifted their gaze back to Ducky’s parents.

“Would you two like to go ahead and run along?” offered Mama Swimmer, “We’ll wake up Spike in a few minutes and tell him you and your friends will be waiting for him.”

“Okay, Mama,” answered Ducky, “We do not mind if Spike joins us late. All that matters to us is that he will still get to have fun today. Yep, yep, yep.”

“Alright, then,” chuckled Papa Swimmer, “Have fun, you two.”

“We will, Ducky Mom and Dad,” smiled Petrie, earning a laugh from the two adults as they found the Flyer’s broken grammar to be adorable the way he called them.

“Bye, Mama. Bye, Daddy,” waved Ducky.

“Goodbye, kids. See you later,” replied Mama Swimmer as Ducky and Petrie left the Swimmer family’s nesting area.

Before long, the two lovers found themselves standing on the bank of the ever-so-beautiful river once more, and they rubbed their faces together as they watched the Bright Circle’s reflections glisten the water.

“How you doing today, Ducky?” asked Petrie.

“I am doing swell, Petrie,” replied Ducky, “How about my handsome Funny Flyer?”

Petrie chuckled at that name, and he cutely replied, “Me doing great, me beautiful Sweet Swimmer.”

“Aww, Petrie!” chuckled Ducky adorably.

“Funny Flyer and Sweet Swimmer,” said Petrie thoughtfully.

“Are you enjoying our secret love names?” giggled Ducky.

“Yeah!” chortled Petrie, and Ducky happily kissed her boyfriend’s beak, earning a bright smile from the Flyer.

It was then that Petrie’s smile faded a little as he stared off into space. Ducky noticed this and wrapped an arm around his back to soothe him, while wrapping her other arm around his chest, pinning his wings down.

“Is something wrong, Petrie?” the Swimmer asked.

Petrie sighed sadly as he looked into Ducky’s worried eyes.

“Me feel kinda nervous,” he admitted, and he murmured to himself, “What we doing?”

“I know how you feel,” Ducky replied.

“Me Mama often get suspicious because me no seem to stop thinking about you,” said Petrie.

“She does not know, does she?” gasped Ducky with worry.

“No, no, no,” answered Petrie, “She no know.”

Ducky sighed in relief.

“She just curious because me no able to stop acting strangely when me home with me family,” added Petrie.

“I have been acting funny at home, too, and my Mommy and Daddy seem to have noticed-ed,” explained Ducky, “We have to be able to act as normally as possible when in the presence of others. The longer we do not act normal in front of our families and friends, then they will get more suspicious, and we will surely risk them finding out that we are together.”

“Me know,” sighed Petrie, “Me just wish acting normal was easy still.”

“I understand, Petrie,” said Ducky, pulling her boyfriend closer for a warm hug, “My Mama and Daddy have been a little suspicious, too. They asked-ed me what I was thinking about lately.”

“That exactly what me Mama ask me, too, Ducky,” said Petrie, “Me tell her that me think about Great Valley and all me friends, … and how happy life is here.”

“That is what I told my Mama and Daddy, too,” said Ducky.

“Me Mama still no buy it, though,” added Petrie, looking down at his reflection in the river, “She still want to talk with me about it tonight.”

“Whatever happens, Petrie, please do not tell her that we are in love,” pleaded Ducky.

“Me try, Ducky, although Mama probably make it hard to do,” said Petrie.

“It scares me to think about how they would react to us being together,” said Ducky nervously.

“Me, too,” shivered Petrie, “Me Mama love me, and your Mama and Daddy love you, … b-but … me not sure they like us being together, … and with me Mama still asking me every morning what going on with me, … me no know.”

The young Flyer couldn’t comprehend the possibilities of what would happen if their folks found out about their relationship. One thing was for certain, though; their parents loved them very much, so they felt sure that there was the smallest chance they would be okay with it, … although they knew that almost everyone else would not.

“Maybe, … when the time is right, … if we are forced-ed to do it, … then … I guess we might have to tell our families eventually,” admitted Ducky.

“Me guess you right, Ducky,” sighed Petrie sadly, “We just hope they okay with us being together.”

“Me, too,” gulped Ducky, “For now, though, … why don’t we go find our friends?”

“Good idea,” said Petrie with a slight grin.

The two lovers broke off their cuddly hug, and they started roaming around the Great Valley to find their other close friends.

As it turned out, the two would, by sheer luck, be in for a day all to themselves …

Cera was forced to stay home and babysit Tricia, because her father and stepmother had gone to find new sticks for their worn-out nest. Chomper and Ruby had gone bug-hunting all day, and as a result, the Secret Caverns had no sign of life when Ducky and Petrie tried to find them. As for Littlefoot, he was spending the day with his grandparents after he had failed to get Cera, Chomper and Ruby to join him.

Convinced that none of their friends would be available today, Ducky and Petrie returned to the Swimmer family’s nest and informed Ducky’s parents that they would be spending today all by themselves. Mama and Papa Swimmer agreed to keep Spike home for the day while the two kids ran off to enjoy their day.

The moment they left the Swimmer family’s nest, they felt warm feelings building in their chests. It was the anticipation of a joyful day all to themselves; a day of playing, cuddling and potential kissing. They couldn’t wait to find a beautiful spot in the Great Valley to begin their first playful activity of the day.

Before long, the two lovers found a tiny area underneath some fruity bushes right next to the river, and they sat down, facing each other. They briefly peeked their heads out to see if anyone was around. The only dinosaurs they could see were a few Longneck and Swimmer families playing in the river, along with a few other dinosaurs taking quiet drinks. No one seemed to have taken any notice of them, and they ducked their heads back in and pulled the branches back in to conceal themselves within their hiding spot.

“This beautiful place, Ducky,” whispered Petrie, admiring the tiny spot they were in.

“It is, it is,” agreed Ducky in a chuckling whisper, “Although, I am sure there are other beautiful places in the Great Valley that would be great for us to play together and snuggle with our newly-found love.”

Petrie smiled broadly in agreement. He was sure that the Great Valley was filled with countless places where a loving couple could hang out.

“So, my Funny Flyer,” chuckled Ducky, making Petrie blush and smile cutely like a newborn hatchling, “What would you like to do first?”

“Well, me thought of fun game we could play with our feet,” said Petrie playfully.

“That sounds like fun. We have never played with just our feet before,” said Ducky.

“It kinda like what we do with our hands,” explained Petrie just as Ducky quickly came to understand what he meant.

“I get it, only we have to use our feet,” she guessed.

“Yep,” confirmed Petrie with a nod, “But other tricky part that you have to have arms behind your back.”

The Flyer placed his hands on the soft grass, behind his back, and shrugged his shoulders up while slightly lifting his left foot. This prompted Ducky to do the same. They smiled at each other as they admired each other’s poses.

“Okay, now what, Petrie?” the Swimmer asked.

“Now, we clap our feet together!” beamed Petrie in a playful whisper.

Ducky giggled happily, and the two hatchlings started pressing each other’s feet in much the same way they would occasionally do with their hands. Despite the fact that Petrie had rather tiny feet compared to Ducky’s, they still found their new game very entertaining as they felt soothing warmth whenever their feet touched.

After about a minute, they began to do it rhythmically as if they were making their feet dance with each other. They made sure to do it quietly, though, so that they wouldn’t gain any unwanted attention.

“This is fun,” giggled Ducky quietly.

“Oh, me know how to make it more fun!” chuckled Petrie.

Ducky smiled in anticipation as the Flyer grabbed a sweet bubble from one of the bushes, using only his beak, and placed it on his left foot.

“Me try to feed you this sweet bubble with me foot,” he whispered as he balanced the fruit using only his foot, “But trick is you can only use your mouth to grab it while we keep our feet pressed together.”

“That sounds tricky,” said Ducky, “It is worth a try.”

“Ready?” asked Petrie.

“Yep, yep, yep,” replied Ducky.

With her feet still pressed against Petrie’s feet, the Swimmer stretched her neck forward and opened her mouth to grab the sweet bubble from his foot. It proved to be a little harder than they thought it would be, but after several tries, Ducky managed to grab the sweet bubble with her bill, and she brought her head back up as she slowly ate the fruit.

“You did it, Ducky!” smiled Petrie.

Ducky swallowed the sweet bubble and softly replied, “That was so much fun, Petrie! Yep, yep, yep!”

“Me love that game!” giggled Petrie quietly.

“I know something fun and loving we can do,” said Ducky.

“Really?” said Petrie excitedly in anticipation.

“Sit on my lap, Petrie,” the Swimmer said.

The Flyer instantly obliged, and Ducky wrapped an arm around his chest to cuddle him tightly, keeping his arms and wings pinned down, and she briefly looked through the tiniest openings in the bush’s leaves to make sure nobody had taken any notice of them. Luckily, everyone was still minding their own business. Feeling assured they were still unnoticed, the Swimmer used her other hand to wiggle gently on the Flyer’s feet. Petrie instantly felt his feet receiving ticklish sensations from Ducky’s hand, and he began to giggle softly.

“Hehe! That tickles, Ducky!” he giggled cutely.

“That is the fun of this, Petrie!” smiled Ducky.

Petrie returned the smile as his giggles became more bubbly, which sounded like cute music to Ducky’s ears.

“Have you ever been tickled-ed before?” the Swimmer asked.

“Hehehehehe! Me Mama do it every once in while, but, … aahahahahahahahaa, … this feel so tickly!” laughed Petrie.

“Tickle, tickle, tickle those adorable feet!” sang Ducky playfully as she continued to wiggle Petrie’s toes around, “Yep, yep, yep!”

“Duhuhuhuckeeheeheeheeheehy!” laughed Petrie, blushing as his quiet laughter began to take his breath away.

Although he couldn’t admit it, the Flyer was enjoying this tremendously. Having his feet tickled by Ducky was one of the most loving things that had ever happened to him. He felt like a tiny hatchling all over again, and although feeling like one embarrassed him, this one occasion felt so wonderful that he wished she could keep doing it for as long as they wanted.

“Are you enjoying this, my funny Flyer?” smiled Ducky brightly.

“Thihihis soho gohohohohohohohood!” laughed Petrie happily.

Eventually, though, the Flyer began to take huge gasps in between laughs, so Ducky stopped tickling his feet so that he could take some deep breaths.

Petrie gasped repeatedly for about a minute until his breathing was stable again, then he looked into Ducky’s eyes with a loving smile.

“That was so much fun, wasn’t it, my Funny Flyer?” giggled Ducky.

“It so much fun, me Sweet Swimmer!” chuckled Petrie, “Me could have enjoyed it longer if me no have too much trouble breathing from so much laughter.”

“I am sorry if I overdid-ed it a little,” Ducky apologized.

“It okay, Ducky,” smiled Petrie cutely, “Besides, you make me feel like baby all over again, especially with me sitting on your lap.”

“I guess that is children’s love for you,” laughed Ducky softly.

“Yep, yep, yep!” they said together in unison, and they broke into laughter for a moment.

Once they recomposed themselves, the two once again looked out to make sure nobody had heard them, and everyone still seemed focused on the river. Once they ducked back in and concealed themselves with leaves and branches, they wrapped their arms around each other’s backs and embraced in a tight hug. They each felt extremely warm and pleasurable sensations from the other’s loving hold, and they smiled at each other adorably.

“Me love you so much, Ducky,” whispered Petrie.

“I love you so much, too, Petrie,” replied Ducky.

At that moment, Ducky’s bill touched Petrie’s beak, and they slowly opened their mouths and brought their tongues together. With the sensations instantly warming their faces, the pair closed their eyes and sucked each other’s mouths lovingly. They softly moaned in pleasure as they engaged in a long, soothing kiss. Petrie’s tongue received an extremely soothing sensation as he managed to get a taste of the juicy remnants of the sweet bubble that Ducky had eaten a few minutes ago.

“Mmm,” murmured Petrie in a muffled voice, “Taste … mmm … good.”

Ducky smiled, feeling happy to have treated her boyfriend to a sweet bubble-flavored kiss, and the two resumed sucking each other’s faces to fulfill their hearts’ desires.

Neither of them noticed that at that very moment, Littlefoot was only a few feet away, looking for some tree stars to share with his grandparents for lunch. He felt rather bored without any of his friends being around to play but being in the company of his grandparents greatly brightened his day.

Just then, as he was about to pick off a ground star plant, he heard the faint sound of what sounded like a child kissing underneath a bush, and he dared himself to take a discreet peak inside. He closed one eye and used the other to look inside, and what he saw greatly shocked him. He managed to hold back a gasp and instantly pull his head back out, and he had to question his own senses about whether what he was seeing was true or an illusion …

Ducky and Petrie … kissing!

“Did I see what I think I just saw?” Littlefoot thought to himself, unsure of what to make of this.

As long as he could remember, from the moment Ducky and Petrie first met, they were very close, but he couldn’t have imagined that they were this close. It took everything for him not to do anything so sudden so that they wouldn’t notice him spying on them.

“Ducky and Petrie are in love?” he whispered to himself as he backed away from the bush and picked off some tree sweets from another, “How could I have not known all this time?”

The Longneck gulped nervously as he recalled that the Great Valley wasn’t accepting of relationships between dinosaurs of different kinds. He began to fear that if anyone ever found out about Ducky and Petrie, then they might become outcasts and even get banished from their precious home forever. This also seemed to explain their odd behavior the previous day.

“How am I going to break this to our friends?” he asked himself, “Wait, no, I can’t tell anybody. They’d tell their families, and everything would fall to pieces.”

Littlefoot knew that the only option he’d have was to not tell a living soul. For now, he would let them be and allow them to enjoy themselves.

Finally, the Longneck grabbed a few ground stars to go with the tree sweets and ran off to rejoin his grandparents.

As Littlefoot disappeared, Ducky and Petrie continued to pamper each other with their cuddles and kisses, … completely unaware that they had been spotted …

And so, the dread slowly begins to creep in. A certain Longneck has discovered two of his dearest friends performing, in the eyes of many, a heinous act. How will this effect them in the long term? Will Littlefoot keep silent, or will the truth be spilled so early on? Worse still, with their parents, particularly Petrie's mother, raising their own suspicions about their children, will Ducky and Petrie be forced to confess to their parents, and if so, how will they react?

I will return on Saturday for chapter 4, and believe me, the dread will intensify from there. I can promise you that.

I saw this story on when you were writing it for the first time and I couldn’t help but notice it was rather well received. And indeed, this first part was quite nicely written and it showed the duo’s affection towards each other rather effectively. You’ve always been great at elaborating the characters’ feelings and it’s clear that those skills will excel in this kind of fic. However, as you probably know, I’m one of those who do not really like this shipping but I’ll still give this a shot as I have full confidence you’ll still make this story worth reading despite the premise. We’ll see how it turns out soon enough if you really plan to keep that pace in publishing new chapters.

I should have replied to this a little while ago, but yes, I was already very well aware that you were among those who do NOT ship these two, but I'm happy to see you sensing some good potential in this, given my great strength in expressing character emotions in my stories, and I will try to keep this as LBT-like as I can, something I feel I didn't quite do well with my previous version of this story.

And Littlefoot interrupts at the most inopportune time. XD  Though I cannot claim to have read the first version of this story when it came out due to some severe time constraints on my part, I am quite enjoying what I have read thus far.  The characterization of Petrie and Ducky seem quite spot on as is their respective concerns about seeing the other when their feelings are entering full bloom.  I also quite like how you incorporated some of the events in the other stories of yours (like the mirror in the cave, and Ducky's thoughts on Judy) though I think that the description of the mirror incident might seem a bit jarring to someone who had not yet read that story.  In any case I loved the call backs to those stories as they firmly establish in my mind that this story takes place in the world where those events took place and with that I have a firmer understanding of what these two characters have already been through.

I look forward to seeing how this develops going forward.  I will have to resist the urge to read the previous version of this story as I want to experience this fresh, but I have no doubt that the future chapters will be worth the wait. :)

So, turns out I have come across someone who never read the old version! :smile I feel like I'm writing something new all over again! :lol

Like I mentioned in the prologue, the somewhat touchy DuckyxPetrie scenes in my previous stories could be considered preludes to what eventually builds up here, but I guess you're right in saying that I should have left a notice telling readers to read my previous stories first before reading this one, since they're all set in the same continuity and should be read in a particular order, like tree branches connecting. I could have left links up there, but I didn't think of it at the time.

Since you're looking to experience this fresh, I promise to make that as exciting as possible! :smile

OML, you're serious about your update rate. Geezzzzz... I'm gonna be a slower reviewer than your refresh rate. :opetrie

Chapter 2 thoughts in this post, will do Ch3 next time when my eyes aren't droopin'.

Ah, yes. Swim of Silence ref. At the rate this is going your stories are going to get an arc-based continuity just like every regular author in LBT. :P

I distinctively remember laughing when I read them running into one another and being trolled by Littlefoot ruining the moment. I suppose that hasn't changed. xD

I typically don't write my stories so quickly, but this one I'll be able to update regularly because, in fact, I still have the original documents for this story from two years ago. All I do is just rummage through my docs and open them up, and I make changes to them to increase the LBT-like flavor in them, and make whatever other changes I can think of making to create a bigger variety of character interactions, thoughts and emotions. Please don't fret if you end up falling behind. I suppose it will just mean more to read! :lol
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Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2019, 01:43:36 pm »
Oh hey, I remember the original version of this story! It was one of the first stories I read when I started writing on and I loved it, so it’s pretty likely I’ll love this one too. I’ve only read the prologue so far, but it was just as heartwarming as I remembered. I’m a bit slow with reviews as you can see but I look forward to seeing more from you! :DD
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2019, 01:06:53 pm »

The Dreadful Confession

Ducky and Petrie’s first day of their new relationship could not have been sweeter. They spent the whole day together, exploring the Great Valley, playing their own games that they only played whenever they were alone together, and, of course, there was plenty of smooching and cuddling as long as they could find a tiny hiding spot for their privacy to avoid detection. They could only say that it was the happiest day of their young lives, and they couldn’t wait for it to happen again sometime soon.

Early that evening, as the Bright Circle began to set, the two loving kids sat down together on a small rock, admiring the colorful setting of the Bright Circle in much the same way they did the day before. They each had an arm wrapped around the other’s back for warmth and comfort as they snuggled each other pleasurably.

“Bright Circle setting may be beautiful,” sighed Petrie before he shifted his gaze over to Ducky, “But nothing as beautiful as you, me Sweet Swimmer.”

Ducky smiled adorably at Petrie, and she planted a smooch on his beak.

“You are so sweet, Petrie!” she said cutely.

“You, too, Ducky!” replied Petrie happily.

The two sat in silence for a moment before Petrie spoke again …

“So, … exactly how long you be in love with me, Ducky?”

“Since our first adventure to find the Great Valley after we met,” answered Ducky, “When I first saw you, and I thought-ed you were just adorable; your looks, your voice. Right then, I had-ed a soft spot for you in my heart, and after we got-ed to the valley, I began to realize that I was falling in love with you.”

“You love me for that long?” said an astonished Petrie.

“Yep, yep, yep,” replied Ducky.

Petrie felt tears welling up in his eyes as he realized just how long Ducky had been in love with him. He suddenly felt as if he was beginning to love her even more than he did just a moment ago. His heart melted in happiness as he rewarded the Swimmer with a kiss on her bill.

“You so loving, Ducky!” he said happily.

“Aww, Petrie!” giggled Ducky.

“Me wish me could kiss you all night!” continued Petrie, planting another kiss on his lover’s face.

“You really are my Funny Flyer!” laughed Ducky.

“And you really are me Sweet Swimmer!” replied Petrie eccentrically.

“So, Petrie, … how long have you been in love with me?” asked Ducky.

Petrie looked towards the Bright Circle and thought back on all the happy times he shared with Ducky during their many adventures together, then he remembered one day when his heart first started to gain a soft spot towards her …

“Me first get feeling of love for you right after we come to Great Valley,” he began, “First night after we arrive after we defeat Sharptooth, me have happy sleep story, and in it you say loving words to me.”

“What exactly did I say in your sleep story that night, Petrie?” asked Ducky curiously.

“Well, me no can exactly word it same way you would, … but you say you happy we become best friends, and that one day we go far together.”

“That sounds so sweet,” smiled Ducky, “And it was after that sleep story when you began to fall in love with me?”

“Yeah,” confirmed Petrie, “But me especially start falling in love with you after, … uh, … Pterano …”

“After he kidnapped-ed me?” said Ducky.

“Yeah,” said Petrie, feeling uneasy about mentioning his uncle whom he missed so much despite his wrongdoings, “When we reunite in that cave, me heart feel so overjoyed that you okay, and me tears that day come from more than just guilt from me behavior towards everyone, … but also happy tears … for you.”

“Aww, Petrie,” sniffled Ducky as her boyfriend looked directly at her.

“It then me realize … me fall in love with you,” Petrie finished with a quivering beak as he felt his eyes building up with tears.

“Aww, Petrie! You really are one adorable Flyer!” Ducky sobbed happily as tears began to fall from her eyes.

“Me love you so much, Ducky!” wept Petrie.

“I love you so much, too, Petrie!” replied Ducky.

With their happy tears forming waterfalls down their cheeks, the two kids hugged each other tightly and smooched each other’s faces for several minutes while sharing their happy tears of love. With the Bright Circle shining warm colors over them, this moment felt so perfect. There was no other way they could ask for to end their first day of love together after their confession.

Eventually, the two lovers looked at each other passionately again with their eyes still sparkling with tears, and they smiled cutely at each other.

“Me shall never forget this day,” beamed Petrie.

“Me neither,” agreed Ducky, “This has been the greatest day of our lives. It has, it has.”

“If only it last longer,” sighed Petrie.

Upon saying that, he began to wonder what he would say to his mother tonight when he got home. Ducky began thinking the same thing. They both knew their parents would have to know sooner or later, whether they liked it or not.

“You think we should tell our families tonight, … or should we wait for when time right?” asked Petrie.

“Well, Petrie, I am not entirely sure when we should tell them,” answered Ducky, “I do know that we will have to tell them eventually, and just hope they do not spread it to everyone else.”

“Me no want other grownups to know we together,” gulped Petrie.

“Me neither,” agreed Ducky.

“Me feel scared that … me … might have to tell me Mama tonight, … because she say she want to talk about me strange behavior lately,” Petrie pointed out.

“Maybe it is because we are still children and we can act very strangely with these new feelings,” explained Ducky, “After all, we are too young to be together.”

“At least we not hatchlings anymore, … but seven Cold Times still very young,” said Petrie thoughtfully.

“Maybe that is why everyone waits for their Time of Great Growing to find a mate,” assumed Ducky, “We just happened-ed to end up finding love in each other because of our very special friendship that drew us closer together.”

“Like it destiny for us to be together?” said Petrie.

“Yep, yep, yep,” finished Ducky.

Petrie once again giggled from hearing Ducky’s catchphrase, and the two lovers kissed each other before they shifted their gaze back to the Bright Circle.

Just a few minutes later, there came another familiar voice approaching them from behind …

“There you two are,” it said, “I’ve been looking for you all day.”

The two lovers instantly broke off their hug and frantically turned back to see who the source was …

It was Littlefoot.

Ducky and Petrie felt lumps in their throats as they hoped that their Longneck friend hadn’t managed to catch them hugging and kissing each other.

“Hi, Littlefoot,” they both said in unison.

“How was your day with your grandma and grandpa?” asked Ducky.

“It was fine,” answered Littlefoot, “Could have gone a little better if there had been someone to have fun with, but they know how to make any day happy.”

“That why Ducky and I spend day with ourselves,” said Petrie, “We no could find anyone else to play with.”

“You two really seem to have had a good time today,” said Littlefoot.

“Uh, y-yeah,” said Petrie awkwardly.

“Yep, yep, yep,” agreed Ducky, “So much playing around and having fun.”

“About that, … there was something I wanted to talk about with you,” said Littlefoot.

Ducky and Petrie gulped nervously as they hoped that this conversation wouldn’t involve their secret relationship.

“What is it you wanted-ed to talk about, Littlefoot?” asked Ducky.

“Well, … um, … today, when I was by the river, collecting ground stars and tree sweets for lunch, … I, uh, … I …”

“You what, Littlefoot?” asked Petrie.

Littlefoot knew they would not feel comfortable speaking of what he wanted to mention, but he felt as if he had to speak his mind to get a confirmation of what he could swear he saw them doing earlier that day …

“I saw you two kissing under a bush,” he whispered.

Ducky and Petrie’s faces paled as they heard those words. They had been found out by one of their closest friends. Their secret had been slipped while they were taking no notice, and now they were sure they were in for some big trouble.

“We are doomed!” thought Ducky.

“We done for!” thought Petrie.

“Are you two feeling okay?” asked Littlefoot as he noticed the Swimmer and Flyer’s faces had just about turned white.

“Y-yo-you saw us?” stuttered Ducky.

“Uh, … at least you’ll be relieved to know that I haven’t told anybody, by the way,” informed Littlefoot.

“You better not tell anybody!” hissed Petrie with a warning glare.

Littlefoot was taken aback by this, and he took a step back to recompose himself.

“Please do not tell anybody you saw us kissing, Littlefoot,” said Ducky as she calmed Petrie down.

“Okay, I promise. I won’t tell anybody,” promised Littlefoot, “I only wanted to know if, … if … you were, … you know, … together.”

Ducky and Petrie looked at each other worryingly. Although they didn’t want their secret to spread, they knew that Littlefoot was one to keep secrets, so they felt sure they could trust their longtime Longneck friend with their lives.

The two each took a deep breath, and Ducky decided to say those words that would confirm Littlefoot’s suspicions …

“Yes, Littlefoot,” she said softly, “Petrie and I are in love with each other.”

Littlefoot went wide-eyed as he stared at his two friends for a minute. He could not believe what he had heard. The Swimmer and Flyer were in love with each other, and only now it was dawning on him that they were in a relationship that was forbidden and considered a blasphemous crime.

“How long have you two been … together?” the Longneck asked.

“We confess just last night,” answered Petrie.

“Even though, we have really been in love with each other since the time we came to the Great Valley. From the moment we first met, I thought Petrie was just adorable,” added Ducky, making Petrie blush in embarrassment, “It just was not until yesterday when we discovered-ed our love for each other.”

“I remember that day like it was only yesterday,” sighed Littlefoot as he recalled the day the three first met.

“Good times,” sighed Petrie.

“Good times,” Littlefoot and Ducky replied in unison.

“Listen, guys, … I’m very sorry,” the Longneck apologized, “I just didn’t know what to make of it when I saw you two kissing underneath those bushes.”

“It is okay, Littlefoot,” replied Ducky.

“Friends always can be forgiven,” agreed Petrie.

“And I promise, … I will not tell a living soul about your relationship,” said Littlefoot.

“Thanks, Littlefoot,” the two lovers replied in unison.

“Well, I’d better get home. I don’t want my grandma and grandpa worrying about me,” said Littlefoot as he began to walk away, “I guess I’ll see you two tomorrow.”

“See you tomorrow, Littlefoot,” said Petrie.

“Hopefully, we can play together again with all our friends,” added Ducky.

“I hope so, too,” replied Littlefoot, “Bye!”

“Bye!” called Ducky and Petrie.

Once Littlefoot was gone, the two lovers gazed at each other again, although now they felt rather wary. Now that Littlefoot was aware of their secret relationship, they knew they had to be extra careful whenever they were around their other friends.

“We really have things to dread now,” sighed Petrie.

“Hopefully, we will not have to dread those too much,” reassured Ducky.

“Petrie!?” came an echoing voice, “Time to come home!”

“Speaking of which,” sighed Petrie sadly.

“Are you really going to tell your mama, Petrie?” asked Ducky worryingly as she wrapped an arm around her boyfriend’s back.

“If Mama force me to discuss what me recent behavior about, … then me may have no choice,” quivered Petrie.

“Okay,” said Ducky, feeling very uneasy, “Then, maybe when I get home tonight, … I’ll probably tell my Mama and Daddy, too.”

“Let’s just hope for best,” gulped Petrie.

“I love you, Petrie,” said Ducky, planting one more kiss on Petrie’s beak.

“Me love you, too, Ducky,” replied Petrie, and he returned the kiss on Ducky’s bill, “See you tomorrow, me Sweet Swimmer. Me hope.”

“See you tomorrow, my Funny Flyer,” said Ducky.

Finally, the two lovers broke away, and Petrie hesitantly flapped his wings and took to the skies.

“Bye, Petrie!” called Ducky as she watched her boyfriend fly away.

“Bye, Ducky!” Petrie called back to his girlfriend down below.

Just a few seconds later, Petrie was gone, and Ducky gulped several times before she jumped off the rock and began her slow journey back to her family’s nest.

In front of the Flyer family’s cave, Mama Flyer was waiting anxiously for Petrie. She had spent just about all day wondering why her son had been acting so oddly over the last few days, and she almost couldn’t wait for a straight answer.

Eventually, just as the Bright Circle reached its final few moments in the sky, Petrie came soaring towards her, looking rather worried dreadfully about something.

“Ah, Petrie,” she greeted him, “You’re home.”

“Hi, Mama,” said Petrie in a soft voice as he brought his feet down onto the ledge.

“How was your day today?” his mother asked.

“It good,” nodded Petrie.

“That’s what I want to hear,” grinned Mama Flyer, “Now then, I believe there was something I wanted to discuss with you.”

Petrie gulped as he looked away, desperately trying to think of another way to get out of this situation he was once again trapped in.

“What has caused you to act strangely around me lately?” asked Mama Flyer.

Petrie didn’t answer immediately, and he could feel sweat running down his face. Mama Flyer took notice of the nervous expression on her son’s face, and she knew this conversation could lead to something he did NOT want to discuss.

“Are you okay, Petrie?” Mama Flyer asked her son. “You look as though you’ve just taken another journey through Black Rock.”

“M-Ma-Mama?” stuttered Petrie as he felt his chest heaving in pain, and he looked anxiously at his mother, knowing that the dreadful moment was probably just seconds away.

“What is it, Petrie?” said Mama Flyer gently as she sat down and pulled her son onto her lap.

Petrie gulped several times as he struggled to find the right words to start this uneasy conversation.

“M-Me … have s-so-something to t-tell you,” the young Flyer said.

Mama Flyer gently cuddled her son in an effort to calm him down so that he would be more comfortable about discussing what he had to talk about.

“Is this about your recent behavior and random thoughts?” she asked him.

“Y-yes,” answered Petrie nervously.

“I’m glad you’re finally opening up about your feelings, dear. I’ve been so worried about you over the past few days,” said Mama Flyer kindly, “Now, what is this about?”

Petrie peaked over towards the nest to see if his siblings were awake or asleep.

“Me brothers and sisters asleep?” he asked shyly.

“Yes,” answered Mama Flyer, “Why do you ask? Is this something private?”

“Yes,” gulped Petrie, “Me no sure how to explain this.”

“It’s okay, sweetie,” said Mama Flyer, “You know you can tell me anything. I’m your mother, and it’s my job to worry about you, … because I love you so much, … my special little boy.”

This managed to get Petrie to grin briefly, but it almost as quickly reverted to a frown.

“Now, … what exactly is this about?” asked Mama Flyer, “What have you really been thinking about lately?”

“Oh, boy,” gulped Petrie faintly before he looked up at his mother’s eyes again, “It about … D-Du-Duck-Ducky.”

Mama Flyer felt strange that her son was thinking so much about Ducky over the past few weeks, and she could sense very few reasons to why that could be the case.

“What is it about Ducky that you’ve been thinking about lately, Petrie?” she asked.

“Well, … uh, … we recently no could stop thinking about each other, and, … oh, this so hard!” panicked Petrie.

“Is there something going on between you two?” Mama Flyer questioned him.

Petrie looked nervously at his mother again and felt the tears forming in his eyes.

“Please no hate me for saying what me about to say,” he gulped.

Mama Flyer began to get ideas as to what her son was going to say, and she had a hunch as to what it might be.

“I could never hate you, Petrie,” she said gently, “You’re my special boy, and I want to know why your thoughts about Ducky have been making you act odd lately.”

“You may yell at me for saying this, Mama,” sobbed Petrie as the tears began to fall.

“Why would I yell at you just for thinking about Ducky?” asked Mama Flyer with an odd look on her face.

Then, a thought struck her …

“Wait a minute,” she said, holding back a gasp, “Petrie, … do you mean to tell me that …,”

At that moment, Petrie knew he had to say it now. There would be no more turning back for as long as his mother would continue to invade his personal thoughts.

“This it! Me sorry, Ducky! Me sorry, Mama! Me sorry, Great Valley!” he thought as he could feel his heart racing with fear.

So, after several more gulps and tears forming waterfalls on his face, Petrie looked into his mother’s worried eyes. He could tell she was worried deeply about him from seeing the tears pouring down his face. With one last gulp, the young Flyer swallowed his pride and said those words that he did not want to say to his mother, in a faint whisper …

“Me in love with Ducky.”

Mama Flyer was barely able to make out a single word that came out of her son’s beak, and she lowered her head down to his level.

“What did you say, dear?”

Petrie took a frantic breath and spoke a little more loudly …

“Me in love with Ducky!”

Ducky arrived at her family’s nest just after the Night Circle came out. She was quite astounded to see that her entire family, including Spike, were already asleep, except for her parents anxiously waiting for her.

It was then that the older Swimmers perked up and noticed their daughter arriving home. Ducky could see a grin immediately growing on their faces, indicating that they were happy to have her back home.

“Hi, Mama. Hi, Daddy,” she spoke softly.

“Hi, Ducky,” Mama Swimmer replied, and she walked over to where Ducky was standing and sat down, “How was your day out with Petrie today?”

“It was fun,” said Ducky with a brief grin, thinking back at the many playful things she had done with Petrie that day.

However, her grin instantly turned into a frown as she dreaded the moment that she would have to tell her parents about their true feelings for each other.

As Papa Swimmer sat down next to his mate, he immediately noticed the unhappy look on Ducky’s face as Mama Swimmer gently lifted their daughter into a hug. The young Swimmer gulped nervously as she tried to think of how she would break the news to her parents. This was the moment she had been dreading.

“Is something wrong, Ducky?” Papa Swimmer asked her.

“Well, … um, … I do not know how to explain it, Daddy,” replied Ducky nervously.

“As a matter of fact, Ducky, we didn’t entirely believe you when you told me this morning what you were thinking about that caused your recent strange behavior. Is there something going on between some of your friends?” asked Mama Swimmer.

Ducky looked nervously into her parents’ eyes and gulped several times as she tried to find the right words.

“Um, … the real truth … is that …,” she stammered, “… it is about … P-Pe-Pet-Petrie.”

“I had a feeling it had something to do with Petrie when he surprised us this morning with that cute arrival here,” recalled Mama Swimmer, “Are you two having so much fun lately or are you just happy to be best friends?”

“About that,” tremored Ducky, “There is something going on between me and Petrie, … and I am not sure that you would like it very much.”

Papa Swimmer immediately tensed at that possibility, and his hands fidgeted, prompting his mate to calm him down. She, too, though, felt a little tense, but she knew it was best to let their daughter explain everything in full before their worst fears were confirmed. The idea that something strange had been happening between their daughter and her longtime Flyer friend could mean the possibility that one of those possibilities would be one that wasn’t widely accepted in the Great Valley.

“What do you mean, Ducky?” asked Mama Swimmer.

“I do not know how to say it, Mama, … b-but … ple-please do not hate me when I say what I am about to say,” pleaded Ducky.

“We could never hate you, Ducky,” her mother reassured her, “You are our special daughter, and we love you so much.”

“Please tell us, dear,” said Papa Swimmer calmly, “You know you can tell us anything.”

Ducky grinned faintly, but her grin disappeared just as quickly.

“Well, … Petrie and I … re-recently started-ed to get a little closer than before,” explained Ducky as she felt tears building up in her eyes, “Now we have realized-ed th-that, … oh, please do not yell at me for saying this, Mama and Daddy!”

“Why would we yell at you if …,” Mama Swimmer began.

Then it simultaneously struck her and her mate. They looked at each other with their hearts pounding as if they were anticipating finding out that their daughter might have done something horrible.

Seeing the tears beginning to slip from their daughter’s eyes, and after hearing every word she had said so far, the Swimmers knew what she was going to say.

Ducky looked tearfully into her mother’s eyes again, and then her father’s, and back to her mother’s, as she gulped several times before she would say those dreaded words that she wished she wouldn’t have to say in anyone’s presence …

“I am so sorry, Mama! I am so sorry, Daddy!” she wept, “B-but, … I … I am in love with Petrie!”

And thus, the parents on both sides have become aware of their children's forbidden relationship, but how they will react I will keep a secret with this double cliffhanger until the next chapter! :P And, to those of you who read the previous version, you'll probably guess right away that it will not quite turn out the same way as it did in the old version, but I will still leave you with a 50/50 chance they might support Ducky and Petrie's relationship or oppose it. Anything could be possible at this point. Will this be a moment to cherish, or a fearful moment to dread?

I'll try to get the next chapter ready by Monday. Until then, have a good day. :)
My fanfics:
Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 04:21:19 pm »

This Can't Be True

“Me in love with Ducky!”

Mama Flyer stared down at her son with her mouth open slightly. Her eyes were wide as she looked into Petrie’s teary eyes. She couldn’t have imagined that he had fallen in love at such a young age, but she especially couldn’t have imagined that he would fall in love with someone who was not of his own kind; something that was considered a despicable crime. She had been sure for a while that he and Ducky were very close, but never could she have imagined that they were this close.

Petrie noticed his mother’s expression, and he was sure that she was about to yell at him for being in a relationship that would see him as an infidel to the eyes of many. He closed his eyes and turned his head away, awaiting that dreadful moment when she would lash out at him.

“Is it not true? Tell me it’s not true,” the young Flyer heard his mother say after nearly a whole minute of silence went by.

Petrie opened his eyes and saw his mother’s expression. She appeared to be horrified, and for good reason.

“Y-y-yes!” sobbed Petrie, feeling his heart sink with shame, “Me in love with Swimmer! Me so sorry! Me know you hate me for this! Go ahead and punish me!”

Petrie wept as he sunk his head and buried his face with his wings. He was sure that any second now, his mother would punish him severely.

Then …

“I don’t hate you, dear.”

Those were the last words he expected to hear, and he perked up and saw that his mother was giving him a kind expression.

“W-What?” he stammered in shock.

“I could never hate you, Petrie,” Mama Flyer repeated.

“Really?” sobbed Petrie, not believing a word she was saying.

“I will always love you as my son,” assured Mama Flyer as she tightened her hug on her son.

“Even if me a Flyer in love with a Swimmer?” asked Petrie.

“Of course, my little one,” smiled Mama Flyer, then her smile turned into a frown of worry, “Even though, … you know very well that relationships between those of different kinds are not allowed in the Great Valley. You know what could happen if the elders find out.”

“Me know, Mama,” sniffled Petrie shamefully, “Me so sorry, but … me think me falling for Ducky. Me no know how to explain, but me think me love her.”

Mama Flyer softened and gently cuddled her son within her wings. Although Petrie had grown to the point where his height was now up to his mother’s waist, she could still easily squeeze him in tight hugs that warmed him soothingly.

“My little Petrie is growing up so fast,” she thought to herself as she smiled at her son.

“Even though we don’t allow such relationships here, and even though you’re too young to be in such a relationship, … I’m actually very happy for you, my little Petrie,” she spoke softly.

Petrie gasped in surprise. He could not have imagined that his mother would be accepting of his secret relationship, one that was forbidden for more than one reason, one that could get himself, his mother and Ducky in big trouble.

“D-do you … r-re-really mean it, Mama?” stuttered Petrie.

“Of course, I do, dear,” replied Mama Flyer with a playful wink, “Do you want to know what I think? I think that it shows that you have an especially big heart for someone as young as you are, and you truly are a very special boy. I am aware of the risks I’m putting myself in to help you, but I’ll do it because I love you, Petrie. You are my special little baby, and I will do everything I can to keep you happy, because I want my sweet little one to be very happy.”

“You no discourage me and Ducky from being together?” quivered Petrie as he blushed deeply in embarrassment from being called a ‘baby’, even if his mother meant it in an affectionate way, unlike his bullying siblings.

“Of course, I won’t, sweetie,” sympathized Mama Flyer, “Even though you and Ducky are of different kinds, and even though you’re both too young to be in love, being just seven cold times old, … I understand that you and Ducky mean so much to each other. I’ve had a glimpse of some of the many times you two have played together, and you seem closer to her than with any of your other friends. It shows that even at such a young age, your heart has desires, and you have already found that desire in her, despite being of a different kind.”

Petrie blushed deep red as he smiled up at his mother. His sad tears were replaced by happy ones as he wrapped his wings around his mother’s neck and began weeping hysterically in happiness. He felt so happy that she had accepted his relationship with Ducky. However, one more thought still crossed his mind.

“Ma-Mama?” he cried.

“What is it, my little Petrie?” asked Mama Flyer soothingly as she cradled her son.

“You promise me something?” sniffled Petrie as he tried to compose himself.

“Of course, you can,” smiled Mama Flyer, “I’m your mother, after all.”

“Please no tell anybody else about our love, not even me brothers and sisters, or other grownups,” begged Petrie, “We still want to keep it secret.”

“Does anybody else know about your relationship?” asked Mama Flyer.

“Only Littlefoot,” answered Petrie with a sad sigh, “He see us kissing while we no looking.”

“He didn’t inform his grandparents or your friends, did he?” gasped Mama Flyer worriedly.

“He promise he no tell anyone,” finished Petrie.

Mama Flyer sighed in relief, and she playfully nuzzled her son’s beak, earning a cute, soft giggle from her precious son.

“Your secret is safe with me, dear,” she whispered with a smile.

Petrie smiled as more happy tears escaped from his eyes, and he eccentrically kissed his mother’s face.

“Petrie, you silly one,” giggled Mama Flyer, “By the way, … I’m curious. When did you two start falling in love with each other?”

“We confess … just last night,” answered a blushing Petrie, “Although, we really have feelings for each other ever since we come to Great Valley.”

“Then that means you’ve told me at just the right time, Petrie,” chuckled Mama Flyer, “It gives me an idea I think will help you and your compassion for Ducky.”

“What kind of idea?” asked a dumbstruck Petrie.

“If Ducky tells her parents that you two are in love with each other, … and if they are willing to accept it like I am, then I’ll discuss this with them and see what we can do to help you.”

Petrie once again couldn’t help but shed a few more tears as he smiled adorably at his loving mother.

“Me love you, Mama,” smiled Petrie.

“Aw, I love you, too, Petrie,” his mother replied, “Now, let’s get some sleep.”

“Okay, Mama,” yawned Petrie.

“Oh, and thank you for finally opening up and sharing your feelings with me,” added Mama Flyer, “I was so worried about you lately, but I’m glad you’ve finally stopped blocking it all from me, so now I have less reason to worry.”

“You welcome,” sighed Petrie tiredly.

“Let’s get you tucked in,” chuckled Mama Flyer playfully, and she walked into the cave, holding her son warmly in her wings, forming a protective barrier around him like any Flyer mother would.

Just as she stepped into the nest and lied down, Petrie was already closing his eyes, and she could tell that he really must have had one fun day. The older Flyer reached for Petrie’s snuggling stick and slipped it into his wings so he could feel more comfortable in his sleep.

“Goodnight, Petrie,” Mama Flyer whispered into Petrie’s ear.

“Goodnight, Mama,” Petrie replied, his voice barely audible.

With that, the two Flyers settled down to sleep with the rest of Petrie’s siblings as the little Flyer could not stop smiling. He was so happy that his mother had accepted his love for Ducky. He couldn’t wait for the next day to come so he could inform her of this happy news. Of course, though, he could only hope that her mother and father would be accepting of their relationship, too …

“I am in love with Petrie!”

Mama and Papa Swimmer couldn’t believe their ears. There was just no way this could be possible; their own daughter defying one of the most important rules in the whole valley, the one that forbade love between those of two different kinds. It could never have occurred to them that Ducky would commit such a serious crime.

“I … cannot believe what I just heard,” Papa Swimmer gasped as he began hyperventilating from shock.

Mama Swimmer placed a hand on her mate’s back to calm him down, and she shifted her gaze back to their daughter.

“Is it true, Ducky?” she asked her, “Is this all real?”

Ducky let a fresh stream of tears escape her eyes as she shamefully shielded her face from her parents.

“Yes!” she cried, “It is true! I am so sorry! I am such a horrible Swimmer, … but I cannot keep my feelings hidden forever! I am falling for him! I love Petrie!”

Ducky’s parents looked at each other, horrified. They felt as if this was a very bad sleep story, but their hearts nearly stopped when they were forced to accept that this was reality.

“You cannot be serious, Ducky!” panted Papa Swimmer once he recomposed himself, “You know the rule about falling in love with someone whom is not from our kind!”

“I know, Daddy,” sobbed Ducky in deep shame.

“You could get our whole family in trouble for this!” continued Papa Swimmer, “You and Petrie would most definitely get banished from our home! Even worse, we could probably all get banished and have to go on the run from Sharpteeth every minute of every day because you’re in love with a Flyer! Don’t you have any idea how much danger you’ve just put yourself in!?”

Seeing how frightened Ducky was becoming, Mama Swimmer quickly stepped in and calmed her mate down.

“Dear! That’s enough! Calm down! You’re going to wake the others!” she warned him.

Papa Swimmer continued to stare down at Ducky, and she stared back at him, breathing heavily with tears trickling down her face, whilst she took a few backwards baby steps.

“Ducky?” Mama Swimmer spoke gently, “I know you mean well, … but you must realize that falling in love with someone other than your own kind is something we cannot accept in the Great Valley. It is strictly forbidden.”

“I know, Mama!” cried Ducky, “Just, … I … I am so sorry! If you hate me now, … then … I will just … go.”

“Please don’t go, Ducky,” said Mama Swimmer, instinctively pulling her daughter back in and picking her up in her arms.

“I once thought that being friends with a baby Sharptooth was bad enough, but falling in love with a Flyer? That goes well beyond me!” hissed Papa Swimmer, “The consequences will be severe on all of us! I don’t see how I can ever accept this!”

Watching her father rant like this brought some very bad memories into Ducky’s head; one of her watching another certain Swimmer taking his anger out on his own daughter in much the same way her own father was doing now.

Suddenly, something snapped in Ducky; something that had been trapped within her ever since … that one fateful day …

“You know what, then!?” she began as she glared at her father, “If you are not going to love me anymore like a daddy should, then why don’t you just get rid of me so that you do not have to deal with the consequences!?”

“W-what!?” said a confused Mama Swimmer.

“I can see where this is going!” Ducky ranted, “You do not realize how much I really miss Judy, so go ahead and do what you want to me, just like Rolf!”

“Ducky!” her parents both gasped, seeming to be frozen in place like they were just Swimmer-shaped boulders. It was then that Ducky realized she had just made a huge mistake, and she let out a horrified gasp of her own whilst she covered her mouth with her hands with wide eyes.

“W-what did you say?” gasped Papa Swimmer as a single tear managed to escape from his eye, unable to comprehend that his own daughter had just compared him to that nasty Swimmer whom had committed so much evil.

“Ducky!” panted Mama Swimmer, “I can’t believe you just said that!”

Papa Swimmer looked away and closed his eyes tightly as he tried so desperately to hold his tears in, but it was easier said than done. He had never wanted to be compared to someone so despicable. He had something that Rolf never had: a loving heart for a father, and yet his own precious child had to bring him to his senses that he had just behaved somewhat like that cursed Swimmer. He remembered how Ducky had always been so precious to him and his mate, and for him to have come so close to throwing her out felt so wrong of himself to have done. He knew no other father whom had ever done such a terrible thing, aside from that monster.

Mama Swimmer turned to her mate and was met with the sight of him breaking down in tears for the first time in what seemed like a very long time to her.

“My dear? Are you-?” she began to ask him before he cut her off.

“You’re right, Ducky,” he sniffled as he managed to choke back a sob, “I … I feel as if I’ve just acted like a terrible father. I shouldn’t have gotten so furious like that. This news … just … came as such a shock.”

He finally gathered the courage to look at his precious daughter, and he saw a heartbreaking sight. Ducky was silently sobbing, her cheeks drenched from tears, her eyes shining from wetness, her nose leaking what looked like tiny tears of its own. These days it had become a little easier for the two parents to tell just how their daughter felt. Ducky had grown quite a bit since they found the Great Valley, and now she was about the height of their kneecaps.

“I am so sorry, Daddy,” the little Swimmer cried in a tearful voice, “I was just, … I could not hold it in. Old memories came back to me. I know you are not a terrible daddy. I just do not want you to hate me because I am … in love with a Flyer.”

She brushed a few tears away and looked up to see both her parents looking down at her, trying to hold back tears. The little Swimmer offered her hand, and her father graciously took it.

“Listen, Ducky, I want you to know that I will never become like … that Swimmer,” he spoke gently to her, and he looked away and snorted as he thought of that … hideous monster, “Even now, I can’t even say his name.”

“We both understand how his actions scarred you for life, because it scarred the both of us, too,” added Mama Swimmer, “We were just as saddened by Judy’s passing, and we all agree it was so unfair what happened that night.”

Ducky tensed from hearing Judy’s name again, and she did her best not to break down again as simply hearing the name was typically enough for her to burst into tears like someone younger than she was.

“We both love you very much, Ducky,” said Papa Swimmer with a faint grin, “But the fact that you have fallen in love with a Flyer is, nonetheless, a very serious matter.”

“I know,” whispered Ducky shamefully, “I am so sorry, … but … it is the truth. I really love Petrie. I do not know how to explain it, … but he and I have been so close from the day we meet-ed, and he understands my feelings more than any of my other friends.”

“Even Spike?” said a baffled Mama Swimmer.

“Well, … it seems that way,” nodded Ducky.

“I could swear that ever since you arrived in the valley, I have seen how close you and Petrie are,” said Mama Swimmer thoughtfully.

“You know, perhaps that explains why we saw the little guy saying ‘hi’ to us this morning,” said Papa Swimmer, gazing at the very rock that Petrie had perched on that morning.

“Um, … I know you are going to say ‘no,’ but I just had to tell you now so that you would know,” said Ducky, “I am so sorry I scared-ed you.”

“Let’s all stop apologizing endlessly to each other, for a start,” chuckled Mama Swimmer, “I think we can all understand where we’re going from here. Am I right?”

Her mate and daughter nodded in agreement.

“I want you to listen to us very closely, Ducky,” said Mama Swimmer, cuddling her daughter, “Regardless of what you have done, whether it be running astray, disobeying us, or being in love with a Flyer, we will always love you very much, because no matter what you do, you are our precious and very special daughter. Parents are there to be there for their children, and we will always do the same for you, dear.”

“She’s right, our little one,” agreed Papa Swimmer, “This may be a serious matter, and I may still be skeptical about what may happen if you’re ever found out, but your mother and I will be there for you every step of the way.”

“R-re-really?” gasped Ducky in astonishment.

Her parents both nodded and smiled at her, and she sniffled as tears of joy began pouring from her eyes.

“Oh, thank you! Thank you so much!” she cried, and she hugged her mother before doing the same with her father. They both nuzzled her in return, with her mother giving her a ticklish kiss on her head crest, earning some cute laughs from the little girl.

“Listen, Ducky,” said Mama Swimmer warmly, “In my opinion, it’s not necessarily wrong to be in a relationship with someone from another kind. Just because the other grownups don’t accept it, doesn’t mean it’s a crime. Love means discovering where your heart’s desires are, regardless of what you are. After all, just look how well Spike fit into our family. The point is that I can see you’ve found your heart’s desires in Petrie. From what I’ve seen, he is one adorable Flyer, and I’ve seen from time to time that you two get along very well with each other.”

Ducky wasn’t too surprised that her mother was accepting her love for Petrie, and she happily smiled at her.

Mama Swimmer smiled right back down at Ducky and gently rubbed the back of her head.

“Your father and I may have differing views on this, but I’m very happy for you, dear,” she spoke kindly to her daughter, “I’m especially happy that you’ve finally opened up about your feelings to us. We were so worried about you lately because of how long you were blocking your true feelings.”

“We’re both happy to know that you’re happy with your heart’s decision. It shouldn’t be up to us to say where your heart belongs,” agreed Papa Swimmer, “Whether you follow your heart is entirely up to you.”

He cast a glance at his mate.

“That’s just the thing that brought us together, wasn’t it, my dear?” he chuckled at her.

Mama Swimmer chuckled back and nuzzled him briefly.

“I am sorry I blocked-ed my feelings from you for so long, Mommy and Daddy. I am, I am. I knew that you would not be happy about it at first, but I knew I would have to tell you soon. My heart is with Petrie, and I am so happy to have fallen in love with Petrie,” cried Ducky happily, “Yep, yep, yep.”

Mama Swimmer chuckled as she continued to caress her daughter.

“Exactly when did you start falling in love with Petrie?” she asked him with curiosity.

“Well, … from the moment I first meet-ed him, … I thought right away that he was so cute,” explained Ducky nervously, and her parents both laughed at that.

“Aww, that sounds so adorable,” giggled Mama Swimmer.

Ducky blushed deeply in embarrassment.

“We confessed-ed just last night,” she added.

“I guess that means you’ve told us at just the right time, my little Ducky,” grinned Mama Swimmer, “I think I just might have a nice little talk with Petrie’s mother when the Bright Circle rises, granted that she knows and is accepting as well, of course.”

Ducky felt sure that Mama Flyer was bound to know by now, after Petrie had told her that his mother was greatly worried about him lately. However, there was one other thought that worried her deeply.

“Mama? Daddy?” she said, “Can you keep a secret?”

“Of course, we can, Ducky,” smiled Papa Swimmer, “What is it?”

Ducky gulped nervously as she began to explain her secret, “Well, … Petrie and I are still trying to keep our love a secret right now.”

“We understand, sweetie,” said Mama Swimmer, “I would assume that Ms. Flyer and I are the only ones who should know right now.”

“Well, … Littlefoot knows,” sighed Ducky.

“What? How did he find out?” gasped a shocked Papa Swimmer.

“He spotted-ed us kissing while we were hiding under some bushes,” explained Ducky, “He promised-ed he would not tell anybody, though.”

“I’m sure he’ll keep it a secret, dear. I know Littlefoot is one to keep secrets, … and don’t you worry, dear. Your secret is safe with us, too,” said Mama Swimmer.

Ducky felt so overjoyed to hear that, and she let more happy tears pour out of her eyes as she crawled up her mother’s chest and planted a kiss on her cheek. She was rewarded with kisses on her cheeks from both her parents, and she blushed profusely as her parents’ love for her sunk into her heart and put a bright smile on her face.

“Aw, Ducky!” chuckled Mama Swimmer, “You’re one fun Swimmer!”

Ducky giggled cutely as her mother licked her back and kissed her on the back of the head.

“We love you, Ducky,” her parents spoke simultaneously, and they once again kissed her cheeks.

“I love you, too, Mommy and Daddy,” replied Ducky.

“Now, let’s all get some sleep,” said Mama Swimmer, “Tomorrow is another day.”

Sure enough, just as she said that, Ducky began to yawn, indicating that her day out with Petrie had drained quite a lot of energy out of her system. Only some sleep could help her regain that energy for the next day.

“Okay, Mama,” the young Swimmer nodded.

Mama Swimmer slowly walked over to where Spike was sleeping and gently placed Ducky next to him. The little Swimmer was already closing her eyes as she snuggled next to her brother and felt her mother kissing her cheek once more.

“Goodnight, Ducky,” she heard her parents whisper faintly.

“Goodnight, Mama. Goodnight, Daddy,” Ducky replied in a barely audible whisper before she closed her eyes completely and fell into a deep sleep just as a sleeping Spike wrapped a forelimb around her as if by instinct.

Mama and Papa Swimmer watched for a moment as Ducky and Spike snuggled close together and slept soundly like an inseparable pair, then they looked at each other and exchanged strange looks. They were still registering the news that their daughter had gotten into a forbidden relationship, but they knew deep down that Ducky’s love for Petrie was truly sincere. They grinned at each other as a way of saying that they would do anything it took to keep their daughter’s forbidden love a secret and keep their precious child safe. Finally, they lied down next to each other and fell asleep within moments.

Ducky seemingly couldn’t stop smiling as she slept through the night. She felt so overjoyed that her mother and father had, to some degree, accepted her being in a relationship with Petrie. She only hoped that his mother would have the same reaction …

And so, after quite some tension, the parents on both sides seem to be accepting of Ducky and Petrie's love for each other. With their mothers, in particular, on board, it seems that our favorite Swimmer and Flyer will have good news to tell each other the next day, and it also seems that they may get some help with building their love for each other as another day approaches.

Now that the first chapter of dread is out of the way, the next couple of chapters will simply have Ducky and Petrie finding new ways to spend some alone time together, whilst trying to keep their relationship a secret. I should have chapter 6 up by later this week, so be sure to tune in for that. :) I'll see you later!
My fanfics:
Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2019, 01:33:09 pm »

Temptations of Love

The Great Valley was once again treated to a delightful morning as the Bright Circle rose into the sky and lit up the valley like a true dinosaur paradise. It was as beautiful as any dinosaur could have pictured it would be, but for two particular children, it would be just the kind of beauty they would want to see their valley in.

Ducky woke up just as early as she did the day before, and once again her mother and father were the only other ones awake.

“Two days in a row, I am the first one up?” she thought, “I must really be getting rather excited about being with Petrie every morning.”

The little Swimmer sat up and stretched her limbs, and she squirmed her way out of Spike’s grip and was met with a smile from her mother.

“Oh, … good morning, Mama,” said Ducky in slight surprise.

“Good morning, Ducky,” Mama Swimmer replied, “I take it you had a happy sleep story last night.”

“Lucky guess,” chuckled Ducky.

“I’m happy to have a happy daughter,” said Mama Swimmer with a grin.

Ducky smiled and blushed as her mother picked off a few tree stars from one of the many trees that surrounded their nest. It still hadn’t sunk in that her mother and, to some degree, her father had accepted her being in a relationship with Petrie.

Hardly a moment later, Mama Swimmer laid down three tree stars in front of Ducky, and she quickly started to nibble on the first one.

Mama Swimmer looked over to see that Spike and the other Swimmer children were still sleeping, and she turned back to Ducky.

“I can see you seem excited today,” she chuckled.

“Yep, yep, yep,” confirmed Ducky, “I was thinking I would head up to the Flyer nest and surprise Petrie the way he did yesterday.”

“That sounds like a cute idea,” giggled Mama Swimmer, but she knew that would be easier said than done if her daughter wanted to keep her relationship with Petrie a secret, “Just one thing, though. You’d have to hope that his brothers and sisters are either still asleep or have gone out by the time you get there.”

Ducky paused as she thought of her mother’s predicament. She knew that Petrie’s siblings were prone to teasing him very often, and if they found out about their relationship, then they would never stop laughing at Petrie for probably the rest of their lives. She also wasn’t sure how Petrie’s mother had reacted to their relationship, unless the little Flyer hadn’t already told her.

“I will consider that when I get there,” she said, then another thought hit her, “Maybe, I will just pretend that I was sent-ed by Littlefoot to pick him up.”

“Sounds very convincing,” said Mama Swimmer.

“It is, it is,” agreed Ducky before another thought struck her, “Um, … how is Daddy?”

“Your father did have a bit of a hard time accepting it after we went to sleep last night, and he’s still a bit … skeptical, if I may say, but he’s okay with it as long as you and Petrie don’t get caught.”

Ducky sighed as she remembered her father’s brief panic attack last night. She had known from the beginning that he would not be very accepting of her being in love with someone other than another Swimmer, but deep down, he loved his children, and he was willing to do anything to keep them happy, even if it meant reluctantly supporting one of them with a forbidden relationship.

In just a matter of minutes, the little Swimmer had finished her breakfast, and within seconds she was running off in the direction she knew would lead to the Flyer family’s home.

“I will see you later, Mama!” she called as she left her home.

“See you later, Ducky! Have a good day!” Mama Swimmer called back before her daughter disappeared.

“Be careful, okay?” Papa Swimmer called to her.

“I will, Daddy! Goodbye!” answered Ducky, and she excitedly ran towards the river, smiling brightly in anticipation of seeing her beloved Petrie.

As soon as she approached the river, she cutely jumped over some green pads floating over the water to make her way across, and she eccentrically skipped her way across the grassy grounds of the valley, making playful, jump-like steps down a path she knew would lead her to Petrie’s home.

Petrie was still sleeping soundly in his nest with his mother holding him tenderly. In his sleep, he couldn’t stop picturing himself having a pleasant day with Ducky, thinking of all the many things he couldn’t wait to do with her.

Eventually, though, the Bright Circle’s morning light just managed to break into his eyelids through the tiniest gap in the cave entrance, and the Flyer found it elusive to keep himself asleep, so he turned himself around before opening his eyes, and he stretched his wings and yawned as silently as he could in an effort not to wake up his siblings. The yawn awoke his mother, though, and she opened her eyes and smiled at the sight of her son waking up with a smile, obviously in anticipation of another happy day ahead.

The little Flyer crawled his way out of his mother’s wings and waited until she stretched and stood up before walking quietly to the entrance and out into the light of the Bright Circle. He smiled as he thought himself to have been lucky to once again be the first one up before his siblings had a chance to open their eyes.

“Morning, Mama,” the kid whispered once he noticed the warm presence of his mother standing beside him.

“Good morning, Petrie,” she replied softly, “Did you have a good night’s sleep?”

“Me sure did,” said Petrie happily before he looked back to make sure his siblings were still asleep, “Me can’t wait to see Ducky.”

Mama Flyer chuckled, “Alright, then. I’ll be right back with some tree stars.”

Petrie watched as his mother opened her wings and soared into the valley grounds below to find some breakfast. While he waited, he decided to sit down and adore the gorgeous views of the valley, from the rivers and forests to the mountains. Of course, though, just about every second he could only think about Ducky, and another happy thought crossed his mind. He still couldn’t contain his excitement that his mother had accepted their secret relationship, and he couldn’t wait to share the news with his beloved Ducky.

A moment later, Mama Flyer returned with several tree stars in her beak, and Petrie delightfully took one of them just as she was setting them down for the rest of the Flyer children to eat once they awakened. The instant he began nibbling on his breakfast, his taste buds were soothed to the delightful taste of those ever-so-delicious green stars.

“I assume you’re going to head over to the Swimmer family’s nest?” guessed Mama Flyer.

“Me guess so,” agreed Petrie, “Me would love to surprise her again.”

“Surprise her?” chuckled Mama Flyer.

“Yesterday, me arrive at Swimmer family nest so early, and she very surprised to see me,” smiled Petrie, “Ducky mom and dad think it adorable.”

Mama Flyer giggled as she found the description to be so cute.

“You really know how to be a sneaky one, don’t you?” laughed Mama Flyer, “No wonder we’ve often had to worry about you when you go on those adventures of yours.”

“Me guess so,” blushed Petrie, “And me no can wait to do it again.”

Just then, Mama Flyer looked to her right and found a very familiar sight standing just a few yards away, down the hilly pathway that led from the grassy valley floor all the way to the ledge.

“I think that today it was meant to be the other way around, Petrie,” Mama Flyer chuckled.

Petrie was still nibbling on his tree star when he heard that, and he grew very confused.

“What you mean?” he asked with a dumbstruck look on his face.

“Look who’s here,” giggled Mama Flyer.

Upon hearing that, Petrie stood up with his tree star in his hands, and he was very surprised to see who was standing on the rocky pathway …

It was Ducky.

The Flyer couldn’t help but smile when he noticed that the Swimmer was smiling adorably and her eyes glistened beautifully underneath the light of the Bright Circle, especially with her eyebrows adding to the beauty of her appearance.

“Surprise!” she said.

Petrie blushed and giggled happily as he heard that word. It seemed that Ducky had been inspired to surprise him in the same way he had done to her the day before.

“Hehe! Hi, Ducky,” giggled Petrie.

“Hi, Petrie!” Ducky called back.

Then, the Swimmer noticed that her boyfriend had a partially-eaten tree star in his hands, and that his mother was there.

“Good morning, Ducky,” called Mama Flyer.

“Good morning, Ms. Flyer,” responded Ducky nervously.

“It okay,” Petrie assured her, “You can come up. Others still asleep.”

Ducky was surprised to hear that, but she felt happy to oblige. Without a moment’s hesitation, she walked up the final hill and joined the two Flyers on the ledge in front of the cave. She briefly looked inside to see if the other Flyer children were still asleep, and, just as Petrie had said, they were all sleeping soundly. She sighed in relief.

“What a nice surprise,” commented Mama Flyer.

“I had a little, … um, … inspiration,” chuckled Ducky, making Petrie blush.

“So I heard,” Mama Flyer responded.

“I am sorry if I came a little too early,” said Ducky.

“That’s okay, Ducky,” reassured Mama Flyer, “It’s nice whenever you visit here.”

Ducky smiled just as Petrie finished his breakfast.

“That good tree star,” he sighed in satisfaction.

“They sure are delicious,” agreed Mama Flyer, “So, are you two going to go out and play with your friends?”

“Yep, yep, yep,” answered Ducky.

“Okay, you two,” chuckled Mama Flyer, “You both have a good time.”

“We will, Mama,” responded Petrie as he led his girlfriend down the rocky pathway.

“See you later, children,” called Mama Flyer.

“See you later!” the two lovers called back before they disappeared into the lush valley below.

Mama Flyer smiled as she watched her son and his girlfriend cuddling each other excitedly as they walked their way down to the valley. She knew they would be in for some happy times together as long as they kept their relationship a secret from others.

Once the two kids had approached the river again, they looked at each other with smiles that indicated their love and desire for each other, and they wrapped an arm around each other’s backs for warmth, making sure to look around to ensure that nobody else would catch them in the act.

Eventually, they found some bushes they could easily hide in, and Ducky playfully lifted Petrie off his feet and carried him inside the bush, closing the branches to conceal themselves inside. The Swimmer sat down and placed Petrie sitting in front of her, and they pressed their feet together.

“So, … did you tell your mama around us being … together?” whispered Ducky as her smile faded into a nervous expression.

“Me did,” sighed Petrie.

“How did she take it?” asked Ducky nervously, “She may have looked-ed happy to see me when I came-ed over to pick you up, but that does not quite convince me. No, no, no.”

“She nervous but happy,” said Petrie.

Ducky perked up and looked at her boyfriend in complete astonishment. She couldn’t believe what she had just heard.

“Your mama … is okay us being in love?” she gasped in a whisper.

“Uh-huh!” nodded Petrie with a smile.

Within an instant, the Flyer was rewarded with a bone-crushing hug from Ducky as she excitedly kissed his face all over. Petrie blushed and laughed uncontrollably for a few seconds before he regained his composure.

“That feel fun,” he commented with a bubbly voice.

Ducky laughed as she eased her grip on Petrie but continued to hug him tightly.

“You tell your mama and daddy, too?” asked Petrie nervously.

“I did. I did,” answered Ducky.

“What they say?” Petrie asked with hope in his eyes.

“They were not very happy at first, especially Daddy, but they eventually thought-ed it would be okay as long as we do not get caught-ed,” said Ducky.

Petrie gulped worryingly.

“So, … you mean, … they-,” he began before Ducky finished.

“My Mommy and Daddy are happy, too,” she finished with a bright smile that took all of Petrie’s fears away.

The Flyer’s mouth was wide open in surprise as he gasped in excitement. Ducky put on the same expression as they simultaneously realized something that warmed their hearts tremendously. Both of their families had accepted their secret relationship, and this couldn’t have felt happier a realization than it was.

“Yay!” Petrie shouted happily as he wrapped his wings around Ducky’s neck and kissed her bill in such adorable ways, “Me feel so happy me can hardly contain excitement!”

Ducky laughed at Petrie’s eccentric behavior and gently shushed him to make sure they had not been heard, and the duo kept each other in a tight hug while the Swimmer began to rhythmically hop on one foot to treat Petrie for some fun that was perfect for their age. This earned playful laughs from the Flyer as he felt himself being bounced up and down by her dancing.

“How is this for a way to relax, my Funny Flyer?” she giggled playfully.

“This feel so bouncy, me Sweet Swimmer!” chortled Petrie, earning more laughs from his girlfriend.

This went on for several minutes with Ducky switching feet from time to time, until she began to tire her legs out. Eventually, she had to stop with the hug-dancing so she and her boyfriend could get some air.

“That … really tiring,” gasped Petrie as they broke off their long-lasting hug of excitement.

“It sure was fun, but my legs are worn out,” panted Ducky.

“Let’s get drink from river, Ducky,” suggested Petrie.

“Good idea, Petrie,” said Ducky.

The two kids peeked their heads out and looked to their left, and then to their right. Only a few grownup Swimmers and Threehorns appeared to be in sight, so they emerged from the bush, walking casually as if they were just there for their morning drink, and sat down on the riverbank and lowered their heads to suck some water into their mouths. In an instant, their mouths were cooled down by the coldness of the river’s water, and they found it very pleasuring.

“This feels much better,” sighed Ducky relaxingly.

“This water sure nice,” agreed Petrie.

After a few more sips, the two brought their heads back up and tiptoed their way back into the bush. Once they were concealed, they looked into each other’s eyes desirably.

“Did I ever tell you how cute your eyes are?” asked Ducky.

Petrie blushed and grinned widely.

“Me ever tell you how beautiful your face is?” he replied in a whisper.

Ducky’s cheeks instantly turned red, and she smiled one of the most adorable smiles Petrie had seen on her.
“Me really know how to make you smile,” the Flyer commented.

“Yep, yep, yep,” agreed Ducky, “And I see I really know how to make you smile, too.”

“Aww, Ducky!” smiled Petrie.

“C’mhere, ya!” said Ducky with some bubbly giggles, and she pulled the Flyer onto her lap and pleasantly kissed him on his beak.

Petrie smiled brightly in pleasure as he felt his girlfriend squeezing him in a tight hug and kissing him. There was really something about Ducky’s hugs and kisses that made him feel so loved. This even seemed to pale in comparison to the hugs his mother would give him.

“You so loving,” he sighed happily.

“I know you are, too,” replied Ducky playfully.

Petrie could only blush even more, and he planted a kiss on Ducky’s bill in response.

“There proof,” he smiled.

“You are a funny one,” giggled Ducky.

“Me love you, Ducky,” the Flyer grinned.

“I love you, too, Petrie,” the Swimmer replied.

The two looked at each other with their eyes half-closed as if they were seducing each other towards a passionate kiss, and they brought their mouths together and began sucking each other’s faces. However, this was not to last …

Just as they were starting to lick each other’s tongues, they were suddenly interrupted …

“Um, … e-excuse me,” said a voice.

The two lovers quickly opened their eyes in horror and pulled their mouths away from each other, briefly screaming as if they had been startled. They were sure that they had just been caught red-handed, and surely it could mean big trouble.
However, when they opened the branches and looked outside their bush, they found that Littlefoot was the one whom had interrupted their kiss … again.

“Littlefoot!” they both shouted angrily as they started to feel rather irritated from his consistent interruptions.

“S-sorry, guys,” the Longneck stuttered, looking around to make sure no one else was looking, “I’m very sorry for interrupting your little … moment, … but I thought I might tell you that our friends are waiting for you.”

The Swimmer and Flyer continued to gasp as they tried to recover from their moment of panic. Although they felt relieved that it was Littlefoot whom had cut off their kissing moment and not anybody else, they still felt disappointed that they couldn’t finish their pleasant kiss, and they began to feel very agitated having to have their private moments rushed consistently. They felt that this was something that would have to stop so that they could get more time to themselves … and more time to secretly engage in their smoochy love sessions.

“Me hope you no plan to disturb us like that very often!” said Petrie, shooting the Longneck a warning glare.

“That was kind of rude, Littlefoot,” added Ducky a bit more calmly.

“I apologize for that,” sighed Littlefoot, “I just wanted you to know that the others are waiting for you to join us. We’ve been looking for you all morning.”

Ducky and Petrie looked at each other for a moment. Although all they really wanted was have another love day to themselves, they were beginning to miss playing with their friends after yesterday’s rather smoochy day of rushed love-making sessions hiding in various bushes and tiny caves to avoid being seen by anyone.

“So, … you guys wanna come and join us?” offered Littlefoot.

“Well, … me guess me could do with a little fun with everyone,” said Petrie hesitantly.

“Me, too,” agreed Ducky, knowing that keeping up appearances could potentially keep their friends less suspicious about them, “We would be happy to play with you, Littlefoot.”

Littlefoot chuckled, “Good! Meet us at our meeting place.”

“Okay!” the two lovers replied as their Longneck friend ran off.

The duo took a moment to smile at each other for at least a little bit longer before they stood up and briefly kissed each other once more.

“Well, Petrie, we may not have gotten today all to ourselves, but at least we did get to do one of our own dances,” chuckled Ducky.

“That one-foot hopping dance really make me feel bouncy when you hug me like that,” giggled Petrie, “We should do that again sometime.”

“We should, we should!” agreed Ducky.

“Wanna race to our meeting place, Ducky?” asked Petrie.

“You bet!” Ducky accepted.

“Last one there first to be tickled tonight once everyone go home!” teased Petrie with a laugh.

“Oh, it is on!” laughed Ducky playfully, and the two lovers leapt out of the bush and set off on their one-on-one race to meet up with the rest of the Gang.

Mama Flyer was soaring over the valley, admiring the view provided by being up in the sky. She had fed her children some tree stars for breakfast, and now she was keen on meeting up with a good friend of hers. Ever since she had learned about Petrie being in a relationship with Ducky, she wanted to meet up with Mama Swimmer, so they could “have a little discussion.”

Before long, the cerulean blue Flyer found that she was not very far at all from the river, and she spotted the dinosaur she wanted to see, taking a drink.

Mama Swimmer could see the shadow of a Flyer approaching her as she drank from the river, and she looked up and noticed that Mama Flyer was soaring towards her.

“Ah, Ms. Flyer,” she greeted her good friend.

“Hi, Mrs. Swimmer,” Mama Flyer replied as she brought her feet to the ground, “Just the one I wanted to see.”

Mama Swimmer could tell why, and she didn’t hesitate to guess.

“So I assume you heard the news?” the Swimmer said.

“What news?” asked Mama Flyer, wanting to be sure of what this news was.

“About our kids?” added Mama Swimmer in a whisper.

“I have, yes,” answered Mama Flyer, knowing immediately what her Swimmer friend was referring to, “Petrie came home last night and told me that she apparently has feelings for Ducky.”

“Ducky informed my mate and I about the same thing when she came home,” said Mama Swimmer, “She seems to have fallen for Petrie.”

“Did she tell only you, or does your mate know as well?” asked Mama Flyer.

“He does. He initially lashed out at Ducky, but she brought him back to his senses after I think something might have snapped in her, and she compared him to, … I still don’t have the courage to speak his name on a regular basis.”

Mama Flyer gasped, knowing whom she was referring to. To think that any father could be compared to Rolf was quite a shock. It would be an understatement to say that any father didn’t like being compared to him, particularly now that everyone in the valley had heard Ducky’s tragic story of Judy.

“He eventually apologized and said he’d be okay with it, but I think he wants next to no involvement in helping them. He greatly fears the consequences if our kids are ever found out,” finished Mama Swimmer.

“I’m dreading the consequences, too,” sympathized Mama Flyer, “Whether they will effect just our children or our whole families, I’m not sure, but I’m with you in believing that we should help Petrie and Ducky with their love for each other whilst making sure that none of us get caught in the act.”

“This really came as a shock to me,” said Mama Swimmer, “I didn’t have any idea that they would get this close.”

“I’ve noticed for a while now that they have been very close to each other, and I guess they eventually reached the point where they seemed to have found their hearts’ desires in one another,” smiled Mama Flyer thoughtfully, before her smile faded from her beak, “However, I think they’re just as nervous about being together as we are.”

“I’ve noticed that, too,” replied Mama Swimmer, “They’re so tempt on spending time alone together, but the problem is there aren’t that many places where they can do it without the worry about someone else seeing them.”

“Exactly,” nodded Mama Flyer, “Littlefoot somehow managed to find out, but other than that, they’ve managed to keep it safe from the others.”

“It does make me feel a little nervous, too,” sighed Mama Swimmer, “They’re still too young to find a mate, seeing as they’re still just little, playful children, and with many dinosaurs in this valley not being supportive of relationships between those of different kinds, … I think we have quite a sticky situation in our hands.”

“That is, unless we’re able to keep the details away from everybody else,” said Mama Flyer, “I’m sure Littlefoot’s grandparents would be okay with it, since they’re very caring to all the children, … but others, I’m not sure.”

“Mr. Threehorn would definitely forbid it. I’d say we keep this as far away from him as possible,” shivered Mama Swimmer.

“Agreed,” Mama Flyer instantly replied, “So, … I’ve been thinking that since your daughter and my son have started this new relationship, we should try to help them in some way.”

“When I first fell in love with my mate, we would often venture off into some very special place that was filled with nothing but sheer beauty. To this day, I remember so much about it.”

“My mate would get very picky when it came to finding the perfect place for us to enjoy ourselves in,” Mama Flyer recalled sadly as she thought about her deceased mate whom Petrie never really got to know as a father.

“I wonder if there’s someplace in the Great Valley that’s just as beautiful as the one I remember from all those cold times ago,” suggested Mama Swimmer.

“A place filled with beautiful tree stars or shiny stones?” Mama Flyer said thoughtfully.

“Exactly,” smiled Mama Swimmer.

“A place filled with beautiful tree stars and shiny stones,” said another voice, “Sounds like a dream place for anyone.”

The Swimmer and Flyer exchanged worried glances and frantically looked behind them to find Tria taking a morning stroll with her daughter, Tricia.

Mama Flyer let out a fake cough and hesitantly replied, “Yeah.”

“So, who’s the lucky one?” asked Tria curiously.

Mama Flyer looked nervously at Mama Swimmer as she tried to think of a way to avoid having their precious children being found out. With Tria being Topps’ mate, they didn’t feel comfortable with her finding out, as it presented a severe risk of the most rigid dinosaur in the valley discovering Ducky and Petrie committing a serious crime.

“Oh, a friend of mine,” Mama Swimmer suddenly said rather quickly.

“A friend?” said Tria with interest.

“A few Night Circle cycles ago, an old family friend told me that her daughter found a mate and happily enjoying her new life with him. They’ve been trying to find some beautiful place to peacefully enjoy their time alone,” lied Mama Swimmer.

Mama Flyer was so astounded that Mama Swimmer could improvise such a detailed story so quickly. She couldn’t have possibly managed that herself. It could be extremely useful if Ducky and Petrie ever became on the verge of being caught.

“Oh, well, next time you see her, tell her I’m wishing her good luck,” winked Tria just as Tricia started jumping excitedly around the Swimmer and Flyer mothers.

“Hi there, Tricia,” greeted Mama Flyer gently.

“How are you today, little one?” Mama Swimmer asked the baby Threehorn.

Tricia simply giggled excitedly as she ran circles around the two mothers.

“Tricia,” called Tria, “Come on, dear. Let’s go find some tree stars.”

In an instant, Tricia went running back to her mother, and the two Threehorns continued on with their morning walk.

“Have a good day!” Tria called.

“You, too, Tria!” Mama Swimmer and Mama Flyer replied in unison.

Once the Threehorns were gone, the Swimmer and Flyer sighed in relief.

“That was way too close,” whispered Mama Flyer, “Amazing you could come up with such a convincing story so quickly.”

“I’ve done that quite well in the past,” chuckled Mama Swimmer.

“Anyways, do you know any place in the Great Valley that Petrie and Ducky might find enjoyable?” asked Mama Flyer.

“Not that I know of. However, I have thought of another way we could help them,” answered Mama Swimmer.

“What might that be?” asked Mama Flyer.

“We could each take our kids someplace to find something they think the other might like. Think of it like this: You could take Petrie to find something he thinks Ducky might like, and I’ll take Ducky to find something she believes Petrie might like,” explained Mama Swimmer.

“Excellent plan,” agreed Mama Flyer.

“Well, I’d better gather some lunch for my children,” said Mama Swimmer.

“Me, too,” Mama Flyer replied, “Well, thanks a lot for offering your help, Mrs. Swimmer.”

“I’ll be happy to help out, Ms. Flyer,” grinned Mama Swimmer, and the two shook hands, “I’ll see you later.”

“See you later,” replied Mama Flyer before she took to the skies again to find some lunch for her children.

Mama Swimmer watched Mama Flyer leave, and she thought intently about the idea she had just proposed. She was sure that finding some place to privately enjoy some loving time together just might be something Ducky and Petrie could do just fine themselves given their vast number of adventures but looking for something special to give the other just might be a bit of a challenge unless they got help. She smiled at herself as she seemed convinced that her idea of helping them find that “special something” could be just the thing that would bring those two loving kids closer together.

Eventually snapping back to reality, Mama Swimmer began picking off tree stars to feed her children for lunch, all the while thinking of her daughter and Petrie.

This chapter may not have had too much to offer, but Ducky and Petrie have come to the realization that their love for each other is being supported by their parents.

I initially was going to publish this chapter yesterday, but the winds were pretty harsh and I didn't want to take any unnecessary risks. Also, coincidentally enough, today is Valentine's Day, so I guess it's fitting I posted a chapter on Valentine's Day! :P

From here, I will probably start posting chapters a little less frequently than before, in order to allow readers to catch up. I know that as of the time I'm posting this, a lot of you have probably fallen behind, and I want to allow you to keep track of my progress. Thus, chances are I'll probably shift to posting every three days instead of every two days. Still though, there's a long way to go, but I feel that this is progressing well so far, and I'm still willing to meet the March 31 deadline for the epilogue. Anyways, have a good day, and I'll see you over the weekend with chapter 7! :)

Oh, and happy Valentine's Day! :P
My fanfics:
Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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Re: Secret Love v2
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2019, 01:05:44 pm »

A Night to Remember

The Gang had one of the most fun-filled days they had in recent weeks. Once Ducky and Petrie had joined up with their friends, with the Swimmer beating the Flyer to them, they started their day with a game of Stop the Seed. Then, once they had lunch, they played a “boys vs. girls” match of “Toss the Seed.”

During the match, Petrie scored the game-winning goal with Ducky just so happening to be the opposing goalie who came so close to keeping the game possibly ending in a tie. As Ducky got back up, instead of smirking at Petrie as an “I’ll beat you next time” gesture, she smiled at him, and the Flyer blushed and smiled back just before Littlefoot and Chomper congratulated him for winning the game for the boys’ team.

Of course, though, Ducky and Petrie naturally had a hard time trying to hide from the others the fact that they were in love, but once it came time for them to part ways for the night, Cera, Chomper and Ruby had grown more suspicious than before, yet only Cera seemed brave enough to voice her concern.

“You were right about one thing, Littlefoot,” she said to Littlefoot once the two were alone.

“About what, Cera?” asked Littlefoot.

“Ducky and Petrie have been acting weird lately whenever they get close to each other,” Cera pointed out.

“So, … they’re just best friends,” said Littlefoot innocently, “They enjoy playing together very much.”

“Well, the past few days, it’s shown more than ever,” added Cera suspiciously, “It’s that what tells me that they have something going on with each other.”

Littlefoot could feel himself falling under some real pressure now that his Threehorn friend was on their case. He knew what the consequences would be if she or her father ever learned the truth.

“If I were you, Littlefoot, I’d go ask them what they’ve been up to lately,” suggested Cera, “There’s something not quite … right … about them.”

“I tried that yesterday, but all I got was that they were just being playful pals to each other,” lied Littlefoot.

“Hmph,” snorted Cera, “I find that hard to believe, even if it came from them.”

Littlefoot sighed in annoyance. He was really beginning to feel worn out from Cera throwing her suspicions in his face.

“I’ve noticed them acting oddly lately, too,” Chomper said as he and Ruby joined them.

“Are Ducky and Petrie feeling alright?” asked Ruby, “They have been behaving very strangely, since they have a very strange way of behaving.”

Littlefoot sighed in despair. Now three of his friends were begging to know the truth. He couldn’t take any risks trusting anyone to keep Ducky and Petrie’s secret safe, and he knew it was going to take desperate measures to make sure that wouldn’t happen.

“Listen, guys, I don’t know what’s up with Ducky and Petrie,” he said, “If I ever get the chance, I’ll ask them myself what is going on with them. Right now, I don’t think it’s the best time to discuss this.”

The Longneck looked over and saw Ducky, Petrie and Spike approaching them, and the other kids immediately fell silent. Cera, however, maintained her gruff look as she eyed Ducky and Petrie suspiciously. She knew something was extremely off with the two.

“Fine. We’ll discuss this later,” she whispered to Littlefoot in a somewhat threatening manner.

The Longneck gulped nervously. He did NOT want to have to mention this matter to Cera again, but as long as she stayed suspicious, she was determined to find out what was wrong with Ducky and Petrie.

“Well, we’ll be seeing you all tomorrow,” Chomper said as he and Ruby prepared to make their walk back to the Secret Caverns.

“See you tomorrow!” Littlefoot called back.

“I can’t wait for tomorrow,” said Ruby to her Sharptooth friend.

“Tomorrow should be just as fun as today was!” said Chomper excitedly just as the two disappeared from the sight of their friends.

“We’ll see about that,” thought Cera as she once again fixed her gaze at Ducky and Petrie.

“Well, … I’m going to head home now,” the Threehorn said as she turned and began her walk home.

“Goodnight, Cera,” called Ducky.

“See you later!” added Petrie.

“Littlefoot had better get to the bottom of this soon,” the Threehorn thought with a furious look on her face that was hidden from her friends as she walked away.

Once Cera was gone, Littlefoot turned to his friends still occupying them. He was about to open his mouth, but he quickly saw that Spike was still in their presence, and he wasn’t sure that he should be allowed to know, either, despite his inability to talk.

“Spike, would you like to go ahead and head back home?” Ducky asked her Spiketail brother, “I will catch up with you in a little while.”

Spike nodded while letting out some simple grunts, and he turned and walked slowly in the direction that would lead him to the Swimmer nest.

“Guys,” whispered Littlefoot, “I’m beginning to have worries about you.”

“What you mean, Littlefoot?” asked Petrie, although he (sort of) knew what the answer was, and he gulped nervously.

“I think you’d better be careful when we’re playing together in the future,” warned Littlefoot.

“Why?” asked a nervous Ducky, “Have the others seen us?”

“No, but Cera’s gotten extremely suspicious,” shivered Littlefoot, “She’s trying to force me into revealing the truth to her. I’ve managed to keep her away for now, but I’m afraid she’ll probably be asking me the same question tomorrow.”

“Oh, please no let Cera find out!” panicked Petrie.

“Her father would banish us to the Mysterious Beyond if he found-ed out!” quivered Ducky as she shuddered to imagine herself and Petrie becoming outcasts.

“Unless my grandparents would manage to talk him out of it,” sighed Littlefoot.

Ducky and Petrie gulped and looked at each other worryingly. They weren’t sure they were ready for Littlefoot’s grandparents to know about their secret love for each other.

“You are not going to tell your grandma and grandpa, are you, Littlefoot?” asked Ducky.

“No,” answered Littlefoot, “I’m not sure if they should know or not, so right now I’m keeping it to ourselves.”

“You mean, … you may still tell your grandma and grandpa … eventually?” gulped Petrie.

“Only if I have no choice,” said Littlefoot, “If this situation ever gets out of hand, then I’ll have to tell my grandparents. They care deeply for all of us.”

“Yeah, but they may no have soft spots for Swimmers and Flyers loving each other,” said Petrie nervously.

“That I can’t say for sure whether it’s fact or fiction,” replied Littlefoot.

“Ducky, … maybe we should avoid Cera for a while,” Petrie told his girlfriend.

“If she is trying so hard to know the truth about us, … then I guess you are right, Petrie,” agreed Ducky.

“Listen, guys,” said Littlefoot, “I’ll do whatever it takes to stop Cera from finding out about this, okay?”

“Please do!” begged the two lovers.

Littlefoot nodded nervously and he looked and noticed how low the Bright Circle was getting. Although there was still some time left before the last of its light would disappear, he was sure that now was the time to allow Ducky and Petrie to have some time alone.

“I’m gonna go home now, guys,” the Longneck said, “See you later.”

“See you later, Littlefoot,” the lovers replied in unison as their Longneck friend left.

Now that the two were alone, they couldn’t help but smile at each other, although they still felt nervous about Cera trying to find them out. They desperately hoped that nobody in the Threehorn family would ever find out, as they knew that the consequences would be severe if Topps ever discovered their secret. He greatly despised the idea of such a relationship in much the same way he used to despise the idea of children of different kinds playing together before learning of her daughter’s unwavering loyalty to her friends changed his mind about that.

The duo soon shifted their negative thoughts aside and decided to find a nice place to sit so they could nourish each other with love again.

Before long, the two found a small rock to sit on, and they sat side-by-side, admiring the Bright Circle setting while hugging each other’s backs. Ducky looked to her left, whilst Petrie looked to his right, and they were relieved to see that nobody was around to see them.

“Every evening this feel more warm and beautiful,” sighed Petrie.

“I feel the same,” agreed Ducky.

Petrie then looked at his girlfriend and smiled brightly, “Because you and your beauty give me so much warmth and happiness.”

Ducky blushed and smiled cutely at her boyfriend.

“You are such a sweet Flyer! You are, you are!” she said happily, and she rewarded Petrie with a loving kiss on his face, making him blush and smile pleasurably.

“Aww, Ducky!” the Flyer beamed in delight.

“You and your cuteness gives me so much warmth and happiness, too,” the Swimmer said, “Yep, yep, yep!”

Petrie’s smile widened to a more adorable one, and he promptly kissed Ducky’s face in return for her loving words.

“Me could listen to your, ‘Yep, yep, yep’ many times in a row,” commented Petrie playfully.

“How about this? Remember you said-ed that whoever won our race to meet with our friends got-ed to tickle the other? Well, we are keeping that word!” said Ducky in a playful voice as she pulled Petrie onto her lap and hugged her tightly, then she began kissing his face and tickling his feet while repeatedly singing, “Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep!”

Petrie laughed in delight as Ducky’s catchphrase warmed his heart and the ticklish sensations on his feet sent his body into an uncontrollable fit.

“Haahahahahaheheheheheeheeheeheeheeheee!” the Flyer laughed adorably, “Meeheeheeheehee lohohove thihihihihis!”

“You are my Funny Flyer! Yep, yep, yep!” said Ducky playfully before she stopped tickling Petrie’s feet and began smooching him lovingly.

Petrie moaned in pleasure once he felt his girlfriend’s bill sucking passionately on his face, and he relaxed and closed his eyes while he allowed Ducky to soothe him delicately.

After a minute, Petrie turned his beak towards Ducky’s bill, and the two brought their mouths together and began sucking each other’s faces while exchanging saliva and playing with their tongues. They softly moaned in pleasure and made cute, babyish sucking noises with their mouths like a pair of newborn hatchlings. When it came to all their secret love games, none of them compared to the moments when they kissed and smooched.

The duo continued to suck each other’s faces and look seductively at each other until it got to the point where they needed some air. Reluctantly, they pulled their mouths away and gasped for air.

“I love you, Petrie,” smiled Ducky.

“Me love you, too, Ducky,” replied Petrie.

It was then that another warm thought entered Ducky’s head.

“Petrie, … have you ever thought of … looking for a place where we could hang out and share our love for each other without anyone else having to interrupt us all the time?” she asked Petrie, “Maybe tonight we could try and find somewhere nice to go.”

Petrie seemed confused upon hearing that, but he understood what she meant.

“You mean, … like …,” he began.

“A little spot where we can have lots of privacy,” Ducky finished for him.

“Hmm,” murmured Petrie thoughtfully as he tried to think of some of the most beautiful places he had visited during his young life, “Me … n-not so sure me know many such places.”

“Maybe we should go exploring,” suggested Ducky, “The Great Valley must have many beautiful places for us to visit.”

“Me sure you right, Ducky,” agreed Petrie.

The two stood up and looked at each other with bright smiles that showed their anticipation of another little adventure; one that the two would have all to themselves, something that had never happened before.

As Ducky gazed at Petrie’s smile, another idea suddenly flew into her head …

“I was wondering, Petrie. I love it when we ride on Spike's back, but I was just thinking, would you like to ride on my back?” the Swimmer offered.

Petrie put on what Ducky would have certainly called a cute “thinking face,” and she giggled as the Flyer pondered how’d it be like to ride on her back. He had rode on the backs of just about all their friends, but never Ducky’s. They were nearly the same size and had never really tried carrying each other, except for whenever Petrie was trying to lift Ducky out of one of the countless dangerous situations they had gotten themselves in. Although Petrie preferred being the eye in the sky, he couldn’t help but wonder how it would be like to let Ducky carry him around for a while. He began to feel curious about how warm it would feel and quick of a ride it could be as Ducky was quite a fast runner for her size. Finally, he had made up his mind …

“Me think me like to try it out,” he answered with a smile, and Ducky promptly turned around and used her tail to lift Petrie onto her back. The Flyer wrapped his arms around her neck whilst his wings slipped underneath her arms and wrapped around her chest. The Flyer sat comfortably on her back and tail, his legs dangling back and forth and gripping the sides of her tail.

“Ready, Petrie?” asked Ducky, and she reached back with her arms and wrapped them around the Flyer’s back to hug him from behind while keeping him secured on her back.

“Me ready, Ducky!” chuckled Petrie as he felt her warming hold already giving him soothing sensations.

“Let’s go adventuring!” proclaimed Ducky before she broke into laughter and started running whilst holding the Flyer tightly on her back.

Petrie laughed along with her and kept his arms wrapped tightly around her neck to keep himself from falling off. He rested his head on her shoulder and leaned against her cheek while she ran with her two quick feet.

In almost no time, Petrie was beginning to get a very good sense as to how fast Ducky could really run. Although he could fly faster than she could run, he had to admit in his mind that she really was quite an effective runner. The air blew gently around them as she made her way through the valley, obviously heading for someplace they had never been to before, and he loved every second of it.

Soon, they entered a forest, and Ducky switched from running to skipping, still keeping her arms behind her back to help Petrie stay on. The rhythm of Ducky’s skipping brought some feeling of excitement into Petrie’s chest as he giggled and enjoyed the playful ride she was giving him. This felt like the most fun-filled ride of his life, and it seemed to him that Ducky really knew how to make it fun and keep it that way until they reached their destination.

As they emerged from the other side of the forest, into another area of open grass under the light of the Bright Circle, the Swimmer looked ahead and saw what looked like a very narrow pathway on the other side of the open path. However, just as curiosity got the best of her, she looked to their right, towards the Bright Circle, and saw Littlefoot’s grandparents, appearing to be talking happily with each other. The Swimmer and Flyer’s eyes gazed downward, and they saw Littlefoot himself eating a tree star, presumably for dinner.

“Uh,” Petrie began murmuring as he shuddered worryingly, but Ducky thought quickly and crouched beneath some tall grass, still keeping her arms behind her back as she held Petrie. The Swimmer gently shushed the Flyer and kept her eyes on the Longnecks, waiting for an opportunity to sneak across to the other side of the forest.

Eventually, the two elderly Longnecks looked down at their grandson, and Ducky instantly began tiptoeing across the grass while keeping herself low.

“Keep your head low, Petrie,” she whispered to the Flyer, and he obeyed by lowering his head next to hers.

Neither of them let a single sound escape their mouths as the Swimmer cautiously made her way across. She sped up a little once she saw the forest on the other side getting nearer and nearer. Finally, she ran the rest of the way and scurried straight down the narrow pathway she had aimed for. Petrie opened his eyes once his eyelids detected that things had suddenly gotten darker, and he saw trees and plants surrounding them, indicating that they had made it onto the narrow forest path.

“Whew,” he quietly sighed in relief.

“That was a close one,” whispered Ducky, and she used her head to push a large leaf out of the way.

As Ducky carried Petrie past the leaf, it reclosed the entrance behind them. They looked ahead and noticed just how long the path would be. To them, it seemed amazing that it was just small enough to fit only the two of them. None of their other friends would have been able to squeeze their way through the tiny hole, unless Spike ever decided to try and eat his way through. What further amazed them was how long the path was. It looked as though it could stretch on for miles.

“Me wonder where this lead to?” whispered Petrie.

“Let’s find out,” replied Ducky curiously, and she began to skip her way down the path whilst never bringing her arms out from behind her back. Petrie once again giggled cutely as Ducky’s skipping again gave him that sense of excitement.

Eventually, they rounded a bend and noticed the end of the tunnel-like path just ahead. Ducky stopped skipping and started hopping on both feet. With each hop, she swung her legs forward in midair so her feet sprung her and Petrie forward. Petrie couldn’t help but feel awkward yet somewhat cute. He had never seen Ducky behave quite like this before. He began to wonder if she always got this way whenever she got this excited. Then again, he had never seen her jump like this before, even at times when he saw her get so excited. This seemed to be a new side to her, and it seemed that this was excitement from the idea of just the two of them about to find some place for them to privately feed love to each other.

“Whoa! Ducky!” chuckled Petrie, “This jumping so fun!”

“Oh, I am so excited!” giggled Ducky cutely as she continued jumping towards their probable destination, a smile etching on her face with wide open eyes of excitement. If Petrie had been able to look at her face at that moment, he would have seen just how joyous she really was.

The Swimmer closed her eyes and made one last jump. The two emerged from the tunnel and into an open area of forest beautifully lit by the Bright Circle. Petrie looked around and gasped with wonder …

He saw that Ducky was standing on moist grass, and ahead of them was a very small pond with floating green pads. Beyond the pond were rocks that formed a wall. Just above the rocks, the Bright Circle was filling the entire area with orange light. The gap above the rocks was bordered by many trees and leaves surrounding the entire area from all four horizons, perfectly sealing it from anyone outside, with the sole exception of that big window on the western horizon that allowed the setting Bright Circle to shine directly at it towards the end of the day. The walls at ground level were gorgeously covered in green moss. Petrie looked up and saw tons more branches and leaves covering the area as if they were forming a ceiling much like that of a cave. The whole place looked so astounding, and Petrie could only gaze with wonder at what he was seeing.

“Ducky, … open your eyes,” said Petrie.

With a smiling chuckle, Ducky opened her eyes and saw for herself just what Petrie had just seen, and she gasped in amazement. The whole area was just beautiful, and what further excited her was the fact that it was perfectly secluded in the middle of a forest.

“Wow!” she exclaimed, “This is … beautiful!”

“This place … so … amazing!” shouted Petrie excitedly.

“I have never seen anything like this before!” agreed Ducky, “Nope, nope, nope!”

“Oh, boy!” giggled Petrie excitedly, “This perfect place for us to enjoy ourselves and kiss!”

“I agree!” chuckled Ducky, “This is perfect! It is far away from where everyone else is, so nobody will see or hear us in here, and it is so beautiful when the Bright Circle is setting!”

“So, me Sweet Swimmer,” said Petrie seductively as he looked at the green pads floating in the pond, “Wanna hop on those pads?”

“Sounds like fun, my Funny Flyer,” replied Ducky with an eccentric smile.

The Swimmer finally brought her arms out from behind her back and allowed Petrie to slide down her tail. Once the Flyer was finally free, the two didn’t spend a moment’s hesitation wrapping an arm around each other’s backs, and they began hopping on the green pads, each on one foot. The surface of the floating plants felt very soft for their feet. In fact, they were so soft that they decided immediately that they would hop onto the pad in the center of the pond and sit down on it. Ducky sat down and spread her legs out so that Petrie could sit in front of her and get a feeling of the pad’s soft surface. Once the Flyer sat down, the Swimmer wrapped her arms around his chest and pinned his arms and wings down, and she delightfully kissed the right end of his mouth, earning a big smile from him.

“This so nice,” sighed Petrie in relaxation as they began admiring the Bright Circle’s setting from within their new hideout.

“I feel as if I never want to leave this place,” said Ducky, “It is perfect.”

“And nobody see or hear us in here,” added Petrie, “We feed each other as much love as we want when we here and never get caught.”

“Yeah,” chuckled Ducky, “Now that you have mentioned that, there is so much we can do in here to show our love for each other.”

Petrie smiled as he thought of the endless possibilities they had in this forested cave.

“What you think we do next, Ducky?” the Flyer asked with an eager smile.

Ducky looked around their cave and noticed two red shiny stones sitting by the corner of the pond.

“I wonder if we can do anything with those shiny stones?” she said thoughtfully.

Petrie eyed the shiny stones as he gained a sense of what Ducky was about to consider.

“Me thinking what you thinking, Ducky,” the Flyer spoke cutely.

“Why don’t we make something out of them?” the Swimmer suggested.

“Good idea,” agreed Petrie, “Like something to show our love for each other?”

Ducky let out a bubbly laugh and replied, “That is exactly what I was thinking.”

“Let’s do it!” chortled Petrie.

Ducky opened her arms and allowed Petrie to stand up and flap his wings, so he could fly over to the shiny stones. The Flyer landed next to them and eagerly grabbed it, while Ducky hopped over the green pads and grabbed the other one.

“Well, we have got-ed our two shiny stones, … so let’s see what we can do with them.”

“Me no can wait!” said Petrie excitedly.

With that, the two kids their shiny stones and walked over to a spot where they could do their little projects privately so that they could surprise each other once they were finished.

Ducky grabbed a couple of tree stars and used her mouth to cut some small pieces out of them. Once she had all the small pieces she needed, she scrunched up another tree star and turned it into juice. She had seen how tree star juice could often be used to stick some things together, like branches, so she wondered if it could work on shiny stones as well. She splashed the juice all over the face of her shiny stone and started laying out the cut-out tree star pieces over it. She immediately knew what she would stick on the stone.

“Petrie is going to love this,” she whispered, “Yep, yep, yep.”

Meanwhile, Petrie had also cut some tree stars to pieces and scrunched another one to make sticky tree star juice. Once he splashed the juice on his shiny stone, he began sticking the tiny tree star pieces onto the stone in a very particular way, … one he knew Ducky would love …

“Ducky love this so much,” he whispered to himself in anticipation.

The two each waited for the tree star juice to dry, then they brushed off any empty spaces containing juice so that their shiny stones could retain their sparkling shines. With their stones completed, they each took stems filled with small green leaves and glued the ends together with tree star juice, then they took their decorated stones and stuck them to the stems.

They each took a glance at their own finished pieces, which now looked like something they could wear around their necks. This was exactly what they had envisioned doing, and now they were ready to present their stones to each other.

“Me done with mine,” said Petrie as he approached Ducky, hiding his stone behind his back.

“Mine is ready, too,” replied Ducky, also hiding her stone behind her back.

“Ready to see yours, me Sweet Swimmer?” asked Petrie.

“Show me, my Funny Flyer,” chuckled Ducky eagerly.

With a beaming smile, Petrie cutely revealed his shiny stone to Ducky, and the Swimmer gasped in astonishment.

Petrie had decorated his stone with the depiction of a Swimmer and Flyer playing with each other. Above them, the Bright Circle seemed to have taken in the shape of a heart.

Ducky’s eyes welled with happy tears as she adored the cute picture Petrie had made with the tree star pieces.

“Petrie, you are so loving,” she sniffled happily.

“For you, Ducky,” grinned Petrie proudly, and he ceremoniously placed the stone around Ducky’s neck.

“Thank you so much, Petrie,” quivered Ducky.

“You welcome, Ducky,” replied Petrie.

The shiny stone sparkled brightly right over the Swimmer’s chest, and she smiled as she took a moment to admire her new neckwear. Then, she remembered that she had one to show Petrie as well.

“Wanna see yours, Petrie?” she asked him.

“Me no can wait!” said Petrie excitedly.

Ducky revealed her shiny stone from behind her back, and Petrie could only gasp in amazement …

The Swimmer had decorated this stone with the image of a large heart. Within the heart, a Swimmer and a Flyer were kissing each other in such an adorable fashion.

“Ducky, … me no know what to say,” gasped Petrie, “This … so … lovely.”

“This is for you, Petrie,” smiled Ducky, and she delicately placed the stone around the Flyer’s neck.

Petrie smiled as he saw his new neckwear shining directly over his chest, then he looked back up at Ducky.

“Thank you, Ducky,” he smiled cutely as tears leaked from his eyes.

“You are welcome, Petrie,” replied Ducky.

The two took a few moments to adore each other’s appearance, now that they were wearing their new neckwear with shiny stones dangling right underneath their chins.

“Let’s make this more pleasurable,” said Ducky seductively.

“Delighted,” answered Petrie, and the two hugged each other’s backs and once again hopped over the green pads floating in the pond.

Once more, the two kids sat down on the pad in the center of the pond, and Petrie sat on Ducky’s lap and allowed the Swimmer to cuddle him tightly while they admired the Bright Circle setting once again. They slowly brought their mouths together and began smooching each other cutely. Their mouths made a funny noise as they smooched, and they found it as music to their ears.

Their hearts felt warm sensations as they cuddled and kissed each other. With their newly-created neckwear and the warm colors of the Bright Circle dimly lighting the forest cave, this moment felt the most pleasurable yet, even more so than their first kiss. It seemed that with every moment they spent with their love sessions, it felt sweeter than the last. No matter how many times they hugged or kissed, it always felt refreshing to their hearts. They knew right then and there that this would be one special evening to remember.

“Me love you, Ducky, … so, so much,” whispered Petrie.

“I love you, too, Petrie, … so, so much. Yep, yep, yep,” replied Ducky.

Petrie smiled and giggled from hearing Ducky’s catchphrase, and the two gazed at each other’s neckwear. Ducky seemed to notice something that felt special about having shiny stones over their chests.

“You know, Petrie, … these shiny stones have a special meaning for us now,” the Swimmer said.

“What you mean, Ducky?” asked Petrie curiously.

“The red color of the shiny stones … and the decorations on them … are much like our hearts beating for each other,” explained Ducky as Petrie listened with interest, “Red is the color of the blood that goes through our hearts that desire each other, and the decorations show our friendship that we have built-ed on ever since we first met.”

Petrie was amazed at what he heard. He was fascinated with the vision that these shiny stones were symbols of their love by showing how much their hearts beat for each other. It all made perfect sense to him. Ever since their first adventure, their hearts had been desiring each other, but they had waited for over two years to finally connect and bring the two kids together in a way they couldn’t have imagined. Now, here they were, in a relationship that they were only just starting to build on, although it would be a number of cold times before they would reach their Time of Great Growing. Only then, they would be able to become mates; at least, they hoped they would. This was only the first stage of a relationship that would take many years to develop.

“Even though we still children, me happy we together,” grinned Petrie.

“Me, too, Petrie,” agreed Ducky.

“Problem is … it still many cold times before Time of Great Growing,” sighed Petrie, “If only we no have to wait that long.”

“I understand, Petrie,” sympathized Ducky, “For now, it is our time to be kids and love each other the way kids do.”

“We still young … mean we still have lots of fun times ahead,” chuckled Petrie.

“Right,” answered Ducky, “You know what they say?”

“What?” asked a confused Petrie.

“Kids will be kids!” chuckled Ducky.

Petrie laughed after hearing that, and Ducky almost immediately joined him in laughter.

Once their laughter died down, the two snuggled close together and nuzzled each other’s faces while they continued to watch the Bright Circle set.

An hour later, the Bright Circle had gone, and the Night Circle began to appear. Throughout that entire hour, Ducky and Petrie had cuddled closely and kissed from time to time, until the Flyer seemingly began to fall asleep in the Swimmer’s lap. Ducky had tightly wrapped both arms around Petrie and kissed his head crest to pamper him with their love as the Flyer slowly fell asleep. Now, Petrie was fast asleep while Ducky continued to snuggle him comfortably so that he would never stop feeling her pleasurable warmth. His sleep rumbling sounded so adorable to her, and she wondered how much longer she would get to her it.

Then, she suddenly realized just how late it had gotten …

“Oh, my!” she gasped quietly, “It is so late! Our families must be worried-ed about us! Oh, dear. Oh, dear!”

Instinctively, Ducky gently began to tickle Petrie to wake him up. The Flyer giggled in his sleep as he felt his girlfriend’s fingers rubbing delicately on his wings.

“Heeheeheeheehehehehe!” he giggled bubbly, “Duhuhuhuckeeheeheeheehy!”

“Wake up, Petrie,” whispered Ducky, “It is getting late. We have got to go home.”

Petrie only continued to giggle cutely, and Ducky found this as music to her ears. Eventually, though, the Flyer gave in and opened his eyes, and Ducky stopped tickling him, so he could catch his breath.

Petrie looked around and saw that the cave was suddenly a lot darker than it was when he fell asleep.

“How long me sleep?” he asked.

“For a while,” replied Ducky, “We had gotten so comfortable together that you falled asleep on my lap.”

Petrie gasped as it dawned on him that he had slept right on Ducky. He had never slept this closely with anyone before, except his mother, and he wondered how she felt from having him sleep right in her cuddly hold.

“Me sorry me sleep on you,” he blushed.

“It is okay, my love,” replied Ducky kindly, “It felt-ed good, and your sleep rumbling was so cute. Yep, yep, yep.”

Petrie blushed deeper and could only reply sheepishly, “Aww, Ducky!”

“Come on. Let’s go home,” said Ducky, and the two stood up and hopped over the floating pads before their feet touched land again.

Then, a thought struck Petrie …

“Me not sure we should take these shiny stones with us,” he said nervously, “What if someone else see them?”

Ducky paused, and she remembered that they were still wearing their shiny stones around their necks. Petrie did have a point: if anybody else other than their mothers, or Littlefoot, saw their shiny stones, then there would be a much greater risk of everyone finding out about their secret relationship, and thus a much greater risk of them spending the rest of their lives in the Mysterious Beyond.

“You are right, Petrie,” the Swimmer gasped in realization, “Maybe we should keep these here.”

“You think they still be here next time we come here?” asked Petrie.

“I think so,” answered Ducky, “Since no one ever comes here, these shiny stones should be safe. Yep, yep, yep.”

The two lovers reluctantly removed their neckwear and gently placed them next to each other against one of the moss-covered rocky walls. It was there they would hope to find them the next time they entered this paradise-like forest cave.

“Well,” Ducky said with a sigh as she picked up Petrie and placed him on her back, “Let’s go home.”

With that, the Swimmer grabbed the Flyer’s hands and placed his arms behind his back while holding his hands with her own hands. Petrie chuckled in anticipation of another fun ride, and Ducky used her head to brush the tree star out of the way to reveal the exit and started her walk down the long, forested tunnel once more.

Before long, the kids made their way out of the forest and into the open area near Littlefoot’s home. Knowing that almost everyone was asleep, Ducky playfully started running across the valley again to treat Petrie to a fun piggyback ride, occasionally switching between running, skipping and jumping on both feet to give the Flyer a very fun ride. As far as they were concerned, anyone who didn’t know them would probably have said that Ducky looked like a Swimmer carrying her foster Flyer brother around for a playful time.

As they finally returned to the river area where their homes neighbored each other, Ducky stopped in her tracks and saw adult Swimmer and Flyer feet standing in front of them.

The two looked up and were met with the sight of their mothers, looking down at them with their arms crossed, and looks that told them they were probably in trouble for being out so late.

“Uh, … oh,” murmured Petrie sheepishly.

“Um, … h-hi, … Mama,” they both spoke together, blushing as they anticipated trouble.

“Okay, you two,” smirked Mama Swimmer, “Where have you been all evening?”

Ducky and Petrie looked at each other nervously. They weren’t so sure about revealing that hideout they had just discovered, but on the other side, they felt they could trust their mothers, so Ducky spoke up as Petrie was too shy to do it.

“We, … uh, … went-ed adventuring around the valley, trying to find some place where we could have some … private … time together, … and we found-ed this beautiful place in the forest near Littlefoot’s home,” explained Ducky.

Mama Swimmer and Mama Flyer looked at each other quite oddly. They had somewhat suspected that the two would have probably wandered off looking for such a place. After their conversation earlier that day about such a possibility, they were happy that they had managed to find one themselves.

“Just what we thought, I must admit,” chuckled Mama Flyer.

“Huh?” said Ducky and Petrie.

“Yes, kids,” nodded Mama Swimmer, “The two of us met up today and discussed what you two have been up to lately.”

“Really?” gasped Petrie.

Their mothers nodded and smiled at them.

“We just want you to know that, regardless of what others would believe about all this, we are both very proud and happy for you,” said Mama Swimmer, and she and Mama Flyer winked at their kids.

Ducky and Petrie looked at their mothers with astonishment and brightly smiled back.

“So, you say you found some sort of hideout in a forest?” said Mama Swimmer.

“Uh, huh! Uh, huh!” nodded Ducky and Petrie together with beaming smiles.

“Did you two have a good time in there?” asked Mama Flyer, trying to hold back a laugh.

“We have so much fun in there,” smiled Petrie, “Me no can wait to do it again.”

“Yep, yep, yep!” agreed Ducky.

Their mothers chuckled and smiled.

“Well, kids, we’re happy that you had a great time together,” said Mama Swimmer, but then her smile faded a little, “However, you had us worried for quite a while. We were patiently waiting for you to come home, and we were only just about to head out looking for you two.”

Ducky and Petrie sighed and looked down, then at each other, sharing some sorrowful looks. They knew their mothers would not be happy about them being out so late when it was well past their bedtime.

“We are very sorry,” Ducky apologized.

“Really, really sorry,” added Petrie, then he spoke up, “It kinda my fault, really. We get relaxed in there, and me guess me just get so cozy that me fall asleep.”

“Yes, yes, yes,” nodded Ducky in confirmation, “Petrie falled asleep on my lap, but I thought-ed it was cute, … but then I realized-ed that it was getting late and we had to come home.”

“Listen, Petrie, we understand how tempting it might be to snuggle together, but home is still the place to come to if you’re ready to fall asleep,” Mama Flyer spoke gently to her son.

“Me know,” sighed Petrie.

“Um, if it ever happens again, will you … still get mad at us, … even if you know where we will be?” asked Ducky.

“It would probably be good knowing where you are if it does happen again, and if it’s just as you described it, we’ll be happy knowing you’re comfortable together in a safe, secluded area,” smiled Mama Swimmer, and Mama Flyer nodded in agreement, “Not that we’d encourage that to happen too often.”

Ducky and Petrie exchanged awkward grins.

“Just you wait, little ones,” said Mama Flyer, “Tomorrow night, when the Bright Circle starts to set, you can go back to your secret hideout, and only if one of you ends up falling asleep in there, we’ll allow you to spend the night there.”

“Although Spike will probably feel lonely,” added Mama Swimmer.

“Oh, I do not want poor Spike to feel lonely. No, no, no,” said Ducky, shaking her head.

“Maybe we sleep there sometimes, but not every night,” suggested Petrie, “That way Spike no be lonely some nights.”

“That’s a good idea, Petrie,” nodded Mama Swimmer.

Ducky and Petrie smiled at each other. They couldn’t wait for tomorrow night to come.

“Now, kids, I think it’s time we all got some much-needed sleep,” said Mama Flyer.

“Ducky,” chuckled Mama Swimmer, “Would you let Petrie off your back, please?”

Reluctantly, Ducky stretched her arms out from behind her back and let Petrie off. The two kissed each other’s faces one more time before Mama Swimmer picked up Ducky and caressed her while Mama Flyer nuzzled Petrie.

“Goodnight, Ducky. Me love you,” said Petrie.

“Goodnight, Petrie, and I love you, too,” replied Ducky.

Their mothers smiled at those words and kissed their faces, earning laughs from both.

“Come along, Petrie. It’s time to go home,” said Mama Flyer as she flapped her wings and lifted herself off the ground again.

“Coming, Mama,” Petrie replied as he followed his mother into the air.

“See you tomorrow, Petrie,” called Ducky quietly as she waved at the Flyers.

“See you tomorrow, Ducky,” Petrie called back, waving one of his wings at a faster speed to gesture a return hand wave.

“Bye, Petrie. Bye, Ms. Flyer,” said Mama Swimmer.

“Bye, Ducky. Bye, Mrs. Swimmer,” the Flyers replied before they disappeared into the night sky.

Mama Swimmer turned towards her nest just as Ducky began to yawn. She knew her daughter had quite a fun-filled night with Petrie.

“I think you came home just in time,” the older Swimmer commented, “You look very tired.”

“I am very tired,” sighed Ducky weakly as she began to close her eyes.

Mama Swimmer approached their nest and gently placed her daughter next to Spike, and the instant Ducky felt herself touching the ground, she snuggled up to Spike and closed her eyes.

“Goodnight, Ducky,” whispered Mama Swimmer.

Ducky was too tired to reply, and she kept a smile on her face as she fell into a deep sleep.

Petrie and his mother returned to their rock, and Petrie was barely even able to flap his wings by the time they brought their feet onto the ledge in front of their small cave, despite the fact that he inadvertently got half an hour of sleep on Ducky’s lap while they were in the forest cave.

“Not bad for first date,” whispered Petrie as he panted for breath.

“I’m so glad you and Ducky had a great time,” said Mama Flyer.

“Me, too,” replied Petrie, “Me no wish it stop, though.”

“Don’t worry, Petrie,” said Mama Flyer, “Tomorrow night, you’ll get to do it again.”

Petrie grinned at that idea. He couldn’t wait to go back into that forest cave and enjoy cuddles and smooches with Ducky for as long as he wanted.

It was then that the little Flyer began to yawn, and he slowly followed his mother into the cave, where, much to his relief, all his siblings were asleep.

Mama Flyer stepped into the back of the cave and lied down. Petrie followed her in and grabbed his snuggling stick, wrapping it in his wings, and he lied down right next to his mother and faced her. The boy couldn’t help but smile at her as a way of saying “thank you” for the willing support she had given him so far. The older Flyer playfully winked at her son and wrapped her wings around him to provide some more warmth.

“Goodnight, Petrie,” she whispered to him.

“Goodnight, Mama,” Petrie replied weakly as he closed his eyes and fell into a deep sleep.

Mama Flyer watched her son fall asleep, and she soon fell asleep herself, feeling happy that Petrie was doing a great job at building his love for Ducky despite their incredibly young age.

This chapter was certainly a handful for me. I must have spent hours on end thinking of ideas to make the chapter even cuter than it was on the previous version. To those who read the old version, you may have noticed that this is again a combination of two chapters on that version combined into one for this new version. There is also a major difference here between the two: in the old version, I had Ducky and Petrie's mothers find the hideout for them, but this time around I thought it'd be more realistic for the two kids to find it themselves by curiously exploring their valley. :P I understand that the necklace idea, also carried over from the old version, may not seem too LBT-like, but I kept it in simply because I thought it was adorable, and I didn't have the heart to remove it! :D

Nevertheless, I hope you found this chapter adorable in more ways than one, and I'll be working my butt off over the next few days to get the next chapter ready. I never thought that revamping a story, even with the old documents intact, could still be rather challenging. Anyways, see you soon with chapter 8! :smile
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Love is an Adventure
Waters Rise, Illness Flies
A Swim of Silence
A Swimmer's Sad Secret
A Broken Family
The Hurting of Desire
Secret Love

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