Anna Michelle Collar was born August 26, 1980 in Powell, Wyoming and grew up in Darrouzett, Texas. Anna had a passion for life and a smile that lit up any room she entered. Her friends and family remember her as always going out of her way to help others. She was diagnosed with leukemia on October 14, 2004 and lost her battle on December 22, 2004.
With a heavy heart and sheer determination Diamond rushed
toward the village. It was a long flight, but he would make it before
Soledad. He had to. His mind raced as fast as his wings fluttered, what if the
prophecy was true? Had he just doomed the earth by leaving Crystal alone with
A scream pierced the sky. Was it Crystal? He turned toward
the sound, he wouldn't leave her to face that monster alone. He had to save her,
saving her meant saving them all.
The flash of her red gown told him Crystal was still
alive and running. She was leading him south of the village toward the Gorge of
Infinity. Diamond rushed ahead, trying to think of a plan. Crystal tripped near
the gorge's cliff and scrambled away from the edge. Before Diamond could blink
Soledad hovered over her. He rushed to the scene.
Gaining ground he saw Soledad's big paw tower over the
girl. He straightened his body and pushed his tired wings to go faster. He
began to chant, "With all my power
with all my might, let me save this girl tonight."
Diamond threw himself in front of Crystal taking the force
of Soledad's giant paw. A burst of white light exploded between the two,
causing Soledad to fly backwards. Diamond saw Soledad's face turn pale only a
moment before the monster fell into the gorge abyss.
Strength leaving his body, Diamond dropped
toward the ground. Crystal raised her delicate hand, giving him a perch.
"You saved me."
"No, he saved us all."
Crystal and Diamond turned to see Mother Earth and Father Spirit
ascend from the sky.
"The prophecy was true," explained Mother Earth.
"Our daughter, Cielo, would've been devastated at the loss of her daughter, Crystal. She
would've flooded the earth with her tears." She turned to Diamond.
"You have shown great bravery Diamond, and for your courage I have created
a new stone in your name. It will be the most desired stone, but also the
hardest to destroy. Thank you, my friend."
Diamond blushed, before bowing to Mother Earth. "I am
humbled by your gesture."
"Now, dear," said Father Spirit, helping Crystal
to her feet, "shall we get you home and hold a celebration. Let's have the
villagers throw tomatoes at each other, paint the town red so to speak, now that
Soledad is gone." He turned to Diamond. "Feel up to some
Diamond grinned. "Yes, sir, I do believe red is my new