"she sat there until she fell asleep thinking about when she was five years young, so innocent and so sweet" (32).
In all the symbolism refers back to the theme of discovering your self and spreading your "wings".
"...Those are the people who will look beyond the obvious and see things in this world that are truly wonderful” (247).
Pike, Aprilynne. Wings. Harper Childrens, 2009.
There were no big flashbacks in Wings, other than small ones to help move the story forward. For example: in class, Laurel would daydream about her past and where she came from since she was adopted.
The blossom that grows out of Laurel's back is a pretty powerful image in the book. To Laurel, it symbolizes how her life has gotten out of control and freaky; to David, it symbolizes how she is unique and beautiful; and to Tamani, it's just another normal part of her being a grown-up faerie.