The Gryfons of Yaribaria

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
The tale of two young gryphons takes flight as they leave the aerie for the first time. What kind of adventures await them?

Submitted: June 14, 2017

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Aina woke from her nap to the sound of talons scratching the ground while gusts of air blew dust into her face.
 “Coro, what are you doing?” She asked groggily.
 “I'm flying!” Coro answered excitedly. “Watch!” 
He leaped up into the air, wings flapping furiously as he hovered before crashing down to the ground moments later in a heap of feathers and fur. His tail slashed back and forth, purposely hitting Aina in the beak and sending more gray feathers flying. 
“Why you little….”, She growled, pouncing on Coro and pinning him down with her talons, careful not to let the claws pierce his skin. Coro shoved her off with his powerful lion’s hindquarters, and bounced away.
 “Okay, okay, stop! Listen, I had an idea.”
“What?”
“I was thinking we could go exploring today, since mom’s out on her hunting patrol.”
“But Aedan said we're too little to leave the aerie!” Aina worried.
“Who cares what that old worrywort says?”
“Ugh. Okay, but if we get caught it's all your fault!”
“Let's go then!” Coro bounced up and down.
“Um, Coro? There's just one teeny-weeny little problem,” 
Aina walked over to the edge of the cave and said, “How’re we gonna get down that?”, As she peered over the edge of the cave onto the slippery, grassy mountain.
“Easy! Follow me!” He then leaped over the edge, gray wings spread wide as he slid down the mountain on his back. Aina followed suit, but she ended up tumbling into Coro and they both tumbled out of control down the remaining half of the slope.
“Aina, are you okay?” 
“Yeah, I'm fine. Are you okay?” Aina asked.
“I'm good.”
Coro walked up to the base of the slope and stopped, puffed out his chest as if he were a fearsome warrior victorious after a battle, and roared, “No one bests us, mountain!”
”Come on, let's go,” growled Aina. “We've got Kusainu to find!”
And so they set off across the Grass Ocean, but little did they know, they were being followed.
“There's something wrong….”, Said Aina. “I can smell something’s….weird.”
“Yeah, me too.” Coro grumbled. “I have a feeling we're being followed.”
Just then a dog, as big as a wolf, with big, round ears, and a coat of black, orange, and white, leaped out of the grass over Aina and almost onto Coro before Aina saw her chance and knocked the joint of her wing into the dog’s belly, sending it flying.
 “Kusainu! Grass dogs!” Coro screeched.
“Run!” Shouted Aina.
“They probably saw you!” 
“I guess that’s the disadvantage of having bright green feathers!” Aina grumbled.
And so they ran, wings flapping for speed and balance, with the Kusainu snapping at their tail feathers. “Alright, I guess this was a bad idea.” Coro panted. 
“Ya think?” Aina said through a clenched beak.
“I think have another idea.” 
Coro then explained how he had seen a gorge up ahead when he had climbed a tree earlier. 
“And?” Aina said sarcastically.
“And we jump!”
“What? That's insane!”
“We've got wings, don't we?” Coro flared his wings.
Aina gasped. “And they don't!”
“Exactly!”
“But you heard Aedan! No gryfon this young in Yaribaria has ever crossed the gorge!”
“Well, then, we’ll be the first, won't we? Besides, it's our only chance!”
They were beginning to see the edge when they heard a heavily accented, female voice say “Come, young pups, there is no point in running! We’ll catch you sooner or later, so you might as well just surrender now.”
“We would, but you're forgetting something”, Aina growled as they came tail-lengths to the edge.
“We have wings!” They soared through the air, wings spread wide, as the Kusainu yelped in rage behind them. They started losing altitude, so they flapped their wings hard until they reached a comfortable height. They landed painfully on the other side and looked up to see an enormous red figure standing over them. “You did well, kits.” It rumbled.
They gasped. “Aedan!?!” 
“Aren't you mad at us?” Aina said.
“No. In fact, I am extremely proud of you. I have been watching this whole time, and you showed how capable you are in a bad situation. Aina, I liked your quick reaction to the attack. If you had not your brother may not be standing here. And Coro, I saw your ability to think under stress, and come up with the idea to jump the gorge. You shall both make excellent warriors someday.”
They both perked up a little bit after that, and realized they were not in as much trouble as they expected.
“Now, prove to me you are responsible enough to find your way, and show me how you would get back to the aerie.”
And so they trekked home, and if you talk to them today, they can tell you this story like it happened yesterday.

 


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