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Liora’s Second Gift: Part 2

If you haven’t read PART ONE click HERE

“Come on, Li,” Cáel called disappearing around the corner of the stables. Hoping the girl wasn’t too far behind him.

The wind tussled her hair, as the cool grass of the garden sent chills up her legs. She could hear her heart pounding in her chest, while she watched the boy walk around the corner of the stables. What was the reason he wanted to bring her to the stables?

Walking up the steps, Liora slowly moved around the corner to see the boy standing with his arms crossed before one of the middle stalls. Cautiously she moved to stand beside the boy, as he wore a large grin on his face.

The stall was empty from what she could tell, although there was plenty of hay covering the bottom. The water trough had been filled and there was a smaller trough set up for food.

“Cáel,” Liora didn’t know what the boy was so happy about, “thank you for the… stall?”

“What?” he turned hearing the uncertainty in her voice. “No, I didn’ get yah a stall. Well… I did but there’s somethin’ in there too.”

“Right…” Liora looked over the hay but still didn’t see anything. There was no movement, no noise, nothing. “Unless you got me the very elusive and rare imaginary gryphon… I’m not seeing what you apparently are.”

“Believe me I tried to find an imaginary gryphon, but I settled for a real one instead,” Cáel stepped towards the stall, leaning over the gate.

“Wait, what? When? How?” Liora shook her head, before hurrying to look over the stall. “You hate gryphons and I can’t own one… unless your father has allowed it.”

“We’d have better luck defeatin’ Sydrin than doin’ that,” Cáel  jested.

“Fine, so it wasn’t your father, meaning you got the gryphon. Why? How?” Liora asked.

“Me da’ suggested I’d have better luck learnin’ to enjoy ridin’ if I got my own beast, so he asked Foe before yar name day to take me to the nests. Since yah were upset about not goin’ to the nests, Foe and I agreed to wait a bit. After a week we ran into the issue of their breedin’ time, and so we had to wait a couple more. This mornin’ Foe took me to the nest, and this afternoon I brought it home. Foe says it’ll be able to ride by summer’s end.”

Cáel climbed over the gate and jumped into the hay before he started kicking it with his feet. Liora cringed, as she crawled over the gate and gently lowered herself on the other side.

“Stop kicking, you might hit him,” Liora ordered, watching Cáel stop mid-kick, “or is it a her?”

“A him,” Cáel said.

“And does this him have a name?” Liora knelt to the ground. The hay smelt fresh while it crinkled under her hands. It picked through her dress, as she continued to feel for the little beast.

“Nah,” Cáel shrugged, slowly moving the hay around with his foot, “I didn’ think I’d need to name him.”

“He can’t just be called him or it for the rest of his life, Cáel,” Liora retorted, sitting up for a moment to look at the boy who was looking down at his feet. “He needs a name.”

The boy shrugged. Liora sighed.

Her friend could learn so much if he only applied himself, but his laziness got in the way of him completing any of his goals. All he cared about was his lute, but that wasn’t going to help him run a country or win a war. Even getting a gryphon – a living creature – appeared to not push him to apply himself.

Liora patted the hay harder feeling a warm lump close to the back left corner. She dusted away the hay, uncovering the small lump of downy white feathers. As she removed more of the little creature’s coverings she noticed the white and grey speckled feathers along his side where his wings were, and a set of large red eyes.

The youngling growled, but she paid no mind as she tucked her hands under his belly pulling him onto her lap. He was soft like dandelion fluff, while she picked the hay out of his frizzy mane. His hind legs were mainly white while grey spots were all the way to the end of the creature’s thin cat like tale.

“He’s a snow tail!” Liora giggled, hearing the creature coo as she rubbed behind his ears. His face was like a snow owl while his body resembled that of a leopard. Snow tails were known to live in cold climates and loved flying in higher elevation. The little guy would love living in Derlin since the capital had both requirements. “He’s big for a babe.”

“Yeah, that’s what Foe said,” Cáel leaned against the dividing wall of the stall.

“How about Blizzard?” Liora suggested; hung up on the fact the little guy didn’t have a name yet.

“That’s a silly name. He deserves better. Somethin’ powerful… somethin’ with meanin’,” Cáel  stated.

“Har – the Dermite that flew over the mountains. Then there’s Evrin. He was a Morzi explorer that climbed to the highest peaks of the western mountains. We called him the snow master because he was said to have the power of predicting the downfalls,” Liora explained.

“I like Evrin,” Cáel smirked, watching how quickly the little creature had fallen asleep in the girl’s lap. “He likes yah.”

“I’m warm, that’s all,” Liora ran her fingers through the soft downy feathers of the creature’s back while Evrin purred. “End of summer and he’ll be able to ride?”

“Yeah, Foe said that.”

Dragons took a year to be a suitable size to ride. Of course they were smaller and spent the first three years with their parents in the crevasses of the mountain. Gryphons were different since they grew faster and gained independence from their parents before they were a year. That’s what made gryphons easier beasts to use and train.

“You should be doing this – not me. You need him to bond to you,” Liora picked Evrin up off her lap. The little ball of white fluff growled, not making her fear him what-so-ever.

“Na, I was thinkin’ he could be ours. Yah ride him and I ride him,” Cáel beamed with his idea. That had been why he had wanted to surprise her. He wouldn’t be able to handle the beast all by himself and the girl had wanted her own bird-lion. This was the best option for the both of them.

“Yes but that’s not how it works. From what I’ve read a gryphon should only bond to one person… it’s a lifelong relationship,” Liora stated, moving the little beast back to her lap as it kneaded her dress with its paws.

“Well I don’ care what the books know, ‘cause I know this. That lil beast likes yoou and me. So let him bond to the both of us. That way yah can ride him when yah want… which honestly will probably be a heck of a lot more than I ever will,” Cáel spouted, crossing his arms.

“But girls aren’t supposed to ride gryphons alone. The rules say –“

“The rules are dumb. Do yah know there is a rule that yah can’t eat cheese at sunset because it was believed to attract fleas?” Cáel spat, lifting his arms. “There are so many rules in that book that aren’t bein’ followed anymore and I choose not to follow ones that doesn’ have real good reason behind it. Evrin’s ours and that’s that.”

Liora liked the sound of that. Foe hadn’t been so open-minded, and she knew Charn would sooner chop her up into carrion than bend a rule for her. It was nice that Cáel was different.

“So, it’s settled. I name yah Evrin,” Cáel pointed to the creature, as the little beast opened his beak to give a big yawn before setting his head back down onto the girl’s lap.

The boy waded through the hay and slid down the wall to sit beside Liora. He patted the little beast on the head before leaning his head back and closing his eyes. His ginger curls fell over his eyes, while his usual crooked goofy smile was plastered across his face. The boy hadn’t needed to be so nice as to share his gryphon. She would have been upset, sure, but that wouldn’t have ruined their friendship. She had understood the rules, but thanks to Cáel she wasn’t so afraid of breaking them.

Maybe change wouldn’t happen immediately but in time, Derm would change for the better.

 

Liora’s Second Gift: Part 1

Brief introduction:

This is a piece from book two.

Liora didn’t have such a good birthday. With a sudden panic attack brought on by the party Foe had thrown for her, the poor girl spent most of the evening lock in her room. Cáel had planned on giving her two gifts for her birthday, but unfortunately one of the gifts had to wait until a later date.

Now, a couple of weeks have passed and Cáel finally has the chance to give the girl the second gift he had been patiently waiting to give her. So, here we go.

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The sound of shattering glass tore him out of his thoughts.

“Oh Gods damn it,” she spat. Her fingers quickly tucked the white strand behind her ear as she knelt before the broken vile on the floor. The black liquid seeped between the stone before Liora began dabbing it with the bottom of her apron.

Cáel hurried to assist her. He didn’t need her cutting her hands on the glass. That wouldn’t have been the best lead up to giving her the second gift.

“Cáel?” Liora looked up at him, surprise in her voice. He reached for the glass. “Don’t!”

“Why not? I don’ want yah cuttin’ yarself,” he muttered lifting his hands.

“Never touch something you don’t know,” Liora stated. Removing her apron, she placed it over the glass. “I’ll ask Caldor the best way to clean that later.”

“What is it?” Cáel heard the girl sigh.

Her hands rested on her lap. Her fingernails stained dark purple from the plants she had been working with. A smudge of the same purple was on her cheek.

“I was trying to make my nana’s sleeping bitter. It helps people suffering from insomnia,” Liora explained, standing up to close her grandmother’s almanac. “It’s supposed to help suppress bad dreams.”

“Ya’re still havin’ that dream?” Cáel had no idea. His friend hadn’t spoken about it since she had first experienced it the night of her name day. “Do yah think it’s a vision? Like one of those seein’ thin’s yah get.”

“No…I mean…I don’t think so,” Liora stuttered, “normally I have a trigger like holding someone’s hand or touching an item that belongs to them. I’ve even begun to get less random flash images and can control what I want to see. I don’t believe this is a vision… at least it’s no vision I’ve ever had before.”

Cáel scratched the back of his head. He wanted to help her, but he honestly knew nothing when it came to what was going on with her gifts. He knew what she told him about it. That’s what he had always been there to do; to listen to her and maybe help her figure it out.

“Maybe…” Cáel didn’t want what he was going to say to cause problems.

“Maybe?” Liora pushed. “Cáel, be honest, tell me.”

The corner of his mouth twitched at hearing those words.

“Maybe yar powers are growing… changing?” Cáel suggested. “I mean, sure ya’re a seer but what if as yah grow yar powers do to. Like when yah first woke up in Morza yah had images and then yah could read people’s memories… then the healin’ thin’s happened. What if dreams are a new part of it? A new level to yar gifts?”

The girl looked at him for a moment before looking down at her fingers. She picked at the purple on her skin, while she stayed silent. Maybe he shouldn’t have said anything after all. Liora looked so defeated by hearing what he had said. She had told him how much she wanted to be normal. She had shared with him how she didn’t like the attention her powers brought. All Cáel could do was try an empathies, but he couldn’t imagine what the girl was feeling.

“I…” Cáel took a deep breath, “I know this is bad timin’, but I came down here because I wanted to give yah yar second gift.”

“What?” her head shot up and her brow winced. “You already got me my dagger weeks ago. I don’t need a second name day gift.”

“All ‘ight then…” Cáel rubbed his neck, “how about a make yar day better gift? I can’t take it back and I’ve been waitin’ weeks to give it to yah… and I really thought ya’d use it… and yah know I poured my heart and soul into–”

“All right I get it,” Liora cut him off, “quit guilting me.”

“Awe but I wasn’ done explainin’ how I had to climb mountains and fight trolls,” the girl giggled, covering her mouth with the back of her hand before looking away. A smile grew across his lips when he saw hers begin to appear.

“Give me the gift then,” the girl chimed, putting out her hand.

“Actually… I want to give yah the gift somewhere nicer than here,” Cáel muttered, “follow me?”

He headed for the door, taking a deep breath to keep himself calm. The girl hurried to keep up with him as they made their way towards the garden.

Continuing to walk towards the stables, he watched the girl stop to look at him. Her head tilted to the side.

To be continued in PART TWO found HERE!

UPDATE: New site & Gryphons of Gaitan

 

Some of you may know and most of you will know now that I now have an official website for the Prophecy Six Book Series.

As much as I love blogging on here with all of you, I thought getting a site to just focus on my book would be more professional and easier to navigate than my blog. While I’ll continue to post on this site all the fun things you all seem to like to read, like: my quote rants, WWW, Old Word Fridays, and Mixed Feeling Posts – I’ll be moving a lot of my book stuff over to my professional site.

My professional site is – prophecysix.ca

There I will be putting up maps, history of Gaitan, people/ cultures, creatures, updates regarding my book, and many more things in regards to the book series.

 

So to summarize: Blog will be Blog. Website will be strictly book.

I’ll sometimes post fun things on my blog that I want to share with you on both my platforms. But, right now I’ll be dividing my attention to both.

 

NOW! THE WHOLE POINT TO THE POST!!

I posted my first Creatures of Gaitan on my website that takes a closer look into the bird-lions of the North. Some of you may find it interesting. Others may not, but the link to the page will be shared all the same. LINK HERE

 

With that said, I think I’ll return to trying to figure out other ways of promoting my series and try to work on another chapter of Book 2’s first draft. 🙂

 

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