Story: Over the Edge
The railing gave way and Andrew fell. Annlonna leaned over the edge chanting the words of a spell to catch him. He was too far for the spell to catch him. Perhaps with help... She thought. She turned it in her haste fell over the edge to. She screamed silently, calling for Ptíthis with her mind.
"Annlonna?" His answer entered her head.
"The edge, hurry..." Annlonna cried in his mind.
Ptíthis turned and saw the broken railing. As he ran to it he mentally told her he wouldnít be able to change to a dragon because of his injured arm.
"Magic" was Annlonna answer. "Catch Andy."
"I canít. I ..." Ptíthis started.
"Ptíthis you have to, please, hurry." His mind close to her showing he was concentrating on the spell suddenly and want to stop following. He had caught her instead.
"Heís too far." Ptíthis said.
"Letís go," Annlonna said.
"No," Ptíthis told her.
"Do it!" She sent a scream sharp as a hot knife into his mind to break his concentration. She felt herself falling again. Knowing the price had finally been paid, she reached for her vial. As she touched the surface she could feel herself start to change. While it wasnít painful, the sensation was quite unpleasant. Suddenly she stopped falling. The change was complete. Without hesitation she went into a dive.
Ptíthis reeled in pain. How had she done that? He looked over the edge as she fell. He couldnít believe his eyes. She was transforming into a dragon. How? The transformation was soon complete. She went into a dive to catch Andy.
Annlonna had seen Ptíthis dive many times. She mimicked his posture and sped towards Andy. "Faster," she thought. "I wonít reach him in time."
"Straighten your tail," a voice said in her mind. Ptíthis was trying to help Annlonna straightened her tail and her speed increased slightly but would it help?
Ptíthis watch from the edge of the balcony. From the corner of his eye he could see a group of others stood nearby watching also, it's but he barely noticed them "Iím almost to him," Annlonna told him.
"Fly below him and let him land on you." Ptíthis instructed.
"I canít. Heís too close to the ground." It was and first time flying Ptíthis remind himself. She would have trouble maneuvering. Think of when you helped fledglings learn to fly.
"Well, grab him with your talons."
"Iíll crush him," the reply came back. Ptíthis shook his head. Typical fledgling.
Andy struggled to remain conscious while he felt. He wasnít sure why. It would be a lot less painful when he hit the bottom. He realized the pain would not last a second but he would probably die instantaneously.
Slowly he realized a great form was rushing towards him. A dragon? Would reach they in time? It was right over him but it didnít stop his fall.
"Do you want to risk a broken rib or let him smash on the rocks?" Ptíthis asked him.
"But..." Annlonna started.
"Grabbed him!" Ptíthis shouted at her mentally and aloud. Annlonna suddenly reached out and snatch Andy
Suddenly Andy felt the dragons claws wrapped around his chest. He wanted to protest but it was difficult to breathe and he was grateful he hadnít smashed on the rocks below.
Annlonna held and the is gently as she could. She was sure she was holding him too hard but she wasnít used to talons. She flew them back up the cliff. She set him down as gently as she could trying not to bruise him.