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Enough was enough. Alaeus wasn't going to stand by one more day and watch Wingless tear his heart to pieces, staring at her wings. She had to do something. Anything.

Whatever it took to soothe her new friend's soul, at least for a moment.

"Wingless?" Alaeus switched her tail, unsure how he would react to her idea. "Wingless, do you trust me? Do you...do you trust my wings?"

"What?" the male gryphon, usually so reserved and shy, met her gaze. "Why would you ask a thing like that?"

"I want to take you somewhere I used to go. Before I learned how to fly...when I wanted to anyway. I can't fly with you, but I can do a little. Come with me!"

* * *

At the top of the waterfall, Wingless hesitated. The roar of the river was spectacular, the spray beading on his feathers and Alaeus,' rolling harmlessly off their osprey plumage.

"Can you do this, Alaeus? I don't want to hurt you."

The female gryphon glanced sidelong at him. He hadn't asked about her injuries, about the ragged mess of her wings, and she couldn't tell him how much she appreciated his silence. She wasn't sure she could talk about it yet.

"I can do this. I have to do this. Have you got the harness?" Wingless nodded and gingerly stepped into the jury-rigged contraption. Alaeus shrugged the straps over her shoulders, feeling the familiar chafing of the leather between her wings. Like her carry-bag...like that day four months ago.

She had to do this. This was the first time she had flown since the battle. Since Skerry had ripped feathers from her wings, scored great scars across her tail and wing and hindleg. Since the impact with the Grandesque--and the cliff, after that--had shattered her right foreleg, and torn off her third toe. Her leg was healing, and the scars would fade. All that mattered was that she still had her wings. Alaeus shuddered, her wings mantling.

"Alaeus?"

"I'm fine. Let's do this!" Together, they waddled to the edge of the falls, ungainly in the dual harness. The female gryphon bent her head to Wingless.

"Close your eyes."

They leapt.

Alive in the spray, wet feather plastered against their chests, wind roaring in their ears, they hung between sky and water--where ospreys belonged. Then they dropped, Alaeus' wounded wings whistling in pain and triumph, the air parting before them in a magnificent arc.

It was almost like flying.


* * *

I swear to dog if Photoshop crashes on me one more time, I'm going to smash my laptop. :|

APART FROM THAT, HAVE AN ART!

I was derping through my unread deviations folder the other day, when I noticed :iconwolflover449:'s lovely gryphon character Wingless, who happens to be an osprey/cougar, same as Alaeus. She promptly drew me THIS gorgeous thing, because she's awesome like that.

So of course I had to do a pic of Wingless and Alaeus together! I wasn't sure how to approach it at first...so much of Alaeus' character is centered around flight. How would she approach a gryphon like Wingless?

The answer, of course, is FLY ANYWAY. ;3

I also wanted to explore the aftermath of [link] , where Alaeus took on Skerry of Grandesque. Stoopid gryphon. :B She's healing, but she has a couple of new scars and a missing toe. And maybe a bit of emotion she's got to work through.

Wingless is helping. ;)

Wingless to :iconwolflover449:
Alaeus to :icontheantimonyelement:
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:iconmichaelgabrielr:
michaelgabrielr Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is so heartwarming! :love:
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D It was really fun to make :heart:
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Shroommu Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahhhhh!!!!! I love your composition! This is beautiful ;U;
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) I wanted to try something a little different with the setup...I liked the way the shape of the waterfall turned out so I ran with it. I'm glad you think it turned out well! :heart:
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Elemental-Raven Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Wingless griffin hang-gliding. This is awsome! ^^
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I like that description! :D And thanks so much, I'm glad you liked it! ^^
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Elemental-Raven Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Dai. ^^ (You're welcome)
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Sapphira923 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
now thats what u call a friend (:
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! :icondragonwant:
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skyworthy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
want to see whats next
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, we'll have to see! ^^ Maybe I'll do a follow-up picture when I get some time. Thanks! :heart:
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nattiechan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwww thats so cute :iconhappyderpplz:
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :3
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nattiechan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome
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Regolith247 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Such a nice artwork! Both literally and emotionally! Go Wingless and Alaeus! SO proud of both of you!

And also, maybe these two should talk to =ESDA06's Soolee, Windsonde's resident mad scientist. If anybody could help Wingless fly by himself, it's her. Provided she does not accidentally blow him up first...

(I'm glad she survived her little encounter with Skerry with so little damage, relatively speaking. I was really worried for a while.)
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you so much! :icondragonhug: Haha, Soolee sounds like just the gryphon to consult...wonder if she could whip something up! :D

Also, haha, you think I should beat her up more? :XD: I thought a broken leg and a missing toe, and being grounded for a couple of months, was quite enough. ;P I suspect that what happened is this: Alaeus crashed into Skerry and he threw her off, yanking out a bunch of feathers and cutting her up a bit in his shock. That, plus her momentum, was too much to recover from and she crashed headlong into the canyon, shattering her right leg and tearing off one of her toes. So she got most of her damage from hitting a wall, not from being mauled by the much more dangerous Skerry...

...or at least that's how I imagine things. :D
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Regolith247 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
I would say the injury level is just about perfect. Skerry, being the experienced fighter that he is, would not have allowed the other enemy gryphons in the area a chance to prepare themselves by taking the time to really shred the comparatively small threat of Alaeus. In addition, killing her would have not sat well with Skerry's personal code of honor.

And yes, I have thought all of this out.
Great artwork!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That was basically how I felt about it, too. Skerry's a pretty honorable guy, I don't think he would beat up a feather-brained fledgie, even if she kicked him in the head, haha. :B

I'm glad you've thought all this out, it means I'm not the only one. :D And thanks!
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wolflover449 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
:O

you have no idea how crazy the mix of emotions of happiness was when I saw this........... this is amazing, beautiful, well-done and carefully thought out and i am supremely blown away... this is wonderful... i have an infinite supply of love for you now....

iyfugewbjgsndspilgherilghriogfldikhglkxchbkxubildfhblekrnblerkbjlxknf,. ITS SO FRIGGIN AWESOME.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: :heart: :heart: I'm so glad you like it! :D I was a bit afraid of doing something like this for fear it would be out of character for Wingless...I'm really happy you approve! :iconflynnyayplz: I had a lot of fun making it, it really came together nicely and Wingless was a dear to draw. :3

YAAAAY I LOVE YOU BACK! :heart:
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