Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Lions, tigers and bears|
The thick forest had huge tall trees with long thorns covering the bark. Even the bushes had thorns and serpents and poisonous insects were everywhere. I watched as Sarah swam happily and caught a fish before returning. The others stayed close to the wagon and the small fire behind it.
The few times a serpent had tried to crawl towards the wagon they had shifted and slowly changed to stone. I made dinner outside as Sarah shook the water off and came to lay beside me. Ann, Tom and Peter were sitting in tiny chairs I had made for them. Sarah sighed, “this place is to hot.”
I smiled, “and the mountains were to cold.”
There was a crash and then a growling wail of a lion cub. A minute later it exploded out of the bushes and rushed into camp. It slid to a stop as I looked at it and then ran to hide behind me. I glanced at the shivering baby and saw cuts and blood and turned to look where it had come from. A huge serpent slithered out and hesitated before more emerged and it coiled.
It was easily a dozen paces long with a wide colorful body. It started moving towards us and I growled, “I do not like serpents.”
Sarah sighed as she stood and moved around to pull the cub down and started licking it clean. I gestured and chaos reached out and touched the huge serpent, “go away.”
It hesitated again before continuing and I whispered a spell. A thick pillar of stone emerged from the ground. One side had a sharp edge and it leaned before snapping down suddenly. I gestured and the serpent head rose and floated to the river before I dropped it. The huge body was thrashing around in coils as it died.
I watched it before gesturing and it lifted before the skin peeled off. I sent the body after the head and before it went very far the water churned as huge fish began eating it. I murmured a spell and the skin split open and began tanning. I looked at the trembling cub as it clutched Sarah, “what are you going to do with it?”
She sighed, “protect it until her mother comes.”
I smiled and rolled the snake skin before sending it to the side of the wagon. I blinked as the chaos shifted and the skin unrolled and stretched and spread until it covered the outside of the wagon but not the windows. I shook my head, “strange but okay.”
I glanced at Kent and Hunter in trees and they glided to the wagon and tested the skin before looking at me. I looked at the river and murmured a spell and a fish emerged. The scales fell off and the fish split open before the bones slipped out. I set it down beside the cub’s head and it growled before Sarah nudged it and it started eating.
I gestured and my chair reclined and I laid back to look up at the stars. I turned my head much later and saw the lioness staring at me. I looked the other way at the cub asleep on Sarah. I smiled and gestured to the lion and she moved forward cautiously until she saw her cub. She stopped and stared before looking at me.
I shrugged, “she loves children.”
The lion walked to her cub and bent to smell it before laying down. I relaxed and went back to watching the stars. When the false dawn began I stretched and stood to walk around the wagon. There were dozens of stone snakes around the edge. I returned to the fire to put it out and moved Ann, Tom and Peter to the top of the wagon.
I looked at Hunter and Kent on the wagon roof and knelt and caressed Sarah and she sighed, “I know.”
I stood as she shifted the cub and moved it to the lioness. She stood and stretched before heading towards the front of the wagon. I helped her up and sat beside her as the wagon turned and began moving. I glanced back to see the lioness and cub following and sighed before stopping the wagon.
I gestured and the back door opened and the two animals rose and floated in while wiggling and struggling. Sarah looked at me when we started again and I shrugged, “what is a couple more mouths.”
She put her head in my lap and I caressed her as I began watching the thick jungle like forest. It came alive slowly with cries and loud roars and screams. Even the birds screeched and cawed to add to the din. When we came to the river crossing there were dozens of huge lizards with mouths full of sharp teeth.
I murmured and as the wagon wheels touched the water they rolled across on top. Of course the lizards still headed towards the wagon but they didn’t have anything to attack. It was late afternoon when I stopped the wagon beside a small lake. The forest had pulled back from the waters edge leaving a wide grassy area.
Kent had been lucky during the day and had caught over a dozen rabbits. As we set up camp the lioness emerged with her cub. She growled but I ignored it as I sat and made dinner. I gestured and most of the skinless rabbits floated to her and settled to the ground. She crouched and looked around before starting to eat.
I sent one rabbit to the cub and smiled as it growled while tearing at it. I made a large stew as Sarah swam but she returned quickly and flowed out of the water, “a water dragon!”
I glanced at her as I finished preparing the stew and sat back to let it cook. I looked out into the lake and a moment later the huge head of a monster appeared. As it moved closer I shook my head, “it is just an ancient crocodile.”
It was over thirty feet long and came out of the water slowly. The lioness was hissing and I sighed and murmured before gesturing. The beast jerked back and spun to dive into the water which seemed to hiss as steam exploded into the air. I turned back to my dinner as the others came to sit around the small fire.
The cub came to rub against Sarah who pet it before it turned to follow its mother. They vanished into the forest and I pet Sarah as she leaned against my chair. Dinner was over and everything cleaned. We were watching the stars over the lake when the large tiger emerged from the woods, it was crouching as it stalked closer.
I turned at the feel to watch and frowned at the way it moved. I gestured and the large tiger screamed and struggled as it was suddenly lifted and floated towards me. It rotated so that it was on its side and turned when it reached me. I murmured and a light appeared over the tiger and I leaned forward, “those cuts are infected.”
One leg from paw to shoulder had cuts and gashes that still seeped. I whispered a chant and yellowish puss flowed out of the wounds before they closed. I stood and reached out to pet and caress the animal before looking around and gesturing to a very large creature I had see before. It had fur and webbed feet but the teeth were like a rodent.
I made a twisting gesture and then another as the neck snapped. The skin peeled off and the body floated to the tiger as I sent them both to the edge of the forest. I looked at my friends and headed towards the wagon, “bed time.”
I woke with the sun and lay petting Sarah before moving off the bed and opening the wagon door. I looked out on a thick fog as I summoned my clothes and walked out. I glanced at the tiger sleeping beside the small fire and walked into the water of the lake. I washed and came out to dress before kneeling beside the tiger to look at the leg.
It looked at me but didn’t move as I stood and headed around to climb up onto the wagon. It turned and started moving as I sat and reached for the rabbit skins to add them to a new blanket. The large hide from the lake rodent was tanned but I felt it and made a pair of new boots. It was noon when we came into a clearing.
In the middle was the ripped open body of a bear. Beside it was two cubs that continued to bawl and cry. I slowed and stopped the wagon as I looked at the cubs and Sarah who had joined me and put her paw on my leg. I sighed and whispered a spell and the two cubs lifted away from the body of their mother.
They moved into the back of the wagon as Sarah slipped down and moved around and in. The wagon began moving again as I murmured and the body sank into the ground. When we stopped for the night it was beside a fast moving stream. The two cubs followed Sarah when she came out and she kept turning to reassure them.
She went into the stream several times for fish and gave the first few to the cubs. They growled and ripped the fish apart as they ate. Ann, Tom and Peter didn’t have to go far for roots and plants to add to our fish dinner. I ended up with both cubs coming to smell me and then try to crawl into my lap.
I made my chair much wider so we had room. The night sounds had the two lifting their heads constantly to look around. When it began to grow late I stood and headed for the wagon. Of course we ended up with both cubs crawling onto the bed with us. The next morning I struggled out from under the two cubs before climbing out of the wagon.
A moment later they were following and I smiled as I stripped and walked into the stream. They cried and moved back and forth and I shook my head and gestured. They bawled as they were pulled into the water and Sarah rushed out, “Dark Cloud!”
I splashed water on myself and reached for one of the cubs to rub an ear, “water won’t hurt you.”
Sarah joined us I washed and soon we were playing with the cubs and splashing around. After the bath I dried off and murmured a spell that dried the cubs. I looked at the wagon seat and sighed before looking around for wood. Chaos reached out and pulled it near and lifted and merged it with the seat as it extended forward to make a small longer, wider balcony.
At first they weren’t sure they wanted to be up there but Sarah comforted them as we started moving. Kent stretched his wings and leaped into the air and a little later he dove and caught one of the river rodents. His strike had stunned it and I gestured as he leaped back into the air. The animal lifted and the neck twisted until there was a pop.
The fur hide peeled off and it cleaned itself as it floated to the wagon. I cut it up and dropped it for the cubs and they sniffed before tearing at the pieces. I smiled as they growled while eating and watched the forest. It was afternoon when we came to the end of the thick forest and started across the shallow crossing of a river.
Large crocodiles splashed as they entered the river and started towards the wagon. They swam towards and then beside us until we came out the other side. This side of the river was tall grass and just beyond was fields of grain. We stopped just outside a small village and made camp beside a fast moving stream.
Sarah watched and played with the cubs as I made dinner from a large bird Kent had brought down. We were watching fish jump while the cubs splashed through the water chasing them. I knew I would need to decide if we were going to keep the cubs or find a way to return them to the wild.
I turned when I heard my name whispered and smiled as I recognized master McDonalds, “master?”
“I have need of animals to accompany me.”
I glanced at the cubs, “what kind of animals and why?”
“Any of the large types would do. I must travel through Queensland and I’m afraid they do not tolerate any magic users.”
I sighed, “would two bear cubs do?”
“Cubs? Are they... I will return them when I finish.”
I shook my head, “can you find a good home for them instead? Somewhere safe?”
“Safe... actually I know of just the place. It has lots of meadows and streams to fish in.”
I smiled as Sarah turned towards me, “let me know where when you finish.”
I gestured to the cubs and they squalled as they were lifted and brought towards me. I murmured a spell and the air shimmered as space was twisted and the two cubs vanished. I closed the portal and sighed, “we will visit them.”
Sarah sighed and laid down sadly and I shook my head, “perhaps I should look at finding a way for you to have young.”
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