The two descending creatures swooped in and came to rest next to Shannon’s hiding place, their great wings humming on the wind and folding inward like umbrellas next to their bodies as they settled.
“Salesti? Narci?” Shannon whispered. “You two duck under those rocks at the far end and stay there. No matter what.” Narci’s black fur would blend with the dark recesses between the stones, and Salesti could nestle beneath her.
Salesti and Narcissus disappeared into the shadows where three boulders leaned together.
Shannon pulled her silver- blonde braid over one shoulder and ran shaking fingers down to its tip. She tried and failed to stop the trembling in her legs as the two giant creatures stamped toward her—heads lowered, silver-blue eyes blazing.
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