"Give me one good reason why I should let you live, stranger." A gravelly voice growls in your ear. Terrified, you gulp once before speaking.
"I'm a guest of Destiny's, she told me I could visit around," you manage to stammer. The weight moves slowly off your back and you turn around slowly to find a fairly small bright blue gryphon. It's still considerably larger than you are though, and the way it's staring at you makes you uncomfortable.
"You're always saying how lonely you are, mom, why do you keep attacking all our visitors?" She scowls at her mother.
"Don't you be telling me what to do, Alrain. If you weren't gone all the time, I wouldn't have to attack anyone." The two gryphons lock eyes, and you move towards the portal.
"No, wait, don't go!" Alrain turns her head towards you and gives you a gryphon smile. "Feel free to wander around as long as you like. Mom won't attack you anymore, will you mom?"
Eliant mumbles something about disrespectful children, then stalks off and flops down in a patch of sun. Alrain smiles apologetically at you, and takes off in the direction from which she came. You turn to go, then turn back. I wonder where Alrain is going. Maybe I should follow her. Or maybe not...