“I thought I saw something.” Amanda dropped to her knees in the grass beside some of the bright red flowers. She brushed at the palm-sized petals with her hand, parting them to inspect the area closer to the ground. “I swore it went past by my face, a blue creature, it swooped down and I thought…”
A red thing unfolded itself from one of the petals and darted at her. Angry at the intrusion, it circled her head once, flapping its leathery wings.
Then, as if cursing at her, it stopped, hovering directly in front of her face, its small claws poised for attack if necessary as it took in the sight of her.
She could see its tiny nostrils flare as the small winged reptile opened its mouth, releasing a puff of smoke. It beat its wings in her direction one more time as if making a point before turning and flying away, its long slender tail whipping back and forth behind it.
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