Forest never liked change.
Life had been perfectly normal for the first three years of his life— normal and safe. If there was such a difference.
And the rock drakes hadn’t seen a human in years.
According to mother, humans were strange, furless creatures that walked on two legs, like raptors, really. And they would run around and poke creatures with sharp sticks, which wagered they weren’t very smart, or just crazy.
Forest had never seen a human in his life. And never expected to.
Everything was ordinary, normal, and most of all, safe.
Safe from the outside creatures mother muttered on about- giant spiders; huge prey the size of whales; lions with wings. Everything.
Until that one day.
Forest was padding down the hall, searching for his older sister. She had gone invisible, they were playing hide-and-go-seek.
“Ri?” He called, scanning the rocks around him. He turned to the next cavern, squinting. “I give up.”
It did not answer. Like most of his siblings, they’d wait until you completely stopped, then would pounce and brag about their bestest you’re-never-gonna-know hiding spot. Know one risked being seen.
But the sound of a scraping tail sounded behind him— and he whirled around, only to see nothing.
Nothing except, a small dodo.
Forest screamed, surprised to hear himself yelp over a dodo. It flinched back, confused.
“You startled me,” Forest said, letting out a breath. “I’ve never seen a dodo. How did you get down here?” He stood up, and it stepped back. “It’s OK, I’m not going to hurt you.”
It turned and bolted down the halls, squawking excitedly. “Hey! Come back!” He chased after it.
It fled around the corner, up the cave, and through a small gap in the wall. He halted to a stop and squeezed through, grunting.
It’s feathered tail disappeared behind the rocks, and he poked his head through.
He was in another cave—one he’s never seen before. The dodo stared at him meaningfully, with wide, blue eyes.
“What do you want?” He asked it. It tilted its head at him, and chirped. “I’m sorry, I don’t understand dodo.”
(Next chapter in allo, and continuing on in alphabetical order in tameables)