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Would Have, Could Have
Five Things That Never Happened in the Firebringer Trilogy
Shrieks and cries reverberated off the towering peaks that protected the Cliffs of Assembly from the harsh winds, making Illishar's ears ring, but the fledgling ignored the discomfort and sat up straighter on the ledge. All the clans were gathered, either circling high above or squabbling for position on the outcroppings below, and it would not do to appear slovenly before so many, not when his parents and his nestmates were under the scrutiny of the great flock, not with the queen so close.
Malar lay upon her own ledge close by, a great behemoth of a formel whose blue feathers caught the sun's rays and gleamed with health. Her eyes were lidded, but at this distance Illishar could see her gaze shift every now and then as she scanned those assembled. More and more gryphons were landing now, until the skies were finally emptied, but the shrieking continued to swell, and Illishar couldn't help but bury his head against his
It is the first moondance since the Battle of Endingfire.
The herd is reunited, the dead have been buried. They have crowned a queen, and a prince, and for the first time in forty generations the unicorns are at peace.
Culu is still very young, though, and it will be some time yet before he understands what has passed. All he knows for certain right now is that a great battle occurred, he and his dam and sire live in a new grotto and his dam has yet to let him go exploring with Aiony and Dhattar.
(His disappointment about the last was lessened when the twins told him their dam had forbidden them from exploring, too. They also said, with the firm surety that often unnerves the adults, that their dams will let them explore the Hills once the scouts have finished locating areas that are free of predators and uneven footing that could cause a dangerous fall. Since Aiony and Dhattar were never wrong, Culu stopped badgering his mother. At least about exploring the Hills.
"That once I looked