Harpies

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I could hear them screeching before I crested the ridge. The crater walls below were littered with sac nests, a great easter egg hunt descending over 10 stories and stopping about three stories above the river valley.

The din was maddening. Though a few flew in great circles, leaping from sac to sac in chaos, most guarded their homes with a beaked maw threatening anyone who came near.

Their plumage was varied, much more varied than any I’d seen. The fact that such a large family group hadn’t killed each other was astounding. A matriarch could only keep about 20 in control at one time. If no males were born for 3 seasons, the group would end up battling to the death. They were only content when there was a mate to vie for (and use) or babies to nurture. Males only lasted a couple years, then spent, the females would dispose of them, maiming, starving, or even clawing them to death.

No one had seen a male. Ever. They were closely guarded. Only bones remained, if you were lucky.

I was more than lucky.

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  1. Avatar Robert Quick

    Oh, nice! I don’t think I’ve seen much on harpies before. And while I had only seen your title, I think you got in my head for my latest ficly. Very cool.

  2. Avatar 32 ^2

    This style seems new, kind of out of your comfort zone. I was ready to continue reading this story for the rest of the night, I almost feel cheated. Run with it Elsha.

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    That’s an awesome compliment from both of you!

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Excellent start! This is definitely one I’d love to see continued in some fashion. :)

    And I’ve noticed someone’s been dominating the Featured slot lately. ;-)

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