His body was pressed low to the ground as Viper slunk through the grass his body tense and ready to pounce at any moment. Nuddia was right next to him, her eyes fixed on the target.
Viper’s eyes moved left and right, keeping an eye out for any Doomtors that may have not gone to sleep yet, but there was no sign of any, so he kept on stalking through the long grass the long green strands stroking against his underbelly.
Suddenly Nuddia stopped next to him, her body going tense as she slowly lifted one talon after another, not making a single sound as she moved at a painfully slow pace.
Moving his head in the direction Nuddia was looking in he saw a small shadow perched on one of the branches of a tree nearby. Knowing what he needed to do, he slowly walked up behind Nuddia into the pushed so he could sneak up on the bird from behind.
A rush of adrenally shot through Viper’s body as the instinct to hunt kicked in, he silently walked through the undergrowth, his steps light. He couldn’t help the small twitch in his tail as he got closer to his victim.
All the worry about the mission and the Doomtors in the wood washed away as he began to climb up the tree trying to keep as quiet as possible, one small noise and the bird will fly off. Digging his talons into the bark he hung there as he looked for Nuddia waiting to see if she was in position. His eyes saw a small flick of a tail in the grass and he grinned to himself knowing it was time.
Like a cat he crept onto the thick branch the bird was sitting on, he could feel his heart pounding, not out of fright, but excitement. He crouched there getting ready to pounce, he could feel Nuddia’s orbs on him as she waited. With one swift move he gave a swipe at the small animal, letting out a squeak of fright, it fell off the branch towards Nuddia. But before the dragoness could clamp her jaws around the feathery creature it opened its wings and began to fly away.
Without even thinking Viper leaped off the branch and into the air flying after his pray, his nose leading him as he swerved around trees trying to keep up with the fast-moving bird. He saw Nuddia fly past him and into another dark part of the forest. Knowing what he needed to do he turned a right so he could go around the bird.
It only took him a little while to catch up with the colorful bird, staying in the dark he kept at its pace hoping it would slow down then he could swoop in and catch it. He saw Nuddia on the other side of the clearing her eyes watching the pray fly by, she landed on one of the branches curing her tail around it to keep herself staple.
Viper grind to himself when he got the message, bursting out of the trees he dived towards the small animal, startling it, it dashed towards where Nuddia was waiting.
Quickly she jumped off the tree and snatched up the bird in her talons, it let out squawks of panic and fear as the two dragons loomed over it.
Placing her talons in just the right place Nuddia quickly snapped the bird’s neck, silencing it. She looked up at Viper and gave him a satisfied grin, “That went a little better than I thought it would!” She said looking down at the now dead bird in her talon.
Viper nodded, he could feel the hunger that now tugged at him at the smell of fresh kill, but he knew there wasn’t enough for both of them to have.
Without letting her half the meal he said, “You have it.”
Nuddia looked up at him with a questioning look, “What, why?” She asked sitting down in the grass, her tail wrapping around her talons.
Letting out a sigh Viper began to explain. “There isn’t enough for both of us. There isn’t even enough for you, it’s mostly feathers.”
Nuddia glanced down at the bird in her talons. “I guess you’re right, but we can try and catch another one.” she placed the meat down on the grass.
Again Viper shook his head. “We will only be wasting energy, and we won’t be getting it back either.”
Nuddia growled under her breath, her eyes narrowed. Viper new she knew he was right, but she was only being stubborn like normal.
“Besides we don’t know how long we have until the Doomtor’s smell us, and that will only be more harm than good.” Viper told her, flicking her food towards her. “I’ll hunt for something when I get the chance.”
Letting out a long sigh Nuddia finally nodded. “Fine.” She groaned out before leaning over to pluck the feathers from her food.
Turning away from her, Viper looked out into the dark abyss, the long shadows stretching out along the sun-filled clearing towards him. The long strands of grass dancing in the morning breeze that whisked through the air. Closing his eyes he sighed in the fresh air, the smell of flowers blooming filled his nose as he stood their, relaxed.
“You ready to go?” Nuddia asked from behind him, as she licked her jaws, the last of her meal now gone.
Nodding his head quickly Viper spread his wings, having to beat them once against the air he shot into the sky, fanning his wings out he leveled out with Nuddia beside him. The two flew in silence their eyes glued to the horizon ahead, its dark shadows creeping over the woods.
Casting one last glance at the ground Viper saw the trees move in all directions as the high chatters of animals on the hunt filled the air. Letting out a sigh Viper looked to words the mountains in the distance. ‘They must have smelt the kill.’ He thought to himself as he beat his wings a few times.
“It will be best for us to fly through the night, we’ll get to Onyx Valley faster that way,” Nuddia said her eyes looking towards the dark mountains in the distance. Her black horns shining in the mid afternoon sun.
She knew what they had to do just as much as Viper did, he only hoped they would pull through. No matter how hard he tried he couldn’t take his mind off of the many outcomes their mission could have. He just hoped later on that won’t get him into any trouble.