She settled easily against his side, bracing herself for the sudden climb. She was suprised by the Gryvern's movement through the air, and subconsciously pressed in close the the Air, eyes wide. Her heart leapt into her throat, and a delighted cry escaped her. "How fabulous this is, Samir!" she called to him, feathers plastered back by the wind's force. "I've never experienced anything like it in all my life!"
Sobriquet settled eventually, finding that standing was difficult in the "basket", and that she often lost her balance. Her paws folded very catlike against her body, a low purr rising from her chest. "Tell me about the Gryvern, Samir.." she said, pressed close to help him hear her. She spoke his voice often, he might notice, obviously delighting in the sound of it in her beak.
She moved slowly, delicately, to the Gryvern's side, leaping nimbly first onto his back and then slowly sliding into the "basket". She found it to be quite comfortable, fitting her body almost as if made for herself alone. She looked at Samir, beaming and nuzzling his neck softly. "It's perfect, Samir. So perfect.."
Everything seemed perfect to her. It was a feeling she had never thought to find in even other Gryphons, and yet.. Here she was, and here he was, being everything she had ever hoped for in anything. She was beginning to feel so much more positive about this quest.
"You.. can fly?" a rush of emotions filled the small gryphon, and her eyes widened suddenly. There was no jealousy in her face, however, simply wonder and amazement, maybe even a touch of joy. She could touch the sky again, even if not by her own doing.
"I weigh little. I do not object to being bundled, oh Samir, I just want to fly with you!" her giddy attitude was infectious, her joy boundless. It was as if the stress of that moment had been washed from her mind completely, and now only thoughts of the air filled her mind (in both ways >>). He couldn't know it, but her heart was thudding heard and fast, that peculiar feeling growing more and more as time went on.
"You are right, as I find you to be so often.." she closed her eyes, sighing and looking almost at peace with the world for that moment, opening her beak very slightly to lick his muzzle. Her eyes opened again, and she inclined her head to the side. "Shall we? There's probably still a long way to go, and you and I appear to be landbound."
She knew little of Gryverns, and as such, knew not that Samir could likely fly though his wingless appearance would seem to say otherwise. She knew that Ki-rin Gryphons flew, though wingless, but that was a thing that she was not.
The other nodded politely before breaking into a wide grin, darting off speedily through the tall grasses. This afternoon would be his and his alone.
After a moment, the little white gryphon leapt from Samir's back, looking up at him with affection and a little embarassment. "Sorry, Samir.. I just freeze up. I don't... really know how I should act around anyone, Gryvern or Gryphon or Tsume.. I just don't know what's expected of me."
Phoenix bowed slightly, looking a little awkward in the movement. It was obvious that he did not stand much by ceremony, and the proper way that most Gryvern interacted was stifling to him. "So.. uh, I'll let you be on your way, then?" he grinned a little crookedly. It was clear that he didn't mind at all, and that he was in fact itching to run like a maniac in the wide space avaliable to him here.
Sobriquet peeked from Samir's shoulder again, her cheek pressed to his. "It was a pleasure, Phoenix. I hope we meet again sometime."
"Yeah.. Sometimes I just need some time to be with myself." The blue Gryvern shook his head, the small mask moving with his neck. He was grinning a little sheepishly, as if he didn't expect the other to fully understand - his quad was good, fantastic even, but the inner tension became taxing at times. "And you? Where are you going off to?" he looked genuinely interested, clearly not just making small talk with the two.
"We're going to try to find my Aerie." Sobriquet replied softly, but said no more on the subject. Instead, she burried closer to Samir. It seemed that when subject to more than one individual at a time, the little gryphon would withdraw into herself, going silent with her shyness. Nothing personal, just... a complete introvert.
The small Gryphon's beak pressed softly against Samir's cheek, a shy but oddly intimate touch. Her feathers seemed to glide over his fur, oh so softly... It seemed that she was suddenly subdued by the words of the spike-haired Gryvern, and had decided to let Samir practice his diplomacy. Every once in a while, she would peek out, but for the most part seemed to be content to preen Samir's dark hair.
The Earth nodded to himself, looking toward the sky in thought. "Ah... Good. I heard that there were others here, but I wanted to see it for myself. My quad recently arrived, and I was in desperate need of a little space." he chuckled softly, offering Samir an apologetic grin. He seemed completely fascinated by the little white ball of fluff perched on the sky-blue Gryvern's back. "I'm Phoenix."
Sobriquet paused for a moment, then suddenly leapt onto the larger Gryvern's back, using her vantage point to spot the blue form more easily. She noted that he was coming towards herself and Samir, so she fluffed out her feathers. "Greetings!" She called, keeping an eye on the approaching form.
Phoenix hesitated. He'd figured he would be spotted.. He moved in until he was closer to the two, offering a bow. "Greetings to you." he replied in kind, eyes moving from Gryvern to Gryphon under expressive eyebrows. "I was wondering if you could tell me exactly where I am.."
Her body bumped softly up against his own, feathers silky soft against his side. "I have travelled many places.. It's something I just pick up on naturally, I suppose. Once I hear a song, it stays with me." her ears perked, and she glanced around suddenly, moving a little closer to Samir. "I believe there is another someplace close, Samir." she murmured, resting her head on his shoulder to peer beyond him.
Phoenix stood perfectly still for a moment, then shook his head. It was a Gryvern that he saw, and something much smaller. Regardless, he should do the proper thing and go find out what they were doing.. It was dictated by his natural curiousity.
"We're off to see the wizard," Sobriquet sang cheerily, frolicking along and entwining her tail with Samir's. "The wonderful wizard of Oz.." she laughed, unable to keep a serious demeanor while singing the song. She glanced at the Gryvern, eyes shining. "That one, right?"
Further along, another creature walked as well. He caught sound of the voices, and glanced up, unsure of how to react.
"I most sincerely doubt that there will ever be a time when I do not want you with me." she grinned rather playfully at him, darting forward a few steps, tail waving. The skin under her white feathers shone with a crimson blush, though he could not know that unless he moved very close to the feathery female.
"It is early yet.. We could likely make good distance if we set off now." she purred softly, looking at him once more, as if she could not bear to take her eyes off of him for too long.
Sobri makes a few small steps away, looking back at the cloudy Gryvern, eyes shining with affection. "Will you walk by my side, Samir? I would be honored to have you there."
Her tail swishes from side to side, not impatiently, but betraying some amount of the Gryphon's worry. Though her crest is raised, her feathery ears lay almost flat. She is terrified inside, feeling completely unsure of what will happen on their journey, and of the things they will find. If Samir wasn't here, she realized, then she would be completely paralyzed by even the thought of returning to her Aerie. But if he walked by her side..
"Spending time with you will alone make the journey worthwhile, regardless of outcome." she stood, stretching out languidly, the spark of joy and life in her eyes once more. "My mighty Samir." she trilled his name, drawing it out in a teasing manner, but there was a look of such affection on her face that the old saying was true - you only tease the ones you adore.
"If you feel prepared for quite a journey." she responded, looking eager to leave. "We should start with its old location, then see if there are any there that know of where they moved to." as she spoke, Sobriquet traced her beak up Samir's neck until she reached his mane, lightly running her beak along the hairs, purring softly.
"Thank you, Samir." she whispered. "You don't need to do this.."