“This is a pretty big jump, most Beorc can't handle it Maybe we should give you more time to prepare, I don't want you getting sick, or hurt.” Gently placing a hand on your shoulder, Tibarn turn you around, making you look at him. He looked concerned, but excited at the same time. “You were listening, right?”
“I heard you, it's just.” You stopped your sentence without finishing and turned back towards the edge of the large cliff. “I really do want to do this.” Once again, you moved closer to the edge and looked down at the steep drop before you. Determined not to let anything deter you from this experience, you turned back to Tibarn and nodded. “I'm ready, let's do this.”
A smile mushroomed across his face. “I was hoping you'd say that. You know what to do.” Tibarn expanded his wings and ascended into the sky. “Whenever you're ready.”
You took a deep breath in, and walked a few steps away from the ledge, insuring you could get a running start. “Here goes nothing.” Another deep breath, and you took off running for the edge of the cliff. Your heart raced as you closed your eyes, leaped off and began your descent to the ground. With your eyes still tightly shut, it took you a few seconds to realize Tibarn had caught you, just as he promised he would.
“Not a bad jump, even if you did flail around like a fish.” Tibarn laughed, as he continued flying higher and higher into the sky. “So, what do you say we do a little sight seeing while we're up here”
You weren't actually seeing anything, you refused to open your eyes. “By sightseeing, you mean flying around and scaring me to death, don't you?”
“No, of course not, what would give you that idea? H-hey, are your eyes still closed?” He sighed. “If you aren't actually seeing any of this, I might as well put you down. Or, I could start scaring you to death.” Tibarn held you tighter, then completely stopped flying, letting you both fall down to the earth below at an alarming speed.
“Tibarn, what are you doing? Fly, we're going to die.” You clutched to him as tightly as you could. “I'll open my eyes, just fly already.” Forcing yourself to open your eyes, you could see that you were falling at a rapid rate. “They're open, they're open, now fly.”
With one quick movement of Tibarn's massive wings, you were no longer falling, but hovering in the air only a few yards from the ground. “That's all I wanted to hear. Now you had better keep them open. There's something I'd really like to show you.” He once again flew high into the sky.
Your feet brushed against the tree tops as you flew. Soon you forgot about your fear, too amazed by all the wonderful things below you. “It's not fair that you get to see this everyday, while I'm stuck on the ground looking up. It must be nice to have wings.”
Tibarn let out a hearty laugh. “Is that so? I must have switched my passenger back there somehow. Because the girl I was carrying earlier wouldn't even open her eyes.” He laughed again. “I'm glad you're enjoying yourself now.” After a few more moments of flight, you reached a large city, surrounded by sharp jagged rocks. The buildings were different than anything you'd seen before. They looked like extensions of the landscape, blending in wonderfully. “Get ready to land.” Tibarn flew up to the highest building in the city and slowly lowered you to the roof. “Now, that wasn't so bad was it?” He stood behind you and wrapped his arms around your shoulders.
“No, actually, it was really fun.” You leaned back onto his chest, looked up and smiled at him. “You really did scare me half to death though.”
“Sorry about that. I didn't want you to miss out on the view. Speaking of which, this is the highest spot around. The view won't get any better than it is right now, no matter where you go. So make sure to enjoy it while you can.” He rested his chin on your head and continued to hold you close.
The view really was stunning. You were so high up, that farmlands looked like quilted spots of earth. Lakes looked like puddles and forests looked like gardens. You looked down directly at the city beneath you. As you squinted your eyes, trying to see the inhabitants of such a great city, you noticed something was different. They were winged Laguz. “Tibarn, where are we exactly?”
“This is my Kingdom.” He spoke with pride in his voice. “It's hidden from most Beorc to keep us all, but I thought you might like to see it.”
“It's absolutely amazing. I've never seen anything like it before.” You found it amazing that Tibarn ruled over all of this. “Would it be okay if I saw some of it up close?” Turning in his arms, you gave the most pleading look you could. “I understand if I can't.”
“You don't have to look so pathetic.” Tibarn readied to fly again. “Actually, I was quite hoping you would ask. I'd like you to meet a few people.” Picking you up in his arms, Tibarn swiftly flew down to the town, placing you on your feet as he landed. “Would you be interested in seeing my home? It's not far away, and I have a few friends that I'm sure would love to meet you.”
“I would love to.” You laced your fingers with his and waited for him to lead the way.
A slight look of embarrassment appeared on his face as you took his hand. Tibarn didn't say anything to you as he walked with you, he seemed to be lost in thought. You noticed you were getting a lot of strange looks and stares from the people around you. Feeling a little uncomfortable, you walked closer to Tibarn, holding his hand a bit tighter. “Don't mind them, they're just not used to seeing someone as pretty as you.”
“Stop that.” You gave him a little shove. “You know that's not why they're staring.”
“No I don't. You make me stare, so it's only natural that I would assume you had the same affect on everyone you meet.” You couldn't tell if he was teasing you or not. His face was completely straight, but there was a lightness in his voice that made you unsure.
“Tibarn, it's wonderful to have you home.” An elderly man slowly made his way to greet you. “Ah, this must be the girl you were writing me about.” He poked Tibarn with his cane and chuckled. “You were right, she is quite the beauty.”
You'd never seen Tibarn blush before now. “Nealuchi, please, I.”
“What's this now? Don't tell me you haven't told her yet.” Nealuchi shook his head and sighed. “You know, for someone as courageous as you are, you sure are a nestling when it comes to girls. Why, back when I was your age, no, no we won't talk about that.” He cleared his throat and gave Tibarn a stern look, once again poking him. “You'd better keep this one. I get a good feeling about her.”
The way the old man spoke about you was confusing, and a little embarrassing. “I-is there something I'm missing here?”
“You haven’t told her anything at all have you?” Nealuchi gave Tibarn a displeased look and gently patted your shoulder. “You'll know in time little nestling. It seems our King still has a few weaknesses he's yet to conquer.”