Pig in a Blanket
Beneath a full moon that lit the
tops of the trees with a blue shimmer, a man smiled more widely then he had in
years. He lifted his head back and the rushing wind pushed his long matted hair
out of his face. The hippogriff he was riding turned its eagle-like head so one
of its bright orange eyes looked directly at the man and surveyed him
trust me, eh?” came the hoarse growl of Sirius Black.
hippogriff snapped its beak indignantly and looked ahead, gazing over the
seemingly endless canopy of trees.
was Buckbeak, wasn’t it? Well, no use snapping your beak at me. We’re both
runaways now.” Sirius croaked while trying to pat Buckbeak’s feathered neck.
However, at the mention of ‘runaway’ the hippogriff went stiff, its large
beating wings frozen. Buckbeak turned his head as far as his neck would permit
and tried to bite the surprised man.
easy now, what’s the matter with you?” Sirius said slightly panicked. He had to
lean back to avoid falling over the hippogriff that was now rushing towards an
opening in the trees.
When the two were about ten feet
from the ground, the hippogriff gave a mighty swoosh of his wings and shot
upward. Sirius, who was still leaning back from the rapid decent, was thrown
backwards onto the ground. With a painful thump, he slammed onto forest
floor. The hippogriff landed just as Sirius was getting up.
Sirius, now remembering his
manners, put one hand behind him and the other across his stomach and bowed as
low as his aching back would allow. Buckbeak, who had began advancing with one
narrowed eye on Sirius, stopped at the sight of the bow.
“Thank you for saving me. If it
hadn’t been for you, I would have suffered a fate far worse than death.” Sirius
said while still in the humble bow.
Buckbeak gave one massive paw at
the ground, gouging a trench with his talon. He then trotted away into the
Sirius sighed. A feeling of relief
overcame the frustration at the loss of his transportation.
“Better get moving,” he told himself. He started walking under the
canopy of the trees, but before he was able to leave the clearing there was a
roar that sent birds fluttering away in fright.
“A HUMAN! THIS DEEP IN OUR FOREST!
THE FEMALES ARE COMING AND THERE IS A HUMAN!” Sirius spun around to see a man
bellowing in anger. But it was not a man, just the top of a man. From the waist
down there was the unmistakable body of a horse. The centaur was rearing on his
hind legs, a long shining crescent blade in one hand. Several other centaurs
came galloping into the clearing from the far side, each carrying large bows.
Sirius spun back around and ran as
fast as his weak legs would carry him. Arrows came streaking past his head—one
taking a bit of his unkempt hair with it.
Amid more arrows, he leapt and
grabbed a large hanging branch and heaved himself up. He scurried up the tree
as fast as he could, scrapping himself on the rough bark. Sirius was able to
climb a good ways before the centaurs encircled the tree. A swarm of arrows
streamed up at him but the tangle of branches protected the bruised and
“Use the blade,
Karias!” one of the centaurs growled angrily.
“The blade? To kill a trespassing
human?” a centaur answered taken aback.
“The females are coming, we can not
There was a moment’s pause where
Sirius could hear nothing but his racing heart, then, “so be it.”
Sirius chanced a look down. The
dark forest floor was illuminated as the blade that the first centaur carried
glowed and smoked. With one fast and seemingly effortless stroke, the centaur
sliced the tree’s trunk.
As Sirius franticly looked around
for an escape to his plight, he heard one of the centaurs slowly say, “T’was a
The tree creaked loudly and started
tipping over. Sirius saw his only chance. He took a sharp breath and jumped
with his hands outstretched. He grabbed a small branch that bent low with his
weight. Just as he had a good grip, another storm of arrows flew at him and
tore off the branch he was holding onto. He fell but was able to roll as he hit
With another wave of panic, Sirius
got up and began sprinting away from the centaurs. He hurtled over a large tree
root, darted around large several large rocks all the while hearing the
pounding of hooves gaining on him. Sirius’s bony legs pushed him into the air
over another large root but something grabbed him in midair. He was stuck, held
in position by wall of sticky ropes.
“You have got to be kidding me.”
Sirius mumbled in frustration.
While he struggled against the
large web, a dark shape fell from the tree. Without enough light, Sirius
couldn’t make out what it was but he could hear a growing clicking sound. The
creature slowly crawled closer to him. Sirius could now make out a massive body
and eight hairy legs.
the centaurs came hurtling around a group of trees. One of them reared up and
shouted, “Ragno!” Others however, immediately let loose arrows. The spider
charged at the group of centaurs while it let out a sickening scream between
struggling against the web and at last it ripped off its frame, wrapping around
Sirius like a grotesque blanket. As it did, he fell forward, sliding down a
mound and into a small clearing. The light that now filled the scene was unwelcome
to Sirius as it displayed several other large spiders advancing on him, their
menacing pincers clicking.
As he sat
dazed at the advancing group he grunted to himself again, “this has not been my
Sirius made to get on his feet and struggle to the death, there was a loud
scream. Sirius looked up and saw Buckbeak streaking down at spiders. With
another booming screech and a slash with his front talon, he cut into the first
of the monsters. Green ooze blossomed
from its head and spread over the forest floor. Sirius quickly ran to Buckbeak
and climbed on. Buckbeak brandished a talon at the spiders that backed off
immediately. He then spread his huge wings and took flight.
forest canopy faded back into a smooth and endless surface, Sirius let out a
slow sigh. He was cut off as he felt something moving by his side. He glanced
down at the webbing still clinging to his dirty robes. He pulled some of the
sticky mass off him and found a small, puffy ball. He removed more of the web from
the ball and it gave a high-pitched hoot and fluttered tiny wings.
hello.” Sirius said to the miniscule owl.