I sipped the Nectar. I was warm and like syrup. The Greencloak pulled the cup away before I could drink some more. I felt a bit irritated at him but that feeling was quickly squashed as I began to feel extremely dizzy, like I was about to faint. I tried not to close my eyes, but a brilliant flash striked the center of the stadium. My heart raced and the onlookers gasped at the lightning. It vanished quickly, though, and my senses returned. Right next to me, where the lightning had struck, a strong, sleek, lion stood. Muscles rippled under its golden pelt and its piercing golden eyes scanned the area. Its mane looked to soft to touch and its claws slid out.
I shook my head a bit. A lion?!, I thought, Why is there a lion?
The lion stared at me, as if waiting for something. I hesitantly reached forward and touched his mane. Suddenly, upon contact, I felt enhanced senses. Like I could defeat everyone in the arena with a single blow, like I could run faster than a cheetah, like I could blow everyone away with a single cry.
Can it be? Is it... Cabaro?
One moment I felt at peace with myself, the next color exploded in front of my eyes. The world opened up, but I was not fazed. I was too interested at the child next to me. A small girl with dark hair and gray eyes. People surrounded her gawking at me. Good, I thought, They should be in awe of me.
Anger surged through me as I realized was this was. I had not come to Nilo of my own free will. I was summoned. Me? The Great Cabaro? A spirit animal? Now that was just insulting. And bonded to something that would serve as a mere morsel for me, had I been my original size! What a day.
The girl reached out her hand, hesitantly. Get on with it, child. If you're to be my bond, I guess I'll have to live with it.
I let out a soft growl. The girl ran her hand through my mane. The touch was electric and once again, I felt calm. Happiness, like I could run through the savannah. Maybe she isn't all that bad. It could have been worse. I could have been bonded to a dirty, street urchin, like Essix was. I actually feel bad for the poor falcon now.
I nuzzled her hand. Why? I will never know. It was an impulsive action, but this was my bond. I felt a connection. I would be loyal to her no matter what. What has being a spirit animal done to me? Cabaro is The Great Lion! Not a house cat.
I broke away from her, but the Greencloak who had given the Nectar, announced, "Niloans! This day is truly special! Cabaro The Lion, has returned to Erdas!"
Now that, was a Greencloak who showed proper respect to me. Maybe I won't maul him. Not.