“I'm here today to meet Markus. One of the latest victims of goblin gobbling. Tell us what happened Markus?”
“The little buggers broken in last night and sucked them all dry. Now I have no produce today. None at all!”
“Yes, my darn cows. As you can see they are restless. It's a traumatic experience for them.”
“Enough to make their milk sour I can imagine. What are your theories on why the goblins are attacking cattle?”
“Shucks, I don't know. The taste?” said Markus leaning on a wooden fence that looked out over his farm. “Bert a couple of farms over said they sucked his goats bone dry and stole some of his chickens. The critters are more rambunctious by the day.”
“Are you happy about the patrols the local authorities have setup to protect your farm?”
“Hell no, I'm putting my own protection in place.”
“What kind of protection?”
A car horn blasted as a truck with a large cage on the back came up the dirt road.
“Just you wait and see, she's a beauty.”
The truck trundled past. The driver waving as he went by. Whatever was in the back didn't like it in there and was trying its hardest to get out. Bashing itself against the cage's sides.
“Ooee! We have a live one on our hands,” said Markus rubbing his hands together.
The reporter stood back as Markus and the driver opened up the back.
“I can't believe my eyes. It's a real life griffin. With the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion it truly is a terrifying beast to behold. Can you believe it folks?”
“Such a majestic creature,” said Markus as the driver unhooked the griffin's chain and pulled the beast off from the back of the truck.
“Is it legal to own one?”
“I don't own it... just a natural relocation. I feed it and it handles my goblin problem. Simple!” Markus took a piece of raw meat out of his pocket. The beast snatched it up with its massive beak. Swallowing the meat whole.
The griffin's massive eyes blinked a couple of times, as if gathering in its surroundings. It didn't seemed to be pleased. It squawked, and knocked Markus and the driver to the ground with its head.
Hooking its claw on the iron ring around its neck it yanked it off. Breaking it in two. Now free it launched itself into the air. Its massive wings flapping gracefully. Moments later it flew over the reporter's head and glided over the cow pasture. The cows scattered, avoiding the flying beast as best they could, but a calf with a 13 spray painted on the side wasn't so lucky, the griffin swooped down and carried it off into the distance.
“Damn you, Jeb, damn you...” shouted Markus hitting the driver with his hat as he tried to run away.
“So there you have it folks, goblin gobbling is truly causing havoc out here in farm country. And if you spot a griffin please do not approach and contact the relevant authorities immediately. And be sure to catch us next time when we cover the story of a mermaid that was spotted in Lake Ashford.”
* This is a follow up from The Rainbow Effect
** On a side note my fantasy novel Zoolin Vale and the Chalice of Ringtar was released on the Kindle for the first time today. Here are the links if you would like to check it out. Amazon UK Amazon US
*** Here's a link to the first book The Red Stone. It's not available on Kindle yet, but hopefully soon!