Come, Asa. Go, Asa. We’re going to fly over some horrible mountains, Asa.
The young master was running all over the city for an entire week, while I watched from the sky. Several people followed him, but none got close. Even when he ran around by himself. Leaving me in the sky. I can protect him better from there anyway. He’s not really a mounted fighter, though not unskilled at staying astride.
Thank goodness, because after summoning me and then ignoring me for a week, he and all his friends decide to fly over a mountain range. Such a strange place, swirling winds, not a small number of creatures looking to feast on the unwary. And landing, on sharp, jagged rocks. I’m glad I didn’t have to stay with them at night. There was not a single comfortable place to roost.
Then, when we finally reach the destination, after flying through a disgusting miasma, he dismisses me, again! Too dangerous, he says. Young master, I am not merely a taxi! If you wanted that, you should have gotten a horse.
~Asa no Hikari
Asa’s lucky he didn’t have to come in here. Disgusting creatures crawling all over the place. And the screaming…