Wind Beneath Eagle's Wings
Summary: A MLP: FiM/QfC romance crossover. Discord plans another plot to catch and woo Princess Celestia: have someone gain access to her. To do so, he convinces Lionwing (the Gryphon from Quest for Camelot) to get to Rainbow Dash. But will Lionwing have a change of heart for Rainbow and risk defying his new master? All characters belong to their respected movies, which belong to their respected owners, not me!
Ch.1: The Gryphon's Second Chance
Within the Forbidden Forest, one lone creature lies in the soft, green grassy floor. It is the Gryphon of the late Ruber, the tyrant knight who came so close to bringing Camelot to its knees. The magnificent creature knows far too well that his master is now gone, obliterated by the ever pure magic of Excalibur and the stone from whence it came. All thanks to Kayley, the daughter of Sir Lionel whom Ruber killed years ago, and her friends: the blind warrior Garrett who was taught under Lionel after loosing his sight; the two-headed dragon Cornwall and Devon; and the silver-winged falcon Ayden.
Now the Gryphon is alone, a complete mess. His magnificent wings are black and charred from Devon and Cornwall's dragon fire. Said fire had also burnt the feathers off his body, leaving bare patches to reveal the bruises from Ruber's abusive beatings. And the Gryphon's spirit was also broken, destroyed along with his master. Now he is alone.
"Alone…" Tears streamed down his magnificent face at the word. He has always been alone: no family, no friends, and no lover. All he had was his master Ruber and his allies in his mechanical army. Now they are all gone, defeated by Kayley and her band of heroes.
How I wish I could be with someone again, he thought, someone who would accept me. He sniffed before burying his face into his front legs.
"What I wouldn't give," he sobbed, "for a new master…" Servitude was all that the poor creature knew that would lead him to acceptance.
Meanwhile, within the castle ruins of the Everfree Forest of Equestria, Discord was resting on his checkered-pattern divan and watching his cotton candy cloud. On it is the image of the Gryphon in all of his misery. Thanks to the powers he has given his two henchmen Kaa and Hiss, the two snakes can transport themselves to different worlds like he can.
Discord then chuckled as he held his carton of popcorn in his snake tail.
"How amusing," he then said. "This gryphon wants to serve someone who would accept him." He then snapped his fingers, and a heart-shaped picture frame appeared into his eagle claw, holding a picture of Princess Celestia.
"I think I've found someone to help me catch you again, Tia baby," he purred before kissing the picture.
"Bosss, are you making out with your Princesss' picture again?" Kaa asked through the telepathy in his horns, sounding rather disgusted. He growled at the cotton candy cloud.
"Just shut up and bring that gryphon here before I pluck your feathers out!" he yelled.
Hiss turned to Kaa as he jumped with a yelp and gave him an annoyed look.
"What did you do to make him yell at you again?" he inquired flatly.
"He wasss kisssing hisss princesss' picture again," Kaa answered, rubbing his finger/feather in where his ear should be. "Anyway, he hasss given usss ordersss to bring him the gryphon." Hiss gulped before turning to the mourning creature. Despite his beaten stated, he still poses as fatal danger in the yellow snake's book.
"He'sss kidding, right?" he asked with a whimper.
"No…No, he'sss not." Kaa then slithered out of the brush and towards the Gryphon, Hiss glaring after him.
"If he eatsss usss," he muttered under his breath, "I'm taking it out on you." He then slithered after his comrade and towards the Gryphon, who fortunately has not noticed them yet.
The Gryphon was too upset to notice the winged snakes slithering towards him. At the moment, he was wishing to die right now…right here in the Forbidden Forest.
I'm certain it would be better this way, he thought before drifting off into a peaceful sleep. With that, he failed to notice the strange feeling of scales slithering around his body…the touch of soft feathers…and the rush of the wind around him.