Infinity’s wings flared as she landed in the empty field, the sheep long gone away from her approach. Even if she’d lived around them, they still seemed wary about her- but, she didn’t mind that, really.
Besides, she didn’t want them to be eaten by their guests.
Her wings folded at her sides when she landed in front of Pollen, the muta’s hands planted at her hips. Dawn was between her legs and settled in- just as they discussed, Pollen would be there to help Pollen know how Infinity was doing.
“You good to go?” Pollen checked in, glancing over to the hay bale that she’d rolled out this far. “Try to spread it evenly, if you can.”
Infinity nodded in determination, a smile gracing her face as she stood up straighter. “I’m glad to be helping, finally!” She chimed, dark teeth bared in a brief grin.
‘Well, we are living in her barn,’ Dawn chimed in, standing up. ‘Can you grab the cords with your feet?’
Infinity backed up a step, looking to the hay bale. ‘Yeah, probably.’ Rearing back up, Infinity perched her wings on the bale, looking it over.
“Right! I’ll leave you to it. Take your time, you’ve got all morning,” Pollen said as she backed up, heading back to the fence-line. Dawn trailed behind her after a moment.
“… Right.” Infinity jumped back, lifting off somewhat as she looked over the bale, trying to figure out how to pick it up in her mind. One leg reached out and nudged it over- that seemed easier? Fluttering up, Infinity perched and balanced on top of the bale, flapping to get herself on straight.
‘You should be able to pick it up from there?’ Dawn spoke, and Infinity could feel her probing her mind for the visual.
‘Probably…’ Struggling somewhat, Infinity latched her talons around the cord and flared her wings back, shoving off powerfully. The bale was surprisingly heavy- Pollen rolled it out here herself? Well, maybe rolling it was easier, but she could feel her muscles straining as she tucked her legs in, lifting high off the ground.
Up here, she could see the barn and farmhouse past all the morning mist. Lifting her head, Infinity grimaced into the sky and bared her teeth, hay falling from her grasp already.
‘Pollen says that’s high enough,’ Dawn spoke, and Infinity nodded.
‘’Kay.’ Infinity jostled the hay below her, and it slipped out more, like snow falling off of a roof. It threw her off balance, though- she dipped to the side, losing grip briefly and yelping as she grabbed back on.
‘Don’t shake it so hard,’ Dawn advised, and Infinity could feel her pacing through their mental link.
“Right,” Infinity mumbled to herself. Dipping forward, she set off at a glide, hay continuing to slough off behind her. The weight was lifting, and she could see it spreading out through the eye on her chest.
It was going down a bit faster than expected, but at least it wasn’t all at once. Infinity glanced back briefly, blinking, before swooping down even lower, scraping the rest of the hay down on the plains.
That was the end of it, and soon she had just two red cords in her talons. The last bit did pile up a bit, though, and Infinity shoved her ears forward as she swooped around to look at it.
‘Can you spread out that pile?’
Infinity looked over it. ‘I can try.’ Backing up, she hovered in place to put one cord in the other foot, careful not to drop it. That done, she turned back to the pile and reached out with her free limb, grabbing at the various clumps and throwing them out to the sides.
‘That’s good,’ Dawn spoke up after a few passes, and Infinity surged back up into the air. ‘Head back over, I think that’s it for now.’
Infinity nodded to Dawn, gliding down and drifting into place before Dawn and Pollen. Her rider had perched herself on the wooden fence, while Pollen leaned back next to her, her arms folded. “Nice work, Infie,” Pollen said with a smile, reaching up as Infinity wing-walked towards them. The dragon rumbled happily when Pollen’s hand rubbed over her snout, and all six of her eyes slipped shut. “Go ahead and take a break, I can handle the rest.”
Infinity purred at that, through the muted panting through her nose. They did good work today.