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The Beginning

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Winter still held the valley in its unrelenting icy grip. The sun that roasts and scorches the soil in summer was but a feeble pale yellow light, struggling to part the chilling veil that now covered the land.
  Above this veil, the mountains that encircle the Guadalquivir valley were at their finest. Snow covered the caps and peaks, forming a ring of whiteness that surrounded the valley as if to isolate it away from the rest of Spain.   On one of the higher peaks, just below the snow level, there jutted out a huge crag of rock, sticking upwards and outwards like an accusing finger pointing at the heavens.  It was upon this crag that a great Eagle had built her eyrie.
 
  Inside the eyrie, two young eaglets, a male and female were impatiently awaiting the return of their mother, who had flown in search of food many hours previously. This year an exceptionally hard winter had struck in the valley and game was scarce and difficult to come by.
Since the previous day, the eaglets had only eaten scraps left over from more successful hunts. Although warm and safe, the eaglets were feeling extremely hungry.Of the two young eaglets huddled together in their nest, the male Canana was by some way the largest and more developed of the two.
 
 

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Realising that this was maybe not exactly the best way to go about things, she softened her mood.
  "Look, I know that at this moment you are both hungry and worried, but this is no reason to be so angry and impatient. Your feathers have not even developed enough yet to keep you warm outside the nest. You are my brother, and I love you too much to allow you to attempt this foolishness."
  "At least I must thank you for those few kind words," he replied, "but it will take more than a few words to stop me now."
As Canana finished his message, he once more hopped towards the eyrie edge. With a final look of defiance, and just maybe a little fear, he spread his wings to their full width, leaped from the nest and took to the air.
  Sabino screamed and in desperation threw herself to the sedge of their nest to try and prevent his leap. Alas, it was too late.
  As she reached the eyries edge, she saw her brother plummeting down the mountain side, his wings flapping wildly in a futile attempt to gain control. But Sabino realised that it was a futile attempt. Canana had been caught by a treacherous down draught over which he had no control, and it was bearing him ever further down the mountain and away from the nest.
  Sabino looked down in desolation, her eyes taking on a misty hue, as if tears would like to form. She had lost sight of Canana, and knew he would never be able to control his descent. He would be smashed against the mountain wall, or end up a broken mess of feather and blood on the valley floor. Whatever his end, she knew her brother was gone forever.
 
 

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   Down and down he spiralled yet again as once more he started pumping frantically to gain some sort of control, hoping beyond hope to remain aloft and avoid the collision that had only been delayed at the Silbido pass. It was not to be. Luck had already laid her hand on the Eaglet that day and unfortunately there was no more available.
  Canana crashed into the solid ground with a sickening thud. A jolt of excruciating pain surged through his whole body, causing him to scream out in agony. As he lay there, his entire body seemed to be crying out with suffering and anguish. But he was alive and for that he could at least be thankful.
 As he lay among the rocks, his broken body screaming its painful torment, his mind was telling him to find some form of warmth and shelter, out of this crippling cold and more importantly, away from any predator that may be skulking around. Twice he attempted to stand, and twice he fell, both falls sending fresh waves of agony through his already tortured frame. Fighting off pain and an enfolding sense of darkness, Canana attempted to stand for the third time and succeeded only in toppling over a small embankment.
 
 

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