20    Trapped


Agnes tempts Jack into trying magic. 
It is a trick to send him to the fairy kingdom where Dan is imprisoned. 
Trapped down a hole, Jack is hunted by enormous griffins.


A large black shape loped past.  It looked like a hunch-backed dog,
but if it was, it was bigger than any dog he had ever seen
& he wondered if it was a dragon
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The light became grey at the tunnel entrance, his window to the world. The sunlit woods turned cold and unwelcoming. More than ever, he wanted to go home.

From above came strange snuffling sounds like large dogs searching for a scent in the undergrowth. As the noise got louder, Jack became uneasy. A huge black shape loped past the tunnel. It looked like a hunch-backed dog. If it was, it was bigger than any dog he had ever seen. He wondered if it was a dragon. The animal came back, sticking a long sharp muzzle into the tunnel and sniffing.

When it smelled him, instead of barking, it let out a croaky screech. Another creature joined it, forcing its head into the tunnel. Even though there was not enough room for both. The first screeched and snapped at the newcomer, who screeched and snapped back.

As the two animals pulled out of the cramped, narrow space, Jack clearly saw them, and was unable to believe his eyes; for although they had dog’s bodies, they had eagle’s heads. He could clearly see the wicked hooked beaks as they dipped and jerked with odd disjointed movements, hissing and hooting in the circle of dim light above him.

      

from Chapter 15    Trapped in Elphame Wood
Griffins and Jack
They had the bodies of dogs and eagles heads. 
He could see the wicked hooked beaks as they dipped and hissed at each other.
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