“So, we go to the edge, and then jump off?”
“Are you sure you were listening? It sounds a little sketchy...”
“I know, but it’s just because we’re the first.”
“The first what?”
“The first to fly.”
“I don’t know, he said we’d like it though, he has some insects that do it already.”
“We’re a bit bigger than insects... So, he says we’ll ‘like’ going off the edge of a cliff huh? We just go over and jump off the edge... of a cliff... won’t we just plummet down to the bottom?”
“He seemed pretty sure the ‘wings’ would make the difference.”
“What are wings?”
“Your front legs, that’s why they’re so funny.”
“Funny isn’t what I’d call them, I can’t even stand on them!”
“They’re not for standing, they’re made for the flying.”
“Well, why didn’t we get lessons or something? We’re literally supposed to just sail off a cliff and know what to do?”
“Apparently. In the future, our offspring will be taught to fly the same way, and by us.”
“We’ll just push our children off a cliff? What the heck did you sign up for!!!”
He said it was new, we’re the prototype. But he also said he’d tried it himself and that he was sure we’d love it! I trust him, don’t you?
“Yes, I do. You’re right. OK, let’s get this over with.”
They walked to the edge and jumped off, frantically waving their ‘wings.’” Suddenly the wings caught the air and lifted them up. Higher and higher they flew, until they could see the whole valley.
“This is awesome!!” they both said at once.
And so, the first flying vertebrates were introduced to earth.