TALON, COME FLY WITH ME, the first book in the Talon series


Curious as he was, the condor dropped down to Matica as usual,
but he wouldn’t catch the food. Instead he passed her with an
elegant swoop. It was as if a hurricane went over her. It also appeared
to her as if the whole sky parted and let him through and that she
was blown on the wind of the universe, that he was the wind. Such
thoughts went through her mind in seconds, too fast for her to really
grasp what was happening.
She missed several heartbeats as she watched the huge bird. Is this
really happening? she thought. Then her heart started to thud as if a
fist was banging against her chest from the inside.
The big condor tried to land on one of the top branches of the
nearest huge conifer tree, but the branch was much too thin for his
size and snapped under his weight.
Oh my gosh, Matica thought. That can’t be happening!
The condor dropped down, feet first, but before he could catch
himself, he knocked his body then his head at the next branch as
well as his spread out wings. Matica was shocked. Don’t break your
wings! she screamed inside.
In a nanosecond, the condor stretched out his talons – clumsily,
Matica thought – and stuck his claws into the next thicker branch,
but it was too late in his fall. He couldn’t hold himself upright and
so swung around and hung upside down, trying to collect himself.
As he hung there, that branch also cracked under his weight. As it
broke off, it took him further down. Since he wouldn’t let go of the
branch, his fall was slowed down tremendously, but hitting the next
branch, it was knocked out of his claws.
Free of the branch now, he stuck his talons into the next one.
Hanging upside down once more, he swung around and tried to
stand up with the help of his beak and wings. It took him a while by
straining every muscle of his body, but finally he stood up. He then
looked down at Matica triumphantly with an elongated neck and his
wings spread out.
Matica started to breathe again. What a majestic bird! she thought.
The bird folded his wings and broke off some little branches that
were poking into his body, then he looked keenly at Matica with his
tilted head. His expression seemed to say: How was that? Did I do
well, or what? Now, what do you want of me?
‘Hey,’ she said, walking to him, ‘you did all that for me? But I guess
you don’t do that very often, do you? You’re too big for landing on
She stretched out her hand and, reaching his talons, she caressed
them, then she gave him his food. As he tucked it under his talon and
ripped it apart, she said again, ‘Your legs aren’t designed for landing
on trees. They are too short. Why not land on the ground? Wouldn’t
that be better? You eat on the ground.’
Finishing his food, he grunted a ‘thank you’ then stretched his
neck down to her, sniffing her face and hands. Matica giggled. It
tickled. Not afraid anymore, Matica stroked his beak, his neck then
his talons again.
Before long, he flew off by jumping first to the ground then running
for a short time before lifting up into the air. Matica, happy
as she was, ran with a triumphant smile, cartwheeling all the way
The next day, it wasn’t as traumatic for the bird to land on that
branch. It still wasn’t easy, but with each day, it became trouble free
as more little branches were broken away.
Thrilled, Matica met him like this for a week, and every time she
came to see him, his mate would circle above them. Still, she wondered
why he wouldn’t land on the ground. She would ask him why
every day.
On the seventh day, he landed as usual on his branch and took
Matica’s food gift. Then Matica asked him the same question again.
‘Come on, condor,’ she added. ‘Come down, will you?’ He looked
deeply into her green eyes, trying to understand her.
Then it happened.


About Gigi Sedlmayer

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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4 Responses to TALON, COME FLY WITH ME, the first book in the Talon series

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Gigi with an excerpt from the first in the Talon Series – Come Fly with Me.. do you have children or grandchildren who would love to read an adventure series. Matica begins to bond with the condor…

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  2. What child doesn’t enjoy a magical story with birds or animals. Sounds entertaining. 🙂

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