The bat-winged kitten curled up on the student’s desk and purred contentedly. The apprentice witch beamed up at her instructor, who didn’t share her pride.
“The assignment was to summon a gryphon,” The archmage said.
“Technically, any avian and feline combination counts.”
“Bats aren’t avians.”
“What about flying foxes?”
The old wizard sighed. She was clever, but lazy and that would cost her one day. “I was looking for a classical combination of lion and eagle.”
“But this one’s so much cuter.” The kitten stretched its wings and stared up at him with big green eyes.
“True. C-plus,” He decided.

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