Friday 5@5 is a weekly feature hosted on NovelKnight to wrap up the week with a fun (and short) list because we know y’all want to get on with your weekends!
This is my first time doing the Friday 5 @5 feature, and I’m excited to give it a go! This week’s theme is mythological creatures you want as a pet. So without further ado, let’s get started!
1. The Quarkbeast
“A Quarkbeast is a small hyena-shaped creature that is covered in leathery scales and often described as: ‘One tenth Labrador, six-tenths velociraptor and three-tenths kitchen food blender.”
Jennifer’s Quarkbeast is loyal, protective and snacks on tin cans. I love him, and I want one. I was kind of disappointed in the representation of him in Sky’s adaptation as a regular dog who occasionally turned into a localised electrical storm, because I always imagined that he looked more like Entei (the Pokemon, pictured below).
2. A Shield Bug
“When Jenna asked Marcia what happened when you unscrewed the lid, Marcia told her that the Shield Bug would leap out and defend your until its last breath, or until you managed to catch it and put it back in the jar, which did not usually happen. A released Shield Bug has no intention of getting back into any jar ever again.”
Jenna’s Shield Bug is not exactly a snugly companion, but he is brave and will defend the one who releases him at all costs. I haven’t read the Magyk series for years but the Shield Bug always stuck with me, and I just think it would be really cool to have one on the tube.
3. Sab the gryphon
Sab from the Pure Dead Magic books resembles a “leather lion with wings” and turns to stone when he’s had enough of everyone’s sarcasm and hysterics. Again, perhaps not the cuddliest pet, but I feel like I can empathise with his attitude.
“The pigs on the roof heard him. At the words pig’s blood, there was an instant outcry, squeals, grunts, and yells of protest. Pink bodies surged about up there, and trotters clattered on tiles. […] They continued to surge about, yelling their protest, until Ringlet, one of the larger sows, slipped, overbalanced, and toppled off the roof. […] Ringlet, still squealing mightily, struggled about in the air and managed to right herself in time to spread her stubby little white wings. […] The whole herd took off from the tiles joyfully to meet herm flapping, grunting, and bawling like a disturbed pink rookery.”
Derk the wizard splices genetics in his spare time. So his family’s house and land is full of invisible cats, talking geese and winged horses. But my favourite is the flying pigs. Friendly and loud, the herd frequently makes a nuisance of itself. But they are also vulnerable to back-scratches and treats. Although maybe one pig would be lonely by itself… I’m going to need a bigger house.
“hundreds of galloping white horses with flowing manes and poised curved necks like the necks of the chessmen in the parlour, and bodies whose speed was the speed of light and whose substance seemed no more solid than that of the rainbow; and yet one could see their outlines clear-cut against the night-dark background of the trees… They were the sea-horses galloping inland, as Old Parson had told Maria that they did, in that joyful earth-scamper of theirs that ushered in the dawn.”
The eponymous white horse is not a pet, so much, but she is pledged to defend the Moonacre Princess, and just exudes such a feeling of lightness and hope. Live your life in a way that the little white horse would want to be your friend. (Although, if that doesn’t work, I still have Sab.)