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â€œWell it’s not good, certainly,â€ Alaryia said. â€œBut he’s not dead yet so we can still prevent the worst disaster coming to pass. I hate to say it but we’re going to have to save the evil bastard’s life for now.â€
â€œWould it really cause his entire court to frenzy?â€ Matthias asked.
â€œMost of it, at least,â€ Estara said. â€œIt’s the psychic shock. Most of us set up a second just in case. But there’s another reason we can’t kill him out of hand.â€
â€œAh, yes; his heart friend has nothing to do with his behaviour, does she?â€ Sonia said. â€œI’ve been meaning to ask how we deal with that when I challenge him.â€
â€œShe’s lovely,â€ Estara said.
â€œFetch her,â€ Takilyan said. â€œThe rest of us will deal with seeing off Xantaria.â€
â€œAnd pouring the antidote down his throat,â€ Alsia said coldly. â€œI’m pretty sure I know which of her venoms this is. I vote we feed him enough to keeep him conscious but don’t remove the venom until we’ve decided what to do with him. We can’t just let him go and that will keep him docile.â€
â€œIf we want to do that, we’d best get moving,â€ Alaryia said. â€œIf he passes out it”ll be too late.â€
The dragons and Alsia disappeared, then all of them except Estara reappeared in the image of outside. Xantaria took one look at them, gave a mocking bow and fled. Alsia strode over to Mitakrian, forced his jaw open and poured antidote down his throat. He struggled weakly against her but had to swallow in the end.
â€œWhy is he fighting her?â€ Sonia asked. â€œDoes he want to die?â€
â€œNo, but he would rather die than be a prisoner, Sonia-ida.â€ The dryad who had appeared with Estara was leaning on the purple dragon heavily. He who was Indirian manifested a chair behind her and she sank into it gratefully. â€œI feel so sick.â€
Sonia knelt down beside her. â€œSo you’re his heart friend, dear?â€
â€œYes.â€ She nodded. â€œI am Chaya and I’m sorry for his behaviour â€“ I tried to talk him out of going down this path but he wouldn’t listen. He was better when he was younger but he’s beyond saving now, I fear.â€
â€œSo putting him into transition isn’t an option,â€ Sonia asked.
â€œNot really,â€ Chaya said. â€œYou’d get to see what he used to be like but wihout a miracle, he’d revert as soon as he hit maturity. Whatever put him on this path also destroyed his conscience even when he’s not strictly in descent.â€
â€œBeing completely unsalvagable is rare,â€ Estara said. â€œAnd really limits our options.â€
â€œHonestly, killing him as soon as Sonia-ida is ready to challenge him would be safest,” Chaya said. “But I don’t want to die. I’m selfish, I know.â€
â€œWanting to live is not selfish,â€ Sonia said. â€œAnd we’ll find a way for you to live as well. I’m not sure how yet, but we will.â€
â€œThat’s why I’m here, isn’t it? To help decide on his fate.â€ Chaya looked up at the image as Alsia and Takilyan dragged Mitakrian to his feet. â€œWhere are they taking him?â€
Estara seemed to listen for a moment. â€œAlaryia’s palace,â€ she said. â€œShe can potentially hold an idri level dragon prisoner. She’s asking that we all come there to decide what to do with him.â€
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