September 14th, 2015 | Published in Dragon Wars
â€œAre you sure you can get the message in without him knowing?â€ Ystelyan said.
â€œI wouldn’t suggest it if I weren’t,â€ Darlryan said.
â€œThen yes, I think it’s a good idea,â€ Ystelyan said. â€œWe do need to know.â€
Darlryan waited while the others murmured their agreement and then formed an imp before sending it shooting off. â€œIf it is Salindan’s son, what are we going to do about it?â€
â€œSomething, I hope,â€ Sarilli said. â€œI have heard enough about this Gerian not to want Lasil’s heart friend to grow up in his court.â€
â€œI don’t blame you,â€ Ystelyan said. â€œDoes anyone think there’s any chance of turning Salindan-alran?â€
â€œProbably not,â€ Alaryia said. â€œI tried to find an in on him, especially since he’s silver, but he’s extremely loyal to Gerian and doesn’t have the scruples Lyrrekka-ida does.â€ She drummed her fingers on the table. â€œBut we should ask Lyrrekka. She might have some insight.â€
â€œThat’s a good idea,â€ Matthias said. â€œIf Kasi says it is this child, I’ll send her a message.â€
Kasi’s reply came far more swiftly than they had expected. Darlryan snagged it from the air and absorbed it before frowning. â€œWell, we definitely need to come up with a plan.â€
â€œThat’s a yes then?â€ Matthias asked.
â€œIt is,â€ he said. â€œBut Kasi thinks Gerian suspects something about the kid. He’s taking a lot of interest in him.â€
â€œThat’s concerning,â€ Matthias said. â€œI’ll send Lyr a message.â€
â€œI hope she can think of something,â€ Sonia said. â€œBecause we can’t just kidnap the child if he’s not in danger just because we don’t like his family.â€
â€œWe’ll think of something,â€ Estara said.
â€œThe best bet is to find Kelaria.â€ Indaturan looked at Darlryan. â€œHave you got any leads on that yet?â€
â€œNo,â€ Darlryan said. â€œThough I still feel like I’m missing something obvious. I’ll look some more because she’d definitely help us.â€
â€œSalindan?â€ Lyrrekka said when she arrived. â€œHe’s not too bad, I suppose, but he hero worships Gerian for some reason.â€
â€œIt’s because Gerian rescued him from Mitakrian when he was just a child,â€ Takilyan said.
â€œThat would do it,â€ Lyrrekka said. â€œBut he’s not going to turn on Gerian.â€ She chewed on her lip. â€œBut he loves Masilan as well and would never let anything to happen to him. Then again, neither would Gerian if he knew.â€ She frowned to herself. â€œWhich he doesn’t, but I think he suspected something. He was never as interested in Karilya as he is in Masilan.â€
â€œKasi said the same thing,â€ Darlrydan said. â€œAnd he might at that, even if he can’t figure out why. There’s a certain levelness to the emotions of a dragon with a heart friend if you know what you’re looking for that most of the others don’t have.â€
â€œI never had that either,â€ Savira said.
â€œAnd neither did Elza until her heart friend turned up,â€ Takilyan said. â€œI suspect for the similar reasons. In Elza’s case, the Core was strangling her connection to her heart friend and in yours the bond is damaged.â€
â€œThat and the fact you’re in descent,â€ Darlryan said. â€œThat really messes with your emotional stability.â€
Savira tilted her head. â€œYes, that would explain it, wouldn’t it?â€ She stared at her hands. â€œI hope this experiment solves both of those.â€
â€œIt will, I’m sure,â€ Darlryan said. â€œAnd we’ll know pretty quickly as well. Even before you hatch.â€ He looked over at Lyrrekka. â€œWe’re putting Lady Kaliss into stasis while Savira is in transition to try and fix their bond.â€
â€œAh, yes,â€ Lyrrekka said. â€œThat might well work.â€
â€œI hope so,â€ Savira said. â€œBut even if it doesn’t, we’ll learn something.â€ She stood up. â€œBut we’ve answered the question about the little ones. I think it is time to do this.â€