A/N: Sorry I didn’t post Whisper on Wednesday. I’ll be posting it tomorrow. Also this is the last installment of Dragon Wars for a while. Check out the spinoffÂ “Caredale Tales – The Sundered Light part 1“.
â€œInteresting,â€ Sarah said after she had finished examining Draylian. â€œI’m not quite sure what to make of this.â€
â€œWell, did it work or not?â€ Lydia asked.
Sarah frowned. â€œYes and no?â€
â€œSurely it must be one or the other, Sal,â€ Matthias said.
â€œYou’d think so, wouldn’t you,â€ Sarah said. â€œBut it’s sort of half worked. There’s still damage, but it’s nowhere near as bad as in the other dragons I’ve examined.â€ She tutted thoughtfully. â€œI can’t say for sure until he wakes up and we can test it but I think he’ll still be hungry all the time but find it much less intense when he’s full. That classifies as a partial result, I guess.â€
â€œIf you’re right, then it will,â€ Lydia said. â€œI hope you’re right since even that would help since he’d be better able to gauge when to feed.â€
Sarah nodded. â€œBut he’ll probably still be prone to frenzy if he’s injured, poor kid.â€ She looked solemn for a long moment, but then her face brightened. â€œBut even if I’m wrong about what it means, something has clearly happened and is another fascinating data point for my research. I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with some sort of ameliatory treatment for their hunger soon, even if I can’t find a complete cure.â€ She looked back at Draylian, who was still curled up on the sofa in his dragon form. â€œWe should find the kid a bed, Matt. He’s going to sleep for several hours at least. That much I am sure of â€“ and his essence seems a built touchy so I think he’ll need to rest for several days while it settles.â€
â€œOf course. He’s supposed to be sleeping on a camp bed in Dan’s room until the bubble is ready.â€ Matthias scooped Draylian up from the sofa and headed up the stairs.
Daniel was in his room, reading on his bed, when they came in. Lydia busied herself unfolding the camp bed while Matthias explained what had happened. As soon as he finished, Daniel rose to his feet. â€œLet him sleep in my bed tonight, then,â€ he said. â€œI can take the camp bed. I think he needs a rest more.â€
â€œThank you,â€ Matthias said. Draylian didn’t even stir as Matthias tucked him into the bed. â€œLet’s leave him to sleep and go back downstairs. I’ll make more hot chocolate.â€
A few minutes later, they were back in the lounge drinking the hot chocolate.
â€œI think we may have a breathing space, now the tear is closed,â€ Sarah said after a moment. â€œAt least I’m not sensing anything imminent. We should take advantage of it because I think in the longer term things are going to get worse before they get better.â€
Lydia couldn’t argue with that since she had the same sense. Her father looked pensive and nodded.
â€œNo, Xantaria isn’t likely to give up is she? But she’s licking her wounds from the setback she’s suffered and with Mitakrian is out of the picture, we’re in a strong position for now. Long may it continue.â€