Side Story Three
Two Years Ago
The Trap One
“I just wish we knew what they were up to,” Karen said, a few weeks later. “It feels like we’re being lead about by the nose.”
The group had spent the last few weeks bouncing back and forth between Earth and the other world as they split their time between trying to anticipate the next attack by their enemies â€“ who were rapidly becoming known as the dragon knights â€“ and keep up with their lessons. But with summer coming up, they’d be moving more or less permanently to the other world for the next few weeks. Maybe that would help; they still hadn’t found out anything about these dragon knights and why they were working with the dragon. They had, however, started to work out a pattern to the attacks.
Which was why they were back on Earth on a Saturday. Sarah Tyler’s son Ian – a warrior himself but at twelve too young to be called – was helping gather and analyse all the information they brought in about the attacks.
“From what I see here, they seem to locating and capturing places and things of power.” Ian lay on his belly on his bed and stared the notes they’d brought him. His laptop lay in front of him and even though he wasn’t touching the keys or trackpad, the information was appearing on the screen as they watched. He brushed his brown hair out of his eyes and looked around. â€œBut I think the wheres are more important than the whats.â€ He still didn’t touch the computer, but another window opened and a map of the heartlands of the other world appeared with the points the dragon knights had attacked showing on them. They stared at it in silence.
â€œIt forms a sort of grid,â€ Sean said. â€œAnd if this is right â€“
â€œIt’s narrow enough to make a plan based on,â€ Karen said.
â€œYes, Mum and Mr. Morgan said to call them if we found something like this. They think they have a way for you to banish the dragon knights back to Earth and stop them returning if you can capture them.
â€œI’m inclined to believe them,â€ Hannah said. â€œThis thing seems to work, after all.â€ She pulled out the plain leather pouch Sarah had made for her to keep the Key in. â€œNo one seems to sense it any more and I’ve stopped having weird dreams about it since she gave it to me.â€
â€œI just wish I had,â€ Sean muttered. â€œYou have to find a way to destroy that thing, Hannah. This dragon just wants it for power but I keep dreaming about someone using it for its intended use.â€
â€œIts intended use?â€ Kyle asked softly.
Sean shook his head. â€œI don’t know, except that it’s bad. The vision isn’t clear.â€ He rubbed at the bridge of his nose.
â€œImminent?â€ Kyle asked.
â€œNo, not really.â€
â€œThen we deal with the upcoming attack on Elapyron City first.â€ He paused and scowled. â€œIsn’t there a Core gate near there? They couldn’t be after that, could they?â€
â€œIt’s possible.â€ Ian bounced to his feet and picked up his laptop. â€œLet’s go and find mum so she can tell us about this idea they’ve got.â€