Dragon Wars: Land of Myth Chapter Five Part Eight

May 14th, 2010  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  4 Comments

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Chapter Five
Part Eight

“Why?” Daniel eyed Kyle as the two of them circled each other. Ebona’s warning was ringing in his mind and he wasn’t eager to start a fight with the traitor until he was sure of the other’s strength. Fortunately, Kyle seemed just as cautious. They’d exchanged a few bolts but neither had been able to penetrate the other’s shield.

Kyle smirked again and twirled his sword-whip with casual skill. “Why what?”

“Why did you betray the Core?” He tried to slip a probe past the traitor’s mental screen but couldn’t. “How can you side with the dragons?”

”Oh, that.” The amusement drained from Kyle’s face. ”Quite easily really, though it was hard at the time. Ystelyan saved my life and has treated me and Darya with nothing but respect. The Core lied repeatedly to us and worse. It didn’t deserve my loyalty. It doesn’t deserve the reverence Speakers give it!” His voice rose slightly. “Look what it did to Karen and the others to cover its tracks.”

“What?” Confusion made Daniel lower his guard and the blades of Kyle’s weapon slipped through the gap, wrapping around his spear arm. Blood oozed from his arm as Kyle jerked him towards him. Daniel cried out and tried to pull free but just made it worse.

“I’m not sure why you, of all people, care. But you can’t trust the Core, Dark Warrior.”

“Really?” Daniel spotted a brief opening and punched Kyle in the face, taking advantage of his opponent’s brief recovery to untangle his arm from the blades. He stepped back and lunged at the traitor with his spear, but Kyle had recovered enough to skip out of the way.

“Nice! You’re not bad at all.” Kyle grinned. “Where did you learn to fight?”

“None of your business, traitor.”

“Pot, kettle, black! You’re the one working for the guy who seems set on emulating the mistakes of our ancestors.”

***

Shadavar was still lying where Mela had left him when they reached the trail. He was still breathing and she racked her brain for a way to distract Darya from that fact before he decided to remedy it.

“W-where are you taking me?” she asked.

“To Kyle. I told you that,” he replied.

“After that, I mean.”

“You probably don’t want to know that,” he replied.

Mela swallowed and shook her head. “I want to know.”

There was a long pause and then a sigh. “We’re taking you to Ystelyan-miran. You should feel honoured, one of the first twelve dragons is asking for you personally.”

“No!” Mela gave a strangled sob and her legs buckled. She sank towards the ground but Darya grabbed her by the waist to stop her falling.

“I told you you didn’t want to know,” he said.

She twisted round and looked up at him frantically. “Please, no! Cousin, if you ever loved me don’t do this. Kill me here if you have to, but please don’t…” she trailed off into heaving sobs.

Darya gave another sigh and his eyes softened. “I knew you’d react like this. Don’t worry, Melusine, he’s not going to eat you. He promised me that.”

“And you believed him?” Mela asked between sobs.

“Of course,” he replied. “I have no reason not to. He hasn’t broken his word to either of us yet.”

“He’s a dragon. They can’t be trusted.”

“Ystelyan-miran has proved more trustworthy than the Core,” he said flatly. “Can you walk, or do I need to carry you?”

Mela didn’t have chance to reply before she heard the sound of hoofbeats approaching. Darya growled quietly and pushed her to the ground.

“Stay there!” He turned towards the sound just as Ebona appeared from among the trees.

The unicorn took in the scene in an instant and fired a bolt of darkness from her horn. Darya wrapped himself in waterspout, but the darkness still blinded him long enough for Ebona to gallop over to Mela and kneel down for her to mount.

“Come on!” she said.

Mela pulled herself onto Ebona’s back and the unicorn took off in the direction she’d come from.  Mela felt something woosh over her head and the edges of an implacable hunger tore at her – a sensation every speaker knew instinctively. She looked back and saw a sinuous dragon land by her cousin and shifted to the form of a slender, black-haired, coffee-skinned human woman. She leaned over and whispered “dragon” in Ebona’s ear.

“I know. Take a breath and hold on!” Ebona said. Mela gasped in a breath and clung on as the forest blurred around them.

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4 Responses to “Dragon Wars: Land of Myth Chapter Five Part Eight”

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  2. mjkj says:

    Outch, poor Daniel … easily distracted by his care for his siblings…

    Ah, well, that rescue was easy – I hope Daniel’s fight will be as well…

    I am wondering why the dragon wants to have / talk to Mela…

    I also wonder why she comes here and transforms into a human…

    mjkj

  3. admin says:

    Well the rescue is still a work in progress.

    It’s a matter of scale. It’s easier to talk to someone when you aren’t over a hundred times their size and she needed to talk to Darya about their next move. You’ll find out what Ystelyan wants with Mela eventually.

    And yeah, Daniel is a bit easily distracted at times. Especially when he’s worried or confused.

  4. mjkj says:

    Ah, yeah, that makes sense … talking would be not easy and especially if what they have to say is secret…

    Yes, that might get dangerous for Daniel – but it shows that he cares which makes him more likable 🙂

    mjkj

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