Dragon Wars: Land of Myth Chapter Seven Part Three

June 21st, 2010  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  4 Comments

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Chapter Seven
Part Three

Daniel tested his shoulder cautiously as he went to the study to find his father. Whatever the dragon girl had done had certainly fixed it, although it was still a little stiff. Mela had headed to the lounge – she seemed fascinated by the television. His father was sitting at his desk scrolling away at something on his tablet – hypocrite that he was, given his avowed hatred of technology. Whatever he was looking at it was making him scowl. Daniel cleared his throat and his father looked up at him.

“Better?” he asked.

Daniel nodded. “But the dragon collapsed when she’d finished. I didn’t do anything to her to cause it, I swear.”

“That bloody girl! She keeps doing this!” His father gave an exasperated sigh.

”Collapsing?” Daniel asked.

“Over-stressing herself. I can’t control dragons when they frenzy, so the collars are set up to knock them out when they get close to it. Most of them learn to limit themselves to stop it happening, but Halia’s stubborn.” He gave a puzzled frown. “When it comes to healing anyway. If I didn’t know it was impossible, I’d almost say she cared about her patients.”

“I noticed that,” Daniel said. “She’s a good actress.”

“Indeed.” His father rose to his feet. “I’d better go and see to her. She’s too valuable to allow to starve. Go to Ebona; I’ll join you when I’m done.”

Daniel waited until he’d gone before walking around the desk to look at the tablet. His father had forgotten to lock it and the report which he had been looking at was still on screen. Daniel peered at it and blinked in puzzlement. At first he thought it was written in some sort of code, but then he realised it was just technical jargon. It seemed to be an internal report for a company called Morgan Hypertech on some kind of medical scanner they were developing and which wasn’t working too well. Nothing his father should have access to. Daniel couldn’t even imagine why he’d have an interest in it. The name Morgan did ring a bell, but he couldn’t place it.

He was still scrolling through the report looking for anything he could understand or a hint as to why his father was reading it when his father took it off him and switched it off.

“You know, Daniel, it’s rude to look at private reports without permission,” he said mildly. “Now come on. Garden.” He nudged Daniel towards the door.

“Hypocrite!” Daniel snarled, but complied with the instruction.

His father gave a soft laugh. “You may not believe it but I have every right to be reading that report.”

“Sure!” Daniel said skeptically. “On a device you think shouldn’t even exist.”

“I don’t have a problem with using technology. I just don’t believe it works the way they claim.” He opened the patio doors. “Come on. Ebona’s waiting for you.”

Ebona was standing under one of  the apple trees mother had planted when they were toddlers. In her resting form she looked like nothing so much as a shaggy black shetland pony. When she spotted them she trotted over with a happy whinny. “Daniel!”

“Are you okay?” Daniel knelt down beside her and hugged her neck.

“I’m well.” She nuzzled at his shoulder. “Are you better?”

“Much.” He turned to his father. “So what was it you wanted? I really don’t think we have anything to discuss.”

“Perhaps not. We’ll see.” His father startled him by dropping to one knee. “But first, I want to apologise for what Jayden did to you. When I told him to persuade you to help me, I meant just that. I didn’t know what he would do, and I would have stopped him if I had. But he works for me, the blame is mine.”

Daniel stared at his father speechlessly. An apology was the last thing he’d expected. He turned to look at Ebona.

“He’s telling the truth,” she said. “It surprised me as well.”

Daniel looked back at his father. “That doesn’t make me any more likely to agree with you, you know.”

“I know.” His father rose to his feet. “I hope one day you’ll understand. But I can tell you one thing. I’ve never been so proud of you as when I realised Jayden hadn’t broken you, and if I can’t have you as an ally I’m proud to have you as an enemy.”

Daniel gaped at him. “I don’t know how to respond to that.”

His father cocked his head at him. “You don’t need to respond, my son.”

“I have one question. Why did you let the Core summon the others?”

“I didn‘t, but it didn’t either – though not for want of trying. I was still blocking it. The call they received came from something else. I have no idea what.” He rubbed at the bridge of his nose. “But we need to talk about Mela. I think you should leave her on Earth. She’ll be safe from the dragons here.”

“And leave her to your tender mercies? No way!”

“I wouldn’t hurt her, Daniel,” his father said. “But we can’t let the dragons have her.”

Daniel shook his head  emphatically. “I’ll protect her!”

“So stubborn-” his father broke off as his mobile phone rang. He looked at the caller display and his expression grew wry. “Here comes the tongue-lashing.” He waved Daniel back towards the house before answering it. “Hi, look I know you’re angry, but let me-”  The person on the other end must have interrupted because he stopped again and went pale as he listened. Daniel hugged Ebona again and had started back towards the patio when his father made a startled sound. “What?! Are you sure?”

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4 Responses to “Dragon Wars: Land of Myth Chapter Seven Part Three”

  1. Lucy says:

    I think you may mean “a shaggy BLACK Shetland pony”?

  2. mjkj says:

    Ah, that father son relationship needs some serious investing in…

    …at least he is honest and apologized to Daniel 😀 that is a first step 🙂

    …hmm, I wonder what that call was for..

    mjkj

  3. Trenas says:

    Good story so far, enjoyable and easy to understand with a creative twist to several common elements. Nicely done 🙂

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