Dragon Wars: Land of Myth Chapter Seven Part Two

June 18th, 2010  |  Published in Dragon Wars  |  9 Comments

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Chapter Seven
Part Two

Lydia? Lydia, can you hear me?

“Hmm?” Lydia opened her eyes slowly and looked up at the vaulted wooden ceiling. “I’m dreaming?” She frowned as she tried to recall what happened. “Karen knocked me out?” She looked at the woman kneeling beside her. It was the silver-eyed woman from her memory. “You! You’re my teacher!” She stared at the flames licking round her.  “What are you?”

“I am indeed. I thought it was time we talked properly. I need to find out why you’re having such trouble accessing your lessons. I set them up to be remembered if you needed them, my ilsria.” The flames died round the woman to reveal silvery blonde hair and pale skin. Together with her eyes they gave her startling resemblence to Alayria. “I am Feliaria of the Kithreiri – which means nothing to you, I expect. Are you in Talonyka?”

“Where?” Lydia asked. ”What did you call me?”

“Ilsria? It means student,” she said. “Are you in another world? One with lots of mythical creatures?”

“Err… yes?”

“That’s good. What are the Kinstrari up to this time to get you summoned?”

“The wh-” Lydia began but then realised she knew the answer. It was what her teacher‘s people called… “The dragons? I  don’t know. We seem to spend more time avoiding being killed by Speakers than anything.” She gave her teacher a long look. “You’re the same race as them, aren’t you?”

“Clever girl, I’ve never told you that. Yes, the original Kinstrari started out as Kithreiri. They can breed the normal way but they still like to raid our home, steal our children and convert them.” She reached out and touched Lydia’s temples. “Let me in, I need to see what’s blocking you.”

“Err… how?” Lydia asked.

“Just relax and clear your mind, I’ll do the rest.”

Lydia closed her eyes and started to try and still her mind. She should probably be more cautious, but she trusted her teacher. The dreams had been a fixture in her life for as long as she could remember. She counted her heartbeat until it was all she could hear. Silver fire shimmered through her mind, silencing even that. The last thing she heard before unconsciousness took her was her teacher’s voice in her mind.

There we go, I think I cleared it. I’m leaving you a gift. It won’t be much help against the Speakers but it should help against Dragons.

***

She woke to find Eyvindr shaking her. Andrew was kneeling on the other side of her looking frantic.
“Huh?” she said, then sat bolt upright as the details of her dream came back to her in a vivid detail they’d never had before. She  gasped in a breath and looked at her hands. Whatever Feliaria had done must have worked – she felt like a wall in mind had gone.

“Are you okay?” Andrew was talking so fast he almost seemed to trip over his words. “Karen’s gone and the rest of us woke up together, but you wouldn’t wake up, and then you burst into flames…”

Lydia stuck a hand up to calm him. “I’m fine. I was talk… Wait! I what?”

“Burst into flames,” he repeated.  “The same colour as your cloak.”

“It didn’t last very long,” Eyvindr added. “They died down just before you woke up.”

“I told them not to worry,” Bennu said. “I knew you were all right. But I couldn’t touch your mind and what’s this?” He tapped something on her wrist with his beak and Lydia looked down. Nestled against her heart bracelet was a second bracelet. A silvery circle in which she could see flames dancing.

“What the hell?!” she exclaimed.

“This is very strange.” Kimi sniffed at the bracelet cautiously. “I have no idea what it is. But if we’re where I think we are there’s someone nearby who might be able to help. I was going to suggest we called on him on the way to Caerdu, but getting arrested intervened.”

“Well, we could certainly do with some help,” Lydia conceded. “We would have been toast in that fight if not for Karen, and she’s not here now. Who is this person?”

”I nearly was.” Kimi nosed at her side where a section of her fur had been singed off, but the hide beneath was uninjured. “Someone healed me. I know it was worse than this. And he’s my mentor. He’s a Night Gryphon, my pride sent me to him when I was just a cub. I’m sure we’re near his lair and I think he could help me and Bennu become stronger. Possibly you as well. He’ll certainly put us up for a few days while we plan our next move.”

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9 Responses to “Dragon Wars: Land of Myth Chapter Seven Part Two”

  1. pyroarcher2 says:

    Exciting! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

  2. mjkj says:

    Seconded 🙂

    Oh, wow, nice teacher…

    …but she should know that their father is a dragon also – though which of these two? Kinstrari or Kithreiri?

    I wonder what caused that block – and also how Feliaria could teach her form the other world in her dreams etc.

    Nice a second bracelet – and bursting into flames? with the same color the goblin cloth turned? wow…

    Nice and unsuspected turnings … you are really good at this 😀

    mjkj

    • admin says:

      Heh, slight misconception there. Their father isn’t a dragon himself. He just has a gift for controlling dragons. That’s what netted him the title Dragon Lord.

  3. mjkj says:

    PS: Heading is wrong: it says this again is chapter seven part one though that should be part two…

  4. mjkj says:

    Ah, that explains that…

    He is the Lord of the Dragons but not a Dragon himself…

    Wow, never expected that – but it explains much (especially our heroes being human etc.)
    😀
    mjkj

  5. mjkj says:

    …and you are welcome

  6. Janthro says:

    Great chapter. A couple of tiny corrections:

    Together with her eyes they gave her startling resemblence to Alayria.

    Probably should be “gave her ‘a’ startling resemblence”.

    And the other:

    she felt like a wall in mind had gone.

    Probably should be “like a wall in ‘her’ mind had gone.”

    • admin says:

      Oops! I seem to have a problem with missing articles :-/

      I know better than that really.

      Thanks for the spot!

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