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Dragons - Prologue & Chapter One


This story is about a world under attack by great beasts and the journey of our young hero Tristan to find out more about the beasts and a way to stop them, he will meet our heroine Kaia who is a part of a lost culture, the people called Dragons, and Tristan will discover about their history and the gift the gods gave to them, together they join their peoples to stop the evil of Crackus and the beasts. Can they stop the evil before there is a war that will devastate the world?



PROLOGUE

“You can’t do this, its murder!” Chiron’s voice echoed through the great hall, he looked around as faces stared back at him. The great hall was a huge circular room with 12 thrones placed evenly apart, each was a dark mahogany colour with a symbol upon the head surrounded by small jewels. “It’s a necessary act, no one wants to do this but this sacrifice will save many more lives and protect our people now and for generations to come.” Samuel sighed as he rose from his throne and walked to Chiron who was standing in the centre of the great hall. “I know how difficult this will be for you, it will be difficult for a great many people who will lose someone, but you have seen all the death and destruction they can cause if the evil in them is brought out, we all thought this was a gift to our people given by the gods, but maybe it is a curse. We know the darkness is not in them all, well maybe not a first but we can’t risk innocent lives on a hope that they won’t turn, we need to protect our people, I’m sorry my friend.” Samuel returned back to his throne and sat down, Chiron’s anger began to rise and he did not return to his seat instead he stormed out of the great hall with fire in his eyes and fury in his heart
          Chiron would not allow the council to do this, he would fight them, and he would not allow them to harm his son. Chiron travelled as fast as he could from the temple through the busy town to his home. Everyone he passed seemed happy and just going on as normal but he knew panic and fear would rise when news of the council’s plan spreads. Chiron sighed as he reached his home, Chiron was born into nobility and he rose high becoming a council member so he had great fortune and power but none of that was worth anything to the council, their plans would be carried out regardless, the kings themselves have ordered it.
          Chiron got closer to the house and noticed the door had been broken open, he took out his sword and slowly approached the door and he stepped inside. There was broken furniture everywhere, one window was shattered and Chiron knew exactly what had happened, the council knew he would resist them so they took his son while he was with them in the council meeting; Chiron punched his hand into a wall. “They will pay for this; I will not allow this massacre to happen!” Chiron’s wife had died a few years earlier and now they have took his son, he was now alone and vowed that he would stop this from happening to other people and save his son before they harm him if he can.




CHAPTER ONE


          Terrified screams were coming from all corners of the small town. Kaia looked on at the town with a guilt stricken face as she was standing at the edge of the forest, safe and just watching everyone running around panicking, some were in tears others in pain. Kaia knew she could do something to help these people but she did not want to reveal herself, she must try to lure him away from the town as she is. Kaia started walking toward the town, the screams were getting louder and she could make out some of the words now, “RUN!” “HIDE!” was heard amongst the screams. Many of the buildings in the town were on fire, Kaia could feel the heat from the flames and the flames reflections were in her eyes but the reflection distorted as tears began to form in her eyes but she would not let them fall. She felt sorrow for the bloodshed being spilt but she swore she would stop this and try to save these people as well as her own. Kaia entered the town and she saw a large shadow on the ground moving and covering the screaming people, everyone was changing the direction of their running when they saw the shadow, they dared not to look up. They all just kept trying to run until they found safe haven, but Kaia knew there was none when the beast was after you. The further into the town she walked the more destruction she saw and the more dead bodies she saw. Kaia took a deep breath and continued walking until she came to a house that had not yet been touched by the beast.
          Kaia felt such sadness when she saw a young girl huddled in a ball beside a crushed house she had tears running down her face and Kaia saw the sun reflecting in her tears. Kaia saw the large shadow on the ground moving closer to the girl, the young girl tilted her head up slightly and saw a great blue beast coming towards her flying at a great speed. The young girl screamed she seemed too afraid to run.
          For a moment she just stared at this taking place but then she decided to go for the girl but before her feet left the ground the girl was suddenly swept up off the ground and onto a horse by a young man. He had short black hair, green eyes and a very handsome face; both Kaia and the young girl stared at him both completely forgetting all about the beast. Kaia snapped out of her daze when she saw him pull his sword, and then gallop past the beast, for a moment Kaia had thought he was going to challenge the beast. The beast had no interest in them as they rode past it; he just changed direction after other prey.
          The beasts blue wings stretched out far, each wing must have been longer than a house and they sparkled in the sun as did the rest of its body, it was almost beautiful. The fire that the beast breathed was so hot that it killed in seconds and burned through buildings extremely fast. When the beast was flying the gust of wind from its wings was enough to blow any building over, it was like this beast was created for nothing but destruction. Kaia saw the soldiers around the town trying to fight the beast. The arrows kept flying up into the air and they would hit the beast’s body but its skin seemed to be as hard as the strongest metal and the arrows just bounced off. Kaia just shook her head in disappointment but then she had to realize this is the first they have saw of the beast and they had no knowledge of it or how to fight it and she knew they were no match for it anyway. Kaia saw them with their swords out waiting for the beast to get low enough, Kaia sighed. “The poor idiots are just going to get themselves killed;” she couldn’t help but say to herself. Kaia was just watching them try spears but none could throw them high enough and the beast would not come low enough for them to try again. She knew the beast was clever, he knew how to defend himself. The faces of the soldiers looked lost and beaten; they didn’t know what else to try.
          Kaia closed her eyes as she needed to concentrate, she tried to block out all the sounds, the screaming, and the crackling of the fires, everything until all she could hear was her own breathing and her own thoughts. Her mind was focused and clear so she opened her eyes and concentrated on the beast. Kaia just stared at him sparking in the sun and the world just seemed to slow down. Her eyes glowed red and suddenly the beast turned in Kaia’s direction and headed for her. She smiled and started to run out of town towards the mountains and the beast forgetting about the town followed her. Kaia had the beast’s full attention just as she wanted and was leading it away from the people.
          Soon nightfall came and the people were left wondering why the beast left town heading for the mountains. No one knew why it had stopped its attack but they were using this bit of peace to their advantage. The soldiers were evacuating people, helping the injured and removing the dead. The soldiers had set up a small camp outside of the town until they decided what they were to do next. They dared not go looking for the beast as they had no idea how to destroy it and would only lose more men trying.


“This is the second small town in a matter of days, this beast must be stopped, thousands of people have already been killed.” Marcus paced around the tent he seemed so frustrated with the situation.
“Well we all know that Marcus but what do you suggest we do? We have lost countless men to the beast and our weapons do no good its skin is impenetrable, as hard as stone and it breaths fire. I fear nothing human can kill this beast.” Tidas’ voice crackled and has worn with age. Marcus turned towards Tidas “So what you want is for us just to give up? Is that your great plan Tidas? Just let it kill us all?” Marcus slammed his fist down onto the table letting out some of his anger. The wind started to pick up bowing onto the outside of the tent, it gradually got louder into a howling sound. All the men in the tent were wearing armour that looked worn, scratched and burned. They were all high ranking officers in the king’s army but they were not afraid to get their hands dirty like any other soldier in order to protect their people and their homes.

          A voice came from the back of the tent. “There is another plan we could follow, there must be someone who knows something about this beast, it must have some weaknesses, it can’t have just appeared out of thin air.” The room sighed at the young man who came further into the light, “And where do you suppose we look for this person who has all this knowledge about the beast? And how we defeat it? What fantasy world shall we look in boy? Tidas ignited a small bust of laughter in the room. “It may be the only one of its kind and we may be the first to discover it. Why don’t you go and run off back to the palace and leave this to the real men Tristan.” Tidas sounded as if it were more of an order than a suggestion. “I’m not a child anymore old man, I’m here to help and I will be listened to as you would my father.” The anger in Tidas rose, his voice louder than normal, “NOW Listen here boy...”
          “Enough!” a voice came from the shadows, then followed a man walking into the tent and like Tristan he had a handsome face but it had weathered with age and jet black her with brown eyes.”Well arguing doesn’t seem to be getting us anywhere,” They all bowed in honour of their king. “What is your plan my son? And we will at least listen to what you have to say.” King Atreyus join the circle of men in the tent for this discussion. “Well just attacking the beast doesn’t seem to be working we are just wasting men and weapons. We need to know what we are fighting and how to fight it. What we need are men to gather information, travelling the lands trying to find even the smallest bit of help. We need to see if the beast has attacked anywhere else and if we can where the beast came from, and if there are any ways to stop it, if I am wrong and no one anywhere knows anything about the beast we have wasted some time. If we ignore this and just keep attacking it we will waste some lives.” Marcus stepped up to Tristan.
          “Boy, no man’s life is a waste, they all defend their homes and families, and they die with honour but perhaps you are right and a change of strategy is in order.” The other men nodded in agreement, Tidas hesitated but also nodded his agreement with his usual grim look upon his face. “Very well my son we shall try your plan, it seems there are no better ideas.” The king looked around the room at his best soldiers; Tristan stepped up to his father. “I would like to be one of the men sent out father.” Tristan sounded determined but King Atreyus shook his head, “No my son it is too dangerous you will stay here, do not worry the right men will be chosen for the task.” Tristan did not agree with this decision,
“Father I will be in much more danger here with that beast than I will be anywhere else, I’m not a child anymore I can take care of myself you made sure of that with all of my training, let me do this.” Tristan’s voice started to get calmer, “Please father, I’m the right man for this task.” King Atreyus sighed, “Let him go my king, the boy wishes to prove himself and protect his people he should be given this chance.” The other men stayed silent but nodded in agreement with Marcus. “He will only be in our way here anyway,” Tidas added with a small smile and King Atreyus agreed by nodding his head in approval. “Very well my son the task is yours, choose the other men you think best for the task and let us hope you do bring back some good news, as soon as you can.” Tristan smiled and nodded his head.


Kaia was making her way into a cave on the side of the mountain, going deeper and deeper into the heart of the mountain; she could hear the heavy breathing of the beast echoing in the cave getting louder as it was getting closer. Since the sun had set and nightfall came it had become so dark, Kaia could barely see ahead of herself in the cave and she had no light to guide her. Kaia came to a huge circular room and she started to spin round to the direction she came in and saw a huge ball of fire coming her way lighting up the cave. Kaia dived to the floor as the fireball reached her and headed straight above her and hitting the wall on the far end of the room. There was a crackling sound and it seemed to have ignited an oil filled pouch running all along the wall, lighting up the whole room.

          Kaia could now see everything in the well lit room; there were four statues placed around the room of two men and two women. Kaia moved towards the back of the room as the beast entered it, the fury was burning in its eyes; the beast roared and started building up a flame ready to head in Kaia’s direction. “You know what Crackus will do to you if you kill me,” Kaia smiled, the beast understood and put out the flame burning inside. The beast moved closer to Kaia, they were so close the beast face was almost touching hers. Kaia smiled at him “You can always surrender old friend, let me help you.” The beast roared, the fire burned in Kaia’s eyes, she had his answer.


Each commander brought forth a selection of their best men for Tristan to choose from, he and five other men would ride out and try and discover anything they could about the beast that was attacking them. The people seemed hopeful because they had not seen or heard anything of the beast since it attacked the town of Lightthorpe but Tristan knew that it would be back and another town would fall prey to the beast’s destruction. For this task Tristan wanted to choose the ones who were fast as time was not on their side, the best fighters were needed as there were other dangers in the world and these men needed to survive to tell of any information they may gather. Each of the men had recommendations from his commanding officer and they were all ready to serve their king and complete this task.

          Tristan considered each man carefully and chose his five for the task. Tristan and the five men chosen gathered around a map each discussed how they thought each are should be split up and they also knew that some places had been untraveled by his people so there would be uncharted land they may have to go through. Taking each mans skills into consideration such as the best climber would be suitable with areas of mountain land, the best tracker would be more suitable for a lot of forest and so on. When it was decided who would be travelling where they all spent the night planning, saying their goodbyes to their families and whatever other preparation they needed to do.
          Tristan was in the palace war room studying his section of the map and deciding which route through the area may be best to start. These are places that he had never been before so he would be learning a lot for himself about the world as well as the vital information he needed for his people. Tristan had spent his life in Adena, his father had never allowed him to travel anywhere else as he was an only child and so King Atreyus’ only heir but now this was his chance to see new places and to prove to his father that he was no child and that he could protect his people.
          The doors of the war room sounded like thunder as they opened, Tristan looked up to see Tidas entering the room with the same grim expression he had always worn. “You should be resting boy; you’ve got a lot of ground to travel.” Tidas kept walking closer to Tristan, “I’m not tired, there is too much to think about.” Tidas grunted and now standing on the opposite side of the table to Tristan he looked down at the map and sighed. “You will have to learn boy that sleep is the most important weapon you have, a well rested soldier has a better chance of survival than one without rest. You may not think you are tired but you don’t know when you are next going to be able to sleep and you are now going to be leaving the safety of the palace for the dangers of the world with no one there to watch your back, so sleep while you can.”
Tidas turned and walked back towards the door, “and good luck boy.” Tristan smiled, “Thank you old man.” Tidas returned a smile which Tristan could not see. When Tidas had left the room he agreed that the old man had a point and decided to go and try to get some sleep, so he left the war room and headed for his chamber still thinking on his way.


Kaia watched the sun rise from the cave mouth; she looked towards the small town she had come from. The fires were all out and the people were cleaning up and mourning their dead. Kaia sighed "Enjoy these beautiful mornings while you can, because there is more darkness ahead, Crackus will see to that," she closed her eyes and took a deep breath she then headed back into the cave entering the circular room that was still brightly lit. Kaia stood at the centre of the room and looked around at the four statues; they were well carved with a lot of detail. Both women were beautiful with nicely shaped bodies, one hand long flowing hair reaching down to her waist giving a seducing smile, the other had hair reaching to her shoulders, with a fierce glance and both were wearing a long robe fitting nicely to show the curved shape of their bodies. The men were carved handsome and strong; one with short hair with a battle ready expression on his face and the other had shoulder length hair with a sad smile upon his face. Both men were wearing elegant robes; it was like they were turned to stone in the middle of a heated conversation.

          Kaia’s anger was rising, "WHY?" she shouted and it echoed through the cave, "Why?" she said much quieter. "You created Dragons, you gave them this power, you watched as they tore each other apart, did you want to save the world? Or did you wish to destroy it?" she again looked around at the statues, she shook her head. "Why am I talking to a rock?" a small laugh escaped her mouth. Kaia headed back out of the cave and walked down the narrow path way until she came to the bottom and she came to a large oak tree where a grave lay with a wooden cross marker. Kaia knelt by the grave and smiled “I’m sorry it had to come to this my friend, I’m trying to help, I hate that Crackus is doing this but it will end. I promise I will help our people.” Kaia took a deep breath and stood up, she looked down and the grave “Goodbye Tobias.” She then walked away and headed to the forest. As Kaia walked further and further into the forest she came to a small opening in which was a small waterfall leading to small river. Tied to a tree was a beautiful black horse eating the grass that lay below it, He looked up as Kaia moved in closer. “Hello my friend, I’m sorry I took so long,” Kaia smiled and stroked her hand down his head. “Let’s get going, we have to move fast,” the stallion nodded his head and Kaia mounted her horse and started off on a light trot leading into a fast gallop heading for home.


Tristan and the other men had left at first light and were each on their separate ways to complete their mission, he was riding through the forest heading towards the border of Adena. Tristan was afraid of all the dangers he may find on his journey and that he me fail, but he would not give up. He had no idea what he would do if he encountered another beast, his own fathers army could not stop it and he didn’t know what could. There were too many thoughts rushing through his head, he needed to put them aside and clear his head for his mission. Tristan came to the edge of the forest; he stopped for a moment and gazed at the long valley in front of him. In his whole life Tristan had never left Adena so this was new for him, he took a deep breath and continued on into the valley.

          The breeze was nice and cool upon Tristan’s face to help counter the heat from the sun, he kept riding but the valley seemed never ending it was as far as the eye could see but he just kept going. Tristan wanted to travel as much ground as possible during the day, he wanted to ride through the night too but he would be no good to anyone if he exhausts him or his horse out as he still has quite a way to go.
          Half the day had gone by as he was riding and he finally came to out of the valley and into more forest. Tristan was happy he was now shielded from the sun by the trees, he entered the forest and as he was riding further into it he heard voices so Tristan slowed down and headed in the direction of the voices. He saw four men surrounding a small boy. The boy was holding a knife and the men holding their swords and closing in further on the boy and he looked scared, “You can come with us willingly boy or we will use force” he smiled, “I don’t care which, either way you are going to Crackus, he has plans for the likes of you.” The boy ran at the older ugly looking man who had addressed him but he just pushed the boy to the ground with little force knocking the knife from his hand.
          Tristan rode up to the group of men “Leave the boy be,” the group just laughed at him and turned towards him, “Why don’t you mind your own business and run along.” Tristan got down from his horse and walked up to the ugly man whose actions seemed to make him the leader of the group. “I’ll ask you one more time to leave the boy be,” his face turned grim as he stared at Tristan. “Well maybe we should teach you a lesson boy,” Tristan smiled at him as he signalled for his three men to step forward and attack. They came forward one at a time; the first man who was the youngest of the group thrust his sword at Tristan’s stomach, he blocked the attack and Tristan made a counter thrust at the man’s neck cutting it deep and he fell to the ground.
          The second man came forward and lifted his sword high going for Tristan’s head but before he could bring his sword to finish his attack Tristan slashed his sword across the man’s stomach and he fell to the ground in pain next to his fallen comrade. The third man was faster and more skilled than the others he made an attack for Tristan’s stomach which he blocked and made a counter attack for the man’s head which was blocked then the man made another attack for his back as he turned and blocked the attack only just before it hit him. Tristan lunged his sword at the man’s head and as he blocked it Tristan grabbed his dagger and plunged it into the man’s stomach, he dropped his sword and Tristan made a final blow to the man’s head.
          The leader was the last man to deal with and his anger had risen with the fall of his men but he had no intention of joining them so he decided to jump onto his horse and flee for the moment leaving the boy and Tristan felt no need to chase after him so he let him go. Tristan walked towards the boy, “You OK?” the boy snatched up his knife. “I needed no help from you I had everything under control,” Tristan laughed but could see the boy was still scared. “Of course you did, but since I was here I thought I’d help anyway,” the boy scowled at Tristan, “Do not anger me, I am to be very powerful, Kaia said so.” Tristan was just smiling at the boy, “And who is Kaia?” the boy was just staring at Tristan and still holding the knife, “is she your girlfriend?” the boy shook his head, “Yuck no she’s not, not that it’s any of your business but she is my sister, I was following her to help when those idiots caught up with me and stopped me” Tristan walked closer to the boy still with a smile on his face. “Why don’t you put the knife down and tell me your name,” Tristan could see the boy was reluctant to give up the knife so he gave a gentle smile, “I’m not going to hurt you, you can trust me.”
          The boy slowly put his knife away and Tristan walked up to him and knelt down so they were eye to eye. “My name is Darius,” he smiled at the boy,
“Hi Darius, I’m Tristan, so you said you were following your sister? Do your parents know you are here?” Darius had a sad expression on his face, “My parents are dead so Kaia looks after me, she went alone to stop him so I just wanted he help her because I’m not a baby anymore and I can help.” The boy smiled,
“Help her with what exactly?”
“She came to stop Tobias, he was going to attack a town because Crackus told him to, and he wasn’t to leave anyone alive and to burn it to the ground.” Tristan seemed a little confused,
“Does this Tobias have anything to do with that beast that attacked us in Adena it was big and blue with huge wings?” Darius nodded,

          “That is Tobias, so you saw him? Did you see Kaia? Is she ok?” Tristan sighed, he couldn’t believe that beast had a name or that one girl went to fight it. “I’m sorry I haven seen your sister, the beast was strong we couldn’t fight it but the beast left the town and we haven’t seen it since, I was sent to find out about the beasts and how we could fight them in case they attacked again. Can you tell me more about the beast?” Darius bit his lip and shook his head, “I’m not supposed to talk about it with strangers, Dragons are a secret.” Darius covered his mouth, “Dragons? That’s what they are?” Darius nodded his head and Tristan smiled. “Who told you to not talk about it?”
          “Kaia and the council said keeping it secret is best, that it will keep us safe so we all promised not to tell outsiders anything, maybe I should go now? Everyone is probably worried about me” Darius started to walk away, “Wait hold up, why don’t I give you a ride home, we can’t have you walking through the forest alone.”
“No you can’t, a secret remember” Tristan smiled
“Well I’m taking you home whether they like it or not, I’m sure they would prefer you safe and maybe they can answer my questions,” Darius sighed.
“Ok but don’t blame me if they kill you,” he smiled at Tristan and he returned the smile.
“Come on then, let’s get going,” Tristan lifted Darius up onto his horse and then got up behind him and they began on their way.


“Half the day has passed and the beast has not returned and our scouts have not seen anything of it, I think we can safely say that it is not coming back,” Tidas smiled as Marcus sighed “We still cannot be sure it’s really gone, or that another one won’t show up. We are spread thing trying to take care of two towns after an attack as well as protect our borders, we must be sure otherwise we may lose another town.” The knights were gathered in the war room; all gathered in a circle around a table, “Marcus is right we will not be sleeping soundly until we know exactly what happened to the beast and why it stopped its attack. We must send men to search deeper into our lands for the beast or if we find our lands empty we may be more relaxed.”
“Yes my friend but they must not engage it if they find the beast, not until we find out how to stop it.” Marcus turned and headed for the door. “I will tell the king of the plan,” Marcus left the war room as the others stayed pondering.

          Marcus wandered slowly along the halls of the palace thinking about all of the destruction that has happened to his people, all the families that have been tore apart. Marcus knows how hard it is to lose the people you love as his own wife had been taken by death many years before along with their unborn child. As Marcus was walking he passed the palace gardens and for a moment he stopped and stared, Marcus saw his wife sitting by the roses smiling with her long black hair flowing in the wind, her blue eyes shining in the sun looking up at him.
Marcus remembered when he had first met his wife he was just a young soldier and during his year training at the academy he became close friends with the prince who is the current king, which meant he was always around the palace when he was not at his soldiering duties. Katherine was a lady in waiting to the queen and she was the most beautiful woman Marcus had ever laid eyes on, for him it was love at first sight so he spent as much time as he could with her when they both had no duties to attend to, they went on picnics and he spent what little money he had buying her presents. Soon he moved up through the ranks in the army and began earning more so he finally got the courage to ask Katherine to marry him and she couldn’t say yes fast enough, their wedding was beautiful and was attended by all of their friends.

          After a few years of happy marriage Katherine conceived their first child but not long before she was to give birth she was out walking with a friend another lady in waiting, she did this often Katherine liked to feel the wind upon her skin coming from the sea as she stood on the cliff top looking out to the horizon, but this time her friend arrived back at the palace without her she came in tears and Marcus received the worst news of his life. Bandits had attacked them on the cliff top and in the struggle Katherine had slipped over the edge into the sea, he and his men looked but no body was found with the currents it could have been pulled far out to see.
          Marcus sighed at his memories and felt sad remembering the loss of his family and then he continued down the hall on his way to the king to update him on the current plans on searching for the beast, the events of late have taken a huge toll on everyone and Marcus hoped no more devastation would occur.


Kaia had been riding for two days and nights only stopping for short breaks so as to give herself and her horse some rest. The sun was almost about to rise when she came to a rock face and there was a cave leading through Kaia entered the cave and it only took a few minutes to come to the opening at the other end and leave the cave as she did the sun had risen and a new day had begun, Kaia heard a quiet whistling of the wind, but there was only a small breeze as Kaia slightly turned her head to the left and her hand quickly reached up and grabbed the arrow that was heading straight for her head. Kaia saw a young man appear from trees.

          “You almost missed, I could have killed you,” she sighed and smiled at him.
“Well maybe you shouldn’t have been showing off, don’t aim that thing at me again unless you do intend to kill me otherwise I may not be so kind to you.” Tarik smiled
"How was your trip?" the smile faded from Kaia's face,
"Tobias won’t be a danger to anyone anymore." Tarik's smile also faded and nodded his head.
"I'm sorry," Kaia took a deep breath.
"I'm heading into the village to update the council, you be careful what you do with those arrows," she started riding ahead into the trees and she just kept riding until she came to a valley which held a large village full of people who seemed happy and carefree wandering about, working, playing and Kaia rode on into the village stopping at a large circular building.

          Kaia got down from her horse and entered the building, surrounding the room were twelve elegantly carved chairs each with a jewel on the top surrounded by symbols. Eleven of the chairs were occupied and Kaia headed towards the empty chair, the others were silent as she sat herself down. "What news do you bring?" spoke an elderly man, his short hair had faded white and face was covered in deep lines he was all aged and worn. "I have dealt with Tobias, he had destroyed two villages in Adena and there were many losses. I had no choice but to destroy him, he was too far gone and his humanity lost," the room sighed and a man stood up, he was young and his long blond hair was straight and neat as was his long brown tunic covering most of his black leggings. "Crackus is going too far, he is corrupting too many of our people, young and old alike, kidnapping them if they don’t come willingly. Tobias won’t be the last soul to be forever lost if he is not stopped, he is putting our people in too much danger, we are now exposed to the world." They all nodded as the man sat back down. "Kaia there is another thing you must know, Darius ran away not long after you left. The boy is foolish he was speaking of helping you, we sent men out to look but we had no luck in finding him," the elderly man said calmly. Kaia stood up quickly "What? You wait now to tell me? How could you let this happen? He is just a child, what if Crackus finds?" Kaia rushed out of the building with no interference from the council.


Tristan rode up to the rock face and stopped in front of the opening of the cave, "so your village is in a cave?" Darius smiled, "No it’s not in a cave that is just a tunnel, an entrance to my home. Beyond there is a forest and through that is valley which is where my village is." Tristan sighed and smiled at Darius
"Ok let’s get going then," Tristan began to ride ahead into the cave but could barely see in the darkness but came out the other end seeing the daylight again. He saw the forest ahead and made a sudden stop as an arrow flew passed his face hitting a tree. "What the hell was that?"
"Guards of course, our home is well protected,"
"Well thank you for warning me,"
"Sorry I forgot."

          Tristan saw men come out of the trees surrounding them "Strangers are not welcome here" Tarik moved closer to them "step down from the horse," Tristan stepped off the horse and then helped down Darius. Tarik lowered his weapon, "Darius is that you?" Darius smiled and nodded.
"Please don’t kill him, he is my friend and he saved my life." Tarik sighed,
“You should not have brought him here Darius," Tristan stepped forward towards Tarik
"Listen I did not come here for trouble, just to get what information I could on the beast that attacked my home Adena." No one spoke but all weapons were still aimed at him,

          "We have no information for you here." a voice came from the trees and Kaia stepped out into sight "Kaia!" Darius shouted as he ran to her and she knelt down as she welcomed him into her arms.
"Darius you should not have left the village, it's too dangerous" she smiled softly,
"I just wanted to help, don’t make Tristan go, he helped me, he stopped Crackus' men from taking me, can’t we help him?" Kaia's smile faded, she sighed and stood up then walked over and stood in front of Tristan. He smiled, thinking how beautiful she was, standing so strong he saw her long black hair flowing in the wind Tristan just stood staring into her deep blue eyes, so hypnotizing suddenly he snapped out of his daze as she began to speak.

          "I thank you for saving my brother, what has he told you about us?"
"He said you went to stop the beast that attacked Adena, and that it was a Dragon. He wouldn't tell me anymore because you and some council said he wasn’t allowed" Kaia turned her head and looked at Darius; he looked to the ground with a small smile. Kaia sighed "Follow me," she said as she turned and walked away “All of you back to your posts." The men surrounding walked away unhappy, Tarik didn’t move,
"Kaia! He can’t..."
"Enough! Back to your post, I will deal with him and the council."

          Tristan followed Kaia into the forest; she took her horse by its reins and led it through the forest as Tristan walked ahead of his horse using the reins to guide it. He caught up with Kaia walking by her side, "Who is Crackus? And why would he want to take Darius?"
"He’s our...”
"Hush Darius I believe you have said enough," Darius lowered his head and as he continued walking in silence. As they reached the valley the village came into sight and they kept walking until they entered the village as they did people stood staring at the unknown face in their home, fear showed on some faces and some people headed straight for their homes.

          "Why is everyone staring me?" Kaia smiled,
"Because you are an outsider, and we never have outsiders here,"
"Never?"
No, outsiders are trouble, we are surrounded by mountains, the cave is the only safe entrance here and we keep it well protected, it is best if we keep to ourselves." Tristan sighed
"Are you going to tell me anything that I want to know about the beast?"
"All you need to know right now is that the beast as you call it is gone and no longer a threat to your people, I took care of him." Tristan looked confused
"You stopped the beast? Our whole army could not stop it so how did you?" Kaia smiled and stopped outside a small hut "Please wait in here, I must see the council." Tristan sighed and entered the small hut. He heard Kaia's voice outside, “Guard him and make sure he does not leave this hut," then a man’s voice followed
"Yes ma'am" Tristan sat down on a small wooden chair he just kept thinking of Kaia and this place it’s like a secret world excluded from everything, peaceful and quiet. He just wondered what secrets they wanted kept hidden from the world. But they knew something of use to him that he was sure of.


Marcus was in his room at the palace it didn’t carry as many memories as his old home did. After his wife Katherine died Marcus left his home and hasn’t lived there since. Marcus was staring out of his window at the city below and everything was so dark, all he could see was some fires burning with the moon shining down. A knock came from the door and Marcus turned to face it, "Come in!" he said and the door slowly opened revealing the king. Marcus bowed "My lord," King Atreyus smiled "Marcus my old friend there’s no need for that when it’s just us," Marcus returned a smile. "Sorry my lord a force of habit I’m afraid," the king nodded

          `"I’m worried for my son, has there been any news about him?" enquired the King."Not yet sire but he is strong and brave I have faith in him. We just need to give him some time." King Atreyus smiled, "I just hope he doesn’t get into any trouble," the king sighed, “I will leave you to get your rest old friend." Marcus smiled, "yes we are not young men anymore, more sleep is needed now" the king laughed and left the room then Marcus turned again to the window, still thinking.


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