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Chapter Twenty Four: A Time of Change

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Eamon looked up from his journal and rubbed his eyes. He was worried about his brother Rolfe. In spite of Eamon’s warnings, Rolfe had married a woman from the townspeople fifty years ago. Even Eamon’s son Bryant had told Rolfe it was a bad idea to marry someone so short lived, but Rolfe was determined. A knock at the door interrupted his thoughts.

“Come,” he said and Bryant opened the door.

“Are we going Father? Everything is packed and waiting on the...

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Chapter Twenty Three: A New Generation of Dragons

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Kennard put his arm around Magda while they watched their sons stand near the eggs in the sand. Eamon’s wife had already bonded with the new queen named Evelina. Aylward’s mate Etana had died yesterday and Aylward wouldn’t survive much longer. Suddenly a crack appeared in one of the eggs and a claw soon showed. Eamon rushed forward to touch the claw. The egg burst open and the dragon was the same color as the bronze dragon clasp that had passed from Kennard’s father Fa...

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Chapter Twenty Two: Refuge from the Storm

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Fanchon woke to a loud crack of thunder that rattled the shutters. He sat up to find Aloysia sitting in on the settee between their children Greta and Matias with a quilt wrapped around them. Their faces were pale and eyes wide.

“I don’t know how you could sleep through this,” she said as there was a knock on the door.

“Come,” Fanchon said.

The door opened and Kennard entered.

“Everyone is frightened Father,” Kennard said. ...

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Chapter Twenty One: Malvin's Sacrifice for the Future

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Fanchon really didn’t want to get up in the morning knowing that Malvin would soon die.

‘I don’t want to die either, but I know it must be done,’ the tone of Malvin’s voice revealed his sorrow. ‘I know I would die within weeks if I didn’t commit myself to the volcano tonight. This will insure Dracona’s future.’

Fanchon finally got out of bed. Aloysia hugged him. The cheek she pressed against his was wet. He wiped her tears and ...

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Chapter Twenty: Aloysia's Talent

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Fanchon wiped the sweat from his brow as he studied the unfinished sword. The design he had chosen was not a simple one and involved making the hilt from brass. He had created a dragon whose body would be the grip with outstretched wings as a cross guard and tail as a knuckle guard. The tang of the sword would fit into the throat of the dragon. It had taken him most of a week to forge the sword. All that was left was to join the blade to the hilt and sharpen it. He had created a beautiful fab...

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Chapter Nineteen: Challenged by the Village Elder

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 12:05 AM

The old man looked at Tor.

“My uncle was one who tried Fanchon as an apprentice,” Tor said. “I heard him talking to my father about Fanchon. He said that Fanchon was a quick learner, but would never be content as a farmer. Fanchon pointed out things that could be done more efficiently and told him how to do them differently. It really annoyed my uncle that someone so young could be right about things he hadn’t figured out in all the years he had been farming.R...

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Chapter Eighteen: Preparing for the Future

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 12:05 AM

When Fanchon woke in the morning Malvin had returned and was lying near the eggs in the main cavern.

‘I found the island and spoke to a woman who lives there,’ the dragon said. ‘She spoke some words that I don’t understand and told me that it was a key for you to pass down to your male heirs.’

‘I’ll get some paper and write it down then,’ Fanchon said.

Aloysia was straightening the bedding and folding it out of the way.

&...

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Chapter Seventeen: Beginning a new life

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 1:05 AM

After a week of debate and careful measurements everyone was satisfied with the plans for the castle. Trees were cut down for Fanchon to begin to build into doors to cover the entrance to the cavern. Malvin dug out all of the soil where the castle would be built and helped to set the stones that created the foundation. Aloysia directed the planting of crops so they would have food for the cold season. Fanchon designed a system of gears that would both balance the large doors and allow them to...

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Chapter Sixteen: Plans for Building a Home

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

“We could build a castle in front of the entrance here since the dragons have other smaller tunnels to use as entrances,” Fanchon said.

“A castle?” Aloysia asked. “Malvin must have.”

She paused suddenly.

“No, it was your idea entirely, but Fae and Malvin like it,” she said. “Fae said that would keep her eggs warm.”

“Where are we supposed to live?” Thia asked.

“Do you know how long that ...

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Chapter Fifteen: Flying Defenders

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:05 AM

After helping to pack up camp, Fanchon went to stand at Jerron’s grave. He noticed that the flowers were all withered and dried up. He left more flowers on Jerron’s grave before they continued their journey but noticed they seemed to immediately begin to wilt. He felt intense curiosity drawing him forward as he led the group directly south across the field of flowers to the forest on the other side. They came across where the land had risen up creating a cliff that grew as it went...

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