I was woken by Sanna's song in my head, the happy drums, saxophone and violin disturbing my warm cocoon of sleep.
"Sorry to wake you, Sūrya." Sanna's voice purred, I felt his big arms lift me up from the sand.
I moaned, and hid my face in his bare chest. "Too early for music." I muttered.
He chuckled. "You can return to Kanasu soon, I promise."
I opened my eyes a bit to see Sanna place me on Nisvārtha's back. Once Sanna let me go I laid on Nisvārtha's neck, wrapping my arms around him and pillowing my head on his soft mane.
"Kanasu?" I mumbled as a question.
Kanasu is the dream world, Kendra. Nisvārtha said softly. Close your eyes and hold tightly, you will be there soon.
I did as he said and let the winds rush around me as he took off. I didn't notice how he was more gentle than before, or how he had spoken so kindly. I could only hear his song as it lulled me back to sleep.
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When I woke again it was lighter, the sun had risen and lit the semi-cloudy sky into a patchwork of blue and grey. I moved the slightest bit and groaned in pain. My whole body was sore: My back, my thighs, my arms, and my shoulders ached. I knew it would be bad, but I had hoped it would have been less horrible since I drank Suruli's stupid medicine.
I hate you so much right now. I moaned at Nisvārtha.
I beg your pardon?
Everything hurts, I whined, not caring that I sounded childish. And it's your fault, Shade.
He laughed. I know how you feel. I can promise the pain will pass in a day or so.
It better. I grumbled and began to stretch out.
Once I had stretched what I could, I found that the pain wasn't that bad, I would be fine by tomorrow. I laid against Nisvārtha's neck and relaxed. He was flying smoothly beneath me, and as I watched his ears twitch and his head bob in flight, I thought of something to say.
How old are you, Shade?
His ears twitched. In the spring I turned five-hundred and fifty. Why do you ask?
All of you look so young, but are so much older, I answered. I'm trying to figure it out.
Would you like me to explain the aging process of dragons? he asked.
I frowned at looked at the drake, he was acting weird. Being nice....not a trait I would apply to Nisvārtha Shade.
Are you feeling alright? I asked.
His head turned to give me an odd look. Yes, of course. Why?
I shook my head. Nevermind. He turned his head forward again.
I would like to know about the aging process, though, I added as an afterthought.
As you wish, he said. I suppose I must start at the beginning, each dragon life begins the day they hatch or, in the case of wyverns, are born.
Wyverns don't come from an egg? I asked.
No, the birth process of wyverns is similar to mammals. The mother will remain unshifted for a period of nine moons, carrying the child as it develops in her womb, then give birth to an unshifted baby with no teeth and a thirst for milk.
That sounds just like a human pregnancy. I said, then frowned. You said wyverns are born without teeth, do you mean that the other types have teeth at birth?
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Avondale: The Golden DoorFantasy
Avondale is an island a world away from us. It's people were once bonded as brothers, but centuries of prejudice and war have torn them apart. The need a miracle, and Kendra McLane was not what they had in mind.