The next morning I woke up to the sun shining through my tent, there was a warm body pressed against my back. I smile and slowly rolled over, remembering last night.
"Good morning." I said stretching my arms and cracking my stiff neck.
The body shifted and a head popped up from under the blankets. It was Fiona, she had crawled her way into the tent through the night. Her tail was sticking out of the door and she had made a spot beside me. I rolled my eyes and patted her head, I guess it was just a dream.
"You up Liv?" Ryder's voice came from outside the tent.
"Yeah. I'm up." I yawned again this time cracking my jaw.
He poked his head in the tent and smiled at me. I blushed and started trying to fix my bed head.
"I brought breakfast." Fiona stirred at the word as my own stomach growled. He handed me a plate and crawled in on the other side of Fiona. "She snuck in after you fell asleep. It got a little stuffy so I went back to my tent." I nodded, he must have been unsure if I was upset that he left.
"She's something." I giggled, taking a bite of the meat on my plate. "What is this?" I asked, the new meat was strange but delicious.
"Goose. Alex found a flock and killed a couple." He said, taking a bite of his own. We ate in silence until we heard the rest of the group waking up.
Ryder left to pack up his tent, and I packed up my own. We were all back on the trail when the sunrise was over. I stayed at the back where I am most comfortable. In an instant Ryder was flying through the air laughing and yelling.
"Come on! It will be much faster to fly." He called down. We gave each other confused look but quickly shrugged it off and joined him in the sky.
"Someone's chipper this morning." I giggled, getting a laugh out of Ryder.
We stayed in the air until the night grew closer and the air got too cold. For dinner, Meg, our designated cook, fried up leftover goose and some vegetables.
After dinner, the group headed for their tents, I decided to do the same. I was stopped by a hand on my arm.
"Come with me." Ryder whispered in my ear from behind.
He took off towards the bush. I rolled my eyes and followed him.
"We always stop here when heading south. One night I couldn't sleep and went exploring and found this." He said holding up his torch so I could see an old tree.
"A tree? Oh look there's another one and another!" I said sarcastically.
"This is a special tree." He said, putting a wondrous emphasis on the word special. "Follow me." He started climbing, the tree was built to climb with easy. I did as he asked, placing my hands and feet exactly where he did before me.
Near the top, there was a platform, hand built from branches, the leaves were cut away so whoever is on the platform can see the sky. Ryder reached down and I grabbed his hand, gently he pulled me up onto the platform. I laid down beside him and watched the stars dance.
He looked over at me with a smirk on his face, I rolled my eyes and mouthed the word what, not wanting to break the silence.
"Look." He whispered, while pointing to a thick branch. It had our initials carved into its bark.
"When did you have time to do this?" I asked.
"I snuck away while you guys were eating." He shrugged. I smiled and wrapped him in a hug.
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A Quest For PowerAdventure
Livia Porter plans on being the next Dragon Rider and maybe even the best of them all. She has done all the research and is ready for her tests. Livia has to overcome obstacles and has rough roads ahead, but with help from friends, family... and dra...