11. Something in the Night

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Maria and Jamie were yelling at each other, I could see them in the window of their room. Jamie grabbed her and I ran as fast as I could to help her.

The door was locked and Maria was screaming on the other side. I kicked the doorknob loose to see the two of them in the bed together. Quickly I closed the door, my face red with embarrassment.

I was sitting on the couch in the den unsure what just happened when Maria came down. She sat beside me shyly.

"I'll fix the door." I said.

"It's okay, Jamie's fixing it now."

"I'm really sorry. I thought he was attacking you."

"It's fine. You meant well. If it helps you were right about telling him. He's going to the village to look for a better job In the morning."

"That's great."

"I just got a letter this morning, I got a job at the school as a teacher for the youngest kids."

"Cool! So are you moving out? When do you start working?" I asked.

"I'm moving out as soon as possible if my parents allow me to. I start work when the cold season starts again." I hugged her again and Jamie came down.

"Livia." I looked up at him. "I'm sorry for being a jerk before. Can you forgive me?"

"Of course."

"Can I ask you a favour?" I nodded. "You dad's a blacksmith right?" I nodded again. "Can you help me get a job working for him?"

"I can do my best."

"Thank you!" Maria hugged me again.

"We can go into town tomorrow and see him." Before either of them could answer Ryder and their parents walked in.

I explained to Ryder what had happened, Maria was right, he did want to kill Jamie, I stopped him and finished the story. He cooled down and agreed to take us into town. Maria spoke to her parents and they agreed to let her move out if Jamie gets the job.

The next morning Ryder, Jamie and I went to town. Ryder talked to Jamie about what was happening, they didn't fight or get mad, which was good.

We stopped out side of my father's forge. The sound of metal hitting metal was an indication that he was there. I slowly opened the door and peered in. My father was banging away at what looked like a sword when he saw me. Instantly he put down his hammer and came to see me.

"Livia! What are you doing here?" He asked joyfully.

"I need a favour."

"Anything sweetie."

"This is Ryder. His sister is with child and Jamie is the father." I said as the two boys waved. "Can you please consider giving Jamie and job here?"

"I don't know. I've always worked alone Livia. But with the baby on the way I could use some help. You any good with a hammer boy?" My father said stroking his beard in thought.

"I'm not sure." Jamie muttered shyly.

"Well let's find out." My father laughed and tossed Jamie a hammer. Almost dropping it, Jamie struggled to get a grip on it. "You look strong." My father lead Jamie into the small work area and let him finish the sword he was working on.

"You always mark your work." My father pulled out a knife and pointed to a small mark in the metal near the handle. I pulled out the one I got from the stadium, it has the same mark.

"Dad. Do you do business with the stadium?" I asked.

"Yes, I do in fact."

"I thought you only did small jobs. That Tony did the big jobs."

"No, I tried to stay small but the offer from the stadium was too good to refuse. That's why I could use Jamie's help."

"I got a job?" Jamie asked, shocked. My father nodded and Jamie's excitement grew.

"You can start right now if you like."

"Sounds great."

Ryder and I agreed to go get Maria and her stuff. She would move in tomorrow if everything works out. When we got back to the cabin I was exhausted. I went straight to bed.

Around midnight I heard a roar, it sounded like a horn but louder and angry. I got up and looked out the window. The moon was full and hanging over the forest. A white blur shot out of the trees and straight up into the sky. It stopped in the air, I was unable to see it because it blended in with the moon. I rushed over to Ryder and shook him awake.

"Ryder! Wake up! It's outside!" I half whispered half yelled.

"What is? What's going on?"

"There's an Ultima outside!" He jumped up and followed me to the window.

"I don't see anything. You were just dreaming."

"No listen." It roared again.

"It's just the horn at the stadium. A dragon or something must have got out."

"No really listen. It's moving." The roar sounded again, this time from a different direction. "Maybe that's why there is no sign of the dragon. Everyone thinks it's just the horn. You great grandfather was right! They do hide here at night and on could less days. They are white! That's why no one sees them! They blend in with the clouds and moon."

"You might be right. We should go look in the morning. For now come back you bed."

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