Chapter 13: Arena, actors, and agendas meet on life's stage.
|The Die is Cast
The die is cast, destiny turns into fate
Everything comes to a climax on this date.
Now, all's in place. Arena, actors, agendas
meet on their life's stage. There, our actions send us.
Modoc felt the heat and smelt the comforting lava fires from her lair. She was nearing the entrance of the cavern. She needed to land swiftly and pull the irritating sword from her neck. Her fingers, from which her long, sharp claws protruded, were not designed to grasp hard objects. She would have to lay the sword hilt and handle against one of the cave boulders and place one of her strong muscled forearms over it to hold the sword in place as she pulled it free. Then she would take on these humans and end this little episode. After that she would torch the village for interrupting her yearly sacrifice.
"Here now, time to land!"
Modoc moved her legs forward, slightly bent, to take the shock as her great body made its transition from air to ground.
Before the dragon's feet touched ground, Max freed his legs which had been tucked under the dragon's wing pits and used the tent-like left wing as a roll ramp. He somersaulted from the front of the wing to its after end and then straighten to a foot first dive onto the lush vegetation that he had sighted before deciding to jump. He landed on the balls of his feet, and, having relaxed his knees before landing, was able to give and roll to manage the impact.
Max sprang to his feet and quickly climbed the few yards to the entrance of the cavern. He saw the dragon moving towards the pile of boulders at the back wall of the cave. Then he saw the beautiful blond maiden with the silky white skin heading towards him with the sword! He ran to her and she pointed the blade to the clammy, damp, cold stone ceiling, placing the handle in his extended hand. He saw that the dragon was putting its forearm over the handle of the blade that was stuck in its neck.
Quickly, Max reached his left hand to the chained pendant that hung around his neck, grasped it, and pulled it over his head. He took the pendant, his reward for great achievement at the King's knight school, and moved it over Gwendolyn's soft, golden hair, and brought it down to rest around her neck. Touching her hair for the first time made Max feel giddy inside. He fought the bout of love encounter's dizziness and found himself gallantly talking huskily to the young beauty.
"For luck, dear maiden.", Max said.
Gwendolyn quickly kissed him on the cheek. "God Speed!" She said. She wanted to say a whole lot more, but time was wasting, and the enemy filled their world with terror.
He lost his gaze in the deep blue sea of her eyes one last time before he turned his attention to his fiery giant opponent.
The dragon had freed its neck of the horrible sword and was now turning to face the humans!
"Dragons, Britons, and the Saxon Invasion" 13+: Dragons did exist on the planet Earth around the days of the Roman colony of Briton.
"When All Is Lost" 13+: Chapter 1: The disillusionment begins.
"A Ray of Hope" 18+: Chapter 2: Leaving the past.
"The Maiden in the Enchanted Garden" 13+: Chapter 3: Meeting new people. One to fight;one to fight for.
"Prepare to Die" 18+: Chapter 4: Beware the black knight
"The Dragon's Meal" 13+: Chapter 5 What do you say when you are on the menu?
"Building a Strategy" 13+: Chapter 6: How do you fight a mind reading dragon?
"The Return of the Warrior" 13+: Chapter 7: "Where are you going, Sir Knight?" "To victory!", he roared.
"The Strategy of the Damsel Warrior" 13+: Chapter 8: My heart sings
"The Wrath of the Dragon" 13+: Chapter 9: I dodge your scorching fire belched for my funeral pyre.
"The Dragon's Might" 13+: Chapter 10: The edge where courage ends and sheer folly begins.
"The Flight of the Dragon" 13+: Chapter 11: I was looking for adventure, but found you!
"He's Alive" 13+: Chapter 12: "He's alive! He's alive!"
"The Die is Cast" 13+: Chapter 13: Arena, actors, and agendas meet on life's stage.
"The Battle in the Dragon's Lair" 13+: Chapter 14: "Now you are mine!" Rang the dragon's victory cry in his mind.
"The Face of Death" 18+: Chapter 15: The dragon's sharp teeth sped for his body. "Now I win!"
"The Battle Has Just Begun" 13+: Chapter 16: Life is rolling waves crashing on a shore; struggles rise and fall.
"The Dragon's Riddle" 13+: Chapter 17: "A boone for you; an answer to your problems"
"The Fight For Life" 13+: Chapter 18: Where does one go when their world is dying?
"A New Friend" 13+: Chapter 19: Reality and perception; see the both at once.
"The Road to Recovery" 13+: Chapter 20: The beast ripped the flesh with knife like teeth.
"Through a Dragon's Mind" 13+: Chapter 21: Slipping behind Max, she crushed the berries into his hair.
"Preparing For The Future" 13+: Chapter 22: "Humans cannot name a dragon. I am Davyn"
"Facing the Past" 13+: Chapter 23: The fear and joy of going home.
"Epilog" 13+: Epilog: This is just the beginning...