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The Book of Deacon By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5006

Updated: 2018-01-20 12:02

"Why?" she asked.

"They simply do not. It has never been made clearer than that, but it has been drilled into us from the first day of our training. I don't question it, " he said.

"No one warned me, " she said.

"You haven't received any gray training. For it to become an issue for you, you would have to stumble upon the appropriate spell by mistake, " he said, his mind suddenly shifting directions. "Say. . . how is that dragon of yours?" he said.

"Come to think of it, I haven't seen her all day, " Myranda said. "I suppose she could be with Lain. Or Solomon. She does look forward to hunting with him."

"Well, not that she isn't a joy to be with, but I cannot say that I have missed her little reminders of when I get too close. I wish that she would learn to speak so that there could be a less painful alternative. She doesn't even give me a warning in her own language, " he said. "The only time that she seemed to tolerate me at all was when I helped you after Solomon's test, and she was more than a bit reluctant even then."

"I keep telling her not to do it. It is as though she thinks it's a game, " Myranda apologized.

"She is young and overprotective, " he said dismissively.

"Why did you ask about her?" Myranda asked.

"You mean to tell me that you do not hear that?" he said, turning to the door and the peculiar noises on the other side.


Myranda listened closely. Outside there was a commotion. The voices of several excited villagers could be heard

both dragon and girl for working together so well before retiring to his hut. Deacon, who had left to continue his scribing after watching for a time, had returned when he found that the sequence of flaps and crashes had ended.

"I trust you had some fun, " he said.

"Did you see her? She practically made it halfway across the village!" Myranda said excitedly, scratching the weary creature.

"Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but it was impressive nonetheless, " he said.

"She's growing up. I know I should be happy, but inside I'm not, " she said.

"Why?" he asked.

"I don't want to lose my little dragon. She's enough of a handful at this size. Can you imagine when she is grown?" Myranda said.

"Yes, well, you've got years before that becomes a problem, " he said. "As I understand it, they grow quickly at first, but it slows after the first year. Besides, I think you've got something else to worry about right now."

"What?" she asked.

"Look at the sky, " he said.

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