Enough! I have mourned. I have mourned for ten years. Oh Kirra, we loved, we loved for a time equivalent to four of your lifetimes. You were and
always will be my first love. Damn, there were just too many wraiths, and yet, we saved multitudes of innocents. I was not the only Great Dragon to
lose my beloved that dark night. Half of my Flight died. Four Great Dragons and six Riders out of ten pairs, yet, we did as was right. Other pairs
mourned our losses and sent admiration for our conduct. The Great Queens were impressed, sorrowful at the losses, but impressed by the outcome.
Every Wraith destroyed by talon and Arcane Fire!
It is time. I am a Great Dragon, a Silver at that! With Kirra we were Flight Leaders. Now I am incomplete, a shadow. It is time to find another
rider. Yes Kirra, you would have told me to stop wasting time many years ago, but it takes time to put aside the bond of pure love, of pure joy that
we shared, that all Pairs share. Yes, it is time.
I sent my mind to my Weyr Queen and told her of my decision and where I was headed. It lifted her spirits. She had been concerned and yet out of
respect for the bond that was lost, she would never have interfered. Such was grief to a Great Dragon.
I was fit. As I took wing I realized I had subconsciously been preparing for some time. Getting back into shape physically and mentally. I climbed
using Arcane Power to assist. Lesser avian species could fly, but only Great Dragons could race sounds on the wind. The joy of Arcane flight. Yes,
I was ready, joy had returned to my mind!
At altitude, I set a shield to trap a sphere of air for the journey. It had been two hundred and forty two years since I had visited Terra. I wonder
if they had progressed at all. Well, no need for wonderment, I would know soon enough.
Careful calculation for the first transfer and Transfer. The absence of everything. I toyed with the idea of making shifting light patterns, Kirra
had loved those. But she is gone and I am here.
I came out of the Transfer above the plane of the solar system, located the third planet, cloaked out of habit (and to keep within the suggested Rules
of Conduct) and transferred high above the Southern Polar region. I realized that I was heading for the same general area that I had found Kirra. It
was fitting, a fitting tribute to my lost beloved.
I concentrated and cleansed the air and myself of any pathogens before terminating my shield. I scanned for the mental signature of a Dragon Kind
Artificial Intelligence and quickly found her. Her task was to monitor Earth. I linked our minds, “Nautilus, it is I, Lerinth, Silver Great
Dragon, searching for a Rider.” She replied very quickly, “Greetings Lerinth, I will be happy to aid your search in any way possible. When was
the last time you visited Earth?” I replied, “Two hundred and forty two years ago.”
She chuckled, “I am sending you some data, you are in for a little surprise, they have progressed. Are you going to start in the same area that you
found Kirra?” It was no surprise that Naughty remembered. AIs never forget. She had been here for well over a thousand years running as a
submerged craft all that time. Yet her thoughts were warming to the spirit. “Yes, I thought I would start in the same little town!” She
chuckled again, sending, “Town no longer. It is a city with over a million humans. Sending a data stream including language update! Send to me if
you have needs, any need at all!”
I processed the data stream. Language update was an easy one. Flying machines! They have flying machines? Land transport machines, oh, cars, with
a caution to avoid getting hit by one. Weapons to watch for. Suggested rules. Cautions on technology that record audio and sight. Satellites that
see and record! Well, they have been busy little humans. Sadly, they were still killing each other and in greater numbers. Atomic weapons? Why?
Oh, mutually assured destruction. What stupid evil mind thought up that load of dragon poo! Oh well, each society has its quirks I suppose. There
it is, suggested animal forms for various regions. Suggested alternative form for Adelaide, Australia was a German shepherd dog.
Personally I preferred the big cats on this planet but a dog it had to be. Apparently Australia had no big cats. That would explain why people got
upset last time. That thought amused me. A short Transfer to the city and I landed in a large well kept area of grass bordering a small river. The
data suggested it was park lands meant for recreational activities. A little concentration to get the form in my mind and an application of Power for
I shook myself. Hmm, didn’t feel too bad. Fairly large form, fast, good powerful jaw for combat, tearing teeth, toenails for grip, not bad at all!
I laid down under a tree. I set an Arcane aversion field. Humans would not register my presence, in fact their eyes would not look straight at me.
I was not invisible but close to it. I started scanning for human minds with arcane signatures. I didn’t mind if the Arcane abilities were active
or latent. These things were within my power to change.
It took a while, interrupted only to hunt. Large birds that lived on the river were easy prey. A mental stun so they did not suffer, a thank you to
their spirit for the meal and a quick death. They were quite tasty. The river provided drinking water, my needs were met very well.
I came across suitable minds every now and again. If they were happy in their existence I probed no further. It was unthinkable to take a child away
from a loving home. That was not what I was looking for. There were unhappy children, in fact, many of them. None of these had the greatness of
mind that I was searching for. Still, a million minds is a lot to choose from.
On the fourth night, I found her. Female, twelve years old and what a mind! Extreme intelligence, Arcane power to die for, dormant but so were all
of them. The potential was awesome. Yet, a gentle caring disposition. Her name was Natalie. Nice name! But so sad, living with an absence of love
that damaged her spirit.
I waited till she slept before properly entering her mind. Once in, I sent her to a deep untroubled sleep. She had no one! Her parents had died in
a car crash, she was in the car but survived. She was classified as a State Ward. Didn’t this society know how to care for orphaned children. I
thought they may have figured it out in two hundred and forty two years but, no, they still hadn’t a clue.
They had this child in a motel room while they tried to find long term care. Who would do that! She missed cuddles. Had not had one in two years!
Her carer was appointed by the State. Natalie’s last carer had been nice, this new one was a waste of skin. It did not take long to probe her mind
and even less time to fall hopelessly in love with her!
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