posted on Dec, 11 2013 @ 10:07 PM
I checked, it was flashing a Healer warning and very close to shifting to full alarm. I turned it off and the realization that I had come close to
dying hit me hard. Obviously I had stuffed up in a pretty big way. I started to think of the grief my parents would have gone through. “All is
well, you are alive and well and I am here to help you. We all make mistakes when young. Calm yourself. Good, now you need to sleep. When you
awake we can discuss this further and perhaps together we can find a solution to your problem. Sleep little Warrior.”
I woke and found myself in the cave itself. I was on a heap of furs and very warm and cozy. I needed to relieve myself and quickly. I had eaten a
great deal. Elinith thought, “Just put you rear end over the ledge, it will not hurt to do so once or twice. In very bad weather I have been known
to do so myself. It is a sheer drop. There are not many animals below. A few birds only and you would only be doing to them what they do to
others.” I did not object. I was in a hurry. I was very surprised at the sheer quantity I had to expel. “I fed you as you slept. You have
slept for two days and a night. No, it is simply a matter of cutting the meat up until it is in small bits and Transferring it into your stomach.
Easily done by a Great dragon. Delicate work but not arduous.”
I found my water sack and drank heavily. I looked at Elinith and seriously thought, “Great Dragon, Elinith, thank you for my life. I have a debt
that will be difficult to repay.” She replied, “Great Dragons do not consider helping other as enabling a debt. I was pleased to assist you and
I like helping you. Your fur color and your eye color are striking. I have not seen them before. Your eyes are almost green and your fur is like
burnished copper. I hope the males in your society find you appealing.” Before I could form an answer, Elinith laughed and added, “Oh, I see!
Too much of a good thing. No little Warrior, enjoy the attention, pick from the best, be choosy!”
Advice on romance from a Great Dragon! Still, it was good advice. I asked, “Where is your Rider?” I can see Auras most of the time but they
take experience to read. I did not need much experience to know that Elinith’s Aura fell in a heap. I thought, hopefully to myself, oops, that was
the wrong question! Elinith replied sadly, “I am three hundred and sixty five years old. I have lost three much loved Riders. One was murdered
while she slept, one died of a disease that I could not counter in time and the last fell in battle. I do not know if I can bond with another. I
offered them unending love, health and a long lifespan. The lifespan was not long, the love was not unending and their health meant nothing as they
I shielded my mind for a moment hoping it would suffice. I only knew one way to deal with this situation and I did not know if I could even do it
with a Dragon’s mind. Mother had a way with patients and she had taught me. I decided to try. I dropped my shield, walked upright to Elinith,
wrapped my arms as far as they would reach around her snout and sent waves of love into her mind. Wave after wave of honest love and concern until
her Aura returned to a more normal state. She sent, “Oh little Warrior, thank you! That is a precious gift and an honest one sent from the
I sent, “Their lifespan was enhanced I am sure. We learn what the normal lifespan for a human Rider is and they seem to have lived passed that and
without going into the physical changes that old age brings to humans, so they also had their health. Your love was unending, you still love them.
My Mother can be difficult when she is overprotective but she is wise in many ways. She has taught me to take joy from memories rather than to see
sadness at what is perceived to be lost. Look into your mind, your former Riders’ patterns will still be there, ask their memories if they had
I walked back to the furs, laid down and waited. Finally Elinith thought, “Often the young see with a singular clarity. I will think on this.
Your caring nature shines through like a beacon.” It seemed that Elinith was thinking so I waited patiently.
She shook herself and thought, “Well now, what can we do with your problem. As I understand it, you wish to learn and explore your Arcane Talents
before you choose what to do with them. You seem to believe that you will get pushed into a choice. I do not know your culture all that well, not at
the depth to answer this. I only have one solution and it will require a great deal of trust from you. I know with absolute certainty that those
that choose to serve either Ressalon or the Forces of Balance do so freely, completely freely. How far can you trust me to do what is best for
you?” I stood to my full height of only one point six metres, bowed and thought, “I trust you in absolute terms Great Dragon. I owe you my life!
I need help, I know that now. If you are willing, do what you think is best with my extreme gratitude.”
Elinith answered, “Then lay down and rest while I find a solution. I have to find one entity, an Elf Lord. He will be overjoyed to help you.
There is a hind quarter left if you are hungry. I kept it for you. It is still fresh.” It was fresh and still warm and yet I was sure it had been
from one of the animals we had first shared. “I shielded it against time. Never play with time, it is fraught with danger. We once found a young
human who had made a tiny mistake. He had thrown a time shield around himself to protect himself. It was a hundred years before someone capable of
dissolving it came along. His entire family had lived and died always knowing he would outlive them.”
I ate slowly. Elinith was here in body but I felt her mind was else ware. The cave throbbed with Arcane Power. I felt the Power shift four times.
It took almost half a day before her mind returned. I was more than happy to wait patiently. Eventually her mind returned. She sent, “I have
tracked him down. I tried his home first and they directed me to another world and so it went until finally I was able to converse with him. Are
there limits imposed on what you can do and where you may go on this Journey?” I answered, “No, none. I may go anywhere and seek advice anywhere
and from whom I choose. It is good manners to let Parents know if you extend your Journey. That would be achieved by sending a recorded message.
Parents are not supposed to interfere in any way. It is the whole idea of the Journey, to do so without a Parents input.”
Elinith sent, “Excellent, prepare a message along the lines of ‘I am going off world in the company of Elinith, Silver Great Dragon. I will
return when I have found my path.’ I suggest you send it just before we Transfer. Now, stand up, we are going to world occupied by Great Dragons.
The Weyr Ship is in the midst of celebrating a hatching, so they will all be happy. I do not have time for much but at least I can make you
presentable. I will flow two spells over you. The first will clean you and the other will brush your beautiful fur. You need to disable your
weapons please. It is simply polite, there are other reasons but you do not need to know those. I will keep you safe, there is no danger
I deactivated my Wrist Guard weapons and stood. I felt the Arcane spells wash over me as I realized I had just made a good pun. Elinith chuckled. I
climbed on to her back and she secured me. This time her filaments covered my whole body and clear filaments covered my face. She sent, “My
filaments will provide the air that you need. It is just a little protection.” Elinith tossed the portion of food that was left off the ledge and
looked around before leaving. We exited the cave and the force shield snapped on. She simply fell off the ledge, gained speed and gracefully soared
up into the sky. A bust of Arcane Power put us at a very high altitude.
She Transferred! I did not want to disturb her. She sent, “Dragons have two minds, it is the second mind that provides the ability to Transfer.
Since this is a long Transfer, a Great Dragon at the other end is providing a mental reference point. It saves two intermediate Transfers. You are
certainly relaxed, many are terrified of the absence of their senses. Well done.” I asked, “How far are we travelling?” Elinith replied,
“We do not measure these distances as you do. It is a little over one hundred light years as you would measure it. Almost there and here we go.”
Reality returned and we were hovering a short distance from a Weyr Ship that looked exactly like a Castle Ship. Elinith sent, “I am Elinith, we
are expected Wing Leader.” Another Great Dragon replied, “Yes you are, be welcome Elinith. You may land on the ledge of the Celebration Deck.
You will be met. Security is at the highest level possible. Monitor your Young Warrior please. I do not know some of the humans present but they
are very serious about security and seem very capable.” Elinith sent to me, “You are full of surprises, not many can hear any Great Dragon at
will. You heard the warning. Please be on your best behavior. I will be with you, you are under my care, you are very safe.”
We landed and as soon as Elinith had retracted her tendrils, I dismounted. I was met by a young human child. I thought I was going to have to use my
translator but she spoke in the Ressalon language. She also used telepathy which surprised me a little, “Hello and welcome Young Warrior, I am Mia.
Come, there are a few people who want to meet you.” I returned the greeting and followed Mia. She kept up a relaxing banter as we moved deep into
the centre of the deck. We approached a table with many people and one turned as Mia thought, “Amelia, Queen Rider this is our Young Warrior guest.
She has to be the prettiest Young Warrior I have seen.” Amelia, Queen Rider turned and sent, “Well, hello, I am Amelia. You are gorgeous! I
have never seen a Warrior with your colors. Your fur is almost the same color as my hair.” Then in a very gentle manner she sent a small calming
spell over me and very gently sent, “You are amongst friends. Be at ease. Elinith has asked for our help and we are all pleased to be asked. Ah,
here comes the love of my life.”
A young man in full armor approached and knelt next to us. He was telepathic as well. I had learned that most Riders were telepathic only by the
efforts of their Great Dragons but these humans had the gift themselves. He sent, “Greetings Young Warrior. Let me see what we have here. You
have a gift of being able to hear all Great Dragons. That in itself is a very pleasant wonder. May my Dragon greet you? He also needs to peek into
your mind. He will be gentle.” I smiled and nodded. A mind unlike anything I had ever felt overlaid itself on my mind. He was exquisitely gentle
and calming but the mind had a depth to it that was awesome. I felt two other minds overlaid. One was the Queen Rider’s, the other was this new
Rider. It did not take long and they withdrew.