I discovered this in the file format where I’m writing this story and realized that I haven’t posted it yet.
My apologies for not writing a lot of late, I have been very busy. Tomorrow, you will get a proper blog post. 😉 I have very good news…
It was very late, or rather – very early in the morning when Minias finally returned, wrapped up and shivering from the South African winter. He came in softly and slowly, sliding open the door that Alyssa had not locked, anticipating his return. She did not do it out of kindness, no – she hated being woken up by the keys jiggling in the somewhat stiff lock.
The dog Nikki looked up from her basket when he entered, her gray face looking like a small moon amidst a mountain of blankets. She didn’t growl at him, but sighed in her bored kind of way and shifted into a more comfortable position. She was used to him by now, having had to put up with his company for over four months. She was easy to please as dogs went, as long as he slipped her a treat every now and again.
On the bed though, a dark shape shifted, it’s golden eyes opening and staring at him like two dying embers in a fire. There was a low hissing sound, but it was followed immediately by a shift from Alyssa as she turned over and muttered under her breath.
“Ssh you. Quiet.”
The dragon settled, but continued to look at him.
To Minias’s surprise, he realized that the dragon was considerably smaller than it had been when he left, now being almost the size of a young gargoyle or medium sized dog. The demon looked at it for a long time, trying to see whether it was a trick of the eye or an illusion but the animal seemed solid enough. He shifted uncomfortably and crossed his arms, thinking that with this size, it would be easy to just pick up the creature and carry it outside. He could tell Alyssa that it left and…
The dragon’s tail swished from side to side, warning him that it was most probably not going to be as easy as he thought.
Things never were.
He sighed and prepared himself to go into his room. It required the tiniest of shift, a step from one reality to the next. It also required him to go on his hands and knees so that he could crawl in underneath Alyssa’s bed. He had tried to put the doorway in front of her book case but the magic had not stuck.
Too many words interfered with focus.
Getting ready to bend down, Minias glanced at the bed one last time. The dragon was once again looking at him, it’s golden eyes glowing in the darkness. Stiffening, the demon glared at the creature.
“I have a good thing going here,” he whispered. “I don’t need you to mess it up.”
Needless to say, the dragon didn’t reply, but he could see it look at him, it’s eyes shining with all the wisdom in the world. Feeling a touch of defensiveness, Minias lowered his voice.
“And, needless to say, if you hurt her in any way which is not amusing to me, I will kill you.”
The dragon snorted and dropped its head again, closing its eyes without looking at Minias again. Sniffing, realizing what he had said – the demon stood up straight and made sure that Alyssa didn’t hear him. She was still asleep, her breathing deep and her hand twitching in sleep. Satisfied, Minias slowly went down onto his hands and knees and crawled in underneath her bed to his inter dimensional room.
On the bed, Alyssa stirred and smiled slightly, motioning to the dragon to come closer to her so that she could stroke it’s head.
“Good Will,” she whispered softly. “And good Minias.”
To Be Continued…