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1: The Hero of the Lake - Part Fifteen

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

“I don’t know what I was thinking. No, I take that back. I do know what I was thinking. I thought of you and Alessa, and how you would react and how determined you would be and, I don’t know, it just made me act. I had to do something!”

Kara smiled as her eyes beamed at her older brother. She hugged him harder.

“That sounds like bravery to me. Alessa will be so proud of you when I tell her.”

By now other villagers had approached Felanar and people were calling him a hero. Even Alak came up and grabbed Felanar’s hand and shook it hard and said, “You did good, little brother. It was a foolhardy thing to do, but I have to admit it worked.”

Felanar smiled at Alak in surprise and gratitude at these rare words of encouragement. He also acknowledged the growing crowd of persons congratulating him. He tried to explain that he was no hero, just a fisherman trying to help other fishermen in need. He also tried to explain that he had no idea why the dragon flew off, though he doubted it had anything to do with him. Secretly he pondered the look in the dragon’s eyes, and the fear he seemed to show as he flew off. That still made no sense to him, and he didn’t mention it to anyone.

Everyone started walking back to town to celebrate at the Slumbering Dragon, a name commented on by everyone with a hint of wit. As they moved away from the docks something caught Felanar’s eyes. Off to the side was a small crowd of villagers. He tried to stop to see who they were surrounding, but the crowd pulled him along, intent on that first ale toast to the hero. Finally the heads separated enough for him to see it was the wife of the man who had been killed. Felanar’s heart sank as he saw the poor woman utterly distraught and without hope, wailing and shuddering in grief, her friends supporting her. A small boy and smaller girl looked up at their mother with tears in their eyes, and a look of wonder at the sight of their mother in such a state. Then the crowd pulled Felanar along and the sight was gone, but not from his heart.

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