1: The Hero of the Lake - Part Seventeen
Updated: Oct 5, 2020
What Felanar’s account lacked in detail was soon made up by Chafrar’s version. Neatly avoiding the fact that he spent much of the climactic encounter face down on the boat, Chafrar had the inn roaring with laughter at the pitiful dragon who stood no chance against his son! As the story got told and retold, Felanar felt more and more uncomfortable with the increasing levity of the room. Finally he excused himself and worked his way out the door, fending off good wishes all the way.
As he stood outside in the sunshine, he caught his breath and sighed. His mind was racing with thoughts. Was he a hero? He did go to the rescue of those men, he acknowledged to himself. But he had no idea what to do when he got there. Yes, the dragon had fled, but why did it do so? Surely a sword wasn’t enough to scare off such a mighty creature. Then too, that look in its eyes confused him. He did see intelligence there, but what was it thinking? Why did it seemed frightened at the end? It couldn’t have been the sword – the dragon had surely seen the sword all along. Yet fear was present in those intelligent eyes. Fear of his determination perhaps? Were dragons unused to victims standing up for themselves?
A softly spoken, “What’s troubling you?” interrupted that line of thought. Kara had left the inn and walked up next to her older brother and laid her head on his shoulder.
Felanar and Kara began walking to their home through the woods as he explained all that was on his mind. Kara agreed that it was odd and asked if Felanar had tried speaking to the dragon.