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1: The Hero of the Lake - Part Thirteen

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

It was opening his eyes that saved him. As the dragon came rushing in at this foolhardy prey who pretended to be so brave, his eyes stared at the small face below him. And when the eyes on that face opened, the dragon stared directly into them.

Felanar watched in amazement as the dragon reversed course suddenly, beating its wings with a flurry of wind. Catching its momentum, it began to hover not ten feet above Felanar, staring eye to eye with its prey. As the wings beat in place, Felanar noticed that the dragon had yellow eyes. They were intelligent eyes, full of malice it was true, but also full of curiosity. They stared at each other for what seemed minutes, Felanar wondering when he would be killed and what it would feel like to be eaten by a dragon.

Then something happened that would puzzle Felanar for a long time. The dragon’s eyes grew big. It took a sharp intake of air into its nostrils. Then it flew back up into the sky, beating its wings with a fury, and it let out a roar that shook the air. This roar was not like the earlier ones, though. Those carried a feeling of triumph and pleasure. This one was different. It pierced the air with a wail of pain and hurt and fear. The fishermen covered their ears in pain from the mighty roar, but they no longer feared. It was the dragon who feared, and it was flying away as fast as it could. Soon it was a mere speck in the sky and then it was gone, leaving only the slight smell of smoke hanging in the air.

Felanar stood transfixed on the spot, sword still high over his head. He wasn’t sure what had just happened, and wasn’t quite ready to deal with the fact that he had just passed over from death to life without understanding why. Chafrar approached him on the boat and grabbed his arms and gently pulled them down. Felanar turned to his father, a look of puzzlement on his face. Chafrar’s face held only relief and pride. Relief in his life being spared, and pride in his son being the cause. He threw his arms around his son and hugged him, seeming to release all his tension. He began laughing and crying at the same time, as a flood of emotions came over him. Felanar soon joined him.

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