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648...edited(?) and expanded a bit  

dadigan 61M  
318 posts
2/23/2022 9:53 pm
648...edited(?) and expanded a bit

I looked at Deats as Annika climbed onto my lap and hugged me, tight. "Buy me breakfast tomorrow?" He laughed and said yes as he went inside to eat free food. "You still scared, munchkin?" She was quiet as she touched my face and Jake and Emily sat by the pit as Sara, Annie, Klaara, and Janey watched from the deck.

"No, at first it was like seeing a monster but the only monster you are is the Tickle Monster, and that's not real, and you are you. We all know the Tickle Monster isn't real, but act like it is for the younger because it's fun." I kissed her head, and said thank you, because it's important. She nodded.

"Do you know how to work the mist?" Anna shook her head as I looked at Emily and Jake. They both nodded."Well?'

"She does better than you, dad." I flipped Jake off and told Em to get some food as I walked past the girls with Annika, smiling.

"What are up too?" Jake, Anna and I walked into the kitchen and I told him to eat, just in case. I ate four skewers of grilled me, and two egg rolls as I walked into the bedroom and opened the safe as Unc came in and closed the door.

"Are you you going back to the past?" I nodded. "Give us some time and we'll pack something and be ready." I shook my head.

"We'll be back soon, I just want to check on the weather, and check in with Hammish and Ilsa. I think the storm is worse than they thought but I need to take...." Sara and Annie walked in, smiling, carrying boxes. Annie said

"We got two thousand pennies because we didn't figure they would know other metals there, and it's mostly copper." I smiled and nodded. "We also got these from Deats, because they are super reinforced and sorted of blends in." I nodded as they smiled and handed me reinforced packs. Sara handed me the 'tenth-ounce' gold coins I had in the safe, and she put down a couple of mixed bag of 90% silver dimes and quarters and more bullion as I stared at her.

"Hammish doesn't have time to melt bullion but you'll need. The coins won't matter to them because they don't know any better, yet. Have him blend the images, and leave most of the gold with Ilsa because she'll need, but she'll need silver too. Things are far from over, love. You'll be back in time to stave it off, but we are planning, as mother's do." I nodded. Deats and Melinda walked in with the girls, who looked me as I knelt.

"Can we touch your face, Daniel?" I nodded. "You aren't the tickle monster?" I shook my head as they traced the ridges along my face, neck, and arm. "You look like the Earth?" I was quiet, smiled, and said they were right. "Does it hurt?" I nodded. "Bad?"

"Not anymore, loves, but thank you for asking."

"How did it happened?" I looked at both Melinda and Deats and they nodded because they where old enough, and I figured they would be talking with them, soon.

"I fought a dragon to keep us safe."

"Nnuunuunnnnhhhh!" Aisha knelt in front of them as they stared at her because they were in AWE of Aisha.

"It's true girls, because I riding on his back... come with me." Everyone followed except me and Sara. She said that things have shifted her but they haven't over there, and they won't. I nodded, We packed the bags and walked into the shop as Sam unlocked our cupboard. Aisha walked inside and grabbed her sword, and shield and walked out as the screamed, and the parents gasped. Our family knew, but the others didn't. They would know. Aisha sat as all the sat around her, and parents, and adults, looked for chairs. Sara smiled as I grabbed Emily, Jake, and Annika.

"We're leaving. Grab a bag." They stared at me and said they wanted to listen to Aisha as she started to tell the story that not even I could remember, but I had things to do. "OK, enjoy and meet me at Hammish's." I started to pick up the packs as Deats helped. I put one my back and one over each shoulder, and picked up the last pack as I went to open the mist and Jake walked up next to me and took two packs from me, which I was grateful for. Emily walked on the other side and took the other on my shoulder as Annika stood in front of us. Emily asked if she knew where she going.

"To where the battle was." Emily shook her head and knelt.

"It's VERY important that you are specific in where you want to land. We want to land at Hammish, and...." Annika started to cry.

"I know where as she pushed the mist harder than anyone I had ever seen and we walked out and stood between the barn and the house. She hadn't been here since Althus died. "Stay here. I'll bring the elves out after I explain things because they will be scared." I stared at her as she walked inside to screams of joy.

"Who is she?" Jake and Emily said that they had no idea, and neither did anyone else except maybe Sara, and Ama. The door opened as we instinctively took a couple of steps back and looked at each other. The Elves stuck their heads out, and saw us, and they all bolted as we braced, which didn't matter as we all went tumbling and Anna, Ilsa, and Hammish laughed.

"What is wrong with you?" They sat on their knees as they looked me and pointed. They were intense.

"Hurt?" I nodded my head. "Bad?" I shook my head even though it burned all the one needed to know that. They nodded, and smiled, which is what I wanted. I didn't need a bunch of elves worried about me. I could barely keep my own name straight when a young female elf walked up. I had seen her because there weren't that many, at least there wasn't. She looked at me, and smiled as she touched my face by my left eye.

"See?" I shook my head as she frowned and kissed my eye. She looked at my right eye and touched that. "See?" I nodded as she smiled and spoke to them all as Aerin walked up. They all stared at her, and bowed.

"Get use to it, Aerin." I pointed at the largest Elves. "You four, please bring these bags inside." They smiled, and nodded as I looked up and to the North and West.

"The storm won't be here until tomorrow. It will last a few days but won't be terrible. You have time with your family." She kissed my eye, too, and said she couldn't help with that, only the dragon would decide. I nodded as the wolves walked out. I looked at Hammish.

"How much game do you have left?" He said plenty. Wolf looked at me and howled. "It looks worse than it is, brother, but thank you but you have food for a week? "We have the goat, what's left, and some small game, but the deer are still elusive." Hammish nodded as he went in and cut the oldest venison down and started to saw it as Jake and Em went to help. "I can no longer fly, but I can still be the bear and we'll prepare better this coming winter." They nodded. I need you to find a cave deep in the ground, that is isolated. It doesn't have to be soon." He nodded and they looked at me.

"What did you fight, Danael?"

"A large dragon." They all backed away, looked up, and around.

"And this dragon?'

"He took his pound of flesh before I killed him." Wolf walked up.

"You killed the dragon that was responsible for what happened here?" I nodded. "Are we safe?"

"I'm not sure because he was working with men, and men will end up being more dangerous than dragons, but for now, I think we are safe, but keep up the patrols." Hammish, Jake, and Emily came out and handed the wolves frozen venison. "I'll be back in a day or two. I have others I need to speak with." He nodded, howled, and the wolves picked up a deer that I culled when I could fly. The , and Hammish washed up as I talked with Aerin.

"Speed of sound?" I smiled and said I didn't have many options. "You could have asked us, Danael, you did save our people." I stared at her, and smiled.

"With all due respect, Princess, I don't know elves, except the ones who were Sirens." She smiled. "I'm still curious why your Father is speaking with the Dwarves.... I barely understand human.... and know even less about dragons. I'm kinda over my head in all of this." She looked at me, smiled, and nodded as she took my arm and we walked inside to everyone laughing, and carrying on as Aerin and I watched. Ilsa smiled and shook head. It was like the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie. I looked at Jake, Emily, and Anna as the Elves watched them shuffle cards and Emily handed out pennies. I stared at them. "Excuse me! Have you lost your minds?"

"We're playing a game, Da'"

"With young elves who look up to you and don't have a clue what poker is, what cards are, OR, what gambling is.

"We're playing for pennies, Da'. We weren't going to keep them." Aerin walked up and looked at the table.

"What are you playing?" Jake and Emily smiled and I knew this was going to end badly as I pushed to the girls, which meant EVERYONE was going to be here. I shook my head and wondered how I got myself involved with these idiots, and that was when I remembered Yahtzee Night on Fridays when I was a , and Risk, and Monopoly. I exhaled as people started walking inside. from our future.

"Five card....old school." Aerin smiled and I knew my were going to be destroyed, but I'd let it happen anyway.. Aerin said done as I stepped in.

"If you lunkheads are going to do this, against Elves, more power to you.... BUT, I'm making the rules." They all looked at me. Humans against elves, but the wolves can help the elves since it's not their game.

"DEAL!" I shook my head because they had already lost because Aerin was a shill. Annie opened the door and called the wolves, and they weren't the only ones.

"This land, this home, is neutral territory...agreed?!" They all nodded and looked at the table. as animals, and birds, kept coming inside. "Each side picks one person to represent them and we bet with the pennies we brought back, split evenly. Agreed?" The elves looked at me, and then Aerin, and she nodded. All of the humans said yes as they talked back and forth. The Elves were easy because, apparently, only Aerin knew anything about cards. Annie smiled as a mountain lion walked in and sat next to her as she scratched her, and she purred. I looked at her and motioned as everyone said they were picking Henry, which was going to be bad because he was terrible at games. Sam, Uncle Billy, and Deats all smiled at me. The Elves yelled Aerin. I turned as the mountain lion brushed against me and I rubbed her ears as we walked outside and I shook my head. I'd rather play Risk. We walked into the barn.

"The wolves said you wanted to make an alliance. Is that true?" I nodded as I asked how many there were in her cave?" She stared at me, and looked around. "Three young, and two older, and I'm pregnant. We stayed because the winter was so hard." I nodded as Hammish walked out and she backed away.

"It's fine. He's my friend. They are all my friends, as crazy as they seem." She walked up and smelled him, and nodded. I will make an alliance with you, but I need food for my family. I didn't expect we would, and I won't be able to hunt as much in a few months. I need to get them through the rest of winter."

"Will you trust me/us to help?" She looked around, and she had no choice. I could feel Aerin watching us as she start to play poker with Henry.

"I need you to envision where your cave is. Do you know this word, envision?" She nodded. "It will help me get there without tracks since I can no longer fly." She stared at me because she knew who I was, they all did. "It's a long story." She envisioned where her family's cave was. I smiled. "I know where it is and you are a good mom. Run the long way home and I'll be there soon." She butted both of us and ran off as the dogs barked and Hammish loaded me venison, rabbits, and two geese. The geese hadn't been gutted. He stared at me.

"Do you know you are doing? Wolves are one thing, but mountain lions?" I could feel Aerin watching me, and raising. Henry looked at her, trying to read her as she smiled at him and the Elves looked on with rapt attention, like everyone else.

"I'll deal with this, and they will be fine. The more friends we can have, the better."

"There's not much meat left, Danael." I nodded because I knew he was worried. "We only have enough left for what we need to take, and then buy for the return trip. I trust you but the things you do are counter to everything I was taught." I smiled and nodded.

"And yet you have wolves, and elves, walking along side you to Ilsa's people."

"I'll raise fifty copper." Everyone gasped as Henry looked at his cards, and Aerin, who smiled. Hammish looked at me.

"What is the difference between a pack of wolves, or a small family of lions?" He strapped the meat on to me, as me as he stared at me.

"None. We've all been through a very hard time." I nodded.

"I am trusting you to get over the mountains, and back, safely, with what we need, along with the wolves, and the elves. Trust me to keep this place safe. There will be food here for all of us. I promse" He looked at me as Sara walked past me and touched Hammish's face. He nodded, as she walked back inside, smiling, without saying a word.

"I raise." I told Hammish to go inside because I already knew what was coming and I had cubs to feed, but I did watch for a few minutes. The elves looked at Aerin, scared, because they didn't know what was really going on, but they were absorbing EVERYTHING, which was dangerous with elves but. It was fun because it was harmless, except for the knowledge the Elves the learning. I smiled as Hammish walked inside.

"I call, Henry."

"I have a straight, as he turned his cards over and all of the humans screamed. The wolves, animals, and elves all looked at each other as Henry smiled, and started to pull the pennies toward him as Aerin gently touched his hand...

"Not so fast, my friend... and she started turning over two's. I smiled and shifted north of the cave and walked down the creek to their cave as they walked out and the cubs ran up to me because young animals only now love, until they don't. I played with them, and gave each a rabbit, as their mom smiled. I threw the other rabbits, geese, and venison to her, as I grunted, and started bleeding again.

"The geese are for you, and you alone, for your strength. Understood?" She nodded. "I will be back in a few days, before you run out of meat. 'I respect what you are doing, and I will help you as I can. She nodded as I petted the cubs, and shifted back to the game with everyone going crazy as Aerin threw down the fourth 'two.' The Elves looked at her, and she smiled, and they yelled. Ilsa laughed and called a break as I walked in and the Elves ran up to me, and stepped back, and looked around.

"Don't worry, this<b> scent </font></b>is friendly." They nodded and told me how much they were liking...po-ker. I nodded and said po-ker could go on a long time and it would probably be smart to eat something, and drink water, as the humans were drinking ale and mead, except for Henry, who glared at me. I shook my head because I didn't have the heart to tell him. I looked at Aerin and shook my head. She shrugged as I walked back outside. It was amazing that all of the animals who shouldn't be there, were, watching as intently as the Elves, because they were all curious about humans. Sadly, they used us as their marker.

I looked around, and grunted as I stretched and shifted to a Monastery that no one would know about, not even Dreka. I fell, and skidded, in the dirt, as I walked out and grunted as I pushed myself up, with effort. I bent over, breathed, and exhaled as I walked to the door and knocked. I had the power to walk in, that wasn't me, and I hurt. I was bent over when they opened the door and looked at me. No one moved until Sofi screamed, and grabbed me as she walked me inside.

"WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?" "Get him Yak's milk, as much as he wants, and cheese, and dried meat. "You need to eat more." I nodded and told her they were all playing cards and I forgot, and I had mountain lions to take care of as she stared at me.

"Cards?" I nodded. "She pointed to someone...."Milk, food." and she was gone. I shook my head because these people never seemed to die. The young handed me a glass of milk and pointed at food and I shook my head as Sofi came back smiling.

"What is a straight flush? I told her five cards all in sequence and all of the same suit. She stared at me.

"5,6,7,8,9.... all clubs." She nodded and shifted back, before coming back to us.

"Can you communicate with her?" We both nodded. "She grabbed her hand and they went to watch the final game. I was tempted but walked around as everyone stared at me. I smiled as i walked upon stones I just beginning to recall. I couldn't remember the last time I was here and Sofi came back.

"What is a Royal Flush?, as she looked at Ceba."

"Her name is Ceba." They all looked at me. Sofi looked at me, and froze time so they didn't lose the excitement of the game.

"Is that correct?" Ceba nodded Everyone came up and said hi to her as I lowered my eyes. "What?" It will take Ceba much longer to understand your words, because she was brought here from someplace else. She understands because of me. When I leave, she won't be able to understand. She is mute. She can't speak to you with words." They looked at each other.

"Mute means 'no words?'" We both nodded. Sofi asked if Ceba could you hear her when they were watching the card game?" Ceba nodded as Sofi smiled, shifted, and unfroze time as I walked again. I figured Henry would bluff, and Aerin would let him, because why wouldn't she? She was going to win. I was tempted to watch but I missed this place. even if couldn't remember being there. I could feel everyone watching me, but no one stopped me until I reached the bottom of a back staircase. I looked at the door, and smiled, as the head nun touched my shoulder.

"Dragon," she gasped as I turned.

"I can't go into what is mine?" She nodded as I placed my hand on the door, and it opened. Sara, Aisha, Sofi, and Ceba walked up behind us. I pushed the door open and walked inside followed by Ceba, which I found interesting, but I was the only one she could communicate with so far.

"Is the game over?" She shook her head no. "Frozen?" She smiled and nodded. "The Elves are going to win?" She smiled and said Royal Flush. I nodded as I grabbed her hand and we walked into a large cave. I exhaled, and the torches were lit. I looked around, and then back at Sara and Aisha because they hid the eggs here. I smiled, and nodded as I pushed everyone away. It was my cave. The Mother Superior was less than happy. "It sounds to me like it's going to be a good game of cards with bluffing, and double bluffing...and triple bluffing. I'll keep Ceba safe, I promise." Sofi was a fighter, but she had the gentlest heart of anyone I had ever met. Things were different know, but she was who she had always been. We walked around and Ceba looked at things that I had forgotten were there. She pointed. "Dragon eggs." She asked if that was how I was hurt. I nodded. I had so many places I need to be as we walked out and I sealed the door as Sofi looked Ceba.

"You understand Danael?" Ceba nodded. "You understand me, but ONLY with Danael here?" Ceba lowered her eyes, but nodded. "If Danael is here, then you don't understand us?" She shook her. But you understood me when we were watching the cards?" She pointed at me, and raised her hands in confusion. Sofi nodded. "Do you want to go back and watch the end of the card game?" Ceba beamed, and nodded as she looked at me, but I didn't care. Sofi grabbed her hand and they went back as I looked around, alone, and they all went to watch the first human vs. elf poker match. Fucking christ!. I knew how it was going to end but I walked out and said thank you to the nuns and let me know if they needed anything. They nodded and I shifted to Hammish and Ilsa's, and walked in.

There were animals everywhere, and people, and elves. The humans were on one side, and the elves were on the other. The wolves were in the middle trying to figure out cards and the animals were all trying to watch. Henry was about to say, "I raise," when I walked in and said why don't you put the cards down and take a break, and have some mil. The elves yelled and poured me a glass as the humans booed and I watched the cards as everyone enjoyed each other for a bit, even the animals. Sara, Annie, and Taiiko walked up as I was watching Sofi and Ceba having a wonderful time because we were there.

"Do you know where Amrita is?" They stared at me as Aerin walked up.

"FYI, it's best to tell a dragon the truth, and probably a bear....and probably Danael because he is a warrior." They nodded. "Sofi is able to interact, and see you, because she is an old soul, and quite powerful. We aren't sure how she brought Amrita here to see you, but she did." I smiled because I would have if we were switched.

"Amrita was conceived in this time, Danael, but she is from a time long past. She is being cared for by us, and you need to let her be. I stared at them and them looked at Sofi, and spoke to her. She nodded, as I looked at Ceba. Aerin walked away and waited because the Amrita I knew was older but my baby was brought up. I motioned for both Sofi, and Ceba. They stared at me as they held our , because she was OUR . I looked at them and thought it and knew they could hear each other, understand each other. Sofi looked at Ceba.

"Can you hear me?" Ceba smiled, and nodded as they talked back and forth. I looked at them, with sad eyes a Sofi looked at me. "What Danael?"

"Amrita can't hear, and will barely be able to speak, but you can help her with that because you can communicate with her now, both of you, and you will be able to do the same with any....they stared at me as Sofi walked up and punched me in the face, on my scarred side, as Ceba held her and spoke to her. Ceba looked at me and smiled, as she nodded as Aerin watched.

"He is a Dragon, and look at him Sofi. He has suffered like all of us. He has one eye, and one wing, but do think he is the Dragon?" Sofi nodded and stared at me as I waited. "Don't limit your because Danael can see with more than two eyes. We lose things that are holding us back from being who we might become." Sofi looked at me with tears in here eyes as I nodded because they could all communicate now and it was the only gift I could give them. They looked at me as they held our , and smiled as they turned and walked away, together, as I exhaled.

"They will be well taken care of Danael, you have my word." I nodded

I looked at the card game as Henry and Aerin sat back down and Aerin called. They were both all in. It was a couple of hundred of dollars in pennies, but not here. Here, it was a fortune and the suspense was palpable. Sofi, Ceba, and Amrita stood beside me, holding me, because this was an important game, but mainly because we were now a new family, and I wouldn't see them often.

Henry laid down a straight flush, jack high, as everyone gasped. Everyone looked at everyone but the elves were looking around the most because they hadn't been elves for very long and didn't really know what was going on, but they knew it was important, even if it was a came.

Aerin looked at Henry, and everyone else, and started to turn over her cards.... all hearts. ten; jack; queen; king;.....

OlderPete58 64M  
243 posts
2/25/2022 2:52 am

I think Daniel needs some magic to repair his injuries perhaps those older elves know a thing or two and then there are the Monasteries with the Monks that never seem to die but live through time.

Old souls now that is another tale to tell.

Great writing Daniel keep up the good work.

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