Petal still followed her around up on the grass as if she had nothing better to do. Batya chased her to give her cuddles and big wet kisses on her reluctant face. Baku teased and pulled pranks to cheer her up whenever he saw her. At first, the attention of others was welcomed. She knew they cared but lately, everyone started to get on her nerves. She spent more and more time in her room trying to avoid everyone. People knocked on her door inviting her to the fun things they had planned. Katie was only in the 6th grade still. She could feel the limitations of her education while trying to understand more complex things. The computer tablet hid this up to a point and she was worried it was a matter of time before her own ability to understand things failed her and had nothing left to offer the herd. She went to find Zeba, but she was always too busy to talk to her as defense stations along the edges of Altiplano and around the sinkhole were being constructed.
One evening as Katie
Asking around Katie learned Zeba was in one of the magician's workshops. They told her how to get there. Taking a mental note she wandered through the upper-level tunnels. Many of the doors were locked with signs warning of dangerous things inside. After a while she became disoriented. Shasta came out of one of the doors and stood there. “I was coming to get you,” he said.
“Hello! Can you tell me where Zeba is?”
Shasta turned around and did something to open the door. He went inside but kept the door open. Katie followed him inside and examined the door mechanism as she closed it. The magicians looked up from their workstations and were delighted to see her. Some had visited her in the library before.
“She’s looking for Zeba,” announced Shasta. “Hello Katie, I’m Maya. Nice to have you come down to visit us! Let me show you around!” said a light grey centaur guiding her past tables with drawings, doodles, scribblings of math, physics and chemistry formulas on stacks of
“Wake up! It’s time to climb,” whispered Zeba as the first sun rose, “This is going to take the whole day.” Taking deep breaths, Zeba scaled the sheer cliffs of the table top lands with the sure-footedness and confidence of a mountain goat. She was following a path that Katie could not see.
Occasionally, one of Zeba's four legs would step on a loose rock or trip over a crack but the other three would catch all the weight she carried on her back. Zeba was unbothered, but Katie would get flashes of shock and grip tighter with her thighs when Zeba stumbled. As they went higher, Katie’s fear of heights kicked in as she looked down. Katie's legs felt like jello. The wind chilled the sweat coming off her skin making her cold. She buried her face to calm herself down by not looking anymore.
“Do you need to rest?” asked Katie as she tried to hide her anxiety as the thinning air made her weaker. “We are halfway there, its noon, we are making good time. I could use a break.” Zeba replied
She meandered her way to the city park plaza. She sat on a concrete bench, watching creatures play on the grass, jog on paths, and play in the lake.
“For you, rider of dragons and slayer of the Gowels.” said a hedgehog vendor handing her a flower.
“Thank you.” said Katie
Her communication device beeped. Hesitating, she let it beep until silence. It beeped three times before she accepted.
“What do you want?”
“Look, I'm really sorry about what happened earlier. I'll make it up to you. It's getting late and you need a place to stay. Arrangements were already made for all of us. Meet us at The Purtle Hote
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Feeling uncomfortable with this, she wanted to talk to Petal, Batya, and Baku about it. She wanted to know what else they weren't telling her. For several days, she could not find them. She went to every corner of the plateau she knew about. From tower guards to food vendors nobody there could or would tell her anything. She did not want to come off as pushy as she suspected everyone holding out on her.
Frustrated she sat alone in the plaza drinking her tea.
“There you are! It was so hard looking for you! What you call a wild goose chase.” pipped Shasta cheerfully, “I got something neat for you to try!”
He gave her
:new: :bulletblue: Here is the link to the page:
Great job on all the hard work everyone put into drawing this year. It really shows year after year. It has been my pleasure to watch you grow. I will see some of you again in September! :D
The narrative about European dragons kidnapping maidens, often told by boys and men, is a false one. They were actually the same dragons of Draco that landed in Asia when they arrived on Earth. They befriended, protected, and supported the most virtuous humans to be leaders of their own regions.
Dragon backed cultures flourished in Asia and we continue to see their influence today. Europe on the other hand did not. They were welcomed at first but when some of the dragons chose girls and women to protect and support, it upset the men who desired power. They rallied other men, from knights to peasants, to kill or capture dragons for their own use, subdue the young women, and steal the wealth the dragons hoarded to support their chosen maiden’s careers.
European colonization around the world included the eradication of dragons. It was then, that all the dragons alive decided to leave Earth and move on to settle the Alpha Centauri system. The fact that Zan had chosen Katie Mah
:bulletblue: 32 drawings and a whole year later, the idioms book I've been working on is done. The official Lulu product page is up, check it out.
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I popped over to say thank you for favoriting my centaur at the bus stop, then I saw that you had dozens and dozens of awesome centaur pieces yourself and favorited a large number of them. Great stuff.