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Beast's fall

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And why should I let you live?” dragon asked the man he carried, with great curiousity. “You are going to walk away, and I’ll have to catch myself something else. This is no easy task: I’ve been on the hunt for a few days already, but the luck hasn’t been on my side — until I caught you. Yet you want me to let you walk away, you want me to let you live, you want me to yield the opportunity given to me by the Masters. Do you truly think your life is worth more than any other? Yes, tell me: why is your life more important than lives of others — be it of your, or any other kind. Tell me one good reason to let you live. Just one reason, and I'll let you go — but it must be very good, and you must be honest and speak only truth."

The man didn't lose any time: he quickly started trying to come up with a reason that would satisfy the creature. He found his answer soon enough: "I can do things no other creature of the forest can," he said. "If you ever find yourself in trouble, I could help you. Not out of every trouble — there's things beyond what I can do — yet despite that, I believe you can find me more useful alive. So this is my reason: I can help you like no other creature can."

The answer obviously surprised the dragon, and this could be felt in his answer: “I didn’t think you will answer my question, let alone this quickly; and I feel flattered that you thought about me. Yes, your reason is good — but only if you’re prepared to help me to get out of the trouble if I ever find myself in one. Otherwise it’s rather hollow.”

"I mean it," the man replied immediately. "I give you my word: if you ever find yourself in trouble, find me and I'll help you as best as I can."

Dragon still had his doubts, though, and kept asking questions for quite a while, looking for gaps in man's words. At first, the creature merely wanted the man to realize that his reason is not as good as he thinks, but that changed as their talk went on. Sure, it turned out that man's help wouldn't be as catch-free as he would like, but the man managed to awake his curiosity enough for him to not dismiss his reason. By the end of the conversation, the dragon was curious enough to let the man prove he's as useful and worth as much as he painted himself to be. "Fine," the dragon said, "I will let you go, as soon as I find a place to land."

But gods had a different plan. While the dragon conversed with the man, dark clouds covered the sky. The wind has strengthened, and the ride became rougher, even though flying in less than stellar wind didn’t challenge the creature too much. But then, a sudden gust of wind pushed the dragon down, towards the trees. It took the creature completely by surprise. Dragon fought it as hard as he could, but there was nothing he could do. The gust kept pushing him down until his wings hit the treetops, and all hope of recovery was gone. Beast crashed through the trees, tumbling and turning on his way to the ground, breaking everything in his way that was small enough to break under his way.


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