Only Hope 1: How it started

The people of Yaragsdor have only one hope left. That a dragon rider will rise to protect them from the armies of Zarthox... But will even the mightiest of riders be able to ward off the growing evil that will soon overcome Yaragsodor?

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The first thing I said when I woke up was,

"It wasn't your fault." Alvyss had been looking away from me, but he turned around, and studied my face.

"What?" he asked, not understanding what I was saying yet.

"It wasn't your fault my sister died. She told me." I said. He looked at me like I was loosing it. Was I? Had I actually seen her in my dream?

"She can enter dragon rider's dreams - she's a spirit now. And she told me to tell you that it wasn't your fault." I explained. Alvyss sighed. He seemed to sigh a lot. Hopefully, he would believe me.

"Yes, it is my fault. Wait a minute, did you say dragon rider?!" he gasped. I nodded.

"Yeah, and my sister said that you'd be doing her a favour by accepting that it wasn't your fault. She can probably hear this discussion. She made it seem like she could just wonder around now she's a spirit. You really have to accept it, Alvyss. Otherwise, you'd be driving my sister mad. She'd get annoyed, and then she might feel guilty for dying. You want her to feel guilty? You want her to feel guilty for dying, huh? I didn't know why you'd think that it's your fault, but if she says its not then it's not. Get it?" I said. He glanced away for a while, and I think he was considering what I'd said. Then he closed his eyes. I didn't look away. Why wasn't he answering?

"Yeah." he said. As he opened his eyes, a small smile broke onto his face. "Thanks, Arigen. I always thought she'd hate me for not being able to keep her alive. She really wanted to see you again. But now that I know she forgives me... I guess I forgive me as well." His small smile turned into a big one, and his eyes had gratitude in them. And then he looked in front of him.

"Oragyn, if you can hear me, then thankyou. Thankyou for forgiving me, and thanks for being such a great friend..." He turned back to me. "You were saying about dragon riders." he reminded me, and I grinned at him.

 

"And the baby dragon should lead me to the hero's cave." I finished. Alvyss smiled at me.

"Then I'm coming with you." he said. I looked at  him in surprise. He wanted to come with me? I couldn't believe it. Alvyss still wanted to help me, even after saving me from my parent's men.

"It's going to be dangerous." I warned him.

"Exactly. Thats why I want to come with you - you would be in more danger if you went alone. Arigen, don't you want me to come?" He asked. I could only just detect the hurt in his voice; he had hidden it well when he spoke. But it was still there.

"It's not that." I replied. "It's just that..." my voice trailed off. What was it, then? It was just what? I had no idea what to say. I searched my mind for what I actually thought. Because I did want him to come. He looked at me with deep eyes. I sighed - I had made him think that I hated him. Well, that was great, wasn't it? And then I realised.

"Spirits can't talk to normal people, so if I die... If I don't make it, then you won't forgive yourself. I don't want you to live in guilt for ever, just because you came with me." I said in a deadly serious voice. This wasn't just an excuse that I had made. It was the actual truth.

"So... Can you promise to forgive yourself if I die?" I asked, making sure I gazed piercingly into his eyes. I could tell when people lied. And when he said,

"Promise," he wasn't lying. I grinned, and laughed a little.

"Great!" I said. "And if you get guilty, then my dead spirit will be really annoyed with you, and then I might feel like it's my fault. Like my sister felt when you blamed yourself." I added. "So... Lets go!"

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