The Last Moon Dragon

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CAUTION: TWO YEAR OLD DRAFT VERSION. FULL OF SPELLING MISTAKES AND OTHER GRAMMATICAL ERRORS. "The kingdom of Heriven isn't exactly the best place to live. Ruled by a twisted King and a power-hungry Baron, the poor exist to serve the rich. Attacks from other kingdoms have finally ceased over hundreds of years, but only because of a bigger problem. Other places have infestations of lice and vermin, Heriven has dragons. Although there has not been a dragon sighted in the kingdom for over a decade, and the people are at ease, it won't be long before it all changes, and a legendary dragon shall make its reappearance...This was voted best Fantasy Movella 2012

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47. The Reading of The Law (Part One)

"Do you really think we should be doing this?"

"Why are you doubting me? We've got this far, we might as well, Ocello."

"Pike, what if we see something we aren't supposed to? Some deep darkness that's bound in the Law, and we release it?"

Ocello looked away.

"I can't believe you're having second thoughts. This could change people's lives - ours included!" said Pike.

Ocello looked nervously at the Ancient Law, and then looked up at Pike, her blue eyes suddenly cold. She pulled apart the leather that held the scroll, her hands fumbling from nerves. Then she pulled away.

"What?" asked Pike.

"Can you do it - can you roll it out?" whispered Ocello.

"I can't do this without you," mumbled Pike.

"Please," she said.

Ocello's blue eyes were wide with fear as Pike pushed the scroll open and started to unroll it. By the time the deed was done, Ocello had completely turned away from him. Pike tapped her on the shoulder.

"You won't believe it," he muttered.

Ocello turned to face the Law. At first, she thought she was seeing things. The scroll, which was almost twelve foot long when completely rolled out, was completely empty. It just looked like an old piece of over-sized parchment, yellowed with age and torn in places.

She blinked and rubbed her eyes. Still nothing.

Pike opened his mouth to yell in frustration but Ocello stopped him, pointing at the edges of the clearing. She didn't know what to think...except that they had come all this way for nothing.

Suddenly, there was rustling in the bushes behind them. The both whipped around, Ocello's hand on the dagger at her belt, getting ready to defend against some horrid creature - but it was only Kytra, laughing as she tumbled into the clearing. She stopped, however, when she realised that the Law was unrolled. Kytra came forward and stared in disbelief, just like Ocello and Pike.

Then she voiced what none of them wanted to believe.

"There's nothing on it,"she said, swallowing.

"Yep," said Pike.

Kytra looked at Pike and Ocello, fully realising their dismay at the situation.

"Maybe you have to touch it," she said, doubtfully, reaching forward and poking the Law. Nothing happened.

"I ran away for nothing,"Ocello said. "We all did. I broke into the castle depths for nothing, Violet helped me for nothing, I setfire to the bloody banquet hall for nothing - nothing but an empty flaming scroll."

"Calm down," said Kytra, desperately. "I'm sure it must be under some kind of spell."

"Why would you think that?" said Pike. "It was buried deep below the castle, wasn't it? Surely that was enough security?"

"Well, Ocello and Violet could get at it easily enough, couldn't they? The nobility obviously made this Law, and even if they are highly ridiculous and crazy, they aren't stupid. At least not all of them are."

"Who would cast the spell? They're all terrified of magic, as you know all too well, Kytra." sniffed Ocello, who was hacking at the end of a long stick, fashioning it into a spear-like form.

"I'm  not a witch, Ocello." hissed Kytra.

"Alright, alright, let's suppose it's under some kind of enchantment - it's the only hope we've got anyway," said Pike hastily. "Any ideas of how we could break it?"

"We'd have to find out what kind of spell it was first. I've certainly seen nothing like it before - not really my speciality, spells." she said lightly.

Pike smiled, but he stopped when Ocello glared at him.

"Maybe...maybe we could see what happens with the gemstones? Try putting some of those on it...?" said Pike, completely lost.

"Well, it's a start at least." said Kytra, sighing.

***

An hour later, they were still sitting around the empty Law.

Ocello was sitting with her back to the other two, using her dagger to cut more and more sticks into points, not wanting to think of the consequences the three of them would have to face if they returned to the kingdom - if they ever did. Ocello would never mention it but a small part of her, the dark part, kept reminding her it was very possible they could die out here. When Pike had told her about Kytra and the water dragons, she had been on his side without question.

Pike himself was sitting beside Kytra, watching her arrange different gemstones in different ways, and then waiting for something to happen. Of course, nothing did.

"Where did you learn all of those patterns?" asked Pike.

"When I lived in my tent in the village, I had a book on precious rocks and crystals," said Kytra. "They all mean different things, and according to the book, different arrangements can be valid to protect you in different situations. Unfortunately, I don't remember an unlocking pattern."

"Shame," said Pike. "So what arrangement is that?"

Kytra had organised many miniscule emeralds and rubies in sharp, zigzag lines.

"If I remember rightly, this is one that is supposed to reveal any sort of secrecy surrounding you. But I think it only applies when there's evil present, and the Ancient Law of Heriven isn't evil."

"So, what do emeralds and rubies mean, then?" asked Pike, interestedly.

Kytra's response was straight out of a book.

"Emerald - green and pure, meaning the forest, nature, a neutral perspective." she said. "So the emerald gives a neutral point of view, and adds purity to simplify the secrecy, showing it in a clearer light. Now, Ruby - red, ferocious, the stone of fire or blood. The ruby is an angry jewel - it forces the evil or secrecy to reveal or show itself."

"Wow, Kytra, that's pretty amazing." said Pike. "Do the lines have any relevance?"

"I don't think so," said Kytra, shrugging. "I think that's just the arrangement."

"What's that jewel, there? You haven't tried a pattern with that one, yet." said Pike. He was pointing to the blueish-white stone that Kytra had found on her  night in the tree.

Moonstone.

"Ah, well, you see - I don't actually know what type of stone that is," she said, quickly. It felt bad to lie to Pike, and Kytra wasn't sure why she was doing it. She swiped at the stone but Pike got there first.

"It's bigger than your other ones. Where did you find it?" he said, turning it in his fingers to admire every glowing centimetre.

Kytra shrugged again. "Around," she said vaguely.

Ocello suddenly put down her dagger. She had been too far away to overhear their conversation, but she had been working with her own plans. She gathered the spear-like sticks and walked up to where Pike and Kytra were sitting.

"What are they for?" asked Kytra, brightly.

"Well, I figured that we're going to be in here for a while." said Ocello. "Might as well mark our territory, don't you think?"

She went right up to the dark treeline and stabbed a wooden spear in the earth. She continued to do this until they were completely surrounded, and then Ocello gathered another bundle and slotted them into notches she'd cut in the spears. Soon they were surrounded by a strong fence.

"Well done," said Pike.

Ocello shrugged. "I needed to do something co-operative. What's that?" she said, pointing at the stone in Pike's hand.

"An unknown variety of gemstone, according to Kytra, who was looking very hard at the arrangement of rubies and emeralds on the Law.

"It's very pretty." said Ocello.

"Mmm," said Kytra.

"Have you tried all the other stones?" aske Ocello.

"Mmm," said Kyrtra. She didn't like where this seemed to be going, and she wished she'd kept the moonstone hidden.

Pike passed the stone Ocello, who placed it onto the Law. It sat there for a moment, glowing, and then suddenly - the old parchment burst into life.

 

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