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take me part 590... edited, again
Posted:Jan 19, 2022 9:36 pm
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2022 2:57 pm
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"Will you please stop hitting me. Holy crap, it's me," and that's when Malinka and Sofi fell onto and bit me as Irina laughed and put her stick down. I needed either Airi, or Kana here to teach these people how to fight and I needed to speak with Yoshi about a blade smith, which would be fun to watch. Hopefully I was overreacting. I stood and hugged them along with Aisha.

"After breakfast you can go to Hammish and Ilsa's because Hammish needs help with a deer and Daniel said he'd do your chores while Irina and I catch up." She looked at me and smiled, "What, you're still my dragon. You get water and I'll chop wood. Girls, help your mom with breakfast. It's cold outside. I kissed Irina and said hi as she hugged me, poured me milk, and pointed to the door as i shook my head and walked out. It was still snowing but not as hard. I hated spring snowstorms, especially in the sixteenth century. I headed to the spring as Aisha whistled and I turned.

"Are we still going to see Dreka?"

"I'm not sure. We can talk later. I'm thinking about what the witch said about being wise. Chop extra wood and if I'm not back in a half an hour come look for me. I turned as we both laughed. I trudged through the snow as Wolf did the and came beside me. "You hate winter snows as much I do?" He growled and was silent.

"Is another dragon coming, Danael?" I told him that I didn't know and was trying to figure out and then told him my dream. "This Dragon in your dream, is he the the leader of the dragons, or another like you?"

"I don't know, brother. I'm hoping I misunderstood." He nodded.

"I know this witch we went to your dream. She helped me as a pup when I got hurt, but she scares us because of her power. I think it would be wise to do as she said and learn from her. Your power and abilities are growing at least weekly, if not daily, all of the pack sees it. You are already a dragon, with magic, do you think this Dreka will teach you that which could harm him, even if he is old? The old are often the most stubborn." I nodded as I found the capstone to the spring and started fill the two buckets. 'We will stand by you however we must, but it's easier to drink from the stream." He yipped.

"And when it freezes?"

"We friends with axes." He howled and trotted away as two wolves rubbed against me, their version of counting coup I supposed. I walked back the house and stomped as the door opened and I walked inside to the water barrel. I lifted the lid as Aisha walked up and looked at me, and then looked inside.

"See if they a stiff brush of some kind, and either vinegar, or salt. If not then find a strong piece of wood and make a scraping edge get the slime off the sides, as much as you can. Keep the water in these buckets. I'll take the other two and fill them and be back. Use the water in the barrel. If they both vinegar and salt then mix some of each, not too much because both are precious but 'll clean off the slime on the sides and bottom. Dump the water away from anything that grows something and scrape as much as you can. We can use coals burn off the rest after we dry ..' She nodded and smiled as I went back into the snow.

"Ladies, I need to show you something important, and probably Hammish and Ilsa and everyone in town, along with your coven so I'm going to need your help, loves." I grabbed the buckets and headed back to the spring both smiling and shaking my head. They didn't know but I was amazed as many humans survived as had. I got water, put the capstone on, spread snow around it, and walked back to the house. I knocked snow off myself, opened the door and walked in to breakfast and merriment. Sofi and Malinka were taking turns sticking themselves halfway into the barrel, laughing, as they scraped and scrubbed. Irina and Aisha were drinking tea at the table, laughing, as I walked up. needs the internet a good time. Irina stood, hugged me, and grabbed my balls as she kissed me.

"Thank you for that, Danael. Aisha told us and we'll spread the word." I took the water to the counter. Use some of the silver, or trade, next time you go to the village and get extra salt, sugare, or honey, and vinegar. You won't need to mix too much vinegar and salt if you clean the barrels when the water runs low after one several fillings. When starts get a green tint then clean them, and do the with the animals, just rinse the barrel, or whatever, out before before you refill them." She smiled and handed me porridge bread and honey as I kissed her.

We sat watching them. "They are having so much fun and don't even realize it's work." Irina wrapped her arm through mine and put her head against my arm. She was SO like Chloe it uncanny.

"That's because it's not work them yet but they will be bickering in two days...trust me. "Aisha looked at me and smiled.

"You're doing the barn but I'll take the girls Hammish help with the deer and so they can show off about how smart they are. Don't use all of your strength. It's still snowing. Come on girls, leave that and we can finish it later. Dry off and get into warmer clothes. Daniel is doing your chores today." They screamed and and ran at me before getting dressed. They all would been too in Denver but they weren't in the late fifteen hundreds. I had an odd life. Malinka and Sofi ran the barn get the wagon and hitch the mule and they headed Hammish and Ilsa's help them and say hi as I went the new bed make love with Irina. It could been a worse life.
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take me part 589...edited, again
Posted:Jan 19, 2022 4:22 pm
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2022 5:09 pm
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It two am as I went back to sleep and four thirty when I I woke again. The fire had turned to coals, which fine as I went to brush my teeth trying not wake anyone up, which I didn't even though they would be upset that I didn't. I got some milk, grabbed my cloak, and walked into Haagerstadt. "What are doing?" He looked down. "Go back to bed Haag, Jake and Em already know to deal with the animals, and the wood, and everything else. I know you don't like it but you need at least another day. See if Ama will take you to the energy falls at Gaia's. If she won't then I will because I'll probably need it after what I need to do. Go back to sleep and rest, my friend, and try not to eat us out of house and home at breakfast." He smiled, nodded, and thumped my chest which pushed into the door as it opened and I fell on my ass with all the girls at me.

"Where do you think you're going mister?" I told them I left a note and asked why everyone awake. Sara said, Don't change the subject, mister" to which they all nodded, and glared.

"I'm going to the past, because I had what I hope a dream about another dragon. I wanted to check on them and then I'm going to talk with Dreka." Aisha walked away and came back in her armor and weapons.

"We're doing that Dragon." She drank milk and poured me another glass. Drin The girls kept arguing with me as I dran Ama stared at me as I looked at her.

"I told Haag that if you didn't take him to the energy falls that I would, and I will. He's still hurt but going to deal with the animals as I walked into him. The man doesn't budged. The girls screamed as they walked in the kitchen shaking their heads.
Chloe went to wake Jake and Emily. Ama didn't say anything but smiled and nodded. I wasn't sure if that was bad or good.. Aisha and I walked outside and I shifted as she put the harness on me and I told her about my dream. She was silent as she climbed on and said fly. We flew toward Sweden as she opened the mist and we flew over our home in the past. There was two feet of snow on the ground as we flew to the canyon that had housed the deer. They were still there because of the snow.

"What do you think, Aisha?"

"Four-six, tops. It's been a hard year but they have all eaten better than they would, including humans, because of you, dragon. Take the ones on the outside because they are old, sick, or injured and will be sacrificed for the herd if need be." She pointed and I grabbed two old bucks on the edge of the group, huddled, trying to stay warm. It was a quick death and we flew to were the wolves should be, and thankfully they were, as I dropped the deer and landed. Aisha went and spoke with them and came bac "Everyone is fine and there has been no sign of another dragon. They said they still have some meat and asked us to take one to the males watching the houses." I nodded, grabbed the second deer and flew to their caves as I dropped it, roared, and flew back to take two more. I would wait to speak with Hammish and Ilsa and then Irina to see if we could leave them be for rest this winter. I flew to the cave I saw in my dream because I knew about where it . I roared, set the deer down, and landed as the old witch walked out her cave. Aisha walked up and spoke with her. They both nodded and walked toward me.

"Weren't you just here, Dragon? Why are you here again so soon....thank you for the deer."

"I wanted to see if it a dream, or magic, or something else. Have there been other dragons here."

"You're the first dragon in at least five hundred years, but you shouldn't rule out magic because Dreka can be as vicious as Marnine , even though he hasn't been since the great wars that killed so many dragons and riders." I nodded. "He wants the , yes?" I stared at her and nodded. You two, and Wolf, are the only ones wo know about this place...the coven doesn't even know about it and it's masked from magic. When you get your juggling in order come stay here with your rider, this one of the other, and I will help you with magic. Dreka is not the only powerful one, and you are beginning to remember your dragon magic. I can help you. I will watch over your family and friends. Be wise dragon, you aren't close to powerful enough to best Dreka yet, but you will be and if you keep being wise, as you have been with alliances, when that time comes you might even succeed. Thank you again for the deer, now leave because I have work to do." I grabbed the other deer and we flew to Hammish.

I landed as Hammish came out of the barn, smiling, because it still early, even if it a different century, several. "You always come bearing gifts, dragon but they are certainly not unwelcome. We are going to have wolf pups, my friend. Aisha smiled and folded the harness.They are all with the pac They need to learn the ways of the pack before they come. Did you take a deer for them as well?" We nodded. "Good, I think we have enough but I'll check with Ilsa to be sure." Aisha said,

"We'll send the girls down to help after breakfast. I'm sure they'd prefer working a deer with Uncle Hammish than mucking out stalls, and Daniel is quite good at it." We all laughed. "This took you by surprise?" He nooded.

"Spring snows always do, it's why you never empty your larder counting on Spring to come early." I told him that hadn't change over the centuries. "Come into the barn." We lifted the deer on a rafter. "I haven't wanted to take the horses over the pass in this, but I also didn't want to wait until it muddy because it's just as bad." We both nodded. That knife you brought..."

"A draw knife." He nodded. "Our metal isn't all that different, especially for this because it's pretty basic and it just needs to hold a sharp edge on one side. Because of the snow, I took a tree down, not too , and your draw knife works well." I smiled and nodded.

It"'s simple enough that it won't make people curious, but effective enough that once people use it, they will which one would give us something to do during the winter and them when we get the wagons made and the mules trained and we start to trade in neighboring areas. I'll think about things we could make out of metal, stone, wool, or pottery, that won't attract attention. In the times before I born, traders did the same thing as you but they not only brought new, and interesting things, and traded them around, they also brought news of what going on because that equally as valuable." Hammish smiled and patted me on the back as Aisha walked up to Ilsa shaking her head as they turned and went inside.

"They are planning to take over the world." Ilsa nodded and said we might be able to if we didn't kill ourselves as they both laughed.

"Do have a pencil?" Hammish handed me one and asked if I could bring more of them. I nodded as I sketched out a basic wooden brace with legs. "We make can something like this to hold the logs out of left over wood and fashion a swallow trough of some kind, we could work around with it but it'd have a stop on one end and shallow enough to straddle the log...." He nodded because he understood the concept immediately. "We could teach the boys and girls, if that's allowed, to do the simple work as they apprentice and we make other things people would buy, or trade for." He nodded as we walked into the house, even though I smelled like the dragon.

"How long as it been since I here." He said three, maybe four days. " Have you ever or, your parents, or grandparents, ever seen a dragon here besides me?" He shook his head.

"I think its been hundreds of years. Why?" I told them my dream as Ilsa gave us breakfast and tea, and stared at us.

"I thought it a dream but we wanted to check on you. I'll talk with Sara and see if there is a way that you can push to us if there is a problem." They nodded. "I'm cautious but not concerned, at least not yet." We ate, caught up, and hugged each other as Aisha opened the mist and we went to Irina's. I stumbled out, which I thought an improvement until the door opened and I rolled inside. They screamed and started hitting me as Aisha watched and laughed. I really needed to talk with Ama or Joseph.
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take me part 588... edited and tweaked a bit, again.
Posted:Jan 17, 2022 10:19 pm
Last Updated:Jan 19, 2022 11:51 am
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I had too much to do, and too many places to be, in two different times and now I was having visions of Dreka, before he was a dragon. I chalked that up to the hard stuff. We had bread pudding and then I dozed off on the couch as Haag finished a story about Viking glory, which was why it didn't matter if they won, or they lost, because it was glory on both ends. I was tired, very tired, but Ama hadn't come in. Everyone headed for bed as I grabbed my cup and walked up to the ridge. Ama and Gaia were talking as I walked up. They looked at me as Gaia sat, and didn't smile.

"This is important, Danael, you said there was nothing around you but sand and rocks. Is that true?'

"Nothing else." Ama and Gaia looked at each other, arguing. "What?" Ama spoke.

"We think you are remembering your ancient past, before either of your dragons and that's not going to be pleasant...not because of you, because you can take pain, it won't be pleasant because of the ones you couldn't save.

"Like now."

"Like now" I growled and began to shift as Gaia bound me. "You can't beat Dreka, even as old as he his, even if you think you need to, you can't. He's too powerful." I stared at them.

"Where does he stay?"

"In caves in the mountains of Tibet."

"And where are you, Gaia, Ama? Where's Marnine? Is he stronger than you, or all of us combined? How does he have this much power?" They stared at me in silence.

"You seem to let the worst out and then ring your hands as if there is nothing that can be done. Anna and I stopped Marnine as a bear and lion. You're Gaia, bring his cave down, bury his treasure, but get those girls out, and he will have no place vent but here. I have a rider, and I went unconscious"

They looked at me and laughed. "Love, Dreka would destroy you in five minutes and then yawn." Gaia nodded. There"'s no doubt that you are brave, dragon, but you are young and Dreka has fought many dragons...."

"So has Aisha, if I'm not mistaken. I don't want you to do it now, but it will happen because he seems to the one trying to destroy my family, and I won't stand for that. I don't care how big he is. I'll take care of my family." They looked at me, and nodded as I shifted without mist and went back to Irina. I didn't fall, which was nice, but it was different, empty, like it was real but not real. Wolf walked up. "What happened?"

Another dragon came, with men, and bound the people."

"My family?" He stared at me and howled in anguish because it was his family too. 'How long have I been gone?"

"Most of a season, maybe longer. They tried but how do you fight a dragon. They felt that you abandoned them." I nodded.

"Are any of the witches alive?"

"One."

"Hammish and Ilsa?" He lowered his head.

"Men aren't like wolves, or bears.... maybe dragons because there was no mercy." I nodded and asked him to take me to the witch. He stared at me. "She scares us.'

"Take me brother, you'll be fine." Wolf and I walked into the forest and up the mountain to a cave, a nice cave. I walked around as wolf yipped and a woman walked out, stared, and sent a bolt of energy at me. I grabbed it my left hand and sent into Gaia with my right as I stood and said stop. She stopped and then walked forward.

"I mean you no harm, sister, ...."

"I know who are dragon. Where were you when you could have helped these people, my people...my sisters. Force needs force, dragon."

"Tell me what happened, sister." She made us tea as I looked around. She told me about the dragon Dreka sent looking for a girl and the havoc he rained down upon them when she wasn't here.

"And the people here?" She was quiet

"They all fought, with the wolves, it's hard to fight a dragon, and soldiers, at the same time without another dragon."

I woke up on the couch, with wool over me, as the fire was dying. Everyone was asleep as I put more wood on the fire, stoked the coals, and went back to sleep. I wasn't sure what was real and what wasn't but I needed to talk Ama about many things, but especially traveling without the mist.
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take me part 587.....edited
Posted:Jan 17, 2022 7:17 pm
Last Updated:Jan 19, 2022 7:12 pm
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I looked around as I got up. I wasn't in Iceland, that was for sure. There was nothing but rocks and sand as far I could see, but this place seemed familiar. I looked for mountains but didn't see any. I could feel the thump of hooves. I reached for my sword, but it wasn't there, nor were my axes. I reached for my knives, none, but the thump grew louder. I looked around but there was no where I could run to, no where I could hide. I tried to shift into the dragon, nothing. The bear, nothing. I tried to shift into a cheetah, on a lark, nothing, but the thumping got louder. I picked up two rocks and waited for my fate. I should have thought about the girls, my , my unborn , and all of the other numerous things we take for granted... but I didn't. I wondered if these were the best rocks as the horses rode up and circled me. I looked around and they all had bows so I was dead, regardless. I dropped the rocks and looked at them as they spoke to me in a language i didn't know yet, but I listened.

There were two in charge, brothers, and they were discussing me,I assumed, as I started to understand. "He's a coward. Look at him, he dropped his rocks as soon as he saw us. We should him and leave him for the jackals and the birds." His brother stared him.

"He's no coward and you would learn that if you fought him, even if he had rocks. I'd likely not have a brother, brother. He's surrounded and we all have bows. How do you fight that with rocks? Why? He is waiting to see what we do" The older brother got off his and took his water bag as he walked up to , unafraid. I didn't move. He handed the water as I nodded and drank.

"Can you understand ? Do you know our language?" I was going to shrug but I didn't, I drank instead and handed him back the skin.

"I can understand enough. I am Druk and I don't want to hurt you, or your people." He laughed as he reached his arm and I took it.

"That is good, Druk. My brother thinks you are a coward. I think you are wise man. A warrior of a kind I have never met. I, for one, would not want to fight you even if all you were rocks, especially not then. Walk with me Druk. I am Dreka, and these are my lands as simple as they are." We walked past the circle of horses. "Give him your food bag rider." The rider handed me his food. "Why are you here Druk?" I reached inside the bag because I suddenly realized I was famished and grabbed dried meat and some bread. I looked at him before I ate.

" not sure Dreka. This might be a dream as I took a bite of meat and Dreka cut my arm with his knife as I growled.

"Do they bleed in dreams where you come from, Druk?" I wiped the blood on my finger and tasted it. "Eat Druk, we have many miles for you to walk unless you want to be tied on a horses' ass." I growled again. "I didn't think so. Eat and drink my new friend, and fear not because you have the Khan's protection. I am intrigued by you because you understood our language so quickly. You will be safe...I give my word and when we get back to camp you will be treated as a guest and we can truly talk." I nodded as I ate and we began to walk to their camp.

I opened my eyes as they were shaking me. " cold." Thankfully I wore my cloak. Sara and Chloe helped .

"You're worse than Haagerstadt when it comes to getting into trouble. Why we keep either of you around is beyond me. Jake, you and Em run to the house and put wood on the fire and water on for tea." They told their ma ok as they ran off. Ama was staring at me but didn't say anything. We walked inside as Haag was finishing his second dessert.

"You're a marvel, Haag." He laughed as we walked to the couch. " fine, but thank you."

Sara said, "Then why were you lying unconscious in the driveway when it's degrees outside? You need a keeper."

"I didn't plan to pass to out, sweets. I was talking with Gaia, she left and I passed out and was having the weirdest dream." Ama asked about it so I told them because it seemed real. Silence as they looked each other.

"What happened?"

"I don't know because you woke up but he said was Dreka and was the Khan, and we were going to his camp." Ama walked outside to the ridge as I drank butter tea.
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take me part 586...edited?
Posted:Jan 17, 2022 5:07 pm
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2022 11:13 am
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Even with a cracked rib Haagerstadt was stronger than . We walked in as dinner was being served. It was bittersweet because we always seemed to have something looming over us, or ahead of us, and this time it was all of the people I loved. I needed to talk with Ama later, and maybe Dreka, but for now I was going to enjoy my familly. Emily and Annika walked up smiling and hugged me like they didn't have a care in the world. They wrapped their arms and staked their places on either side of as everyone else smiled. Haag sat at his end of the table, as usual, and the other end was Ama's. The girls, and Jake brought the lamb, potato's, greens, and not even sure what else. There was some cranberry and walnut thing, and the dark rye bread that I liked, and mead. Ama made a heaping plate for Haag that we all stared at.

"It's nice to know that a cracked rib doesn't affect your appetite, Haag. No wonder Ama is buying all these animals." He stuck a fork full of lamb into his mouth as everyone laughed. Why couldn't people just leave us alone. We didn't want to hurt anyone but I knew, without a doubt, that I was going to be hurting people in the not too distant future, but it wasn't now... now we were sharing a wonderful meal as a family.

"Dad, what is Akvavit?" Ama and Haag stared at me.

"It's something you should never drink," Haag nodded. Ama said,

"It's something our forebearer's made to help with the winter's, and the cold, and probably each other. It's hard alcohol from potato's or grain with herbs. I have some but your Da' is right because it's intense. I keep it for certain celebrations." Ama looked at me and smiled. " guessing your Da' had some.

"Bethany had some. Why do you think I fell into the door?" They all laughed and Sara and Chloe said because a klutz and have no clue how use the mist. We spent the next hour eating, laughing, and being a family. I got up and started to take plates to the kitchen and motioned for them to enjoy the fire. They smiled and walked to the couch and chairs as I cleaned the table. Ama tried to help.

"Go be with Klaara, Anna, and Haag, there isn't much time before we have to leave. We can talk later, or tomorrow." She smiled and kissed my cheek as Jake walked up.

"Henry taught me about doing dishes." We both laughed and nodded. "Are you OK with Em and I staying here? Ama and Haag can use the help and Em has been accepted to the University in the fall but she can start to do classes online and they'll be accepted them. She wants to be a Doc and is smart enough for it. Visiting Norway is a few hours so we can see Christine and Bethany, and everyone there, and we can visit you in Japan." I nodded.

", I would rather we all lived in houses on a big piece of property, like your mom, but life doesn't work like that and what I want doesn't matter because it's your lives. However, I do want you both to come to Denver and see everyone.... Sam and Maggie's rugrats are missing you, sure." He nodded. "I love this place, Jake, so I can understand why you'd want to stay, and you can visit anytime you want, just Aunt Tina, or get anyone other than to show you how to use the mist." He laughed as we cleaned and washed like we did Henry's. Jake went and scrunched between Emily and Annika on the couch as Haag told them tales about Vikings. I hung up the towels, grabbed my cloak, and walked outside to a fox staring .

"Are you stalking , Gaia?' She laughed as we walked. How are you with not taking over Dreka's role?" I stared her.

"Why is everyone so focused on that? I was kinda looking forward to learning things but I've been doing OK through trial and error. My parents taught that there is no such thing as a mistake, that it's just something that didn't work and you can take it off of the list. I never wanted to be Dreka. I want to keep my family safe."

"Most humans would choose power, and riches, Danael, and Dreka has both."

"Can he teach me how to walk of the mist without falling, skidding, or rolling?" She laughed again, which was endearing because watching a fox laughing is priceless. " not Marnine, Gaia, I don't care about his power, or wealth, other than to wonder why he doesn't use it to help people. I have access to a cave that has gold in it that I could take at my leisure, and I have sirens as friends, and Elisabeth, but I would be perfectly content in Denver building caskets, or here building a stone cottage, or Japan learning how to make swords, or in the past figuring out how to make a waterwheel. All of you seem to think I have these grand ambitions, I don't. There are things I'd like to do, but I was raised to be simple, to be humble, thankful, and to give. I had good parents, and I attention. I have too many things to do instead of wondering about Dreka." Gaia was quiet as we walked up the driveway in the half moon's light.

"So, you released the other Elves." She kept walking as I looked at her.

"I did, because it wasn't right for them to watch their sister, their friend, be happy on land, but also in the sea. It hurt my heart, Gaia, and my heart hurts enough." She was silent for a bit. "And what happens when all the others realize what you have done? I don't doubt that there good Elves....Karin is lovely, loving, but they aren't all like that. Do you think they will be safe in the oceans again, or Elisabeth?" We bound them to the sea for a reason Danael, they had too much power, and too much greed."

"And how long ago was this, Gaia?"

"A very long time, Dragon...before your time."

"How long do we for the sins of ancestors?" There is never salvation, or redemption? It's Sirens....Elves. We'll work with them but I suspect they will be more interested on being able to walk. I have some ideas, and since not bound by Dreka locking us down to certain places, I can work with them. creating alliances for a reason I don't understand Gaia."

"You don't understand what the Elves turned into. Marnine was nice compared to them at their worst. The rot starts at the top, and Elves live for millennia, be careful Dragon." She nipped my boot, and ran off as I looked at the and passed .
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take me part 585...edited.... AGAIN!
Posted:Jan 16, 2022 10:45 pm
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2022 1:42 pm
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Anna bit , hard, before staring . "You are aren't going to leave us?" I stared back her because I was shocked, but I hadn't lived her life. I hadn't lived any of their lives. It was freeing to not be the Dragon, even though I was Druk..and a dragon. I was better much suited to that and it wasn't like I was going on a vacation anytime soon.

"Da?"

"Sorry, sweets. tired." She jumped down, punched , and stormed off as Chloe and Sara walked up smiling. Sara said,

" on the bright side, you'll be an old' hand this when the wee ones come, and grow into monsters." We all laughed because she was right. I asked how long until dinner?

"Can you show me how to use the mist inside?" They both stared as Sara walked off shaking her head.

"Why is this so hard for you given everything you can do? Seriously, Daniel, because it's not that hard. You just tighten the circle to fit the space." I stared at her. 'Oh, Jesus Christ, where do you want to go?" I told her Bethany's. She opened the mist and pushed inside. I walked though and rolled down the alley in Norway. I stood and the same cat from before was staring at me so I was pretty sure Gaia was playing with me. I wasn't sure how to get into Bethany's. I knew I could, but I wanted it easy....inconspicuous.... and someone walked of the building. They had a since the construction. I walked in and was still stuck because I needed a in the elevator, at least I wasn't stuck. I didn't have my phone but there was a building phone. They were moving along. I dialed Bethany's apartment .

"Hello?"

"Can you come and get me, and you better have brandy." She laughed and said she'd be right down. Bethany walked and hugged as she took upstairs. "Why is it so complicated to get in?"

"Construction, we don't want people just walking in." She laughed and handed a . "Don't lose it, and why are you here?" I told her. "Seriously?" I nodded.

"Pretty much everything is happening but I wanted to check on Grandma." She kissed , and smiled.

"You don't need to worry, love. She is our family, as are all the people here. How are Christine and Emily? I stared her and then told her what else was going on. She punched and walked into the kitchen and came back with a bottle of Akvavit. She poured and we drank. It was so not going to be a good night. I drank it and looked her.

"What? You brought us here." She had a point and it was amazing that potato's could make such a potent alcohol. Shit, I needed Emily.

"Can I borrow your phone?"

"Da?"

"Yeah, I need you to ad something to the list of things you are searching. Akvavit, it's an alcohol....."

"Are you coming back?" I stopped.

"Of course love, with Bethany and letting her know what's going on.

"Sweets?"

' here. Christine? Daniel is coming back soon, but he was checking on things here. It's fine here but guessing we'll need to to talk." Christine was silent. "I'll take that as a yes. Daniel will be back as soon as we are done. It won't be long. I love you all." I shook my head and asked what she gave . She laughed.

"How do you do it?" She poured us shots as she showed what we were doing with the buidings.

"Does Annie know about this?" She nodded. "OK, then, but that stuff is dangerous." She nodded as I tried to open the mist. Bethany finally got tired, opened it, and pushed through. I bumped into a closed door as I stood and Haag slapped on the back as he walked in.

"I forgot my pipe. Tis gunna be a grand meal.....lamb. I nodded as I followed.
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I was losing track of the balls but the was still groing. I stood up without getting pounced on as Annie and Taiiko walked up. I looked at them. "How did you get here?"

"Sara showed us how to use the mist, and we needed to be here."

"Do you roll out?" They looked at me, laughed, and walked away as they motioned for me to follow them. What the . "How is everyone?"

"They're fine, love, don't worry. We explained what was going on. Once we meet the people we need meet, and see family, Sara and I are going back in time. We're all going be busy, mister." I nodded.

"How's Lisbeth?"

"We haven't seen them, but...." they pointed the strait and Karin's friends."

"Can you stay here help them?" They nodded. "Show me where they are, please." They took me to Elisabeth's room and I pounded because I had other places to go. Lisbeth opened the door and jumped on me, naked. "Both of you get dressed and meet me outside in five minutes." I walked back outside as Annie and Taiiko looked at me.

"What are you doing?"

"Something either really smart, or really stupid. We're going to need clothes and places for eleven people to stay." Annie walked off because she was use to dealing with these types of sudden things, and they were related through Ama. Karin and Elisabeth walked up and stared at me.

"How do you like your legs?" Karin smiled and said a lot. "Good, because both of you are going to be busy. Follow me." I walked back to the straight where Karin's friends where waiting, and looking at us. It hurt my heart. "You both learn how focus on other people, care for other people, think about other people. Yeah?" They nodded. I knelt down as they all stared at me, and Karin. "Hold hands." They did as I took the hand of the first in line, put my hand on the ground, pulled from both Dreka and Gaia, even though I didn't think I needed too, and pushed as the seas churned and I let go. was easier for them because they were already using their legs. wasn't fair, or nice, for them watch Karin and I wanted an alliance. Annie walked up the women from the town with blankets, and robes. "Well, come on, get out and start using your legs again." I was sure Ama would be pissed but it was unkind for them to just watch Karin.

"Come sisters." Karin and Lisbeth reached for them and helped them out as the town came out. "Come, it's safe. These are good humans." They climbed onto the shore, probably for the first time ever, and stumbled as we all helped them learn to walk. What was amazing were the numbers of people running down to help them. I helped the last of one out of the water as she fell into me as Annie walked up with a blanket.

"You are Karin's friend, the dragon?" I nodded. She hugged me. "Please release all of us." Annie looked at me as they took them into town to get warm and start to figure things out. Taiiko hugged me.

"You a kind spirit, Dragon. It's why the forest likes you. We'll deal with them, get them settled and come Ama's." I nodded. "'ll be nice all of you with us. I know grandfather will be happy see you." I nodded. "We'll see you soon, love." I opened the mist and fell into Ama's front door, which they opened, annd I fell inside. Sara stared me.

"Why is this so hard?" I got up and walked over to Emily.

" you been through the mist?" She nodded. "Do you fall?" She shook her head as she smiled. "Stumble?" She said no. Crap. "I need you go the Youtube and find the song Starting Over." She nodded as Sara walked up. " Aya and put on speaker." I called Annie. "Are you all together?" She said yes. "Put your phone on speaker. Emily clicked on Starting Over, by Chris Stapleton. Haag walked in because of dinner and the song came on as I looked at them. You could hear a pin a drop as the song played.

"Play again, Em." She did. Can you all here hear me? They all said yes. We are heading for the bumpy patch but if we stick together we can get through this. None of us are going to like but we need do . We a time see people we love, and miss. 's not what I want, but what I want doesn't matter. If we stay together then we can weather anything. If we splinter then we die. We'll see you soon." They said goodbye through tears as Anna ran at me, and leapt.
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Jake and I took wood to Haagerstadt, and he threw the lamp at Jake too, who caught it and laughed. I was actually glad Emily and Jake were staying here because they all loved each other and Ama could use the help, but I wanted them to have the choice. Chloe would probably disagree, but she's a mom. I was not getting out of this without getting hit numerous times, I just wasn't, which I understood. I didn't like it either. We gave Haag his mead and told him we'd see him at dinner as Jake and I walked outside laughing to Chloe staring at us. She stared at both of us and we didn't say a word. She walked up to jake and kissed him, slapped me across the face, and walked off as Jake stared at me.

"Did that hurt?" I looked at him, astounded.

"What do you think?"

"Why do they hit, and bite you, Da?" Em and I talk about this and we can't understand it." We took the cart to the barn to clean the stalls and then feed the animals.

"Mostly because they can, . We don't have easy lives. They usually punch me in the chest when they're mad at me, or really upset. They slap me, or bite me, when they are scared or things are too much to process. It's not going to be an easy thing for your Ma to be away from you, but it never was because you're adults. It's just harder now because of your sister."

"Is Anna really going to be like Dreka?"

"I don't know, maybe in time, but now we need to temper her anger, and hone it, so she stops trying to throw me and Haag through walls." He laughed as we walked to the barn. "Can you deal with the barn?" He nodded. "Good. I'll be back but I needed to go to Norway. Thank God for the mist. I opened it and rolled into the barn as Drakon barked at me. There was no one there. Shit! I walked outside and heard the laughter and smiled. It was the Saturday gathering and they were being a family. I let the dogs out and they all attacked me before they went running outside to the fire, and their people, as I followed and watched. The dogs piled on everyone and no one was immune from licking. Jacob looked up, confused, and saw me, smiled and waved as Aya and Gerel walked up. They both kissed and hugged me.

"How's your brother?"

"He's out of surgery. They rebuilt his ankles and shins. It'll take at least a year of physical therapy, maybe longer, before he can walk normally but the surgeon was hopeful."

"Good, it'll give him time to think." She nodded. "Walk with me because we need to talk and it won't be an easy conversation but we have little time." We walked because if they were going to go ballistic then I'd rather it happened away from everyone as they were unwinding. Aya looked me.

"What Daniel?" I told them about Annika, and Dreka, and what he told me about people looking for them. They'd all experienced it, recently, but they were also stubborn as hell. If I could get all of them in one place so we could deal with whatever it , it would be a blessing from Gaia.

"I won't leave my brother, Daniel!" She glared at me. I shook my head, without shaking my head. "I don't want to leave our home." She looked at Aya.

"Annie and Tina have found a similar rehab center in Osaka. We can send him there when he's stable. They are the same level care, they just don't know us, but you can't stay here. I'm not sure if Aydar is involved in something greater, or he just wanted power, but the threat that Dreka mentioned doesn't involve you, it involves Aya, and my job is to protect her and our . Period." They stared at me and Gerel waked off.

"Give her time, love. She doesn't like that I love you too. I wasn't going to get pregnant by someone I didn't love. It'll take time and all of the rest doesn't help. The place in Osaka is the same level of care?" I nodded. "Everyone is going there?"

"Everyone pregnant, and Annika and Klaara, assuming I can pull that off." She laughed as she hugged me and laughed again..

"Why do they want us?"

"I'm not sure, exactly, but I think they want the babies, and Annika. I have no idea who they are. I thought the attacks on Annie and the girls, and then on you, were specific, targeted, but I'm not sure any longer. I need to talk with my friends Deats, and Javier, and check in with them and their sources. They haven't said anything so I haven't been worried. Dreka is concerned about Annika, and all of you, and he will lock us down in Japan. We have maybe a month and a lot of places to go. How important is the ceremony...." She stared at me. "OK, dumb question. How large does it have to be?"

"I'll call my mom. My parents will be fine but maybe not my grandparents." Gerel walked back up and punched me in the chest as Aya pushed her away. "Stop."

"I want Annie's number." I found it and showed her my phone. She called and walked off. Aya looked at me and smiled.

"You get hit a lot, don't know?" I nodded. She kissed me.

"Are you OK here, for now?" She nodded.

"We actually love it here but we've never been to Japan."

"Don't leave here without Kana....promise me, goofball too." She smiled and nodded. Gerel walked up and kissed me.

"I'm sorry I hit you. I spoke with with Annie and I'm OK with going to Osaka, and she bit my shoulder before they both laughed.

"Go back and enjoy the party. I wish I could be there with you but I have too many places to be." They kissed me and nodded as I opened the mist, walked through, and rolled on to Gotland, and nothing.
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I stood, after rolling, and started to walk toward the house as Ama and Sara walked out. They pointed to the ridge and I met them as we walked up and sat. They both stared me, concerned. "What?"

"You aren't Dreka's successor. Annika is. You aren't the next Dragon." I shook my head because I too many things to think about and do. "Are you OK with that, love?"

"Honestly, I'd rather build caskets, or figure out how to make a waterwheel in the past. I don't care and why everyone thinks I do is beyond me, and making me annoyed. All I know is that Annika needs our help, my help, because I'm the one strong enough, isn't pregnant, stop her when she needs to be stopped. I don't to be Dreka....never did, but we limited time until we are locked down at Oasaka until Anna gets older and the babies are born. We need go back Denver, and Halifax and see the the people we love. 's been too long already and 's going be longer. Chloe wearing wool when we talked here earlier, and I'm guessing all of you will before too long. Dreka said wouldn't be long before they knew about Annika....all of you. I'm not interested in they are at the moment but I am interested in keeping you safe. No one's going like what we do but since when did any of out people like what we had do. I need talk with Haag. I kissed Sara and hugged Ama as I walked down the ridge.

I knocked walked into Haagerstadt's cottage. He sitting by the fire. "You let a break a rib?" He growled and threw a lamp at me. I laughed as I caught it and set it back down. I hugged him. "She threw me around pretty good too, even as the dragon." He stared at me as I nodded.

"I love her and Klaara but they can't stay here because she needs training." I nodded and told him what Dreka told me. "Everyone?"

"I don't think so Annika and the ones pregnant because I can't be everywhere at once. I think Jake and Emily will stay here.Let me say that again, I don't think Jake and Emily would leave here, especially since you're hurt. I think we a month, at best. I need talk with Ama later. is a lot do, in many places, and not much time. Things aren't working out out the way I thought they would, Haag." I touched his shoulder.

"This is Iceland, Danael, things never worked out without effort." I nodded and stood.

"I'll bring you wood. Don't you need anything else?" He said mead as we laughed. I nodded. Ama is making lamb for dinner. I'll bring you some, brother." He shook his head.

"I can walk but the wood and mead would be helpful." I nodded as I walked outside and went to find Jake and Emily as Klaara walked up and slapped me.

"What that?"

"Can we walk? I too much to do. Annika is going to become the first female to lead the Dragons in thousands of years, since before Dreka, the large dragon you attacked. are things that are going change and neither of you will like them in the beginning. We need take you both, and the girls, Japan keep you safe and teach Anna how control herself and harness her power and abilities." She stared at me. "It either that, Tibet, or the sixteenth century."

"How can my Annika be this new dragon?"

"I no idea Klaara but she's almost stronger than any of us. I didn't think you would stay with Dreka. Yoshi and Taiiko can train her, us....me.... and we can still be a family, mostly. We won't be able leave for some time because people will be for her, and the babies. Japan is the safest, modern place, we . 's different than here but also similar.

"She won't go..."

" is no debate on this Klaara except that you go Japan, or you go Tibet, and Dreka. Japan is far more preferable . I don't know why 's Annika just like I'm sure the parents of the destined be the next Dalai Lama understand. The thin I can do Is take you a place where you can speak with Gaia, if you ." She nodded, punched me in the chest, and walked off. Crap. I went find Jake and Em. I walked in the backyard as Jake chopping the last of the wood and Emily stacking. They made a good couple. I sad because the stone cottage would wait. They both smiled when the saw me. I pulled the cart up.

"Finish what you're doing and then we need tal" I sat down, took my notebook and pen out, and started writing things I needed information on. Jake helped Em finish stacking and they sat down. I tore out the pages of the information I needed and handed it to Emily.

"I need your help, both of you. Em, I need information on all of these but it has to be printed out. You can do it way faster than I can, and I more than I can do already. I need diagrams, step by step directions, How-'s....everything. If Ama doesn't enough paper or ink then order some, or get in town. Think about as if you were learning these things for the first time." She looked at the lists.

"Knife making, adobe, water wheel, barrels.... brewing. Ship building?" She stared at me. "Da, you lost your mind? This will take reams of paper.

"If you can find books that show how do these things then I am fine with that as well." She looked as me as smiled and shook her head. "Things are going be changing in a major way, Loves, and quickly. We are taking Anna Japan along with everyone is pregnant as I looked at Jake. I'm not sure they are yet, but 'people' are for your moms, and will be for Anna. We can keep them safe at Yoshi's, and 's way more convenient get than Tibet, or the sixteenth century." They laughed. "I figured you would rather stay here, or go back Denver. You are welcome come with us, and are many reasons you should consider , because you can learn a lot . We all can. I haven't talked with Chloe yet but I'm sure she knows. Its not what I . I all of us living in multiple houses on the land but my job is keep them safe, and this keeps them safe." Jake nodded.

"Can we visit if we don't go?" I nodded. Jake looked at me, and at Emily.

"Dad, Ama shifting all of this land, and getting animals, and needs be new fencing, and buildings... and Haag can't do all of that." I smiled because I proud. We'll talk about my gut says that we stay here."

"Mine too, Da, because Ama needs help too if Klaara and Anna are leaving, and I'm working with her at the cave. We'll talk with Ama, Sara, and Chloe, and I'll find this information for you but don't count on us going to Japan with you." I nodded and hugged them both.

"Please help Ama with dinner, Em." She smiled and nodded. "Jake, can you grab some mead, two bottles, and then help me load wood for Haag." He nodded. I wasn't sure what I did in my past lives, at least not most of them, but I must done OK the family I had.
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FUCK!!! Chloe and I walked in as Ama and Annika were cleaning up after breakfast. I looked at Jake. I need your...never mind because all I can do is check email, and text, sometimes. I need Youtube, and Chis Stapleton singing Tennessee Whisky. It's too early but I could use it. Please put it through your speaker gizmo." Jake looked at me, smiled, and nodded as Emily laughed because we use to play music in Denver. They put it on and Annika turned and glared at me. SHIT! We all needed to have a talk, and I was going to get hurt. I meant the song as I took it, that I loved her, but a thirteen year old didn't take it like that, she thought I was going to leave her which I didn't understand but she was thirteen and she nearly pushed me through a log wall. I was kinda options.

"YOU HATE ME!" as the song kept playing. It wasn't what I meant..."

'WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?" I walked up to her as she exploded at me. I was waiting for it and shifted into the dragon as we went to Dreka's cave. Annika was suddenly introduced to some of things I could do, and was sacred because she didn't understand. We walked through the cave.

"How are we here, and why you didn't you get hurt?" I looked at her and pinched. I did it again, and again, and again. She tried to stopped me like she had but it didn't work. She stared at me.

"Why?"

"Turn around." She did and passed out as she saw Dreka. He looked at me as his helpers took her to be comfortable. He stared at me.

"You know what she is?" I nodded. "You are turning this world upside down, Danael...." I looked at him and nodded, and said, "She's not my blood, Dreka," He stared at me and it started to sink in. Annika opened her eyes. She was mad at me but she saw Dreka, because he was larger, and she reacted. It was like sticking your tongue on a frozen lamp post, or touching a hot stove.... some things you just know.

Annika was suspended above us, fine...unhurt... and Dreka brought everyone to his cave. They were all scared, and looked around but Klaara walked up to him, as we watched. "Let my go!" He huffed and all of them shifted and attacked him at once with Klaara climbing the fastest. Dreka laughed and put them all back where they were, madder than before as Annika was still suspended in front of us. I looked at them because I knew what he was doing, trying to do. I put my hands up and she fell into my arms as everyone was in shock. Annika stared at me, confused which she needed to be now. She hugged me because I saved her in her mind. I sent her to her moms as Dreka sent them home. He looked at me, and I nodded.

The girls were gone and I stood in front of Dreka. "You are Druk, but you aren't the Dragon my friend." I nodded.

"Can her mother come with her, she'll have to Dreka because what you stopped won't be the half of it because they are our family, and we will fight you. I will fight you even if I die. She is my ." He looked at me and smiled.

"I will let her train, and learn, in Japan. You train her, all of you, since she is your .You keep the women you love, and their , there....all of them for a time, only you can be where you need to be around the world, Druk. Finish tying your lose ends. They will know about her sooner rather than later and they will be looking for all of them, make your connections, meet your friends and then take them to Yoshi. The only places that are safe, for now at least, are Japan, Tibet, and the past. Once she learns control it'll be different but your job is to keep them safe and you can't do that when they wandering like cats." I looked at him. "Fix what you have to before I shift things and your life is locked." I nodded and he pushed me back to Iceland as I rolled down the driveway toward the women I loved. I didn't know how long I rolled, but it didn't mattered because I knew my place, and what I needed to do. They wouldn't like it, but they would do it. Shit!
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I just walked to Ama's because I was pretty much annoyed at everyone. I walked onto the ridge overlooking the house and Chloe was sitting there, wrapped in wool, looking at me and smiling. "Hey mister."

"You too?' She nodded as she opened her arms and I sat next to her.

"Our lives aren't normal, love. How's Elisabeth?" I told her about things, and what I was going to do...

"Karin? You let her walk, and be with Elisabeth." She got up and walked back to the house. Crap. I looked to the west and thought about going back in time to the night I met Sara, smiled, and wondered how everyone in Denver was as I walked to the house. I walked in and Ama was making french toast as I was stuck in the doorway.

"You seemed shocked to see me in my own kitchen making breakfast for the people I love. Come in and close the door because it's still cold out. Since you're here, we need more wood, and other things done, since Haagerstadt is mending. He'll be fine because a broken rib won't slow Haag down for long."

"Jake, Emily, bring in more wood, and chop more if we need. Annika, get your coat and gloves because we're going for a walk. The girls walked toward me and I looked at them. "Now Annika, I won't ask again." She put her heavy coat on and grabbed her gloves as she walked out smiling. We walked down the driveway as the girls came out and watched us.

"You hurt Haag?'' She looked at me, with tears.

"I didn't mean it Da"

"Why did it happen?" We walked to a tree that I was sadly going to sacrifice. I could feel them following us, watching.

"I was mad."

"At Haag?" She looked me. "Be honest, love."

"I was mad, Da. It's hard to control sometimes. I focus on Haag because he is the strongest. and I don't know what else to do. I changed my plan of burning a tree next to her, and freezing the ground at her feet, to talk about power and responsibility. She was a scared who didn't know what was happening.

"Follow me." I took Anna's hand and walked to the ridge as we passed the girls. "Follow me, too. I want you to push everything you can into that ridge." She stared at me but didn't so I pinched her, and kept pinching until she glanced at me and sent me end over end as everyone gasped including Anna. I walked up and pinched her hard as I shifted into the bear. She screamed and slid me back twenty feet. I walked up to her, shifted into the dragon and roared as I spit on her. Anna growled and glared at me as I snarled and bit, at her and she sent me to the ridge. Everyone was stunned as I shifted and I walked back as Anna ran to me crying jumped on me, and bit me hard. I carried her inside so we could have french toast. Everyone saw what she did as they followed us inside and I set her down at the table.

"I'm sorry Da!"

"Why, love? Eat your french toast." I could feel EVERYONE watching me again because they were all pregnant

"I hurt you." Ama made all of us sit down and served french toast and bacon, which they all started eating, even me.

"Have breakfast, sweets. You can talk with food in your mouth this one time." I kissed her and Klaara kissed her as Jake and Emily threw pieces of bacon on her plate.

"Eat, goofball. It's french toast and bacon," and we were fine again until afterward. Ama looked at me and I nodded. We ate as all family's did, but the adults were wondering about things. I didn't need this, but I had this, and she was strong...and almost thirteen. Great. We finished our french toast as Annika and I walked outside.

"What makes you angry, sweets?"

"I dunno."

"Why did you hurt Haag, or send me rolling?"

"Because you made me mad."

"Why?" she screamed at me and said she didn't know as she pushed me and made tracks in the ground as I slid. I exhaled and sent the energy into Gaia as she ran at me and pounced

"You didn't fall."

"No love, I didn't fall. Go inside with your Ma and help Ama." She kissed me as she walked inside. She turned, smiled, and waved. I smiled and waved and then fell as the door closed behind her. Shit. Chloe slid next to me.

"Are you OK?" I nodded as I started to get up.

"I'm fine, but we all have things to talk about because she can't stay here, as much as they may want to. We need to talk with Yoshi and Taiiko." She stared at me. "What? Did you see what she did to me?" I turned and pointed. "Fifteen feet, maybe farther. She pushed me like I was nothing. You and Sara are pregnant. Would want to take that chance?" She stared at me. I think I know where she needs to go, but no one will like it, especially not Klaara. Chloe stared at me.

"No." Times change, Love.
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I sniffed and open my eyes, adjusting to the darkness of the cave and the grey starting to build in the east. "Walk with me bear." Gaia walked outside and headed to the ocean as I stretched and lumbered after her, and yawned because I was still tired and had a lot to do in many places. We walked in silence for a long time, which was fine with me because I liked the smells here. I needed to ask Ama if I could build a cottage here because I would be happy to have a place, like my cave, that I could stay in when I wasn't the bear. A place to read, and think, and ponder. I had a lot I needed to ponder.

"You, Jake, and Emily can start building a cottage here if you like. It's a wise choice given the past and your ambitions." I stared at her. I was losing my sense of propriety with both her and Ama and I stopped walking, and sat, which bears don't do all that often. Gaia walked up and sat too. "What, Bear?"

"Ama said that I was becoming arrogant, and then you make a somewhat snide comment about 'my' ambitions. Why, Gaia?" She stared at me.

"Your power, and abilities, are growing faster than even Sara's and you decide to do things without seeking counsel..."

"With you, and Ama?"

"... yes, but we have been around for far longer, Danael and..."

"And what Gaia? I mean neither of you disrespect but I have not gotten a lot of advice....from any of you. since my life changed. I don't doubt that you were helping me, all of us, but I have been mostly left to figure things out on my own. Marnine gives me insight, and now you both are criticizing me because I am learning my way and doing what I feel is right. I'm the farthest thing from arrogant, but choices need to be made, and I am learning things quickly, and sense things, and know others. Who else will do it?" Silence. I got up and walked over the top her because I was pissed. I knew I would pay a price but I was annoyed. Gaia touched my left leg as I passed and flung me a hundred yards into the ocean. I landed with a large splash and swam back to shore, walked out, shook, shifted, and laughed.

"At least I don't need to take a shower." She shook her head, turned, and kept walking. "What?'

"The reason we've let you deal with things..."

"...Marnine?"

"... things, alone, was to see how you would handle them."

"And Sara?"

"Sara is different. A lot, most, of the things that she needs to do in the future she doesn't know. You've been a Dragon, off and on, for a very long time even though this Dragon is young. The things Sara needs to do she needs help with, guidance. You need to figure out how to stop falling out of the mist." We both laughed. "It's true that we haven't guided you much but there is only so much guidance we are allowed to offer. Dreka wanted to be sure, and Joseph aids him so is bound to his wishes."

"You are beginning to do things that we would have done, that was why Ama said you were getting arrogant."

"Like what Gaia? Like making an alliance with the wolves? Like taking Marnine to you? Like keeping my family safe?" I was angry, again, and sat on the sand as Gaia lied in front of me. "How can I possibly be arrogant when I am barely able to keep all the balls in the air? The balls don't stop Gaia, but we've done OK so far. Do I doubt that you had a plan in that, no, of course not, but doing what I have to do because something is presented to me is not arrogance. It's life." I stood and kept walking, loving that it was getting greyer and dawn was coming because I missed my family.

"And the monks, and Aydar, and now Karin, and soon her friends. What of that?" I was silent as I walked.

"It hurt my heart to end those monks, but they were too powerful to let them live. I lived there so who else, Gaia? Would you have killed them....Dreka? They came after my family, as did Aydar and, frankly, the only reason he is alive is because of the girls. They wanted me to keep them safe and didn't want me to kill him if I didn't have to. Aisha and I got shot in St. Petersburg doing the same thing because of that in case you have forgotten."

"I haven't forgotten, Dragon."

"I think my actions have been sound, and right, even with Karin and her friends..."

"... the Elves in your stories are not the Elves that were banished to the seas and you are giving twelve of them access to the land once again."

"How long ago were they banished?"

"Before modern times."

"And they are the same Elves, they don't reproduce together, like us?" Gaia was silent. "Karin said that she was forgetting how to use her legs..... that's wrong Gaia. Period. I wanted to release all of her friends, but I just released their legs out of respect to you and Ama. Everything I have done is counterintuitive, but that's who I am, apparently. I have more pregnant women in my life then is sane, and I will likely have more before things shift. I have a family in two different times, and that will probably change. I died saving someone who's descendant I married. I made alliances with wolves throughout time...and I'm a fucking dragon."

I understand the threat, but I also love Karin, and she loves me. I don't know why. Times change Gaia. It's not right that they are kept like that. I will make an alliance with them, through Karin, and Lisbeth, and trade for the riches under the oceans while I ponder how to deal with this.... unless you and Dreka want to help me. If you can give me any idea's on how to get art work, and manuscripts, out of cave that can only be accessed under the water, I would appreciate it, same thing with dealing with Annika."

We were back at my cave. "Find out what cave Karin is speaking about and I'll get them out but the rest is up to you. I agree about saving things that should be saved. If you want the gold then you need get it. Dreka and I are curious how you handle Karin and we'll go from there, same with Annika. We will keep you from going off the rails. They don't know it yet, but they waiting to have breakfast with you, Danael," and the fox was gone. I walked home as dawn was breaking.
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I rolled on to Gotland as Elisabeth, ''lisbeth' pounced on me as her Da, which was a start. I squeezed her tight and kissed her cheek as we got up. Stay here and I'll be right back. " She looked at me. "Trust me love, if you can't trust your Da, then what the fuck." She laughed, and nodded. "I'll be right back." I walked up to Karin who was looking me." She popped up to be kissed, which I did, because she was cute..

"I need to amend our last trade." She growled and the water started to boil. "Stop, and listen to me because it'll be a good a trade, I think." She stared at me.

"What?"

"Before I tell you I'd like to know what happens if you aren't in the ocean?" Karin stared at me and looked away. A terrible choice. We either live free in the ocean, or bound to the land. What if I can give you a third option, Karin? Would that be of value to you?" She jumped and dove, and jumped higher before she splashed me.

"What's your trade, dragon?"

"Am I wrong in thinking that you are in love with ''lisbeth?" She submerged and came up with red coral. "Did you pick that?"

"No, it's lying on the bottom I started noticing things because of you. Are you toying with me?" Karin started to cry. Jesus Christ.

"No, I'm trying to work it out, and I think I can..."

"No you can't, Danael. I either choose one or the other. It's our curse." I nodded.

"Will you give you me a minute?" She nodded. "How many close friends do you have?'

'Eleven, why?" I didn't tell her because she wouldn't believe me." Do they want walk to on land as well." Karin stared at me. She nodded. What if you could be in the sea, and on the land?"

"Could we have with humans, and live as humans but teach our about the the oceans, like the olden times?" I looked a her and held up a finger for her to wait as i went to speak with Gaia.

"What are doing?" I made a deal with a Siren, and she fancy's Elisabeth and Elisabeth likes her, and needs that Love, and it's one less thing for me. BUT, I want to give her eleven friends, her 'Elven' friends, the same gift. I would release all of them from their bonds but I am bound to you as I am Dreka." Gaia howled as lightning struck close enough for me to feel it.

"Apparently not Dragon, but you may not know what you are dealing with. I am curious how you knew they were Elves, and how you plan to deal with eleven Elves who can walk?"

"I'm not sure Gaia, but I haven't been sure of anything since I met Sara."

"Dreka and I agree that your impulse with Elisabeth is important, and she needs someone she can love, but you would be unwise to release all of them at once. We are curious what you do Dragon." I opened my eyes as Elisabeth walked up and Karin looked at me. She hopped out and gave her the red coral as ''lisbeth leaned to kiss her. I could feel everyone watching me, from everywhere, because I wanted to let ALL of the Elves lose from their bonds. I wasn't sure I could, but I could Karin and go from there. Elisabeth looked at me. "I need you to go into town, Love, but not for long." She stared at me.

"You wanted to be my Da.

"You want me to drop you in the ocean again?" She shook her head." "Good, go back to town, now ." Elisabeth pounced on me, bit me, and walked back to town as Karin watched her. I wasn't sure if she mad, or happy.

"Please give me a hand. I promised you what you wanted, but I will not have sex with you because...."

"I did want that dragon but I am in love with your , and I think she loves me but we are only in the water and I want to be on the land with her also." I took her hand and placed my other hand on Gaia, and pushed into the sea through Karin as her friends watched. I hoped this worked. I wasn't sure only that it needed to. Karin looked at me, scared. "Why are you scared?

"I have never walked, and we are losing our memory of walking." I roared as I shifted and churned the oceans, all of them, and pulled from both Gaia and Dreka. I could feel them shake their heads because I was young and didn't realize her friends would shift too. I thought it would just be Karin. Crap. They all stared at me, unsure what to do.

"Can they feel their legs?" This created a whole other set of problems for me, but I wasn't going to be able to fix with that, now?"

'Yes."

"I can't bring them out now, but they'll begin to remember who they are and you will be able to help them. Yes?" Karin stared at me and said Aye!" I stared at her as I smiled,

"Give me your hand lass and step up, the rest of your friends will, too, in time, but not now. Step out of the water, love because someone is waiting to meet you in town." Karin did the unthinkable for a Siren and she walked out of her ocean in order to find the person she loved. She stared at me as she pounced, and bit me, because they always do that to me for some reason, but I'd take it. We walked into town as Airi saw us, and all the people in town were watching. Lisbeth saw Karin, ran at her, and pounced. She didn't shift and they were on the ground, kissing, before they laughed and walked back to her room.

It was a gift that Lisbeth would never know about but it saved me from dealing with Karin because I couldn't out trade her and she would eventually want me. This way they both got to be together. I knew it wasn't over, and I wanted Karin and Elisabeth to have time together, but this was from over because I unlocked the memories of eleven Elves, and they wouldn't wait long. You can't make deals with Sirens without counter deals, so I needed counter deals worthy of their freedom, and I was hoping Lisbeth and Karin would help me because I was going to need more gold. I watched them walk into town as Sara walked up.

"Was I wrong?" Sara stared at me, sadly, and said she had no idea. She probably did but she didn't say. She joined us in town for a feast and celebration because their dragon was no longer angry. We didn't see Elisabeth and Karin, but we ate the fish they brought them, and the town howled at that and celebrated. We were moving toward spring. Sara walked up, looked at me, and kissed me.

"You can't micromanage everything, Daniel, even though you think you can. It's too much for me, and too much for Chloe. It's too much for Annika......

"I woke up in the dark, smelling a fox.
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