I flinch as a black-vaned bolt zips past my head, so close I feel the wind off it as it passes by. It hits Astralux, however, and digs between two of her gleaming white plate scales on the back of her neck. She growls as a trickle of bright, glittering blood runs down her neck, and I clamp a hand to the back of my neck, sharing in her pain through our bond. The dragon still has a bolt sticking out of the back of her right leg, somehow still running through the pain, crashing through the forest.
Behind, the sunlight glints off the light bronze scales of Pesokvglazu as he grins with long, sharp teeth, snaking his way between the trees in pursuit. On his back, Vladykar Lochan is calmly loading his crossbow with another black-vaned bolt, his gaze locked on us. Continue reading Ariadna’s Star: Post 15
“Fire,” I say.
“Fire.” Malick, the leader of the tribal people who have taken Astralux and me captive—and yet, treating us like we were guests—looks back at the flames on the pile of sticks between us. “Fire,” he repeats. Continue reading Ariadna’s Star: Post 14
After maybe half an hour of walking, the tribal men in animal skins holding my arms stop. I peer around, seeing only more trees. But I can smell something—people, I realize—and there are more of them nearby. I look back to see that the rest of the men are slowly dragging Astralux along by ropes tied to her front legs. The beautiful dragon is still fast asleep from whatever strange paste they had spread on her and tipped their arrows with. I can feel the slight pain through our shared bonds of her wounds, but it isn’t enough to wake her. Continue reading Ariadna’s Star: Post 13
“You should probably keep the bones,” Astralux says. “And maybe the fur, although I did tear that pretty bad.”
I look from the beautiful, shiny white dragon beside me to the bones of the bear eaten between the two of us nearby. Continue reading Ariadna’s Star: Post 12
My eyes grow heavy, even as the sun shines down on me. But there’s no point in trying to sleep—not perched awkwardly on the top of Astralux as I am, clinging to her spines.
“I know you don’t want to talk too much about the bond,” I say, “but can you tell me where the Wards are?” Continue reading Ariadna’s Star: Post 11