♓ Chapter 1- The Beginning
It's a sunny day, Era wake up with sunshine in her eyes as she heard her father calling her. She have short brown hair and light blue eyes with a small light green circle around her pupil. She slept with her white t-shirt on and her underwear. She quick take on a sweater with hood, black one. Then take a brown pant with a lot of air, like the ones boys use. While she put on white socks , she trips because of her room which is a mess. She runs down the wood stairs and into the gray kitchen - and find a apple to eat. Her father comes inside looking at her with his cigarette in his mouth. Short black hair, white jacket like doctors usually wear.“Today I need to ask you something.” He says just as he sat down beside her. Era thinks right away,“I mean man! He can let me eat before he ask something.” “Can you go up on the hill in the middle of the forest and gather some Rushi flowers? I have none left.” He look at her with eyes like a puppy which she can't resist. “Fine, I'II do it after I've eaten breakfast.” She take another bite of her apple when he grabs her arm and drag her out of the gray house. He let go of her arm and throw a bag to her. “You must go now, I have patients whom are waiting for me!” She have a gloomy face and look at him like a dog wanting to eat a cat. “FINE!” She walks away with the bag she holds in her right hand. She wave it on her shoulder, not looking back.
Era live in a small village with no more than 20 houses, 8 shops. They all are standing in a line on each side with a road in the middle. She walk to the fence, their town is surrounded by it for protection. She walk up to the gate made of trees, it's not very tall. By just touching, it falls apart right away. “Damn....have to tell them to fix this when I get home. This whole town is almost in ruins....” She walk into the green forest with no hesitation. The forest is like a jungle with many rare plants. Walking here in the morning could be dangerous, but she never failes to get something for her father. After a little while, she stand in front the big mountain. The top looks like it has been cut with something sharp, since it's flat at the top. Era start to climb up the mountain, she put on black gloves to not get hurt. She manage to climb all the way up without any troubles at all. She bends down to pick up the beautiful red Rushi, shaped as a rose, only ticker. She pick many of them.
Something caught her eye, a egg - a big egg. She put some more flowers in her bag and walk towards the egg. It's laying on a nest, a huge nest. She can see broken eggs beside the last one. “poor guy....all alone....where is your mother?” she talk to herself and looking around. Nothing is to be seen. The egg is not huge, not small either. It has a light blue color with a hint of brown weak stripes on it. “I will come back tomorrow.” That's all she say before she went home. She knew if it was a bird and if you touched it, the mother would abandon it if it had a sent from a human on it. Therefore she want to wait and see if there is a mother somewhere.
She come back with the bag full of flowers and throw it at the bench in the kitchen. It was dinnertime and since she have just eaten an apple, she is very hungry. Her stomach grows until she get to eat dinner made by her father. “Eat up now.” He didn't have to say it twice, she started as soon as he said the word eat. While she is eating, her mind is about the egg. “Maybe dad know something about it....” She thought. She look at him placing the flowers in a box, it was a special made box, look like a aquarium with sand in it. “He have some weird ways of keeping his medicine fresh. One time he gathered tiger pie in order to let one of his herbs to be fresh and ready to use...a weirdo...though he is my weirdo”
“Dad, do you know what kind of animal that has an egg which is light blue with a hint of weak brown stripes on it?” She look at him with food in her mouth. He stops and think for a moment, but the moment turns out to be minutes. “HEY! Just answer!” She screams after him after he have been thinking for 15 minutes. “I have no idea, maybe a bird?” He look at her, still cigarette in his mouth. “The egg is bigger than a normal egg, and ostriches don't lay eggs on a hill or mountains. It's weird....” She is waiting for him to answer when someone calls him out. “Hey, Kein, we need a little help out here!” Era recognize the voice, it's her fathers childhood friend Frant Helmer. “Frant again....what do he want now....” Era thought, but then she get up and go to her father and take out his cigarette. “I've told you a THOUSAND times! Don't smoke! Your a doctor, you should now better!” Era cross her arms looking at him, but he just avoid to say anything. He look outside in order to pretend to be called again. “what? Now? Alright! Sorry Era, daddy need to go now, be a nice girl” He runs outside while Era stand there and punch the wall once in anger. “Stupid old man!” She let out a sight looking at the wall. “If only you were here....I, no, we both miss you....why did you have to die......mom...” A tear formed and fell down her face on her left cheek. She go back to the table and finish eating while think of the egg and after that, go to sleep so she can go to the egg with a lot of strength tomorrow.
♓ Chapter 2 - Protection
The days went like that for a week, she went up to the egg everyday, stayed there most of the time, waiting. Nothing, no one came to check on the baby egg. Era got tired of waiting an decide to take the egg with her. She put the egg in her brown backpack and climb down from the mountain. When she is halfway down, an eagle attack her and she lose her grip. She falls down but manage to grip a branch from a tree next to the mountain. She climb down from the tree after the eagle left . When she get down from the tree, she walk home in a fast speed. At this time of the day dangerous animals use to show up. Just as she thought, a tiger is following her. The tiger jump out of a bush and run after Era. They comes to a river, too big to jump over and it lead to a waterfall not far from them. Era turn around and face the tiger. The tiger attack her, but she manage to dodge just in time, though the tiger destroy her backpack and the egg fall out. Era notice this and bends down as fast as she can to catch it. She hold the egg in her arms observing the tigers movements. The tiger growls at her and walk slowly from right to left. It jumps at her again faster than the last time. Era don't manage to completely dodge it and the tiger manage to slash her left shoulder. She start to bleed right away and her left arm lose it's strength, but still holds on to the egg. “I have to get out of here fast! Tiger.....if it weren't for the egg, I could get away by myself, but....no, I will protect it no matter what!” She start to run to the left where the waterfall is and get herself ready to jump. Just then the tiger catch up with her, run beside her waiting for the right moment to attack. “Damn you.....if I stop and fight her I wouldn't have much chance. I bet she have cubs to take care off and looking for a meal, me. Even if I hurt her just a little, she will have a lot of strength left. If I jump into the water my wound will…..screw this!” The tiger look at her with a sharp eye and jump at her. Era don't have time to think before rocks come up of the ground and hit the tiger's stomach. If fall to the ground, but not too hurt. Era look behind her while still running down the road. She runs to the right and take a different route to get home as fast as possible.
When she come back to the gate into the town, she has a blurry vision. Around her shoulder is her sweater around it to stop the bleeding, but since she run it won't stop. Still have the egg in her arms, but not for long. She walk unsteady to their gray house. Frant see her walking like she is drunk, her sweater is wet and he smell blood from her. Frant run up to her and look at the egg in her arms. Before he have time to ask anything, she falls down while speaking to him. “Save the egg, if you hurt it....I will kill you...” Frant look at her with a weird face as he catch the egg and let her fall to the ground. All the villages knew Era was serious about her words. He call for her father and carry the egg into her room while her father treat her wound. The wound is bad, but he could teat it since he was the best doctor in the area. After she is treated, Kein carry her to her room and lay her in her bed. “Geez....what a mess your room is.....” he tell himself. He look at the egg and get surprised. He seem to recognize the egg and fast get down into the living room and take out a book from his bookshelf. “Dragons,” is the name of the book. He research about the egg and find out it's a copper egg. It can be dangerous to have here, and he will ask Era to get rid of it as fast as possible.
After two days in bed, she wake up in pain. Her shoulder hurt like hell, it did when she ran away from the tiger too, but endured it. She look around after the egg. It's no were to be seen. She quickly get up and run downstairs, past the kitchen and down to the basement where her father has his lab where he also keep all his herbs. She open the door and look inside, she see her father sitting at a desk in the dark with just a little light from a lamp placed at the wall. “Dad, where is the egg I had with me?” Kein turn around and look at her. “It's in here, in the box number #89. If you care about it, let it be there.” Era sighs and walk to him. “Why did you take it here? Do you research on it?” She still look at him waiting for his reply. “I know what egg it is, but I don't think you should keep it. Take it back where it came from when you have fully recovered.” Era slap her right hand in his table. “No way! I found it all alone, I've been watching it for a week and I didn't see it's mother ONCE! I will keep it, you can't take it away from me.” When he look into her eyes he can see she is serious about what she says, but he is worried about the future. “I will tell you what egg it is, I know you will get exited cause you like it, but if it become a troublemaker you have to get rid of it. I take a huge risk with letting you keep it.” At first Era look unhappy, but she smiles at him and push his shoulder as a thanks. “Thanks dad! Now tell me, what egg is it?” Kein rub his shoulder, he isn't very strong and Era's hits are hard. “It's a copper dragon egg. It need to be kept with cool sand in order to let it hatch properly after 540 days. I don't know how old this egg is. You have to leave the egg here until it hatches. I've made a machine which will tell me when it's hatching so you don't have to worry. The thing you need to do now is to research about the dragon and find out as much as possible in order to take care of it. You understand?” He can see the happiness and excitement in her eyes while she nods. A dragon, she have a interest in those creatures but never seen one in real life.
After that day she researched about the cooper dragon like crazy. She studly hard, she ask everyone in town about it, even read some books at the library. She is a fast reader, use to go to the library 3-4 times a week in her free time. Even if she read about it, it doesn't have to be true. The library only have 2 books about it, but not much information in them. No one in town can help her either. Due to her wound, she is told to stay home for a while and read there so it won't become worse.
The days pass by quickly into month, and month into a year and longer.
♓ Chapter 3 - Hard times
It has been 560 days since Era found the dragon egg. Her wound his healed but she have 3 scars, all from the tiger's claws. The dragon is hatched, a brown female dragon on the size of a 1-2 years normal old dog. It can't fly yet and Era gave her the name Torah. She can't speak yet but they can communicate by mind reading. However it won't work all the time since Torah is still young. Torah is two months old and when she is that young she is called a wyrmling. Era found out that Torah can take shape of a stone, change mud into rock or rock into mud, create walls of stone and move earth. She do not breath fire, but a slow gas with acid in it. Her powers haven't grown much, but she grow stronger by each day. Era make a training camp for Torah, so they can train themselves. Era is planning on getting stronger in case someone would want to take Torah from her.
They train everyday and get home exhausted. However, she continue to help her father when he need it.
Even if they trained everyday, Torah's powers were still not stable. Sometimes she even set houses on fire by accident etc. Of course Era offered to fix it herself. Her father knew this would happen sooner or later and tell her to think it over, but since Torah have hatched it would be like killing if she get rid of her and she protest no matter what he tell her.
As the time passes, Era is less home and spend most of her time with Torah. Her father don't see her as much as he want anymore. He get less patients as the time pass and he believe it's because of the dragon. Their afraid of her, and he understands why. The oldest man in town has also his doubts when it comes to her dragon. Torah have caused some damage on the village even though Era take care of the damage. Torah is filled with guilt for making Era take care of the damage all the time.
Today Era is home with her father, she left Torah in the training area. Era want to see how it's going home, she know she's been away from her father for a long time and want to spend time with him. They sit in the living room in silence. She sit down in a red stuffed chair beside her fathers brown stuffed chair. They are poor, her father usually do his work for free cause the town is poor. They don't get many visitors because their town is located far from other towns and cities.
Era have noticed her father get less patients than he use to have some time ago. She look at him, he look like a kid whom have lost his dream., still a cigarette in his mouth. “Hey.....I know I've made a mess in town and causing trouble for your job.” He look at her and force a smile. “No no, my job works just fine, you don't have to do anything.” He keep on smiling, which Era doesn't like when he lie. “Don't lie to me! I know your losing patients because of Torah, they are afraid of her, I can tell.” She speak with a more soft voice than she usually use. Kein lose his smile and before he could speak, she interrupt him. “I have decided, I will go out on a journey and I take Torah with me. She and I cause too much trouble being here. Besides, I need to learn more about her and if there is other dragons out there and why I haven't seen one before if there exist more of them.” Kein take his cigarette out and blow the smoke from his mouth. “Thanks Era, but you don't have to go on your own....it will be dangerous.....have you forgotten the tiger?” He look at her holding his cigarette between his fingers. “I remember....but that was a long time ago! I'm stronger and I have Torah, she can help me and I her. I'm not a kid anymore! I have already turned 18! You can't keep me here forever....I will also try to make money to send to you, since you almost never get payed for your job. We are so poor that I don't know how long we will last and you don't want to get money from grandfather either. I mean the same about the village. No body comes around here anymore and since we don't have money enough, we can't make the village bigger, please dad, let me do this...” When he look into her eyes, he can see she really want to do it, how serious she is about it. He hesitate for 10 minutes but answer her. “You have my permission, but you need to take with you ALL the things you need. You also have to send me a letter once in a while so I know your safe.” Era smiles happy which he haven't seen her do in a while. “Of course dad. By the way, I will leave about 4 months, I still need to train before the journey. I won't make anymore troubles....I promise” Era get up and walk up to her room and fall asleep with a smile on her face.
♓ Chapter 4 - The day before the journey
It has been almost 4 months now, Era kept her word. Neither she or Torah made anymore trouble, but it wasn't easy. Torah has grown a little, same with her powers. Today Era is on her way to the elder, head man in the village. He know something about dragons and have something to tell her. Era is walking though the village, the elder's house is in the end of the village. The biggest house and the most rich one. It's a white house with brown roof. People can see the house is more good looking than the other houses, but that's because he's the one who rule the village and need to stand out.
Era is at the entrance and knock on the big brown door. Someone open the door and come out, someone with a sword, the guard. He look at her trough a little opening so he can see her. He use an armor. “Who are you and what do you want?” He stand still like a statue. “I'm Era Felthalar, daughter of Kein Felthalar and Lizie Felthalar. I'm here to talk to the elder, he wanted to talk to me today.” Era look at the man in armor. If anyone want to speak with the elder, they have to say their name and their parents name in order to get inside. “Okay, follow me and leave your weapons outside.” Era do as he say and left her swords outside. She have been training with 2 swords since after the accident with the tiger. She walk inside. It's like a temple of monks, pillars, old pictures etc. Of course the elder don't just use money on himself, but the others have work while Kein do it for free. If he would take money, the village would be more poor. Guards can be seen on her way to the elder. All use armors and have weapons. The guard before her stops and bow, Era do the same as the elder get up from his stone chair. “You can go now, all of you”, he refer to the guards and all the guards go out.
“Stand my child, Era, it's been a long time don't you think?” He smiles like a normal guy. When people talk with him it doesn't seem like he is the head of the village. Era smiles to him and put her arms on her hips. “You bet it has! I have been busy with training and....you know....I haven't had a reason to talk to you” The elder suddenly start laughing while Era look at him with a confused face. “My child, you don't have to have a big reason to talk to me. You off all people know that best. You can come to me anytime like you did before.” Era smiles at him. “I know that......grandfather” She look at him while smiling with her eyes closed. At that moment, the elder remember when she was little, always the same old Era, playing around. The elder put a hand on her shoulder. “Come with me Era, let's sit down and talk.” Era nods as they walk to a different room with pillows on the floor with tables, a bed, a normal bedroom. They both sit down on the pillows and lean their arms on the table. “I haven't changed the room since your mother lived with me. Wouldn't you think it would be best if you and your father moved in to me? It's lonely..... we are family you know.” Era show a surprised face, she didn't think this was what he was going to talk about. “I.....I will start on a journey tomorrow....and my dad want to live as he do....he want to live like a normal man.......besides, it will be hard to be a doctor and live in here with guards....” She look down at the table. “I know he want that, but almost none in our village treat him as they should. He is my daughters husband. Soon will he take over my job. It hurts to see him like this, not that I don't think he can make it, but I think he should at least accept money I offer him.” Era smiles at him and rub her neck. “Well dad isn't like that. He don't want to be special treated, that's one thing that mom liked about him. I will take with me money so he can accept it, I promise.” He nods and silence came for a moment after he ordered food. They sit there and talk about the past.
Back at her house, her father sit outside in the entrance of the house, smoking. He think about Era and her journey also about her mother. He lean backwards with his arms behind him and look up at the sky. “ Lizie.......Era will be leaving me tomorrow.....I want her home, it becomes very quite when she's not around and even more if you both are gone, but I don't want to keep her here if she don't want to..........” He take out his cigarette and let the smoke out and sighs.
Just then, Torah comes out and sit beside him. He look at her with a smile and pet her head. “So, your awake? Era is with the elder and might use some time. She haven't seen him in a while even though he is her grandfather....” He looks down, place the cigarette in his mouth and sits up normally with his hands on his lap. Torah look at him with her adorable cute yellow eyes. She rub her head in his side to cheer him up. Kein chuckles and once again look at her, he take his cigarette out. “Hey, Torah, you will take care of her, right? Save and take care of each other.” Torah look at him and lick his left hand. He look at his watch and get up petting her head. “Now it's dinner time, come on lets make something good.” He walk inside with Torah.
Torah seems to have taken a liking to Era's father as well as Era. Torah can't speak yet, but can read Era and her family's mind.
After Era and the elder have eaten they start to talk again, but now about what she want to hear. “Now, a few years ago there was this boy, a boy with an eye patch on his right eye, blue hair. He was talking about dragons when he visited us. I don't remember much, but he knew more than me. He was traveling alone, but he had some kind of an animal with him. I just remember it was white and black......sorry you know we old people forget easily.” He laugh a bit of himself and Era join him a little. “Well as long as you remember this much that's enough, I will go and search for him.....” She start to think about the man and the animal. “What kind of animal does he mean? And what kind of man is he?.....” The elder look at her worried. “Era, take with you what you need, I will give you money too......please be careful, I know your not a typical ordinary girl, but-” Before he can say anything else Era hug him tight. “It's okay grandfather, I will take care of myself. I'm already 18 years old, don't worry.” She let go of him and smiles. “fine, I trust you, well time to go, I have things I must do today.” Era nods and get up and they together walk out of the room. A guard come with money to her and her father. “Thank you, take care.” Era bows and walk out of the house.
Era go home with the money and some books she borrow from her grandfather. She walk into her house and into the kitchen where her father is making dinner while Torah watch him. Torah see Era and jump on her like a dog and lick her face. Era start laughing and try to push Torah away. “H-hey, don't eat me up before I've eaten dinner at least.” Era said joking. Torah get off her and Era get up. “So what's for dinner today?” Kein turn around to her, still smoking. Before he open his mouth to say something, she take away his cigarette and throw it in the garbage. “HEY!! My cigarette!!” Era look at him with an raised eyebrow. “Don't smoke, at least not when you make dinner!” Kein scratches the back of his head and continue with the dinner. “Chicken, rise, vegetables and sausages. Since this is our last dinner together before you go, I thought of makeing your favorite dinner.” Era don't comment what he says and sit down on the chair at the table waiting for dinner.
Torah look at Era and know she think of what she has been told by her grandfather. “Is there something wrong?” Era flinch hearing Torah's voice inside her head, Era look at her and smiles. “No, nothings wrong. It's just something that my grandfather told me, about a guy whom know about dragons, at least more than I know. I, no, we will go searching for hi...... that's if you want to come with me” Torah get up on a chair and sits down. “Sure, we are partners after all.” They both smile at each other
When the dinner is done, they eat and talk like a normal family even if Torah don't speak to them. After the dinner, Era go up to her room and clean it, it take 4 hours to clean. After that she find a backpack and pack for her journey. “So tired......I think I will go to bed....it's a big day tomorrow” she think while yawning and go to bed after she brush her teeth. Torah lie beside her bed which is made out of stone and fall asleep not long after Era.
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