SS The Dragon’s Quest for Hopper:: Chapter 19 : Melanie and Dominik

The Dragon’s Quest for Hopper starts off as any other low brow elf seeking a real place in life.  He didn’t think the real place would be babysitter to a dragon.  Part of him wishes the dragon mother decided on eating him instead of shoving him into this new role.  What was he thinking getting involved with Linda or Hartliebe or thinking he deserved more in life than running a beer company.  Beer is his life.  Or it was.  His life now seems a lot different.  And scary.
Genres: Adventure, fantasy

[WIP: The Dragon’s Quest for Hopper]

Melanie and Dominik

As I walk outside, I try to wrap my head around the very idea of not being a full elf.  When I see the kids outside throwing fire while flying around, I drop the idea entirely.  Before the dragon mark, I had no magic.  I could not even compute basic math, let alone complex spells like that.

“Stop it, Rich.  I said no fire.”  Derrick catches the largest elf half breed in the air.  The boy scoffs at the mistreatment.  “No.  You and Katelyn are the only ones who can use fire.  It is unfair.”

“Not letting us practice is unfair, Father.”  Rich crosses his arms once on the ground.  “I am the oldest, but you do not give me extra time on the field.  I need it!”

“Then agree to go to school.”  Derrick holds his hand out for Melanie.  The little girl runs for him and a big hug.  I thought she hated her dragon side.

“Elven magic is not dragon magic.  It isn’t the same!”  Rich stomps his foot.  “I did my two years.  I’m done with what they consider worthwhile training.”

“You do not act like you are done with it.”  Derrick glares down at him.  “You went to school early excited for the chance at learning.  Now you are complaining it wasn’t good enough.  Did you wish to go to a different school?  Since I cannot teach you well enough.”

The oldest of the children glances at me.  His stare begets the ten year old well.  I have him by near a decade, yet his natural talent far surpasses mine.  Reminds me of Jay.  Does Jay or any of my friends miss me?  “I want him to train me.”

What?  I step back looking at Derrick’s smirk.  The elder dragon shakes his head turning to his son again.  “Dominik is unable to teach you anything you don’t already know.  He is not a dragon and barely older than you.”

“Hmph.”  Rich starts to walk away until his father’s hand lands on his shoulder.  “Kid, you have a lot to learn before you turn your back on me.”

“Then teach me!”  Arms fly up knocking his father’s hand away.  “I want to learn.”

“Then be patient.  You are not the only one learning here.”  Derrick’s words have me thinking it is not just the children on the learning curve.  He lifts Melanie onto his shoulders.  “How about a fly through the sky?”  He looks up at the sky searching.  “Where did that Cyro fellow go?”

“Did he disappear?”  I look up just as Cyro drops behind me.  “Dragon Cyro, are you having fun?”

The calm chuckle and mysterious expression on his face leaves me to think Cyro learnt a lot while here.  It was only a matter of minutes and he grew half a year.  “I think we should stay a while.”

“What about Kristen?  And Terrick?”  I focus on him.

That is the frown I expect from being forced to wait.  “Until dinner, then.  I want to…”

“You should just move on.”  Derrick taps me on the shoulder eyeing Cyro.  “I don’t want my kids to get too close to you.  It’ll be troublesome.”

I glance to Melanie.  She said something to her father.  Then my eyes gaze at Rich, who eyes us in an effort to follow.  It would probably be for the best to move on while those two are unable to do something.  “Sure.  Cyro we need to continue on.  We can stop in the next town for food and drinks.”

Cyro sighs looking at each child in question.  “I only get to learn their names before we have to bolt?”

“Which do you want to do?  Go reach Terrick or stay here with them?”  I look at the kids fly after their father.  Rich lags a bit.  “What about Georgiann’s book?”

He touches where he hides his book.  Not a moment after the half breeds leave do we begin our own flight.  I’ll forgo rest and food considering where this is and who is here.  I’d rather forget the entire visit.

However I am certain this crew will be in my future somehow.  Now I glance back considering.  What if I asked them to join us for the trip to the isle?  They should be strong enough.  Well the adults would be.  Stupid me.  That youngest child looked to be only two years old.  You do not bring children, babies into that type of adventure.

Onward to a safe haven far from this place.

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