SS The Dragon’s Quest for Hopper:: Chapter 48 : Kevin 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]

Kevin and Dominik

When I can sit back up, I can hear the muttering across the room.  The pain in my muscles has me squeaking.  The squeaks gain a pair of eyes on me.  Only one, and she looks confused more than anything.  “You’re awake.”  Kassandra kneels at my side checking for injuries.  After a quick review, she turns back to the collection of bodies in the corner.  “His name is Kevin.”

“Where have I heard that name before?”  I rub my head trying to mitigate the pain and remember the name.

Cyro notices me and bounces over to me.  “It’s Kevin Hopper!”

My mouth drops open.  Tait glides in to my side.  “It’s Kevin.”  He points back at the baby.  Now I can see the chain trapping the dragon in place.  Ethan has one hand on his flank and another on a drink.  He looks injured, but not dead.

“I succeeded!”  Cyro jumps up and down drawing all eyes minus Ethan.  He is still focused on his bottle and Kevin.  “I found the…”

“Was Kevin Hopper supposed to be here?”  I look up at him blinking.  Cyro stops and pulls out his book.  He drops to the ground reading.  I shake my head.  “How long was I out?”

“An hour.”  Kassandra watches Cyro read.  More like he skims the book.  “Cyro told us to let you wake up on your own.”

“It was better to wait.”  Slowly I stand up.  Testing my muscles, I find my body intact and functionable, even if a bit stiff.  “That hurt.  But I’m good over all.”

“That’s an amazing healing ability.”  Kassandra blinks.  She stands up turning to the rest of the Mad Hatters.  “What are we going to do now?”

“Olivia’s still asleep.”  Leah rubs her beard.  “I think we should stay for a bit.  We have five days here.  One night in this cave won’t…”

“No.”  Cyro stands holding open his book.  “It’s here.  The spirits of the Isle of Terrick.  Those scary spirits that everyone would hate to know… They aren’t ghosts.”

“Finally figured that out?”  I glare at the baby dragon.  “Tait was never alive.”

“He’s not alive yet.”  Cyro steps forward.  “Tait, where is Nothing Hill?  Where is the Sapphire room?”

“Ah…”  Tait points outside.  “It’s quite a bit away from here.  We went in the wrong direction.”

“There should be the others here.  Somewhere.  All your friends.”

Growling comes from the dragon infant.  The weird language has Cyro tuned in.  I wave my wand looking for translation.  “…left.”  I missed it.

“Why did they leave?”  Cyro taps his foot.  He hugs his book close.  “It was supposed to be…”

“Tait left.  Alex left.  Cari left.  Matt left.  Andrew left.”  He shakes his head and gets a slap from Ethan.  “Tom and Doug… The three of us cover the Isle.  We stop the enemies.  Eat them or such.”

“Eat…?”  I jump forward.  “You eat…?”

Kevin stands shaking the chains.  Ethan’s attempts to confine him do nothing.  “Dragons eat anything that comes.  We do not hold value in beings less than dragon.  I stopped because you are dragon too.  Not because of your friends, if that term can be used for something like them.”

“Hey.”  I lay a hand on Kevin.  He watches me eye to eye.  “There is more to life than just eating.”

“You know nothing.”

“I know a lot of some things.  How old are you?”

Kevin shakes trying to release me, but I hop on.  Ethan climbs on behind me.  “Alright, Kevin.”  I grab his chain releasing him from the wall.  “Time for us to meet the other two left on the isle.”

“I don’t want to.”  The dragon baby drops to the ground.  Ethan taps his flanks and I see the spark.  Kevin grumbles getting up.  “You are cruel.”

“Owned by a stronger dragon than you.”  Ethan leans forward.

I turn to the others as we ride out of the cave.  “Stay close, but only so close.  Let Cyro keep you hidden.”

“I can’t do that.”  Cyro waves his book around.  “I don’t know how.”

“Prove to Dragon Hartliebe you are stronger than she thinks you are.  We are off to see if these dragons need help or death.”

Kevin shakes his head half stabbing me with his horns.  “Death.  Doug and Tom deserve death.  This will be my isle.  Terrick Isle is mine.”

When we reach the open path, Kevin starts off.  His speed leaves me unable to pay attention to the surroundings.  It reminds me so much of Cyro’s flight.  However Cyro’s dragon is much larger than Kevin.  Cyro is the size of a castle.  Kevin is larger than a horse.  “You’re a baby, Kevin.  You have a lot to learn.”

“I can eat you, still.”  Kevin glowers as he runs through the forest leaving nothing to notice the trio.

The rest of the group is gone from our eyes when we stop again.  “Are we…?”

“Sh.”  Kevin moves slowly to the edge of the trees.  In the middle of a clearing sits a half asleep dragon slightly bigger and redder than the one we rode.  “That’s Doug.”

“He’s sleeping.”  I slide off the little dragon.  I take out Hartliebe’s wand and weigh my options.  My spells really are not weak, but neither are they strong.  I offer support not offense.  “What should we do?”

Kevin leans forward half way to a snarl.  “We kill him.”

Ethan hops down next to me crouching in the grass at my side.  “I think Kevin has a grudge against the dragon over yonder.”

“Couldn’t tell.”  I lean closer trying to get lay of the land at least.  “How do we do that?”

“We don’t.”  Ethan pushes me forward and out of the trees.  “That’s your job, Mister Dragon Blood.”

“Wait.”  I face the dragon as the movement of the sleeping figure.  It seems Doug is waking up.  And I don’t think the dragon surrounded by bones will be all for talking nicely.

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