Chapter 8 ~ We Have Dragons

 

Angela and Little Kitty join the new owner of The Water Works, the elders of Elder, SpaceDog, Fontana, Ruu, and CeFuu with news that the egg containing Istanna is about to hatch. There is another egg inside, a twin of Istanna.


Twins

In a very short period of time, The Water Works looked like a new place that had just opened and the smell of the dead dark elf had gone. When Jon asked SpaceDog how he did that,

[SpaceDog]   You believe in magic, but do you believe in sorcery? 

Just as he says that Angela and Little Kitty appear out of nowhere.

[Angela]        We have two dragons about to hatch!

[SpaceDog]   Dragons? Two? How? 

SpaceDog is full of questions and troubled by the idea that Istanna will be born with a sibling. In full panic mode, SpaceDog and Angela quickly return to The Gallant Tree Inn and find the incubation chamber at the top floor of the hot tub. It has been enveloped by almost the entire group of companions overlooking the chamber.

[SpaceDog]   How do you know there are two dragons?

Angela grabs his hand and places it on the egg. A magic aura of two distinct hearts beat can be felt pulsing through the shell and the shell begins wobbling.

[Angela]        See what I mean? When there are too many unicorn tears in the shell, a dragon can halve its soul and produce a sibling. We will not know its gender until 'they' break out.

Bonnie Jean Vanadis comes into the room excitedly because she has helped put Istanna in an incubation chamber on several occasions in the past.

[Jean Vanadis]  I can't believe she split her soul. I take it there are two hearts beating?

She puts her ear to one of the spikes on the shell. 

A pulse of energy suddenly fills the room from the egg. All the magic creatures can feel it when the shell starts to break apart and everyone steps back. The shell splits in half and 2 baby dragons appear using the hard shell as part of a protective backbone. The female dragon, Istanna, walks up to SpaceDog and rubs his ankle with her snout like a cat marking its territory.

[SpaceDog]   Istanna, is that you?

He kneels down to scratch behind the dragon's ears. Istanna snorts and a puff of smoke rises from her nostrils. Everyone in the room steps back thinking she is about to breathe out a fireball. When SpaceDog picks her up, the half shell softens and begins to mold around her body and she instantly falls asleep in his arms.

Meanwhile, the other male dragon first walks over to Angela, then Lady Robin turns towards LeeZee and finally strolls up to Bonnie Jean Vanadis. He shakes his head and looks at Panda Kitti (straight in the eyes) while snorting a puff of smoke from his nostrils. He places his head on Kitti's feet before he also falls asleep.

[Panda Kitti]  His name is Tanna... and he recognizes who most of us are. He has a portion of Istanna's memory and can remember her past lives.  

Bonnie Jean looking at the sleeping dragons.

[Jean Vanadis]  How can that be? Brother? Any ideas?  

[SpaceDog]   This is news to me. In the past, Istanna awakened with only a very small amount of her memory, would fall back asleep and reawaken a few arns later doubled in size with her memory intact except for the rebirth.

While SpaceDog holds the sleeping dragon, Angela conjures up a book and begins to read, first to herself and then out loud.

[Angela]        '... and the dragons soul is split in two, each half remembering the life of the original in its entirety with only a small gap in memory missing from the original dragon. The second dragon remembers everything including the rebirth and becomes much wiser, but not as strong as the original.' SpaceDog, how many unicorn tears did you collect from Shadowfax? It says too much magic in the tears can cause a split in the soul of a dragon.

[SpaceDog]   Six or more, I'm not sure. I was not counting and I have not seen Shadowfax this emotional for 1200 cycles. Keep reading.

[Angela]        'The two dragons must be separated at birth because they will either bond or become bitter enemies thinking that the memory is theirs and theirs alone. If the twins are not identical, or male and female, the dragon offspring, not of the original sex, will have an identity crisis and become violent and disoriented unless...'

Angela turns the page and looks up bewildered.

[Angela]        The page is blank! 

SpaceDog takes the book and casts a rune on the blank page of the book and old elfish writing appears. He hands the book back to Angela.

[Angela]        It is still blank. I can't see anything.

[SpaceDog]   I see writing but I can't read it. Jean, can you see or read this? 

Bonnie Jean looks at the page and shakes her head, No. SpaceDog out of desperation asks,

[SpaceDog]   Fontana, is Shadowfax in the stable or do you know where he may be? 

[Fontana]       I will look. Dogs, can you help me find and seek out Shadowfax? 

In a flash, the dogs are gone in search of the unicorn.

Another large energy pulse surges as both dragons have a growth spurt at the same time. SpaceDog has Istanna in his arms, runs out of the incubation chamber to his room. He leaves Istanna on the floor with the red stabilizing blanket he used before she turned into an egg hoping this will help to fix her memory. He returns to the Incubation room.

[SpaceDog]   LeeZee, I need you to do something you may not like. Can you use your powers to wipe Tanna's memory or at least stabilize him so he has no memory of his sister?

[LeeZee]       No. I can't do that!

Gax  ]        But I can... How much memory do you want me to remove? I can remove everything except the encounter with Kitti when it looked like he bonded to her.

[SpaceDog]   I think that's acceptable. We will be going to Asgard with Thor. Give the necklace to Odin and present him with Tanna as a gift, the first newborn Dragon in ages. He can train Tanna in the ways of magic, chivalry and be a peacekeeper for Asgard.

Looking around the room, everyone agrees. Telepathically he reaches out to Trixie,

[SpaceDog telepath]  'Change of plans. Recall everyone into the main dining room. If you find Shadowfax along the way, bring him too.'

[Trixie telepath]      'Yes commander.'

SpaceDog instructs everyone to go to the dining hall except Gax. Gax is looking sad at the thought of what she is about to do but realizes it is for the greater good and health of the baby dragons. As a mother of two, Gax knows it is all for the best outcome. When her magic reaches Tanna, Tanna tries to stop her by forcibly closing his mind. Her dark magic is too strong, Gax slowly removes all Istanna's past memories before she imprints a family union. She additionally imprints a love bond of affection and understanding, retaining the memories of people who have been in his company.

[Tanna thinking]   '... magic... What is magic?'

Tanna wonders aloud as he remembers...


Leaving the Village

In the dining hall Thor, Gax, her husband Todd and two children gather. All the original companions; along with Istanna also follow SpaceDog and Tanna, who follow Panda Kitti. CeFuu and Ruu have already packed their belongings. Cyn and Dee come out to wish their dad a safe journey by giving then a basket full of goodies for the trip and hugs are passed around. As they venture out of the Village of Elder, people on the street stop, look at the group. No words are passed between them. The dragons look intimidating yet+ harmless. People shy away from them even though Istanna is the air spirit deity of Alfheim. The village seems to return to normal and the group continues their exodus, past the fields, canopy roads, and grape arbors until they reach a wall with a large hole. Once they go through the hole, the wall behind them remains open and we find the group in the crystal chamber sparkling with gems. They gather around the crystal in the center of the room, hold hands and begin,

[Group Chant]   First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is... 

Soon the opening they have come through closes and a faint outline of a door appears on the opposite side of the room. When they walk through, they can view the rock face obscuring the doorway but they continue down the path. Thor, being Thor, starts singing battle tunes and all the dogs start to howl trying to drown out his voice.  He chases after the dogs but his speed is no match for the dogs' cybernetic implanted legs.

When they reach the green field of grass, both Istanna and Tanna look at the center of the meadow and sense that something occurred there. They march in single file passed burned wooded area of the forest and can see everything was coming up green with the new life pushing away the bleakness. They reach the QETS (looking like a shallow cave on the side of a hill) and hear a familiar voice in their heads. Sidrat announces as the QETS event-horizon portal opens.

[Sidrat]        Welcome back strangers! Are we all family now? Thor, is that you? Have you lost weight? Where did you find a family of dark elves and another dragon? Welcome aboard everyone!  

Thor steps inside the portal, looks around seeing nothing but black open space below his feet and twinkling stars above his head.

[ Thor ]          No, I have not lost weight, voice of Sidrat. So, does this place still have the same number of doors as the royal palace on Asgard?

[Lady Robin]  As a matter of fact, I believe each to have 540 doors with two large inside swimming pools. It feels like home sometimes.

Lady Robin points out...

[Lady Robin]  However, this place appears smaller on the outside.

[SpaceDog]   Sidrat, open the portal to Asgard palace now.

[Sidrat]        As you wish, Commander SpaceDog. May I point out that portal was set up over an arn ago and there are Asgard waiting outside the primary event-horizon, including Odin. The portal is on the back wall of the throne room. Hope you don't mind.

[SpaceDog]   Sidrat. You amaze me sometimes knowing what I want before I am pondering it. You even think like a Vanir now. Thor, your father awaits outside of that door.


Asgard Throne Room

When the portal door opens, the twelve dogs run out and line up in front of the empty throne. They bow their heads and wait for SpaceDog to give them a command. Thor next comes through the portal and is about to give his father a hug when Odin raises his hand in protest and pushes him aside. SpaceDog is followed by Istanna, an infant dragon, Lady Robin, LeeZee, Panda Kitti and Tanna (a slightly smaller version of Istanna). Odin says bluntly.

[King Odin]   Star Lord SpaceDog. Did you retrieve what I sent you questing for?

[SpaceDog]   No sire, I got more then what you sent me after.

SpaceDog answers with his head bowed slightly.

[King Odin]   Explain yourself. Why did you park that contraption in my throne room?

[SpaceDog]   Dragons sire. I wanted to explain my actions right away.

He retorted with his head remaining down.

[King Odin]   Stand up straight you Buffoon. I command you to relinquish the necklace.

[SpaceDog]   Sire? That's the second time I've heard the word Buffoon in two days.

Odin grips SpaceDog by the hand, then extends his hand out. SpaceDog turns to Lady Robin, who then removes the necklace from around her neck and hands it to Odin.

[King Odin]   Well done, Star Lord. You know this rightfully belongs round my wife's neck. Who is this human? Why have there been two humans in my palace in such a short time? Thor? SpaceDog?

[ Thor ]      Love! 

[SpaceDog]   Witness and companion!

[King Odin]   Why is there a succubus and a, what are you? You look like a panda that's turning into a cat... SpaceDog, where do you find such divine creatures?

SpaceDog motions for both LeeZee and Panda Kitti to step up next to Robin and meet King Odin.

[SpaceDog]   Odin, king of the Ęsir, may I present to you Lady Robin. Yes, she is human but has a unique ability to remember everything in minute detail. This is Captain Lindsey Smith, also known as LeeZee and she is my godchild. She is a succubus, but her powers have just recently awakened and she is not dark Fay. She was extremely helpful in obtaining the necklace. Lastly is Panda Kitti, who received her name after she found a Catalien matter organizer she currently wears around her neck. The collar turned her into a cat. Kind of cute, don't you think? Sidrat found all three on Midgard. The male dragon is Tanna.  

[King Odin]   Who and where is this Sidrat?

[SpaceDog]   Well, that's a long story but the short one is that Sidrat is the Artificial Intelligence that controls the Quantum Entanglement Time Ship that you call my contraption. And there is one more part of this story that you may not know about I hope you will accept.

The commander pushes on with the story after Odin agrees to listen.

[King Odin]   Continue.

[SpaceDog]   Inside the necklace is a hidden chamber that contained a Morris Stone. This is the reason the necklace was stolen in the first place. I hope you will let me keep the stone if you will accept a unique gift as compensation.

[King Odin]   I'm listening but not sure if I'm going to agree. Go on.

[SpaceDog]   Do you remember the Air Goddess Dragoness of Alfheim, Istanna? This is Istanna since she has been reborn and still only days old. She hatched with a twin brother. Normally, when a dragon egg splits, both carry the same memory. When Istanna split with an opposite-gender sibling, there was conflict. They will try to destroy each other out of jealousy fighting to reestablish that memory. Consequently, I had Tanna's memory wiped and he will remember almost nothing of his sibling. If you accept this magic dragon, Tanna, as a gift in exchange for the Morris Stone, he can be trained in the arts of magic and chivalry. He may even help Heimdallr guard the BiFrost.

SpaceDog looks at Odin and waits for the reply that seems to take forever. Odin looks at the human-sized cat and dragon. He chuckles.

[King Odin]   May I keep the cat as well? Tanna seems fond of your kitty.

They laugh aloud.

[SpaceDog]   You realize that she is a human in cat form and will only survive for a hundred cycles. But a dragon requires someone who is immortal and helps as a guardian angel when they are needed for regeneration 600 cycles from now. Istanna is bonded to a unicorn called Shadowfax and I am their guardian angel. However, Tanna has no guardian. He will need both a guardian angel and a magical creature to exchange power at the appropriate time. Will you be able to acquire both for him?

[King Odin]   Done deal. I already have both. Heimdallr will be his guardian angel and I have something else in mind for the magical creature. You can keep the cat and the piece of stone. I'm hungry. Let's eat.

SpaceDog, Lady Robin, LeeZee and Panda Kitti are invited to dine at the same table as Odin and Thor. However the photos Robin tries to take with her phone at the feast never develops. After the meal is finished, Tanna walks away with his guardian angel, Heimdallr, and never looks back.  


 
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