“Don’t worry about it.” Famous last words.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had to take the highway 93 into work. Going to work and coming home has made me a neurotic mess every day. I HATE that route. Happily, the road construction is done and I can go back to my normal route.
I really like my back country road where I can kick back and relax. There’s only one spot on the road at the overpass where it joins the interstate that I have dubbed, “The Gauntlet.” People are always trying to race through The Gauntlet, while there’s traffic coming off the highway, people getting onto the highway, people turning on and off another country road (and there’s not much distance between here and the highway off ramp), or people going to a coffee shop or Subway. You literally have to watch five directions at once while keeping one eyes behind you and the other beside you. Even yesterday morning as I was heading into work, someone pulled out from the country road with a trailer. I’m certain that they couldn’t see me behind the traffic coming off the highway. Fortunately, I was using my omnivision and saw him. I was breaking before I even saw his face in front of me. Surprise! My car, love her dearly, can stop on a dime and she did so.
Once you’re through The Gauntlet, you can kick back and relax. Then it’s just a matter of watching to make sure people are really going to stop at the stop signs at the intersections every mile or so. It’s a much more relaxed drive.
So what does all this have to do with the quote at the top?
Well, Moonhunter is about to take a little trip. Next week we’ll get into it more and for him it’ll then be more like running through The Gauntlet. But you’ve got to start somewhere. He certainly didn’t have to do anything similar to driving down highway 93. Beyond that, you will have to get through the chapter to find out.
Let’s begin, shall we?
Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 13 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!
Previously: Moonhunter was born and his novimather (dragon mother) left him in the care of an older man named Balthier. Years later, during one of there missions, Moonhunter believes that Balthier’s informant has sabotaged them and they barely escape. Not that their lives were ever in any danger (maybe – depends on who is after them) because they are novihomidraks — new humans born of the dragon. After they get off the planet, Balthier begins to believe that Moonhunter is hiding something from him. Moonhunter is secretly trying to use his wings. It’s rare for a novihomidrak to have wings, so Moonhunter is afraid of what it’ll mean if someone finds out. Meanwhile, Balthier is trying to figure out if they were set up and, when that leads to finding it has something to do with Moonhunter, begins to dig harder. While having his friend heal his broken wing, another sapere discovers what the boys are up to and she wants in. This isn’t something Moonhunter ever planned on. He knows how much trouble they will be in if they get caught keeping Moonhunter’s transformation from those higher up. Balthier speaks to one of the saperes he trusts (a rare thing), and finds out that there is a plan for Moonhunter by some of the other saperes. They want to send Moonhunter on an off-world operation, but Balthier convinces the sapere that he should really go along. Balthier learns that they shouldn’t trust anyone. Bathier fetches Moonhunter and the head to the building which houses the convergence for the Wells. Because of the gravitational forces already tearing through the planet they are traveling to, the dragon guiding them through the Wells has to keep them on track, an event that doesn’t please Balthier. As they near their destination and Moonhunter sees the devastation caused by the crashing of two galaxies, he wonders at all of life. Sensing his thoughts, Balthier urges Moon on. The emerge and land on the world. Moonhunter struggles to get his bearings while a sapere urges him to suck herme’s milk off of a fuzzy pit in order to help with the shakes from Well travel. Moonhunter swears that the curtains in the room are made from the scales of a Ch’bauldi dragon. Balthier reminds Moonhunter of their mission. Outside, Moonhunter’s thoughts are once again preoccupied by the tragedy of this planet. As a girl roller-skates by him. Moonhunter wishes he could even save just one girl. Balthier and Moonhunter go to where Dr. Melstone’s lab use to be and it’s no longer there. But the police have arrived. Balthier is captured, allowing Moonhunter to get away.
Dragons of Wellsdeep
by Dawn Blair
Some of the footfalls silenced as people stooped to handcuff Balthier, but part of the divided group continued on after Moonhunter. Worse, they were gaining on him. There were no alleyways for him to duck down, no shadows to hide in. Everywhere was brightly lit beneath this planet’s sun. How exactly did the Onesong want him to get out of this predicament? He didn’t even have a moment to feel along the Humline for an answer. He just had to keep moving. Read the rest of this entry »