The Dragon's Gem - Part 2: Imprisoned

The Dragon's Gem - Part 2: Imprisoned

   "The dragon stood up and looked around. He could feel his soul again, but also someone else's. Now that he knew where it was, he had to find a way of getting out of there.
   Outside, the stars shone brightly and the moon was casting a slightly ghostly light, but it was enough for him to see. He moved from the window and walked in circles, planning his great escape. 
   'Hey, you!' A guard entered his cell, carrying a platter full of some raw meat. 'Dinner. Eat.'
   The dragon growled, but didn't even touch his food. He already knew that there were sleeping pills in his food and he didn't want to miss his chance. Of course, everybody thought he was as stupid as a rock and didn't realize that he hadn't been eating for a few days now. He was just hiding everything in a crack he made.
   The man got out and the dragon grinned. On each full moon, he was stronger, so the king was putting him to sleep and then stealing some of his scales. Dragon scales had many magical properties, but the king was just using them to stay forever young. And the dragon was sick of that. This time, he had a plan.
   After some time, another guard entered and put a rope around his neck, dragging the dragon, who was usually way too weak to oppose, but was now faking, after him. He stopped on a platform and let the dragon alone, because he thought it was way too dizzy or sleepy to do anything.
   Any moment now, the king would come in, so he couldn't miss his chance. He bumped into the door until he broke it down and crawled trough the now empty space. He ran blindly, hearing steps and shouts behind him, but he finally managed to get out of the castle. Then he opened his huge wings and, with a very powerful flap, he raised from the ground. When the soldiers got out, he was already pretty high in the air. He let out a satisfied roar and flew north.
   He lost altitude a few times and he even almost crashed in a river once, result of the fact that he had been locked up for a very long period of time, but he finally got used to it again. When he finally felt free, he came back to his full size and started flying even faster.
   His destination was a small city called "Madden."
   


   Christine woke up gasping and covered in sweat.
   'It was just a dream.' She told herself. 'Calm down.'
   She layed down and tried to go back to sleep, but didn't manage to. She turned to the window, and she thought she saw a huge shadow covering the moon for one second, but it was probably just her mind playing tricks on her.
   'Wakey wakey, sleeping lady.' Morgan said, standing at the bottom of her bed. When he saw she didn't wake up, he took a glass of water and poured it on his sister.
   'What the!?' She shouted, getting up. 'Morgan!'
   He just put the empty glass back on the nightstand. 'Breakfast is ready. Change your clothes and come downstairs.'
   Christine muttered something under her breath, but obeyed and in a few minutes she was downstairs, dressed with her usual dress.
   Everybody in her family was completely normal: her mother was the housewife, her father was a history teacher and her twin was a high school student, just like her.
   They ate some pancakes in silence, until the light the only window was letting in disappeared and they were left in darkness.
   Her father frowned. 'There was no eclipse scheduled for today.'
   'I'll go check it out.' Christine said. 'Please excuse me.'
   She got out of the house, but it was sunny outside. Then she looked to the side and almost fainted.

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