Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)
(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
Book Two, Chapter Two, Part Seven
“Where do we go from here, Sammy?” Jonathan rhetorically asked his trusted adventure partner, knowing full-well there wasn’t a ready answer available. “Anywhere we go from here exposes us to the danger of being found out in the open by the dragon, but we can’t stay here in this cave either as the dragon may return at any moment. Even if we go to the main gate of Castle Penmaryll at the drawbridge, they wouldn’t risk lowering it for us in case the dragon were to attack at that very moment. What are we to do?”
What are we to do? thought Jonathan, knowing he had to come up with something as the leader of this expedition. He was supposed to be a dragon slayer after all, which meant he had to come up with a solution to their predicament in short order. In that moment, he realized he had to do something, anything – which would be better than doing nothing at all…
“Okay, Sammy, we’re moving out. My best guess is for us to retreat to the safety of the Enchanted Way, and regroup deeper into the Wood. We can’t risk traveling out in the open, and need more information before we find ourselves stumbling into the dragon by accident,” stated Jonathan matter-of-factly as he stood up and dusted himself off, while holding tightly to the dragon’s tooth he pried from the wall of the cave.
“We have to be very careful and move quickly and quietly, Sammy,” instructed Jonathan. “We’ll head up the embankment alongside the River Myuthall to where we can find the Enchanted Way, and then take it deeper into Myullar Wood. I know we don’t have permission to enter The King’s Preserve, but this is a special case if there ever was one. At least if we travel deep into the Wood it gives us a place to hide, and we’ll hear the dragon approaching if it comes.”
“The first rule of dragon hunting is to not be caught unprepared, Sammy, and at this point we really don’t know what we’re doing. We need a plan, and this cave isn’t the place to make one, so follow me and we’ll come up with a plan as we go along – there is no other way at this point…”