Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel)
(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)
Book Two, Chapter Two, Part Ten
I can’t imagine that’s the voice of a dragon welcoming us back, thought Jonathan – if it is, we’re in big trouble! Certainly if it was a dragon, he wouldn’t have toyed with the two of us by bothering with a warm welcome before eating us for breakfast, but then again, Jonathan didn’t know anything about this particular dragon set loose in Myllanthar from the Wastelands of Fell Ignar, otherwise known simply as Kriegareth.
Jonathan took a risk, and stuck his head outside the tent, but there was nothing to be seen except for the dense Wood all around them. After scrambling out of the tent to take a look around, Sammy and Jonathan saw nothing that hadn’t been there the previous evening – a table set with food, water, and a small orchard surrounded by dense Woodlands. “Where did that voice come from, Sammy?” asked Jonathan without expecting an answer, as he was beginning to think he’d been hearing things.
Yet, Sammy had clearly been aware of something outside the tent as well, even before Jonathan had heard the voice. I can’t imagine a dragon would be that polite, thought Jonathan, especially one with such long teeth! If it was Miylla or another person from the Land of the Myull, they were sure playing hard to get. There has to be a point to all of this, otherwise I’m simply hearing voices in my head…
As if reading his thoughts directly, the voice replied from thin air right beside Jonathan saying, “You’re not hearing voices in your head, my friend, you’ve begun the first of your many lessons in learning to become a dragon slayer. One must slay dragons not by overpowering them – which you could never do – but by outwitting them. Dragons are huge, ferocious, terrifying and deadly creatures, willing and able to take on and defeat the mightiest opponents. Dragons don’t read, though, and have never heard of the legend of the boy king from the stars who becomes a dragon slayer. You are that boy, Jonathan, the only one in all of Myllanthar who can slay dragons – but you will need the powers of enchantment to assist you in your calling, my son – which will require many lessons to master…”
(End of Book Two, Chapter Two)