|The Dragon's Bride
Author: The 32nd Flavor PM
Add in one dragon, one cross dressing prince, and a case of mistaken identity, and you have The Dragon's Bride. Slash, M/MRated: Fiction M - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,693 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 12-13-11 - Published: 11-15-11 - id: 2970898
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In the beginning, the Creator Goddess Kaia formed Myr as a safe haven for her imaginings. Keeping Myr safe from her brother, the Destroyer God Demi, proved to be no small task. So, to preserve her creation, Kaia built a protective shield that hid Myr from Demi's sight. Over the millennia, Kaia would descend and admire her sanctuary. Each visit brought new imaginings with it, and soon Myr was filled with many wondrous things. However, as time wore on, Kaia began to yearn for something more; something deeper and more profound than a wasteland of silly dreams and shallow thoughts. Desolate, Kaia lost herself on her beloved refuge and gave in to wandering aimlessly, creating more and more as she went. Up sprang the mountains and out spread the land. Grass bloomed, trees grew, and the suns and moons leapt into being. Flowers of all hues covered the fertile ground, and plants of all kinds grew wherever they could find purchase. She taught the suns and moons their proper celestial dances, and time was introduced into Kaia's Kingdom. But it still wasn't enough. At last, Kaia gave up on her unknowable dream. She knelt down on the grass where she was, and wept. Out poured her tears, a never ending torrent that drenched the ground beneath her. For years she cried, and, one drop at a time, she released all her sorrows into the world around her. At last, when her tears finally ran dry, Kaia looked on in wonder. Unknowingly, she had wrought another creation. Sparkling with the light of the suns and moons, a vast body of water stretched before her. Kaia looked and saw that what once was all land had now become separate bodies scattered amidst the rolling ocean of tears. Kaia dipped a finger into the ocean and tasted the bitterness of her sorrow while the ripples expanded onwards and became the first waves. Waiting patiently for the ripples to move past, Kaia gazed at her reflection. Suddenly, her intangible dream became a concrete idea. Rising from her kneeling position, Kaia reached towards the heavens and spread her fingers wide. She started small at the beginning.
First came the bugs and small creatures that crawl through the dirt. Then came the birds, ranging in size and color, then the fish, then the deer, the dogs, the cats, the reptiles, and on and on and on. Soon Myr bursted with sound and color, and Kaia felt a small satisfaction. Again, time wore on and some animals came while others went. And once more, Kaia began to feel discontent. She ventured to the spot she had kneeled at before and bowed her head in reflection. Lifting her gaze, she once more looked to her reflection for inspiration. And suddenly, she knew. Lifting her arms to the sky once again, Kaia called all her soul, her magick, to life. The first new thing she forged was small in stature but strong in spirit-Dwarves. To them she gave the mountains and the underground. Next was a slightly larger figure with gossamer wings and a prankster's heart-The Fae. To them she promised the secluded area of the treetops. Then larger still, much more like her in form, came the agile and graceful Elves. To them she gave the forests and glades. Growing weary, she formed another creation; adaptable and hardy-Humans. To them she gave free reign of the lands, to explore and develop as creativity demanded. Gathering the last of her energy, she harnessed fire, wind, and rock to form her last creation. It was to be strong, agile, wise, fearsome, and untamable-Dragons. To them she gave the sky, to watch over the other races from afar.
Spent and weary, Kaia lay down on her sacred spot and fell into Myr to regain her energy. For a time, the species coexisted, but without the guiding hand of their creator, they fell into discord. The Dwarves became secluded, the Fae capricious, the Elves isolated, the Humans greedy, and the Dragons failed to watch over all, as was their sacred covenant. Wars were fought and many lives were claimed. The blood soaked fields shriveled into deserts, and they became desolate patches of land. The destruction and death called to Demi, but before he could locate Kaia's sanctuary, the fighting ceased and the races parted for good to count their dead and rebuild. With most of the other races all but decimated, the quickly reproducing humans flourished and spread. The other races retreated further and further into their strongholds, and time marched on. Over the years, the other races became merely legends and bedtime stories to the humans, and they spread out once more across the lands. With room to grow, they developed rapidly and learned how to adapt the environment to their needs. Cities sprang into being and the humans thrived. And this is where our story truly begins…
"We're under attack!"
At the sentry's cry, the castle exploded into activity. Guards raced along the passageways to secure the royal family while archers lined up along the castle's battlements. Troops heated giant cauldrons of tar while battle mages readied their spells. As the guards ushered the royal family into a secret passage, Queen Llia looked frantically around her. More guards approached with Prince Haythen and Princess Mya in tow. Llia grabbed Haythen's hand and asked desperately, "Where's your Father and younger brother?"
"I don't know, Mother. On their way, I would presume. Is Jao already inside?"
"Yes, he was the first to arrive. But, where are Redmor and Kel?"
Mya cut in, saying, "Look, there's Father now!"
King Redmor strode up to them, a look of concern on his face. "Have any of you seen Kel?" When they all shook their heads, he muttered "Damn." Turning to the guards on his left, he ordered them to find Price Kel at all costs. As they raced away, Redmor turned back towards his family.
"We need to get you all to safety, your majesties," a young guard reminded them softly.
"No! Kel could come at any moment! We must wait!"
"Dear…" the king said gently. Gathering the queen into his arms, he gently stroked her arms while she cried into his shirtfront. Looking at his two present children, he schooled his features into a calm mask. "We must go on. I believe that we shall surely find Kel soon. Kaia wills it!"
Quietly, they all followed the guards down the passageway, sending prayers to their Goddess to keep Kel safe.
I looked up at the sky, my hand shielding my face from the rays of our two suns, Tyr and Jao. I admired the way the light outlined my hand in brilliance. Stretching out on the emerald grass, I sighed in contentment. A light breeze played with my hair, ruffling the strands in the breeze. Untying my ribbon, I spread my hair around me like a golden waterfall. The rough peasant clothing I wore itched uncomfortably, and I thought of all my luxurious clothes back at the castle. However, if had dressed as I usually did, I'd attract too much attention- something that didn't really appeal right now. I smirked. It'd been genius to dress as a girl. With my delicate features and long hair covering most of my face, I could pass as a girl if no one paid too much attention. The wind shifted, and I turned towards it smiling, but froze. The wind smelled…wrong. Bolting to my feet I looked upwind and saw our small village in flames. I froze, icy adrenaline shooting up my spine. "It can't be…" I whispered. I started sprinting towards our small village, trying to figure out why. Our kingdom was small and peaceful; the surrounding kingdoms were just as small and peaceful as ours, so who? Clenching my teeth in frustration, I drew my knife and slit the skirts I wore so I could move faster. I wasn't too concerned with my family right now; I knew the guards could take care of them. My more immediate concern was the innocents in the village. Coughing from all the smoke, I frantically glanced around trying to make sense of all the chaos. The sickening smell of burning flesh permeated the air and the screams ripped into my soul. Everywhere was black and red and hellish flames consumed everything I had loved. Desperate villagers had tried to form a bucket brigade, but so much ash and soot had gotten into the well that the water was nothing but sludge. Despair went hand in hand with terror as I watched people being consumed by the flames. My outer skirt caught on fire and I frantically ripped at the fabric trying to take it off. All of a sudden, one of the wooden beams above me snapped and plummeted towards me. I dove out of the way only to be struck on the head by more falling rubble. As darkness closed its hands around me, I saw a dark winged shape blot out the feeble light of the suns. Dragon..? was my last thought before I knew no more.
As I flew over the pale worm's nest, I let out another gout of flame. Hearing their panic filled screams brought me a small measure of satisfaction. I roared my triumph and swooped low to grab a few of the worms. Carrying my squirming prey, I bit into their soft bodies and reveled in the way they made satisfying sounds when I ate them. Swallowing the rest of my meal, I dove low again intending to grab more. Instead, I saw something that caught my interest. Banking, I slowed my speed and hovered over the fallen girl. She appeared unharmed, save for small burn marks from the flying embers. Her rough clothing revealed her to be lower class, and she was covered in soot and dirt, but that wasn't what had caught my interest. It was this human's hair, that glowed in the light of my fire, which entranced me. I looked like molten gold filaments that seemed to flow even while at rest. No human I had ever seen had possessed this hair. It was unique and rare, therefore I wanted it. Being exceedingly careful, I gathered the slight form into my claws and ran, flapping my wings powerfully to take off. I was airborne, and I raced the setting suns to the mountains.