For starters, if you have ever read the Inheritance Cycle, some of these names might sound familiar. When I started writing this story I sat down with one of the books and looked at the maps for named.
Eliana: Pretty simple. But her nickname Elia is pronounced El-ee-ah and Eli is pronounced El-ee
Leona: Lee-oh-nah. Again, simple. Though, when Eliana calls him Leon it is pronounced just like that…Lee-on
Mynor: This one is kind-of phonetic
Essah: Es-ah. Again, phonetic.
Ceris: Okay, this one is kind-of hard to explain. Ser-iss. The iss would be kinda like a snake sound, I guess.
Tanag: Tah-nag. The tah sound would be like when you say tang, if that helps.
If I missed any that you have questions about, let me know. I will add other names as they crop up.
Also, this story is not one of my completed ones. It is only 115 pages and only has twelve complete chapters, but I wanted to post it anyway. Read on if you want. :)
I ran through the woods, leaving behind what I did not want to see. It felt as if my feet weren't even touching the ground. My dark hair trailed behind me, not held in by a ponytail. I looked back quickly to make sure they were not following me, and then sped up. I heard a roar overhead and looked up to see Aynor. He looked down at me but I ignored his presence, keeping on track towards home.
"Eliana, what's wrong?" Arlen asked as I ran into the house. He's my father and can be very protective.
"Nothing, and you don't need to keep sending Aynor out to check up on me," I replied, straightening up and crossing my arms over my chest. Arlen sighed.
"I'm sorry, sweetie," he added, kissing my forehead.
"You can't blame us for worrying," Kausta, my mom, added as she walked into the room. I sighed and walked to my room, my footsteps light against the wood floor.
"What trouble you get into now?" my brother asked as he passed me.
"Shut up, Ceris," I replied, shoving passed him to go into my room. He gave me a look, his slanted blue eyes slightly confused. Then, he shrugged and walked off. I rolled my eyes and shut my bedroom door. I looked around my room and sighed before collapsing down onto my bed and burying my face in my blanket. I sighed again, thinking about what I'd just seen. I sat up slowly and leaned back on my palms, slanted eyes closed as I turned my face towards the ceiling.
Then, I got up and walked towards the lone dresser in my room. Above the dresser on the wall was a mirror. I looked into the mirror, and as I thought about what I had just seen, my sapphire eyes began to tear up. I leaned against the dresser with my hands and looked back up at the ceiling, willing myself not to cry. It didn't matter anyway. I wasn't with Mynor, but he had led me on, letting me believe something was there, and now he was holding Arianna in his arms. I sighed again and then walked out to the porch off of my room. As I sat down, legs hanging over the edge of the porch, Aynor walked towards me. I looked away from his big, green eyes deliberately. He was Arlen's dragon, and he was always concerned about me. He blew a hot breath onto my leg and I looked at him.
What is wrong, Elia? he asked me. I sighed and looked at him.
You really want to know? I don't want to trouble you, Aynor, I replied. I was the only one, other than Arlen, that Aynor talked to off his own free will when he did not have to.
Anything that troubles you is my concern, young one, Aynor told me. I looked down, sighing again.
Mynor, was all I said.
Ah. That boy is more trouble than he is worth. Do not make yourself devastated over him, Aynor told me. I smiled slightly. Aynor was never fond of Mynor, and he had his own reasons. Mynor had hurt me more than once, but me being me, never learned.
I know, but it's hard, Aynor. He's usually always there when I need someone, I said. Aynor looked at me seriously with one giant green eye.
He is never there for you when you really need him, like now for example, Aynor told me. I smiled slightly.
That's true. Thank you, I said.
You are welcome, Elia, Aynor told me before puffing another warm breath onto me and then walking off. I smiled and tucked my dark hair behind my pointed ear. Then, I got up and carefully climbed down the tree.
Once on flat ground, I began walking towards the center of where we lived. I passed others on the way and we all waved to each other. As I walked, I spoke a few words and a flower drifted into my hand. I smiled. The one advantage to being an elf rather than a human was that we could do magic, whether or not a dragon chose us.
"Eliana! Wait up!" Arianna screamed from behind me. I rolled my eyes and sped up my pace, knowing she would be able to catch up with me anyway. "Eliana! Wait!" she screamed again. I just stuck my nose in the air and kept walking, my hair beginning to blow slightly behind me. I used magic to make a picture on the flower and then threw it over my shoulder, leaving it for her to see. I'd made a picture on it, showing I felt betrayed and hurt.
"Eliana! Wait! What is this about?" Arianna called after me. I ignored her and kept walking.
"Hey, Eliana!" I heard my friend Leona say. I smiled and stopped to turn towards him.
"Hey, Leon," I said as he reached me. He smiled back as he reached me.
"Where are you going?" he asked me.
"To the main area," I replied, seeing Arianna a few feet behind us, the flower hanging limply in her hand and her expression hurt. I smiled and then looked up at Leona, seeing my sapphire eyes reflected in his brown ones. "Come on. Let's go. Just me and you for once."
"Okay, Eli. I'm okay with that," Leona laughed as we began walking.
"Eliana! Wait!" Arianna screeched, starting to follow us. I turned around quickly to look at her, my eyes angry.
"I don't want to talk to you, Arianna!" I screamed before turning around and grabbing Leona's hand as I started forward again.
"What was that about?" Leona asked. I sighed and let go of his wrist.
"Her and Mynor. I saw them today," I replied.
"And..?" Leona asked.
"They were all over each other," I told him. Leona's face immediately became angry.
"I swear, one day that kid is going to pay for doing this to you repeatedly," he said through clenched teeth. I smiled.
"Thanks for the concern, Leon, but I think Aynor's got that covered," I told him.
"Good. He can do way more damage than I can," Leona laughed. I smiled and hugged him as we walked. He hugged me back.
"You're the best friend anyone could ask for, Leon," I told him as we reached the main area.
"You too, Eli," he replied as we stopped to stare at the dragon eggs that were to hatch soon.
"I wonder who they will choose," I breathed as we looked at each of them. One of them was Aynor's offspring and was the green egg.
"Me too," Leona agreed. "It would be funny if Aynor's chose you."
"Mhm," I agreed, looking at all the others. There was a red colored egg, which was in between a black one and a gold one. Next to the gold one was a purple one, and next to that one was a blue one. Then, at the very end was an orange one.
"What would happen, if we both got chosen?" Leona asked. I shrugged.
"We'd have dragons," I added, smiling. Leona chuckled.
"Obviously," he said. Then, Mynor walked towards us. Leona glared and I rolled my eyes, crossing my arms over my chest.
"Hello," Mynor said cheerfully. Both Leona and I looked at each other.
"What do you want?" Leona asked. Mynor looked at Leona, eyebrows raised.
"I was hoping to talk to Eliana, not you," Mynor said.
"Well, I don't want to talk to you, Mynor," I told him, moving slightly closer to Leona.
"And why not?" Mynor asked.
"Take a wild guess," I replied, my eyes narrowed at him.
"I have no idea," Mynor replied after a few seconds.
"I know where you were this morning, and who you were with," I told him acidly. Mynor looked at me.
"I have no idea what you're talking about," he said. I rolled my eyes and Leona took a deep breath.
"Do you think I'm that stupid, Mynor? I saw you and Arianna," I said. Mynor looked at me, his face blank. I just rolled my eyes again and pulled Leona away.
"Hello, Eliana. Hello, Leona," Tanag said. He was one of the head elves.
"Hello, Tanag," we replied, smiling.
"What brings you down here on this fine day?" he asked cheerfully.
"What else?" Leona asked in response, gesturing towards the eggs on display.
"Ah, yes," Tanag laughed.
"When will they choose?" I asked.
"Within a few days, my dear Eliana," Tanag replied. I smiled and looked at them in wonder.
"I hope you get chosen, Leon," I giggled. He smiled.
"As I do for you, Eli," he added. I smiled.
"Ah, that is every young elf's wish, young ones," Tanag said, placing a hand on each of our shoulders. We smiled.
"But everyone is not fortunate enough," I said, smiling.
"No. Only seven will be chosen this year from here, more of them went to the humans this year," Tanag said, eyeing the eggs. Leona and I looked at them again, both our eyes longing. Tanag chuckled and placed a hand on each of our heads. "Let's hope these eggs choose trustworthy younglings."
"Yes," Leona and I agreed before Tanag walked off to go talk with Mynor and Arianna, who were standing together and looking at me, confused. I rolled my eyes and then looked up as I heard a familiar roar. I smiled as I saw Aynor above and giggled.
Hi, Aynor! I screamed with my mind.
Hello, young one! You and young Leona may come and ride with me, he told me, lowering his long, green tail to the ground. I smiled and grabbed on to the first available spike.
"Come on, Leon!" I exclaimed happily, beginning to climb up Aynor's tail. Leona chuckled and began to follow me.
Where are we going? I asked Aynor.
You will see, was all he said. I made a face as Leona settled into place behind me. I sat up straight, as Arlen had taught me, and Leona did the same, wrapping his arms around my waist lightly to help insure he did not fall off. I smiled as Aynor flapped his wings and ascended higher into the air. Leona laughed gleefully and let go of me momentarily to throw his hands up in the air. I giggled and did the same. Aynor growled a laugh as he eyed us on his back.
You two are very spirited, he said to me. I smiled, closing my eyes as wind brushed across my face.
Always have been, I added, clutching Aynor's sides with my knees tightly as he took a sharp turn. Leona did the same, bringing his hands back down to my waist while I clutched onto one of Aynor's neck spikes. Aynor laughed in his way again and then let out a short jet of red fire. Leona and I both laughed with glee as we held on tightly to Aynor with our knees.
You two are natural born flyers, he told me. I smiled.
Don't get my hopes up, Aynor. It's not nice, I said to him. He smiled and then started into a shallow dive. Both Leona and I closed our eyes. This was our favorite part, and if you closed you eyes, it felt as if there was nothing beneath you.
You never know, Elia. You have just as good of a chance as everyone else, Aynor said to me as he leveled off before landing on the ground. I just smiled and followed Leona as he slid off of Aynor by going down his leg.
As we hit the ground, I looked towards the sky, my eyes shut against the bright light as I took in the warmth. Leona chuckled and ran across the field, ending with a flip.
"Showoff!" I laughed at him. I heard him chuckle.
"Hey, you can do the same thing!" he added as he ran back over to me.
"Not in a skirt," I replied. He smiled and rolled his eyes.
"So, you won't do a flip in a skirt but you'll ride your father's dragon?" he asked me.
"Yes," I replied, smiling. Next to us, Aynor rolled his eyes and laid down, his head rested lightly on a rock. I looked over at him. "Why did you bring us here?"
To get you away from Mynor and Arianna, Aynor replied. I smiled and walked over to hug him as best I could.
I love you, I told him.
And I, you, he replied, growling intently. I smiled and then walked back over to Leona. He smiled and we both sat down, leaning back on our palms. I crossed my feet and tuned my face towards the sky, closing my eyes against the bright sun. Leona laid down next to me, hands beneath his head, his blonde hair glinting in the sunlight. I smiled and looked over at Aynor, his green scales sending reflections onto us from the sunrays. I leaned back again, smiling as I took warmth into my skin.
"Ceris!" I screeched, running towards him a few days later. He turned.
"What?" he asked.
"Have you seen Leona?" I asked. He nodded and then pointed. I smiled and thanked him before running off. "Leon!"
"Hey, Eli," he laughed as I ran up to him. I smiled broadly as I stopped in front of him.
"They were out this morning!" I exclaimed excitedly.
"How do you know?" Leona asked.
"Arlen left the house early, saying he had to take care of something and he was headed towards the main area!" I replied. Leona smiled.
"That's good news!" he exclaimed.
"I know!" I laughed, jumping up and down slightly.
"Come on. Let's go down to the main area. Maybe they've got them all delivered already," Leona said, grabbing my hand and pulling me forward. I giggled and caught up to him before we took off, running at in-human speeds. We both stopped as we reached the main area, not even out of breath. We looked around, seeing the eggs had disappeared from their displays. We looked at each other excitedly and walked up to our friend, Essah.
"Arlen came and took the last one about five minutes a go," Essah told us.
"Which egg was it?" Leona asked.
"The purpley one," Essah replied, turning towards us. "I'm so anxious I don't even want to go home."
"I feel like I'm going to explode with excitement," I giggled. Leona looked at me, smiling and rolling his eyes.
"Deep breaths, Eliana," he told me. I made a face at him briefly before smiling again.
"Good luck, kids," Tanag said as he passed us.
"Thank you," we replied as Essah and I looked at each other nervously and began giggling.
"Deep…breaths," Leona told us, taking a deep breath in between his words. We both gave him a look.
"We. Know," we replied.
"Well, I'm going to head home and check. Good luck guys," Essah said to us.
"You too!" we told her.
"Your house first," I told Leona. He rolled his eyes.
"Okay, fine," he added as we started walking.
"I hope you get one," I said.
"Me too, but we can't always get what we want, Eli. Keep that in mind," he told me.
"I know," I sighed as we walked. He chuckled and took my hand into his.
"Calm," he told me, squeezing my hand. I giggled.
"I know," I repeated, squeezing his hand back as we reached his house. I looked up at him and smiled. He smiled back. "Good luck to you."
"Thank you, and let's go," he laughed as we began to walk up the steps. He took a deep breath before opening the door. His eyes immediately went to the table in the front hall, which is where they usually placed the egg if someone was chosen, with their name next to it. I screeched and hugged him as I saw the gold egg on the table with his name next to it. He hugged me back, his expression shocked but happy.
"Congratulations, sweetie," his mom, Aileen said, kissing his forehead.
"Thank you," he breathed, his brown eyes sparkling with excitement. I giggled happily, jumping slightly in place.
"I can't wait until it hatches!" I exclaimed excitedly.
"Me either," Leona agreed. "Come on, time to go to your house."
"Okay," I replied, pulling him out the door. He waved good-bye to his mother quickly before he closed the door.
"Slow down, Eli," he chuckled as I pulled him down the path towards my house.
"Speed up, Leon," I replied, still pulling him along behind me. Leona just laughed and sped up his pace to match mine. When we reached my house, I stopped outside the door and stared at it.
"Deep breath," Leona reminded me. I obeyed and then opened the door. My face immediately fell. There was no egg on the table with my name on it. Leona pulled me into his arms. "I'm sorry."
"It's okay," I said before pulling out of his arms. "I'll be right back, okay?"
"Okay, Eli," Leona said, watching me carefully as I walked towards my room. I sighed. This was the only year that I could have possibly received an egg, and I didn't get one. Just like Ceris when it had been his chance. I didn't look up from the floor until I was actually inside my room. When I looked up, my eyes widened and a smile broke across my face and then I screeched happily.
"Leona!" I screamed happily, looking at my bed. Leona came rushing to my room and then a smile broke across his face. I giggled happily and jumped up and down. Leona laughed and pulled me into a hug. I smiled and hugged him back tightly before walking over to my bed to run a hand over the surface of the purple egg.
"Congratulations, sweetie," Arlen said, appearing in my doorway.
"Thank you!" I screeched, flinging myself at him and hugging him.
"Why are you thanking me? It wasn't my choice who to give it to," Arlen laughed.
"I know…but thank you!" I screeched before releasing him. He chuckled and kissed my forehead.
"Be responsible. Young dragons are a handful, as I would know," Arlen told me. "Same to you, Leona."
"We know," we replied, smiling. Arlen chuckled, ruffled each of our hair and then left. As Arlen left, I took in a deep breath, still smiling. Leona chuckled and hugged me again. I hugged him back and then walked back over to my bed to run a hand over the egg's smooth, purple surface. As I did, the egg moved. I jumped slightly and Leona's eyes widened with shock. He slowly walked over towards me, watching the egg as it moved and then a crack appeared on the surface. I screeched and jumped slightly as a piece of the egg came flying off and flew across the room, hitting the wall. Leona dodged out of the way and looked at me nervously. I giggled and looked back at the egg as a hole began to appear on the surface of the egg. Leona took a few more cautious steps forward. I giggled and pulled him to the floor next to me. He smiled and rolled his eyes before returning his attention to the egg.
Then, a few seconds later, we saw the tip of its nose. Leona and I looked at each other, excited, before we turned our attention back to the baby dragon fighting its way out of the egg. As we watched, the dragon slowly made its way out. Once it got one of its wings out, it broke its head through, and then the rest of its body. It looked up at me with deep blue eyes that matched my own. I smiled and it walked towards me unstably across the bed. I giggled as it crawled into my lap and sat there, looking up at me and humming. Leona watched in wonder, smiling. Then, Ceris walked passed my room. He doubled back and his jaw dropped.
"No way," he breathed. I just giggled and reached my hand out for the baby dragon to sniff. "It hatched already?"
"Obviously," Leona and I replied, looking up at Ceris as he stared in wonder. Ceris whistled and then turned to leave. I giggled and then stood up, pulling the baby dragon into my arms.
"Come on. Let's go back to your house and see what happens if you touch the egg," I said as Leona stood up.
"Okay, but I doubt the same thing will happen," he said, shrugging. I rolled my eyes.
"Don't be so negative," I said, pushing him lightly through my bedroom door. He chuckled and walked through the house. "I'll be back later, Kausta!"
"Okay. No trouble, please!" she called out before I closed the door behind Leona and me.
"This is so exciting," I giggled as the baby dragon curled up in my arms, still humming. I smiled and held it closer to my chest. Leona looked over at me and smiled also. I smiled back at him and moved the dragon away from my body slightly as it stretched out its wings. Leona and I laughed as it stretched, making sure to stay in my arms. Then, Arianna and Mynor appeared in the path ahead of us. They looked at me, then at the baby dragon, and then at Leona. Leona rolled his eyes and pulled me over to the side of the path. The baby dragon looked up at us with sapphire eyes and hummed. We smiled as Arianna and Mynor stopped in front of us.
"Well, aren't you lucky," Mynor sneered. I smiled.
"Yes. I see you aren't," I replied before whispering to Leona, "Not that any dragon would want to be close with him."
"That's very true," Leona snorted so only I could hear. Arianna glared at us.
"Oh, you didn't get one either, it seems, Leona," she said. Leona turned his attention to her.
"I did. I just don't have the egg on me," Leona replied.
"Yes, I'm sure," Mynor said, rolling his eyes.
"He did, Mynor. He got the gold one," I said, my eyes narrowing as I looked at him. As I did, the baby dragon in my arms looked up at me, and then over at Arianna and Mynor. It looked at them for a few seconds and then curled its top lip, exposing its white fangs. Arianna and Mynor each took a small step back and Leona and I laughed slightly.
"Scared of a baby dragon. Wow," I snorted as we walked away.
"I know," Leona agreed, making sure they heard him. The dragon looked up at us and then began humming again, its eyes closing as it smiled in its own way. Once we reached Leona's house, the baby dragon lifted its head and began to look around, sniffing slightly. I smiled as we entered Leona's house and he walked over to the egg and picked it up before walking over to sit on the couch. I walked over and sat down next to him, the dragon in my lap.
Once I sat down, the baby dragon began to sniff the gold egg curiously. I giggled and Leona ran a hand over the surface of the gold egg. Leona watched the egg carefully, along with the baby dragon. Then, the dragon reached over and touched the tip of its nose to the gold egg. The egg immediately began to shake slightly and Leona jumped slightly before chuckling. I giggled and pulled the baby dragon back into my lap. It looked up at me and hummed, its eyes closing again. Then, I returned my attention back to the egg in Leona's lap.
Eliana, where is your egg? Aynor's voice sounded in my head.
Hatched and in my lap. Leona's is hatching right now, I replied. I felt Aynor's shock and surprise mentally and I giggled.
That is good news for you two. You will progress faster and therefore go through training faster, Aynor told me. I smiled.
Yes. I know, I added. Aynor chuckled.
By the way, they are both males. Just some information to help you two find names easier, Aynor said.
Aw, thanks, Aynor. I'll talk to you later, I said, watching as the wing of Leona's dragon began to poke through the shell. Then, I looked at Leona.
"Aynor just informed me that they are both males," I said to him.
"That's good," Leona said, smiling. "Now we can pick names, right now."
"I know. You go first," I laughed as I eyed the gold baby dragon starting to emerge from the egg. Leona looked at me, and then put on his thinking face. I smiled as he thought for a few minutes.
"Slyder," he finally said. I smiled.
"That's a good name," I told him. He smiled.
"Thanks. Now, your turn," he told me. I made a face and then tapped my chin, looking down at the dark blue dragon in my lap. He looked back up at me, his sapphire eyes curious.
"Adelian," I said, smiling. The dragon immediately began to hum and curled up in my arms. I giggled and hugged Adelian closer to my chest. Then, the gold dragon burst out of its egg and Leona flinched, trying to avoid getting hit by shards of the gold egg. The gold dragon looked up at Leona and closed its eyes, content.
"Slyder," he said to the gold dragon and it immediately began to hum. Leona smiled, pleased. Then, Aileen walked into the room. She looked over at us and immediately stopped. Leona and I smiled.
"I introduce you to Adelian," I said, hugging him closer to my chest.
"And Slyder," Leona added, smiling widely.
"Well, that was fast. Congratulations," Aileen told us, smiling.
"Thank you," we replied, smiling widely as Adelian and Slyder began to sniff each other, making sure the other was safe. Leona and I laughed as they spread their wings and flew up to circle around our heads. We looked up, smiling.
"They will be quite a pair, seeing as who they are connected to," Aileen laughed. Leona and I looked at each other and smiled.
"Yes, they will," we agreed after a minute and Slyder and Adelian sank back into our laps.
"I wonder if Essah got one," I said as Adelian began to circle his tail around my forearm.
"Hm. Me too," Leona agreed. "Want to go check?"
"Yes," I replied, standing up and making sure Adelian was in my arms. Leona did the same with Slyder before we left his house. Once outside, the two dragons looked at each other and then took off to fly next to us. Leona and I smiled, making sure they didn't get hurt. Then, Tanag walked up to us, eyes wide with shock.
"Well, congratulations kids," he said, eyeing the gold and sapphire dragons circling our heads.
"Thank you, Tanag," we replied.
"Do they have names?" Tanag asked. We nodded.
"He's Slyder," Leona told Tanag, indicating the gold dragon.
"And he's Adelian," I added, watching him as he circled my head. I smiled and reached up at run a hand down his tail, being careful of the spikes, which still had to sharpen and grow.
"Well, it's nice to see two of our own progressing so fast already," Tanag chuckled.
"Thank you," Leona and I replied again.
"Well, I will let you two be off. Keep those two in line," Tanag told us before walking off.
"We'll try," we replied before starting towards Essah's house. When we reached her house, Slyder and Adelian flew up to the door, humming. Leona and I looked at each other and smiled, knowing Essah had been chosen.
"Hey guys!" Essah said excitedly as she opened the door. We smiled.
"Congratulations!" we told her. She giggled.
"And do you two get the same?" she asked. We both nodded and then pointed upwards towards Adelian and Slyder. She gaped and then looked back down at us.
"Which one is whose?" she asked.
"Take a wild guess," Leona laughed.
"Sapphire one is Eliana's," Essah laughed. I nodded.
"His name is Adelian," I added as he flew down and landed on my shoulder carefully.
"And mine's Slyder," Leona said as Slyder landed on his shoulder as well.
"So, which one did you get?" I asked. Essah giggled.
"Aynor's offspring," she replied. I smiled.
"Now you guys are distantly family," Leona chuckled. We both rolled our eyes.
"I wonder if Aynor knows the gender. He knew ours," I said.
"Ask him," Leona and Essah replied.
"Fine," I sighed before contacting Aynor.
Yes, youngling? Aynor asked.
Do you know if your offspring is a girl or a boy? I asked. Essah is wondering. She is now in charge of your son or daughter.
Ah. Well, in that case, it is a girl, Aynor informed me.
Thank you, Aynor. I will see you later. Tell Arlen not to worry about my egg if you haven't already told him, I said.
I will do so. Be careful, Eliana. I will see you soon, Aynor replied before pulling his mind away from mine. I looked over at Essah.
"It's a girl. Aynor told me so," I told her. She giggled with delight.
"I think I'll name her…Grayce," Essah said after thinking for a few seconds.
"That's pretty," Leona told her as Slyder coiled his tail around Leona's neck loosely.
"Yes, it is," I agreed as Adelian curled his tail around my upper arm.
"Thanks guys," Essah said, beaming. "Well, I need to get back to cleaning. See you two-or rather, four-later."
"Okay. Bye, Essah and hope your little Grayce hatches soon," I said.
"Thanks," she replied, smiling before Leona and I walked down back to the path. Then, Leona looked over at me.
"Come on, let's go out to an open field so they can stretch their wings out," he said to me. I smiled.
"What a good idea," I agreed as we began down the correct path, Adelian and Slyder riding upon our shoulders.