A Dragon’s Haunting Fire


(This image I found on google images – It’s not mine, but the artist is very talented)

Something I have been trying out, this is just a small part of it. Please enjoy, I am continuing this on further. The title I made up on the spot, I may change it.

Sera curled her knees to her chest. It felt nice to cuddle something, even if it was herself. Her chin rested against the legs, and watched the lake that spanned the landscape ahead of her. This was a dream the landscape was too beautiful to be real. The tall trees swished green, and brown against the setting orange. The wind blew the stray strands of chocolate brown hair out of her face. It reminded her of her father’s tender comforts. He was always a gentleman with her, as well as actually gentle towards her. She missed it.

Her breath hitched, and the lump in her throat swelled until she thought she would choke if she didn’t let it out. The gorgeous scene blurred in front of her, the tears flooded down her cheeks.  Her nose sniffed in the scent of lavender. It made her think of her mother. The water works poured down her cheeks in thick streams.

A light crunch of the dry grass behind Sera alerted her to another presence. It was unusual to have someone occupy her dream space. This was a familiar dream, and she was always alone. She didn’t turn around however, the thought of someone seeing her ugly crying face was embarrassing. Then she shook herself, embarrassment in a dream?

“What happened?” the voice was deep, and smooth it felt warm to the ears. It was strange to think about, but she liked it. It was a voice she wouldn’t mind listening to all day. Did she answer that honestly? But who was this? Why did he care?

“Who are you?” she sniffled. She tried to swallow down the main sob that threatened to spill from her.

“I’m Jared…” he paused, a breath on his lips made Sera think he has something else he wanted to say. She waited for him to continue, and when he didn’t she wiped her eyes, and sniffed.

“How did you get here?” She couldn’t think of anything else to ask. She still hadn’t turned around to see what he looked like. To put a face to that delicious voice, would mean revealing her disgusting state. Red eyes, swollen from tears… Sera didn’t like that idea.

“I went to sleep” he answered matter of factly. She should have seen that coming, she was dreaming after all. Sera shrugged.

“Sounds fair, I suppose I do the same, why are you here all of a sudden?” She got there eventually. She tried to see if she could see him through the corner of her eye but he was still too far back. Was he tall? Was he old? He didn’t sound old. Jared stepped closer, she knew from the sound of the grass crumbling under his foot. He didn’t seem heavy footed.

“I’m not here all of a sudden” his reply made her stiffen, what did that mean? “I have always been dreaming of this place for years”.

“That’s not possible, I’m always having this dre… what?” Sera stumbled on her words. What did he mean by that?

“I know, I see you every night, you always sit in this spot, sometimes you even walk out to feel the water slip through your fingers” he sounds cautious, and what he says makes Sera’s heart beat pick up.

“Then why have I never noticed you before?” her tone was snappier than she had originally intended. Then again her excuse was that this was her dream surely he was a concoction of her own mind. She hadn’t even looked at him yet.

“You didn’t notice me on the first day… and I thought -…” Jared seemed to struggle to find the words. Sera looked to the lake, hoping to steal his image without turning around. “I thought you was part of the dream, it wasn’t until you started whispering to the lake about your day, and some personal stuff my brain isn’t clever enough to make up”. She couldn’t see his reflection in the lake. So, instead she bit her lip, and slowly stood up. He knew intimate things about her that weren’t meant to be shared with others… “I used to just hide whenever we were here, it was easier than trying to introduce myself to you, I was never sure how you’d react to me”. Sera couldn’t take it anymore. In one swift motion she spun on the balls of her toes. “Don’t-” Jared’s form made her gasp, and step back away from him.

“You-…” She stopped herself. Her body was in the middle of a war with herself. Fear spiked through her at first, but when her mouth opened she was almost sure that her words would be the opposite to her initial impression. He had a human form of a man. In that man Sera could make out the most gorgeous golden eyes flecked with two black wings in the irises. While the rest of him carried a shadow that had a long snout, wings, and a tail. It scaled over his skin. When she opened her mouth to speak again a hint of pain flickered in Jared’s eyes. It ate at her heart enough to make her think carefully about her next words. “You aren’t human?”. She had to fight her mouth to form the words she wanted. Words were trying to fight her. He dropped his gaze from her, and shook his head. As if that was disappointing. “You’re bea-…” She slammed her mouth closed, and cleared her throat. “Are you a figment of my imagination?”. He looked up, and locked eyes with her very carefully he spoke.

“I’m real” he replied not once breaking contact with her eyes. Wouldn’t a dream made character say that? Her next words came out easy, or well more like slipped out.

“Prove it” Wait a minute, Sera cursed her body for rebelling against her. Why did her heart skip a beat at the idea of him being real. Look at him, she scolded herself. His eyes narrowed. There was no anger that she could make out, just scrutiny. When Jared didn’t say anything she carried on. Willing her voice to cooperate. “Why did you decide to approach me now?”. His eyes widened again, his head tilted to the side. Somehow her mind painted the picture of him totally human, tilting his head just like that with the most heart throbbing smile. Stop it, she mentally shook herself.

“You was crying” his voice carried the hint of the obvious. Like it was only natural to approach her. No, she refused to be swayed that easily.

“I’ve been upset before” She sounded pouty. Damn it, why couldn’t she be a bit more sophisticated than that? When he shrugged it brought her back to the conversation.

“True, but not like this”. His reminder that she had been crying set her off again. The lump returned in her throat. She hadn’t forgotten, but he had provided a distraction she didn’t know she needed. “That wasn’t an invitation to cry” his voice was light. He had stepped closer to her, his arms braced out like he would take her into a big bear hug. But then he didn’t wrap them around her. She waited, when she looked up at him through her lashes that had clumped together. Her eyes drew an image of what his face looked like in real life, and crumbled. The sobs came, and she practically dove into his arms. They curled around her like a warm vice. It was a tight hold that made her feel secure, yet loose enough not to cause discomfort. It was the kind of hug she imagined a lover would give to her. He hushed, the soft voice was like a calming balm on a burn wound. Her body sank into him.

“Wait” she stiffened, and hopped out of his arms. “I’m sorry…”.

“No, don’t be sorry” His arms fell to his sides. “So…”.

“So…” Sera felt like kicking herself for being so touchy. The awkward silence was scratching at her insides.

“Want to talk about it?” he sounded cautious, and she could see from his eyes that he wasn’t sure how far she would allow him to step in. For a moment, she thought about it… looking at his deformed body standing in front of her. This was a dream. He claimed to be real, but…

“Want to sit with me?” He welcomed her invitation with a haunting smile that she knew would be in her memories forever. They sat together. Not a word passed their lips as they watched the still water. “What are you?” Sera broke the silence with what she was most interested in. Jared cleared his throat.

“Maybe something else” He tried to not answer that.

“No way, come on…” She pushed it, she wasn’t going to let this go.

“You won’t believe me” He ran his hand over his face. Sera didn’t respond, no if she fought he would delay. She just stared, and waited. When the silence dragged on he sighed. “Just – … Oh shit… ok – I’m… a Dragon”.