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Shenarra looked up at the moon. She
sighed. What would it be like to live on the moon? To see the night in
it's full beauty?. A lot better than living here. Shenarra was one of the
Desert-Drenaes. Young women given to the main temple in Farghibal, the
capital of the Emirate Farayn.
She lived in a small house behind the temple with 5 other girls. The house
was pretty enough and food was abundant, but they weren't allowed to leave
the temple; nor speak to strangers. Shenarra looked down. She would never
reach the moon. In ancient tales it was said only dragons could go there,
and there were no dragons. She sighed.
Her reflection in the mirror sighed too, a pretty girl. Long black hair,
olive brown skin, deep green eyes. She cursed her looks. They had been the
main reason she had been given to the temple. That and it meant one less
mouth to feed in the orphanage where she had been abandoned. Had her
parents known what would happen to her when they left her that dark night?
Probably not or they would have brought her to the temple
At the same time a young men ran
through the streets. His long black hair wet from the sweat from running.
The gould was still following. He could feel it. Masnik was his name. The
fool who had dared to raise his voice against the evil doings of a man he
didn't even know the name off. He had stopped the man from hitting a child
half to death.
"You'll hear from me." the man had said, seemingly amused.
And so he had. A letter, blank, on his doorstep. He had opened it. Stupid,
very stupid. The next night the dreams had started. Nightmares, every
single night. The first days he had just gotten up with an uneasy feeling,
knowing something black had followed him in his sleep. But now, a month
later he could see it during the day, stalking behind him.
A few people were talking outside a coffeeshop. Masnik dashed through
them. The people looked back at him. Masnik had learned they didn't see
the gould. He had tried once, thinking he was going insane, to not run.
The gould had slashed him with long clawlike fingers. Masnik could still
see the soft red edges where the wound had been. How good it felt to know
he wasn't going crazy, it was also disturbing. Running was his only option
and he couldn't keep doing that forever.
Shenarra heard the loud tapping of
running shoes on the dusty ground. She heard the temple door open. A soft
swinging noise. None of the other girls opened their doors so she was the
only one who had heard it. Very soon in her life Shenarra had learned
knowledge was power. She had eavesdropped many conversations in the
temple, grasping the chance with both hands to learn about the world
outside. Tonight was no different from the others. She put on a vale and
left the house as silent as she could.
Inside the temple she searched for whoever had entered.
Masnik opened the door to the
temple. He hadn't tried this yet. He knew it wouldn't help to pray to the
Gods. But still, it wouldn't hurt to try. Maybe one of the priests would
know what to do. He went to the back of the temple. He picked the darkest
alcove to hide in and kneeled.
After his prayer he stood up and waited for a second. An offering. But
what had he left to offer? Masnik searched his pockets and found a piece
"It's all I have, but it will have to do." he said and placed
the string on the altar.
He turned round and left the alcove.
"Ow!" Shenarra yelled
when the man left a praying alcove, stepping right on her foot.
"I'm sorry!" he said.
The man kept looking over his shoulder, as if he was afraid of something.
Maybe he was afraid the priests would think he had made her speak. As if
that would ever happen.
"Don't worry about the priests, they are al asleep." she said.
"You have to get out of here..." he said, looking like he was
Shenarra suddenly realised the man was hardly dressed, a ripped shirt and
a worn out pair of pants. He looked over his shoulder again. Maybe he was
a madman. Shenarra cursed herself for looking for him.
"We aren't safe here..." he said, looking confused.
"I'm fine. You go, hide yourself." she told him.
"I'm not crazy, it's coming!"
Suddenly the temple doors flew open and a creature blacker than the night
entered. it was long and too thin to be a human. It's face was stretched
out with two big eyes in the middle. The eyes burned black. Shenarra had
never seen a thing like it, but the eyes seemed to absorb the light in the
The man grabbed her by her arm and pulled her to the end of the temple.
"The exit! quick. We need a way out."
Shenarra suddenly realised the danger she was in. This wasn't just an
exotic fairy tale. This was real. She ran away into the direction of the
house. But wait! that would only lead them to a dead end. She turned and
entered the dark hallway that would get them to the priests rooms.
"Aaaaaahhhhh!" she screamed.
"What are you doing?" the man asked.
"Waking the priests.", she said and started screaming again.
Doors opened and heads looked out. Suddenly a shriek, painful to hear erupted
and Sheranna knew the thing had reached the first priests. They would stop
A male voice started yelling in terror. Sheranna stood silent, too afraid
to run. If not even the priests could stop it...
Masnik ran into the girl before
him. She had stopped.
"Come on!" he told her and took her hands, "We have to get
out of here."
"Out?" the thought hadn't occurred to Shenarra yet that this
could be her way out.
"Yes, what's the fastest way out of this place. We need to be quick.
It won't be able to hurt us during the day, not yet anyway."
"The back door is just up ahead. You know what the thing is?"
"It's a gould."
"I thought goulds needed to be summoned."
"Oh, it was. It's supposed to kill me."
"Who did you kill to deserve that?"
"No-one, I saved a girl from a beating by some old man, a magician apparently."
"Strange, all they did here was stuff us full of stories, saying
goulds could only be summoned when someone was killed."
"I didn't kill anyone."
"So you say, how do I know you're not lying?"
"Because I'm just a carpenter k."
"Like carpenters never did anything wrong..."
"Well, not any ones I know."
Shenarra opened the door and followed the stranger out. She stopped again.
The stranger stopped too and looked at her.
"Aren't you coming?" his eyes were so sad and alone...
"I shouldn't leave the temple, I shouldn't even be talking to
Masnik started walking away from her. It would probably be better for her
if she stayed. She was safe here. She would never be safe when he was with
"What's your name?" she called.
"Masnik." he replied without looking back, he shouldn't make
this more painful...
Suddenly a cold feeling came over Shenarra. A feeling colder than anything
she had ever felt before. Se turned around and saw the gould. It was
looking at her, sniffing her. It opened his mouth.
"Masnik!" she was able to shout before she fainted.
Masnik turned. The sight of the big gould hanging above the girl made
Masnik angry. The gould had nothing to do with the temple girl. he came
for him, Masnik.
"You! Leave her alone!" Masnik yelled.
The gould looked up and stared in his direction. Finally he came up and
started walking toward Masnik. This was the exact time Shenarra decided to
"Nooo!" she yelled.
The gould looked back again. It didn't quite seem to know what to do or
who to kill first. Suddenly a bird started singing and the gould vanished.
The sun was coming up.
"I'm coming with you." Shenarra said.
"Wouldn't you be safer here?"
"You saw it, for some reason it wants me too. You know what to do
when it gets here, I don't!"
"Well, we're safe during the day, for now and we have to get as far
away from here as possible."
The desert outside Farghibal was
hot and dry. The sand under their feet made weird sandy noises Shenarra
had never heard before. Plus she got to kick. Part of being a Servant of
the Gods was always being friendly and smiling and never showing signs of
anger. Well she was quite frustrated now and kicking pebbles helped.
"How far are we going?" she asked.
"Not far, there's a small encampment of Bedouins nearby. We'll ride
with them till the nearest oasis. I hadn't tried leaving town yet, this
might just do the trick." Masnik said.
Shenarra started kicking pebbles again. Suddenly she saw a nice big
orange-glowing rock. Almost like it had a little sunset inside. She wanted
to run toward it, but fell. She grabbed Masnik's arm, but he lost his
balance too. Shenarra stretched out her arms. One hand touched the glowing
stone and suddenly she and Masnik were someplace else.
"Hello?" a voice said, "Are you here for the dragons?"
"Dragons?" Shenarra asked.
"Yes, the dragon eggs, there are still some spots open." the
woman, now visible replied.
"Can they fly to the moon?"
"They can fly wherever they want to. Just make sure you know where
you are going."
"How strong are they?" Masnik asked.
"Strong enough." the woman answered cryptically.
"I take it you like the idea," she said, "Please follow
The two of them were led to a large, vaulted chamber. inside eggs of all
sizes lay. other people were waiting and soon the eggs started to crack.
When the first one did, a mythical creature appeared. Though somewhat
draconic, the creatures lacked limbs of any kind. They hovered through the
air and seemed rather powerful.
"I shall take you as mine." A sapphire female said to Shenarra, "My name
"You are mine, Masnik." A gold male added, "My name is Wain."
Shenarra's Sapphire Tanith (m)
Dragons with quick minds and sharp thoughts, they are not afraid to hurt
to get to the bottom of things. Powers: spiritual cleasning and they can
help people get over bad situations.
Chances of Bonding: medium-low.
Masnik's Gold Wain (f)
Pretty. All are female and high in the list, but low in the rares. Very
Powers: leadership, and can tame the wildest heart. 1 out of every 10