Lavern swam down the narrow entrance of his
cave. Inside the soft dripping of water sounded, The dripping wasn't loud,
but still it echoed through the cave like thunder. Coming up from the
silent regions of the sea every sound sounded hard at first. Lavern was
used to it.
Lavern dragged himself onto dry land and carefully looked out into the
human world. No-one was around. Lavern knew he shouldn't come here. he had
been told to stay away on more than one occasion. But this magical place
held some fatal attraction.
Lavern stepped out and walked the short distance from his cave to the big
shallow tropical lake through the trench of the little river feeding into
the seas beyond the cave. Like in a dream he let his arms touch the long
grass and bushes on either side. Lavern, still soaked from his long swim
felt the heat drying him up. Normally he could stay a few hours out of the
water, but not here.
It took maybe 5 minutes to reach
the little spot he had called 'Eden', but in that time he'd gotten
dangerously dehydrated. Quickly he dove into the water and stretched out
his thin tentacles. As he was slowly feeling the current, Lavern pondered
about the human race. He was in different from them in only a few ways and
yet he knew they'd never be able to live with the Deepdwellers. That was
why they had to be careful. It was getting harder each year to stay
undetected and a Dweller heading out into 'their' territory was
Lavern sighed. Then why was he doing this? The place was pretty, but there
were places of equal beauty under the sea, like the underwater geysers in
the Atlantic Ocean, the Magical Coral Reeves around the equator... But
none of those could top this spot. Maybe it was the solitude that did it.
Lavern had never seen a human around here. And Deepdwellers kept far away
from dry land.
Lavern stretched himself out fully on the surface of the water. With the
tentacles from his arms, legs and back still in the water he was safe. He
turned his head upwards to the edge of the waterfall, the sun shining down
on his pale, almost bluish skin and his blond hair. For a moment he
couldn't see a thing, then his vision cleared and he saw her...
For a moment he froze, not sure if the girl had already seen him. He dived
under and swam to the rocky edge of the pool, trying to fade in against
the sides. Of course he was too light to actually fade away, but maybe, if
she didn't look down he'd be safe.
A sudden downward breeze carried with it some words. Lavern couldn't
understand everything she said, but he did catch a few words that caught
"...So pretty.... Climb..."
Lavern leaned forward a bit, trying to see what the girl was doing. Aghast
he noticed she was climbing down. Lavern quickly turned around and tried
to figure out a way to get away, but in fact there was no way out that
didn't involve him swimming or running to the other side of the lake. All
he could do was dive under and hope she didn't want to go for a swim. The
water in the lake was so clear she would spot him instantly.
Some small fish raced by and disappeared in one of the countless small
caves in the soft coral rock that bore the island. None of them was big
enough to hide him in however. Slowly Lavern raised his head above the
surface and stared at the small beach to his right. The girl was
apparently sunbathing. No... she was doing something with the sand,
placing something in it.
"Dragging around eggs on vacation sure is uncomfortable." she
muttered as she wiped away some sweat. Then she returned to her digging
Curious, like all water-creatures (darn horoscope signs), Lavern swam
closer to the beach. What was she doing? he wondered.
Suddenly one of his tentacles got caught behind a rock he had missed. The
tentacle dragged him back and he made a loud noise as he dove under to
free himself. Lavern knew he should stay on the bottom of the lake, but he
was too curious. Chances were the girl hadn't heard him anyway. Just to be
sure he lifted a tentacle first. If he heard a scream he'd make for the
Grossly underestimating the girl's state of mind he lifted a tentacle and
waited. All of a sudden something pulled him up. Lavern struggled to get
away, but the girl held on tight. Lavern was soon exhausted from pain and
panicking. He kept still and waited.
"Hey! I didn't want to hurt you!" she said.
"It's just that I liked this spot and I thought I'd be alone..."
Lavern surfaced: "So did I." he said, getting a bit angry know
that the danger of exposure had resided for a few moments.
"Why were you hiding."
"I like my privacy and I sure don't like trespassers." he said,
daring to try to bully her away. 'What were you doing?"
"Arranging a spot for the eggs. It's hard enough to keep them safe
from all the people that want one."
"Why would anyone want eggs?"
"Because they are dragon eggs."
"Could I get one?"
"Hmmm, Can I trust you?"
"Oh I see, just because I'm a little different, you won't give
me..." Lavern started.
"No, that's not it." Lady Blackened Rose interrupted,
"Where do you live? What will you do when the dragon hatches? Will
you take good care of it? That kind of 'Can you be trusted?' "
"Well, of course I can be trusted then. I'll stay here. Nice and
secluded. We could take trips to the sea through the cave system. I'll
make sure the dragon eats well and stuff like that... I know where the
best fish swim and how to catch them."
"Ok, I'll let you have a go, but I'll be checking back on you!"
She said, waving her finger.
Ecstatic with joy, Lavern grabbed one of the eggs, a light blue that
wouldn't be noticed well underwater. He couldn't always carry around the
egg, so it would need to be stealthy.
"I see you took the water egg. Good choice for someone with your
Lavern hesitated for a moment and then decided it was a compliment. He
smiled at the girl.
"My name is Lavern."
"Lady Blackened Rose."
"Ok, Lady Blackened Rose, how long before the egg hatches?"
"Oh it won't take long, just keep
it warm and sheltered."
With that said the girl
left Lavern alone with his egg. Lavern hesitated. Where could he keep it
both warm and sheltered? Not under the sea, though the water was a
pleasant temperature for him he knew it wasn't warm by human standards.
Carefully he picked the egg up and felt it. Warm.
Lavern looked down and saw the small nest Lady Blackened Rose had made for
the egg. If it was good enough for her, it would be good for the dragon,
Lavern grabbed the egg and took it as close to the water as he could. He
dug a small hole, put the egg in, climbed back into the water and waited.
Finally after maybe a week Lavern felt something different about the egg.
It was warmer than before, nearly burning. Trying not to drop it, Lavern
put it back and then quickly put his hand under water. Was it good that it
was this warm? But before he could decide a tiny crack emerged on the egg.
It shook, got free of the sandy nest and rolled to the water.
Aghast Lavern watched the egg roll. It was rolling out of his reach,
somehow he doubted water would be good for the egg. He swam, like he had
never swum before to reach it. But he was too late. By the time he reached
the egg it was already submerged in the shallow waters of the pool. Lavern
picked it up and looked at the egg with sad eyes.
Suddenly the egg stirred. The cracks joined and a head broke out. A small
pointy blue head with big white eyes. The dragon chirped as it got out. It
hyperactively looked around and started licking Lavern's hand.
"You're sweet." he said.
The dragon bit in his hand.
"You're hungry." Lavern said wryly.
Quickly he lashed his tentacles around one of the smaller fish and brought
it up in front of the dragon. The little blue webbed creature gratefully
accepted the food and devoured it within seconds. Then it leapt from
Lavern's hand and started swimming. Dragons apparently learn fast, Lavern
"I think I'll call him Drizzle because he's so... alive." Lavern
said to himself.
From a few metres further the approving chirp of the little water dragon
sounded as it was looking for more food.