Letter 4: Slaying the dragon

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Dear reader, 

My name is Will. I have been tasked to take care of Princess Kathrine. This has been my sole task since I was a young lad and her a young lass. And let me tell you, I think I have peaked. Today I killed a dragon BY MYSELF.

But I’m getting ahead of myself about the dragon.

We decided after getting the mermaid blood, our best bet would be to find a dragon’s lair in the Golden Peaks and convince one to give us some spit willingly. Kat is great at diplomacy so it should be a piece of cake. The Golden Peaks run vertically through the Eastern part of the kingdom. Dragons country is in the Northernmost part of the Golden Peaks thus we headed Northwest towards the mountains to check out the various caves for signs of dragon life. We found a dormant volcano and sure enough, a dragon was sleeping soundly in a cave near the lava rock. Puffs of smoke rose from his nostrils with every exhale. He must have sensed our presence because one giant yellow, reptilian eye opened lazily. 

“Go away,” said he. 

“Sir, we need some saliva,” she said. 

“Ah, no.” 

“We can pay you for it.” 

“Not interested”

“By order of the crown, we demand you hand over some saliva.”

This did not bode well with the dragon. He shooed us away. We came back. Thus we engaged in battle. The princess fought valiantly but was picked up by the dragon and predisposed. So, I slew the dragon SINGLE-HANDEDLY with a stab through his chest and down his underbelly. Heck yea. 

“Good job Will,” she said. 

Acknowledgment of a job well done from the princess? Is it my birthday? But of course, I had to stay cool as I collected the saliva into a vial for our potion.

“Thank you, princess,” I said.

 Something was bugging me about the dragon.

Normally we would have waltzed in, charmed the scales off of the dragon, and gotten the saliva willingly. You know, without the death of a magnificent creature who is sure to have friends. That night, we slept under a tarp near a warm campfire as rain poured from the heavens. I strategically waited until after she ate some food.

“Hey, can we talk about today?”

“What is there to talk about?” 

“Well, we killed a dragon today.”

“Yes you killed a dragon, I congratulated you. Do you want more praise for saving my life?”  

“No! That’s not what I meant to say.” 

“Then what did you mean to say?”

Silence ensued and boy was it uncomfortable. I searched her face much like I was searching for the words to say. Her expression was fierce and intimidating, showing every bit the ruler I can see her being one day, while she waited for my answer to her question. I looked away first. 

“I guess what I’m trying to say is…are you ok?” 

“Of course, why wouldn’t I be?”

“You just seem off these days…I mean–” 

I cover my mouth with my hands. Shouldn’t have said that. She gives me an inquisitive look. Then…

“You’re right, I have been feeling off. I’m sorry for acting a bit more critical and not as diplomatic as usual. I don’t know what it is but I appreciate you recognizing it and being willing to talk to me about it. Good night.”

“Good night, let me know if there is anything I can do to support you.”

Well, I don’t know if that ranks in my top ten best conversations with the princess but it sure was something. 

Until next week,

Will

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