Ch 25 to the pit
We arrive at the shuttle and everyone enters and takes their seats. Valesz quickly has the shuttle back in the air once again.
Valesz says “We will be there in just a few minutes, if any one has anything to say now would be a good time.”
Lakia says “Paul remember your promise that you made , I know how you feel about keeping your word and I know that you have to go down there, but while your there I just want you to think about the promise that you made to us.”
I reply “Oh I fully intend to keep my promise to all of you.”
Katherine says “I don't understand why you are going down there, and jeopardizing the mission. I mean if you end up like everyone else that has gone down there not only will you leave us but the mission will be over.”
I respond “Well its like this sweetie, I know that even if I don't come back I know that you and Desara can still band everyone together and defeat the mantis. I know that the chances are better with me here but you can still get it done. Besides I have already made a bet and I have no intentions in loosing that bet, along with breaking my promise. You know how I am about both of them.”
Katherine wraps her arms around me and give me passionate kiss then she pulls away and says “If you want any more of that you better come back.”
Valesz says “I am going with him I intend to bring him back in one piece. Besides if we get into any serious trouble he can teleport us back out. We are almost there.”
I turn to look out the window and see the pit there must be 300 dragons around the pit even a few that are carrying something that looks like Video cameras. Valesz lands the shuttle just out side of the group. I watch as they rush to the shuttle and quickly surround it. As we exit the shuttle the ones with the video cameras are closest to the door. I'm the first to exit, and the questions start flying.”
Do you expect to come back out? What do you think that you will find down there? What made you decide to go down there? Everyone finds these quite annoying I draw the sword and drive the blade in the ground in front of me and yell “ ENOUGH !!!!!”
The ground shakes with the resonance of my voice some of the dragons fall loosing their balance.
Then I say I am going down there simply because no one has been able to do it before as to what I find down there your guess is as good as mine. Now I am quite intent on returning any more questions can wait until we return.
Then one of the dragon ask “We?, You are not going alone ?”
Valesz responds “No he is my mate and I am going with him, now if you would please let us pass. And with that said I draw the sword out of the ground and hold it high and a path quickly opens up towards the pit. Just then Celer steps out of the shuttle the ones with the cameras begin with the questions again “Is that a real Unicorn ? Where have you been all these years ???
I turn and say “If so much as one picture or article slips out before I say so, I will hunt you down myself. Let me explain something I promise in the near future there will be a story for you to publish about the unicorn but today is not it. If anything gets out about them now you will only bring destruction to this world and at the point I am at now I will NOT be able to stop it. When the time comes I will ask Desara to call on you.”
Desara says from the background “You have my word on that. But for now let them pass and you will have your story when they come back. I know that none of you have any idea of what our lord Paul can do but I believe that he can hold true to his promise.”
Valesz says “Hold on one minute I need to get something out of the shuttle storage compartment.”
She pulls out a couple of harnesses and on one of them has something that looks like a gun strapped to it.
I ask “What do you need with a gun?”
“She replies its not a gun of that type, it's an anchor gun. I can fire it at a rock face and have an anchor attached to the wall instantly. The cable it attaches has a tensile strength of 450 kg more than enough for both of us.”
Valesz walks up to me give me a kiss and says “Nothing wrong with having a backup plan.”
I reply “I agree. Now lets get this over with so we can go back to the cabin and relax for the night. I want to go up to the ship in the morning and check on the progress of the refit.”
We all head for the pit Valesz and I stop at the edge and look over in to the dark bottomless pit. We take a step back and begin putting on our harnesses after we get them on Valesz takes a three meter cable and attaches one end to herself and the other end to me after she locks the clasp she whispers in my ear. We both walk over to Celer.
I whisper to him “I'm going to link with both you and Valesz so you will be able to see and know what is going on.”
Celer replies “Yes.”
I turn to Desara and ask “What is the deepest any one has returned from ?”
She replies “About two kilometers.”
I say “Thank you.”
Valesz and I turn to face the pit. I look to her and say “Are you ready?”
She gives me a kiss and then says “Now I am.”
I say “On three … one …. two …. three. “ We take off on a dead run and jump into the pit hand in hand we free fall for about a kilometer before I begin to maintain our descent.
Celer communicates “You scared the hell out of everyone with that little stunt. You enjoyed that didn't you”
I respond “You know I did, and so did you .”
He replies “Yes I have to admit I did.”
I link with Valesz, its so dark at this point I can't even see my own hand touching my nose. As I complete the link I can barely see the outline of the walls zipping past us. By now we are two km down even using Valesz keen vision I can hardly see anything.
I say “Get ready I'm going to draw the sword so we can see. I reach behind my head and grab for the swords hilt and I pull it from its sheath. The sword is extremely bright it takes a few seconds for our eyes to adjust. We are still descending rapidly the rock face constantly changing. I see something in the rock face then I see it again as we continue falling. I decide to slow our descent then there is another its an opening in the wall a tunnel leading back into the wall of the pit there are several of them as we continue descending.
By now we must be close to four km down then from the darkness we hear a clicking sound its faint but it is there we continue descending almost another km further. Then the clicking begins again but this time its much louder, echoing within the pit we can not tell exactly where its coming from.
I hear Valesz say, I think I know what that is , it sounds familiar. We continue going down by now we must be close to six km down. This time the clicking starts again this time it sounds like it is all around us.
Valesz says “ Paul Stop!!!” Then she starts with the clicking and purring, the sound of the ancient language. With my link with her I can understand what she is saying. She is saying that she is the keeper and that we are friends. Then the clicking stops for a second and she repeats it again. A single response of clicks can now be heard from the darkness it is demanding that we stay here .It sounds like a male the purrs are much deeper then Annie's were. In just a few seconds there are at least ten of them surrounding us. They are dragons , but not like any of the dragons on the surface these can fly they are about two to two and a half meters in body length with about a one meter tail, their wings are a full four meter wide. Their scales are shinny like the surface dragons but there is one here that is a dull gray. This one is actually harder to see he blends in quite well with the rock face. They are hovering all around us. Valesz tries to communicate with them but one interrupts saying “Be Silent.”
A few minutes later one comes up and says in the ancient language “Follow me we are taking you to the clan leaders.”
The dragon dives down, I pull Valesz tightly to me and say hang on we need to move fast to keep up.
As she takes a hold of me one of the other dragons says “Get going” and I begin descending faster and faster. We are traveling much faster then terminal velocity. (for a human that's about 200 kph or 124 mph) by now we must be about 30 km down. The pit opens up to a massive cavern the walls are lined with phosphorous there is plenty of light to see everything, I sheath the sword.
The cavern looks about 20 km across its so far across it could easily be as far as 30 km its not easy to judge this kind of distance even with a birds eye view. The ceiling is riddled with tunnels leading back into the rock. There is a huge city built down here, a lake with trees around it and we can see a few animals by the lake even a few birds flying around. The dragon is now hovering over the center of this massive underground city. Over a building that looks very similar to the council hall as we descend down in front of the building .
I communicate with Celer “Don't tell anyone what you see just let them know that we are doing okay.”
He responds “I will do that.” Celer says to the group “They are about 30 km down and doing good. That's all I can say for now.”
We land in front of the building the front has a door way but no doors the Dragon leads us into the building we follow him into the central room where there is the same symbol as the council chamber etched in stone in the floor. There are torches lining the walls of this chamber giving us the light we need to see.
When we reach the center of the room the dragon says “Stay here the clan leaders will be here in a few moments.”
Valesz says “He said that the clan...”
I interrupt “That the clan leader will be here in a few moments.”
She looks at me and says “How did you know? There is no way that you could have learned the language that quickly.”
I respond “Your translating it directly for me, but I still will not be able to speak it.”
Then the Clan leaders begin coming into the room sitting at the large bench forming a semicircle in front of us. Then the last one enters and sits in the center chair . There are thirteen dragons.
The dragon in the center stands and says “This meeting is now in session and slams a round stone on the table. Then he returns to his seat.
The lead dragon says “I am Xiuhcoatl the Clan leader, you claim that you are friends and keepers of our secret.”
I respond “Yes that is the truth.” but not being able to understand me and my language. Xiuhcoatl becomes irritated and slams the stone on the table again.
I turn to Valesz and say “Will you please translate this for me? Ask the clan leader if I may communicate with him directly. Since I can understand it through you I think that I can convey our intentions much more quickly and without doubt.”
Valesz says “Yes.” then turns to the clan leader and begins with the clicks and purrs.
In just a few seconds the clan leader responds “This goes against my better judgment but I can not ask another to do this until I have done it my self. But I will agree but be warned if any harm comes to me your death will be immediate.”
I communicate with Celer “I need to release our link now. We will be fine.” and I terminate the link with Celer.
Then I begin focusing on the clan leader, the link is made and he gasp slightly not expecting something so powerful.
He says “It's okay everyone, they are fine so far.”
Then I begin telling the clan leader that we were in fact the new keepers that my mate was the heir to their former keeper but being that I communicate like I can she was not able to hide it from me, so I swore to uphold the secret as well.”
Xiuhcoatl says “Your not even a dragon how can I trust you to hold your word.”
I reply “Search my feelings with this link you can know almost everything that I know , with one exception , another secret that I am bound to. I will show you everything since I have been with this dragoness who is my mate to this day save anything that would betray the other secret. This will only take a few seconds.”
I begin sending him all of my memories except the ones that involve the unicorn. He literally lives the last week in just a few seconds including when Nidhug tested my loyalty. After its all over Xiuhcoatl sits back in his seat and tries to make sense of everything that I just gave him after he ponders over every thing for about 5 minutes.
He says “Do you know about the sword that you wield ?”
I reply “I know of its last 10,000 years.”
Xiuhcoatl says “That sword is much much older that sword is closer to 100,000 years old. But I will tell you about it history later, for now I believe it is in good hands .
One of the members stands and says “You mean you intend to let him keep the Dragon sword after its been missing the last 50,000 years he's not even a dragon.”
Xiuhcoatl says “I would allow you to challenge him to a battle for it. In fact I think you should, I would like three volunteers to aid our clan leader in a non-fatal battle.”
Two of the guards and two of the clan leaders raise their claws. Xiuhcoatl points to the two guards and then one of the clan leaders.
He then turns to another clan leader and says “Go out and call for open chambers, I want this room full of dragons so that there is no doubt when its over.”
Xiuhcoatl then turns to me and says “I assume that you will not object to this battle.”
I reply “No, I don't object but I will make one request. That this stay a ground battle , I wouldn't want to make a mistake and severely injure a dragon.”
He responds “Then the four on one battle will be a no flight battle but I want you to fight the opposing council member in a full non-fatal battle.”
I respond “I agree. There is one more thing. I need a volunteer so I may learn your language, it will be very quick, but they may sleep for a couple of hours after. I have only done this with one other species but I believe that it is safe.” Xiuhcoatl I now call for another volunteer to teach this human to learn our language , but be warned after this he tells me that you will sleep for about two hours afterward.”
This pretty dragoness approaches from the group entering the chamber. She is light pink in color her eyes are a brilliant blue she stands just over two meters.
She stops just before entering the open circle. She says “I am Araniah. I will volunteer for this. I am curious about this creature after all he is almost my color he can't be all bad and if it will help the clan I will do it.”
Xiuhcoatl says “Very well Araniah you may approach him. She takes to flight she does a few flips and twist in the air landing ever so softly right in front of me with her wings spread wide she stands there looking deep into my eyes. I reach out and take her hand and gently kiss the back of her hand. She drops her head slightly and flutters her eyes at me. I link with her and tell her that this will only take a minute and will be totally harmless, although she may sleep after it was over.
She says “But I can understand you perfectly.”
I respond “That is because I'm speaking with my mind not verbally, I need to be able to talk to everyone at the same time and doing it like this would be very difficult there are to many to link with.”
She replies “Very well what do I need to do.”
“Just think back when you were just learning to speak try and focus on your lessons.”
She responds “I can do that.”
I say “Let's begin.”
she starts thinking of her early education. I quickly begin following her through her thought of learning the language. I begin absorbing the information like a sponge. After she has taught me everything about the language and I release the link she begins to collapse. I lean forward and catch her. I pick her up and carry her back towards the seats where two guards meet me and take her from me. One of them checks her to make sure that she is just sleeping after the guard is satisfied they carry her over to a seat and place her down gently.
I return to the center. Then I say to the clan leader “Which battle will be first ?”
Xiuhcoatl responds “You said that perfectly with only a slight accent. The four on one battle. The opposing clan member needs to learn a lesson and you are just the one to teach it to him.”
I respond “As you wish.”
Then I turn to Valesz and say “Would you please take a seat by Araniah, when she wakes up she will have questions I'm sure and you would be the best to answer them.”
Valesz responds in the old language “ Yes my love.” Valesz gives me a quick kiss then walks over and takes a seat.
Then Xiuhcoatl says “Everyone in the center than needs to be. The two guards walk to the center as do the the clan members.
Xiuhcoatl says “You are in the next battle.”
Then he turns to the other member that volunteered and says “You take his place in this battle.”
The clan member heads out to the center with everyone else. Two other guards enter the center and hand their swords over to the clan members and head back out of the center.
The opposing clan member says “I'm not going to have to battle him the two guard will easily defeat this puny creature.”
I turn to him and say “Want to bet on that ?”
The clan leader laughs and says “ I will. I'll bet a five kg steak that the human wins.”
I say “I will bet ten Dalox that I win” the clan member says I will take both bets. I don't think that you can win.”
I reply “What do you have that can match my ten Dalox ?”
He responds “If you win I will give up my seat on the clan leadership.”
Xiuhcoatl says “Take your time, I want to relish this battle.”
I reply “As you wish.”
I turn and walk to the very center standing on the Dragon head etched into the floor. I say to the guards and clan members. “Stand ready” everyone draws their swords ready for battle.
Xiuhcoatl says “This is a non-fatal battle there will be no fatal strikes made. And this battle is a flightless battle as well so keep you wings tight to your bodies. Now is everyone ready ?”
Everyone replies “Yes.”
The guards are the first to move in both of them swing their swords with skill and agility. I easily deflect each strike from the guards. Then the clansmen move in swinging their swords a little more clumsily. I am now swinging the dragon sword so fast that it is again appearing a solid band of light all the way around me. I'm still only deflecting their strikes. I let go of the sword and continue wielding it with only my mind while standing perfectly still in the center of the room. I begin swinging the sword in larger circles around me forcing my attackers to move back. Further and further back until I am the only one standing on the dragon head.
Then I say “It is my turn to attack I am going to destroy all of your swords at which point this battle will be over. I hold up my hand and the sword returns to my hand and in the blink of an eye I am standing in the middle with all of the blades in my hand while they still hold the hilt's.
Then I turn to the opposing clan member and say “Its time to give up your seat on the clan.”
He stands and walks over to one of the guards and takes the guards sword, then says “ that was set up it had to be there is no way you could have won in a true battle.”
I reply “My you are a stubborn one aren't you.”
Xiuhcoatl says “I will repeat, this is a non-fatal battle, this battle will be a full on battle with no fatal strikes.”
The opposing member says “I want you to use a regular blade, not the Dragon sword.”
I reply “I agree.”
I sheath the Dragon blade against my back another guard offers me his blade. I take it then tap the blade lightly on the stone ground the blade rings out with a slightly dull sound. I say may I temper this blade it will only take me a couple of minutes.
The opposing clan member says “As long as you don't use the dragon blade I don't care”
I release the sword and take hold of it with my mind then I begin focusing on the blade it begins to glow bright orange then almost a white I begin folding the steel over and over then I focus on cooling the blade until there is a frost building on it then I reheat the blade again and begin folding the steel over and over and cool the blade again then reheat it again folding the steel over and over then before I cool the blade I work the edges to a very fine edge. Then I cool the blade one last time. Then I gently tap the ground again and the sword rings out with a sharp pitch.
I say “I'm ready. I'm going to cut your sword centimeter by centimeter. Then when you only have a hilt left, I will engage you in weaponless battle.”
He replies “Sounds good to me.”
we both stand on the dragon emblem on the floor with swords ready for battle.
Xiuhcoatl says “ Begin “
He takes a swing with his sword and I wield the new blade effortlessly I slice the tip off of his blade about four cm hits the ground. He takes to flight launching high in the chamber then he dives at me as he takes another swing I clip another piece off of his blade it lands right next to the tip of his blade. Then I take to flight on the opposite side of the room. We head straight for each other meeting in the center where he takes another swing I slice his blade in the middle and a large piece drops to the floor landing less than a meter from the first two pieces. He makes another pass and this time he lunges for my chest I slice his sword at the hilt. He throws the hilt to the ground. I toss my sword to the ground in front of the guard that I got it from the sword is embedded in the stone on the ground. He makes a pass and I dodge his attack. He comes at me again, I dodge then spin myself behind him I grab him around the neck and flip him to the ground landing on his back in the center of the room. As he gets up he grabs the tip of his blade and throws it at me I pull the dragon blade and smack the tip of the blade back at him it lodges firmly in his right wing. I sheath the dragon sword and land next to him. He is howling in pain.
I say “Hold still I can help.”
He then grabs my shoulder with his claw and throws me across the room after I stop I glance at my shoulder he planted his claws quite deep. I stand up and heal my wounds. Then I walk back to him and pin him to the floor with my mind.
Then I say. “I told you to hold still now you have no choice.” Then I spread his injured wing so that I can get to the blade tip. I reach down and pull it from his wing he screams in pain as the blade exits his flesh. Then I place my hand over the wound and begin focusing he finally stops wailing while I finish healing his wound. I lift my hand away from the wound and not even a scar remains.
Then he says “Thank you. I didn't think that you were the one but you have proven to me that you are the one that prophecies mention.”
I say “Damn it, how many prophecies are there about me ?”
Xiuhcoatl says “What prophecies have you heard ?”
I reply “That10,000 years ago a prophet said 'A pale skin warrior would come from the stars and free the dragon from a tyranny from the stars, and that he would find a species that was long thought to be extinct.”
Xiuhcoatl says “Then we are talking about the same prophecy but it is much older than 10,000 years that probably came from one of our previous keepers. And after 50,000 years it seems it is time that we rejoin our cousins above. But before I commit to that I would like to know more about this enemy from the stars. I think its time that we eat first though.”
Xiuhcoatl turns to the clan leaders and says “We are going to meet by the lake for dinner. Have Steaks brought there.”
I say can “Araniah join us she deserves something a little special she was a big help in me being able to communicate with you.”
Xiuhcoatl says “Of course she can come after all she is my daughter. It pleases me that you care for some one you just met. You had no idea she was my daughter, and I already know what kind of loyalty you posses. But we can talk more about that during dinner then tomorrow the clan leaders will meet and discuss us rejoining the surface.”
Valesz walks up to us with Araniah next to her.
I ask “Did you have a good nap ?”
Araniah replies “Yes, quite a peaceful nap.”
I say “I would like to thank you for letting me learn your language from you.”
She responds “Your welcome, although your way of learning is much more efficient than the way I had to learn it.”
“I know that you missed the battles if you would like later I would be willing to show you what you missed while you were sleeping.”
She replies as long as no one was seriously injured.”
I say “There was an injury at the very end but I healed his wound.”
Xiuhcoatl “We need to go or they will get the steaks there before we do.” then he takes to flight and I take to flight with Valesz right next to me.
I bring us up along side Xiuhcoatl he says “Do you know where we are going.”
I reply “kind of we are going to the lake.”
He responds “Yes, I would like to see just how fast you can fly want to race ?”
I respond “Sure.”
He says “On three, one … two … three.”
He takes a good lead but Valesz takes a hold of me and we take off I pass him. Then he thrust his wings real hard and he quickly catches up. He says “Oh come one you can do better than this.”
I say to Valesz “Hang on hon we are going to go now.” She tightens her grip and I begin increasing speed faster and faster before I know it I'm flying over the lake and can't stop fast enough to make the edge so I do a loop and land us back on the ground by a clump of trees. It don't take Xiuhcoatl very long to catch up to us and land beside us.
He says “I have never seen anyone fly that fast before. You had to be going around 450 kph.”
Then Araniah lands next to Xiuhcoatl. She says “That was quite impressive you finished that with a perfect loop and to top it off you were carrying someone doing it, I can just imagine what you could do if you were flying solo. But I have to ask you one question neither of you have wings how do you fly ?”
I reply “It's kind of like the way that I talked to you before you taught me your language. Though I still have some problems with the pronunciation since my tongue is not near as long as your its hard to make the same sounds.”
Xiuhcoatl points over to some tables and motions for us to go sit down. We all walk over to the tables and take a seat Araniah sits across from me and Valesz sits next to me. I look at Araniah and ask “Well its apparent that your good at aerial tricks what else can you do ?”
she replies “I can breath a little fire. Not like some of the older dragons but I'm working on it.”
I say can I see what you can do ?”
She says “Sure.” She turns towards the lake takes a deep breath and opens her mouth and lets out a flame almost a meter long.”
I say “Very good.”
She responds “You're just saying that to be nice.”
I say “No I'm not. I have never seen a dragon breath fire before and it looked quite impressive to me. In fact when the steaks get here I would like you to do me a favor with your fire.”
She responds “What do you want me to do ?”
I would like for you to cook my steak. You see I can't eat steak unless it is cooked. My stomach has a hard time with Raw meat.”
She says you sure are a different kind of species.”
Xiuhcoatl says “About the prophecies, shortly after we were forced down here by the Mantis. 50,000 years ago there was a prophet that said close to what you did earlier but there is part that you are missing, or rather it is different, that extinct species is us and our version says that when this pale warrior from the stars comes that we would rejoin the surface dragons in a great battle to regain our freedom.
We gave up on technologies we were flying in space when we met the mantis on our first expeditions into space. Our ships were not that fast we had just made the first light speed engines then it took about two years to fly to the mantis world. Any how what happened was we sent twenty ships to try and start some kind of trading with them but when our ships returned home they were being flown by the mantis they used our own technology against us they enslaved the ground dragons and they were slaughtering the sky dragons so we got as many down her as we could.”
I ask “What about when the ground dragons tried to come down here, what happened to them ?”
He responds “It was regrettable but we couldn't take the chance that they weren't still under the control of the mantis. They and their ships were destroyed before they got close. But when our guards seen you and you claimed to be friends, that's when we decided to take a chance that the prophecies might be coming true. Had we decided otherwise you would have been destroyed as well. But with the way things look now we will be rejoining the surface and joining you in your quest to destroy the mantis threat for good.”
I say if you will excuse me for just a second I need to let some friends know that we are doing good and will be back to the surface in a little while.”
Xiuhcoatl says “You may contact your friends but please don't mention us to them just yet.” I reply “ I just want them to know that we are doing ok.” I begin reaching out with my mind looking for Celer it don't take me long to find him.
I say “Celer we are okay, we are getting something to eat then we will be returning to the surface . We should be back up before night fall.”
Celer responds “I was starting to get worried about you I'm glad that you are doing good.”
I say tell every one that we are on the bottom and that we will be returning soon. For now I need to release the link again.”
Celer responds “I will be waiting to hear from you again soon.”
Just then I see several dragons, flying down carrying the steaks that Xiuhcoatl had called for , the dragons begin setting plates in front of everyone. Then as quickly as they landed they were gone. Araniah say “Okay now you want me to cook your steak , how do you want me to do it ?”
I reply “I will hold the steak in the air while you create your flame that will give me some control of how much its cooked.”
Valesz says “Mine too please “ Xiuhcoatl says “But your a dragon, you don't eat your steak raw ?”
Valesz responds “Well I use to eat it raw until I met Paul. After all this is settled I will have to make you one of Paul's special steaks, since we don't have any seasonings here I will Eat mine plain.”
I say “Valesz you don't have to eat yours cooked just because I do.” Valesz replies “ I am eating mine that way because I prefer it. Now do you want to argue about it ?”
I respond “No my love. You can eat your steak any way you like.”
Then I turn to Araniah and say “Are you ready to make your fire ?”
She responds “Any time you are.”
I concentrate on the steaks and lift them both into the air holding my steak about one meter in front of Araniah. She takes a deep breath then opens her mouth and shoots a flame just as the flame hits the steak I quickly turn it then pull the steak from the flame. Araniah closes her mouth and breaths normally I place my steak back on my plate.
Valesz grabs my steak and takes a bite and says “Perfectly delicious.”
Araniah says “I'm ready to do it again.”
I position the steak about a meter in front of her again. She takes another deep breath and shoots another flame and just like the first steak as the flame reaches the steak I turn it in the flame and quickly remove it from the flame.
Everyone is watching Valesz as she eats her steak and see's just how much she is enjoying it, they all start asking if they can have their steaks cooked too..
I look towards Araniah and ask “Would you mind cooking everyone's steaks ?”
She replies “No, I don't mind it's more practice for me.”
I reply “Thank you , we are going to do this a little differently though I will hold the steaks in a circular pattern I would like for you to shoot your flame across them in order then I will turn them all then you shoot a second flame hitting them a second time on the raw side.”
She replies “I can do that , but put my steak with everyone's I want to try it too.”
I say “I will.”
I begin focusing again lifting all the steaks into the air making a half circle around Araniah. She takes a real deep breath and opens her mouth and flames the steaks perfectly just letting the flames slightly sear the steaks then I turn all of the steaks and she flames them again, she performs perfectly. I place each steak on a plate in front of each dragon. Araniah returns to sit next to me. I watch as all of the dragons take their first bite , it was kind of eerie hearing all of these dragon making the “mm” sound in unison. Then all of them look at me their eyes gleaming.
Xiuhcoatl says “Where on Vivus did you learn how to do this ?”
I reply “My species have been cooking meat for thousands of years.”
Valesz says “If you like this wait until he can put seasonings on it, that steak is to die for.”
Xiuhcoatl says “ Just as soon as we are done with this meal we are going to hold a meeting right here. This is just one thing that we have been missing and we need to discuss returning to the surface to rejoin our cousins above.”
Every dragon of the clan leadership makes a single click. Then everyone returns to eating their steak. I watch as a couple of them toss the entire steak in their mouth and chew swallowing almost immediately.
I say “I guess you really enjoyed your steaks.”
They immediately respond “Yes.” Valesz and I return to enjoying our steaks. in just a few minutes everyone else was done eating I still have a few bites left, and continue eating my steak.
One of the dragons says “It's no wonder your species is so small you eat so slowly.” then he laughs and everyone joins him in laughter. I pop my last bite in my mouth then I laugh myself .
I say “I may be small in comparison to dragons but big things come in small packages.” What no one had noticed while I was eating Araniah had been rubbing my cock and I was now fully erect. I stood up and said “ I may be small but I have a big package.”
Valesz begins laughing so hard she falls back out of her seat.
As she gets back up she says “He's got you there” still laughing while all of the dragons try to pick up their jaws including Araniah hadn't realized that the toy she was playing with was that big.
Xiuhcoatl says “Araniah did you do that ?”
She bows her head slightly and says “Yes father, I did , I just couldn't help it since his cock stayed out all the time I was curious how much was still inside of him, unlike with dragons all the males keep theirs hidden in their sheath and I also liked his smooth soft skin.”
Xiuhcoatl ask “Have you decided to make him your first as well ?”
She replies “I was thinking about it but he looks awful big I don't know if I could handle that much, but I think I would like to try.”
Xiuhcoatl looks at me and says “If she finally decides that she would like you to be her first, I want your word that you will take good care of her and be gentile. I realize that this is not your first time with a dragons first time. ”
I reply “Of course I will provided she chooses me as her first but it has to be her decision, it is enough for me to know that she knows I would be willing.”
Then Araniah says “You have been a first for another female dragon ?”
I respond “Yes, in fact just his morning.”
Araniah says “If a surface dragon can handle you so can I. I want you to be my first.”
I reply “I will be your first, but we will have to wait until tomorrow, I have made a promise to my mates, and I can't break that promise.”
Araniah says “I was hoping for tonight but I understand that you have made a promise.”
Xiuhcoatl says “Now that is settled we will continue with the clan meeting.” and slams his fist on the table everyone goes silent. Araniah gets up and quickly clears all of the plates from the table and stacks them on the ground behind where she was sitting then returns to her seat.
Xiuhcoatl says “Everyone here believes that Paul is the one spoken of in the prophecies correct ?” each dragon makes a single click. (saying yes)
Xiuhcoatl then says “Who is in favor of returning to the surface and rejoining the surface ?”
One of the dragons says “What if only our guard dragons return first to keep the clan's safe.”
Xiuhcoatl says “That's not an unreasonable request. Very well everyone in agreement to the guard dragons returning to the surface first say yes.”
Each and every dragon replies “Yes”
Xiuhcoatl says “Each clan leader is responsible for sending their guard's to the pit we will go to the surface in one hour. I also expect the clan leaders to go as well. After all we will be meeting with the surface dragons and we need to be the ones that do the introductions.”
The dragons all get up and fly in different directions I watch as one flies into one of the corridors in the ceiling.
Xiuhcoatl says “There is something that you need to know Paul this cavern is not the only one there are several others some of those corridors that you see in the ceiling go to other caverns.”
I ask “The size of this cavern I would guess there are about 5000 dragons that live in this one. How many dragons are there down here ?”
Xiuhcoatl replies “You are very close. This is my clan and there are about 5500 in this cavern there are close to 70,000 dragons that live in caverns like this one , some bigger and a few smaller.”
I ask “When you go out to get Dalox who went the last time ?”
“We send 10 at a time to do that 2 guards remain by the pit while the 10 hunters go get the Dalox.. why do you ask?”
Last night there was an incident and I was wondering if I could meet the ones that went out on hunt?”
Xiuhcoatl says “Yes you can , Araniah will you go get last nights hunters and bring them here ?” she doesn't hesitate she stands up and takes flight in a flash she is out of site.
Valesz says “That water sure looks refreshing.” Xiuhcoatl says “If you like you may go swimming but please don't relieve yourselves in the water after all that is our drinking water.”
Both Valesz and I stand up Valesz looks at Xiuhcoatl and says “Are you going to come with us?” Xiuhcoatl replies “ I was going to wait here for the hunters.” Valesz says they can see the lake from here they will be able to see us.”
Xiuhcoatl says “Your right I will join you it has been a while since I have been for a swim .”
Xiuhcoatl stands and we walk towards the lake.
I say “If you will excuse me for just a minute I need to relieve myself I wouldn't want to contaminate the water.”
I walk over to a small pile of rocks and tend to business then I turn and continue towards the water, they are already in the water swimming towards the middle I dive into the water easily swimming past them.
Xiuhcoatl says “Can you swim as good as you can fly ?”
I respond “Why want to race again ?”
Xiuhcoatl replies “I don't think that it would be a fair race , my wings and tail work better under water.”
I reply “Well how about to the other side.”
Xiuhcoatl says “ok on three … one .. two .. three...”
We both dive into the water and I stay behind Xiuhcoatl for a little while watching his body sway from side to side while his wings glide up and down he swims with such grace it's quite something to watch almost like watching dolphins playing in the water back on earth. I decide its time to catch up to him I begin to pass under him then roll so I'm swimming inverted I let our bodies graze gently as I pass him. Then I roll back over and begin swimming as fast as I can to the other side. I launch out of the water landing on the soft earth standing just a few feet away from the water. I turn to see him swimming up to the shore. Xiuhcoatl crawls up to the shore and stands up slightly out of breath.
He says “Very impressive, but I think I'm going to take my time going back.”
I hear Valesz yelling from across the lake “The hunters are here.”
I say to Xiuhcoatl “I have a much quicker way back and it will be effortless for you.”
He replies “There is no way that you can carry me.”
I reply “I never said I was going to carry you.”
I link with Valesz and say “Keep everyone away from the shore, I'm going to teleport us back.”
Valesz replies “I will get everyone away from the shore.”
Then I look at Xiuhcoatl and say “Are you ready for the ride of your life ?”
he says “What do you ….”
I take hold of him and in an instant we are stand back on the shore next to Valesz …. he continues .. “mean ? … how did you do that ?”
I reply “It is just another of my powers.” Xiuhcoatl says “You sure are full of surprises. Now what did you have to say to the hunters ?”
The hunters begin encircling us. I say “witch one of you attacked another creature last night and knocked it into the trees ?”
One of the hunters steps forward and says “That was me, quite an impressive attack the fool never seen it coming. He was dead before he hit the ground.”
I reply “Are you so sure ? That fool was me.”
The hunter responds “But you don't even have a mark on you. How could it be you ?”
I reply “If you will allow me to link with you I will show you it was me.” he responds I don't think I like the sound of that.”
Xiuhcoatl says “If my daughter Araniah can do it, I think you can too.”
The hunter looks at me and says “You linked with Araniah ?”
I respond “Yes that's how I learned your language.”
He responds “I will agree.” I begin the link with the hunter. I begin when we were gathered around the fire hearing the unusual sounds all the way through falling through the trees.”
When I break the link he staggers slightly and quickly regains his balance. Then he says “It really was you.”
I say “Now that you have seen it from my point of view I would like to see it from yours.”
He replies “Is there any thing I need to do?”
I say “Just think about when you attacked me including your plan of attack before you began the attack.” we begin he spotted me just as soon as I got above the trees he decided to follow me for a while. While I was following the others he climbed higher and higher into the sky. Keeping a constant eye on me. Then when he thought I was to close to the others he goes into a dive and slams me down into the trees then continues on to follow the others.
I break the link and say “Thank you. That is what I wanted.”
He ask “Why did you want to see it from my point of view?”
I reply “I needed to see it from your point of view so that perhaps I can learn from my mistakes. I now know that I need to keep a closer eye on my back.”
The hunter replies “Your welcome if your done with me I need to go get ready for tonight's hunt.”
End Ch 25