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Asarean- Oath of the Riders

Asarean- Oath of the Riders

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Elvesappearedinfrontofeachoftheeightnewlybondedbeingsandtheirdragons.Theymotionedfortheyoungriderstofollowandwalkedtowardstheexitofthering.AriandRykashwalkedsidebysidefallinginstepnexttothewomanAridespised.Sheglancedoveratthewomanbetweenthepiecesofbangsthatfellinfrontofherface.Asquicklyasshelookedoversheglancedaway."She'spretty...sowhat?"ArithoughttoRyKash.Thedragon'sglassorangeeyesrolledandmadeagrowlingsoundinsidehischest.HisspikedtailflickedannoyinglyatAri'ssentence.FeelinghisannoyanceArishruggedtheslightestbit.Sheplacedherhandonhisheadtodistractherthoughtsaswarmththatcameoffhim.Eachriderhadanelf.MostofthemweresplitapartandmusttoAri
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dismaygirlfromtheNorthandherwerepairedtogether.Arichewedherbottomlip,butrefusedtolookatthegirl.Shedidn'twantanythingtodowithher.Shehadnomotherbecauseofthatgirl'sfather.InsteadshepaidattentiontowheretheelvesweretakingthemandthesoundofRyKash'sclawsagainstthestone.Pictureswerepaintedonthewallsthattoldthehistoryofthedragons.Rykashpurrednexttoherhappyshewasinterestedintheirhistory.Whentheelvesstoppedtwogiantdoorsstoodacrossfromeachother.Theelvesmotionedforthemtostopandtheywalkedoffwithoutaword."Whydon'ttheytalk?"Ariaskedthoughtfully."Theblackkingcutofftheirtongues."Rykashrespondedgrowlinginhermind.Shelookeddownathimhereyeswide."Ifyouopenedyourmindinsteadofblockingeverythingexceptformeyou'drealizetheydidtalkthroughyourmind."Arididn'tsayanythingbecauseshestillfeltshockedtheblackkingactuallycutofftheelvestongues.RealizingRykashandherwerestandingoutsidetheirquartersandsowasthewomanfromtheNorth.Shefeltherbodybecometenseasthewomanwasturnedtoather.Herheadturnedtomeettheicebluegazeofthewoman..----- ----- -----Together,herandMyakin,walkedwiththeothergirlwiththeelf.Hewaspurringhappilybesideherastheymadewaytotheirchambers.TheElfwasmumblingawayaboutthehistory,wheretheyweregoing,howtogettocertainplaces,andwhattimemealswereserved.Sheheardbitsandpiecesbutmainlykeptherattentiontothepiecesofartthatadoredthewalls.Syraiadoredart,butkeptthatformallytoherselfbecauseherfatherhatedanyideaofbeingdifferent;ifyoudidn'tdoashefeltright,aseverepunishmentwasserved.Onenightherbrothercaughtherdoodlingawayinabookwhereshedesignedabowtoherliking.ItwasabrilliantsketchthatencasedthebowinanElvinwood,withasliverofastringthatcouldthrowthearrowformiles.Shedreamedofcreatingherownweaponsforsometimeuntilherbrotherfoundthesketch.Hetookit,showedittohisfather,andwellthat'showthescarabouthereyecame.Heshowedherwhatarealmarksmanwouldbeabletodoandevenatruefighter.However,that'sthedaysheknewshehadtobecomestrongerandfaster.Nowherfatherorbrothercouldtouchher,buttheysureknewhowtogetridofher.Myakinnudgedhergentlyastheelfwalkedaway,catchingherattention."You'reinabetterhomenowSyrai;Newfriendsandfamily."Hewhisperedtoherwithagentlevoice.Asmilecrossedherlipsassheturnedtothegirlinwhichshewouldbesharingachamberwith.Shehadn'treallyrealizedwhoshehadbeenwalkingwithuntilthen.Hereyesmetwiththegirl
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andasmirkplayedonherlips."Playnice,"hegrowledather,whichmadeherstiflealaugh.Listeningtoherlittlemonster,sheheldoutherhand."Hi.Name'sSyrai,andyouare?"Shepolitelystated,stillholdingoutherhand.
 
----- ----- -----Sheglancedatthehand.ThenuptoSyrai'sface.Thenbackatthehand.Herfeelingstornbetweenanger,hate,curiousness,andevenabitakindnessthatwasnaturalinherheart."Icouldbitethehand?"Rykashgrowledbesideshersuggestingsomethingamusing.Hesnappedattheairwithhisteeth.AsmallsmiletuggedatthesideofAri'slips.TheMasterofArmsinherkingdomhadtaughthermorethanjustphysicalweapons.Hehadtaughtherwhenshedislikedsomething,tokillthemwithkindness,whichshedidtillshebecametiredofpeoplewalkingonher.Roughlyshetookthegirl'shandandhelditforonlyamoment."Ari."Shemutteredquietlytoanswerthegirl'squestiononhername.Therewasnodoubtinhermind,Syraiknewallaboutherandherfather.Shedroppedthegirl'shandandpushedpasthertothegiantdoubledoors.Thereshestoppedshort.Theirchamberswerethesizeofherfather'sgreathallandbigger.Itwasopenandcavelike.Awaterfallfellfromtheopeningintheceilingbigenoughtowhenthedragonswereoldenoughtheycouldflyoutandineasily.Agiantpoollayinthebackofthecaveandtotherightwasanotherentrancetotheoutside.AsingletableandfirepitinthecenterofthecavernandofftothesidesweretwoseparateclosedoffplaceswhereSyraiandAricouldsleep.Rykashboundedforwardexcitedlytothepoolwiththewaterfall.AbitmoreslowlyArienteredthechambers.Thesmellofearth,water,andplantssoothedher.TherewasabigsplashasRykashwentintothewater.SteamrosefromhisbodyashisheadappearedabovethewaveshecreatedmakingArigigglesoftly.----- ----- -----Theyturnedasthegirlpushedpastthem.Immediatelyhereyeswenttotheceilingoftheircavernousloft.Hermouthdroppedtothefloor.Beinginthedesertforsolong,thiswasprettyamazing.Thewaytheearthwasshapedintotheirowndomain.Beautifulcouldonlyexplainwhatshewaslookingat.Totheleft,shefoundherownlittleroom.Itwascarvedintothecavernjustlikeherroommatesandthedragonswerefreetoroamintheroom.Syraistoodinthedoorwayforwhatseemedlikehours,hermouthjustgapingattheplaceshewouldnowcallhome."Stopdrooling..."Myakinmumbledashenudgedthebackofherlegs.Shemovedforwardathispush,stumbling,andcarelesslybumpingintothegirl."Sorry..."shemumbled,glaringbackatherlittlemonster.Agoofygrinappearedwherehisteethshowedtheslightestbit.Syraicaughtherbalanceandmovedswiftlyaroundthegirl.Itwasratheruncomfortabletobeinthesameroomwiththegirlherfatherwantedhertokill.Myakintookoffforthepoolliketheother,histailflickingbackandforthuntilhelandedintothewaterfallspool.Herthoughtswerewild.Theywerelikemortalenemies,yetlikelonglostfriends."WhydoIhavetobethedaughterofsomebelligerentKinganddeadQueen..."shethoughttoherself.Silently,shemovedtowardsthewallthatheldherroom.Outsideoftheroom,vinesgrewincarelesswaves.Thescentofhoneysuckleemergedfromthevines,makingherheadlifttogainahugewhiffofthesmell.Thethinslendernessofherfingerliftedaroundoneoftheflowers.Softly,shepulledoutthesucklefromthevinesandtwirleditbetweentwofingers.Itmadehercalmdown,enoughtogetherthoughtstogether.Sheturnedtowardsthegirloncemore.Hereyeslookedherovercarefully.Itwasanawkwardfeelingtobeinthesameroomwhereeveryonewantedeachotherdead.
 
----- ----- -----Aristumbledforwardfromthegirl'simpactintobumpingintoher.InthewaterRykashhissedawarning.Toherownsurprisesheheardherselfmutter,"Itsokay,"whenSyraiapologized.RykashjumpedoutofthewaterstillhissinginwarningthatifSyraitouchedAriagainhe'ddomorethanhiss.Aribenttoherkneesinfrontofherdragontakinghisheadinherhands.Shelookedhimintheeyeandrubbedhisnosegentlytocalmhim.Already,sincehe'dhatch,heseemedslightlybigger.OutofthecornerofhereyeshewatchedSyraigotoherroom.SighingwithfrustrationatthefactshewassharingaroomwithherworstenemyshestoodandwalkedovertoherownsectionofaroomwithRykashfollowingatherheels.Herroomwaslovely.Whiteiceflowers,thatshethoughtonlygrewinRenarea,coveredthewallsinthinvines.Herhandreachedupandgentlyranalonetheedgeofoneoftheflowers.Theflowersmadeherthinkofherfatherandherpeople.Herheartachedasshenoticedtheweddingpictureofherfatherandmotherwassittingonarocknexttothebundleoffursshe'dsleepon."You'refatherisproudofyouandyourmotherisbeautiful."Rykashboundedoverthefursandlaiddownonoverhalfofthem."Mymotherwouldbeheretodayifitwasnotforthatgirl'sfather.Myfatherthough,careslittle."Arithoughtbackbitterly."ItisnotSyarifaultyourmother'sdead,"thedragonaskedhearingsomethinginthegirl
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tone."It's-""Herfather'sfault,nothers."Heansweredforher.Arisetdownthephotoofherparentsandwalkedovertoherdragon,alsofloppingdowninthefurs.HermindchewedoverRykash'swordswhilesheleanedbackagainsthim.Sherealizedhewasright,butitwashardforhertoadmitit.Arattlingsoundcamefromhimandsherealizedhewaslaughingather.Shegrinnedandpokedhisstomachmakinghimdoasmallroar,liftinghiswrings,andstretchingouthisneckwhenhedid.Aricouldn'thelpbutlaughathim."Loveyou,Rykash..."Shemutteredtohimlyingdownclosertohisheatedscalybody.Awingstretchedoutoverpartofherbutnotyetbigenoughtocoverher."Loveyoutoo,littleone"LayingthereAriliftedherheadglancingatherparent'sphotoonelasttimethenoveracrossthecavernwhereSyariwas."GoodnightSyari!"Sheyelled.MaybeshecouldkillSyariwithkindnessandmaybeshecouldkillthebitterfeelingshehadwiththewoman.Rykash'swordshadimpactonher.Itwasn'tSyari'sfaulthermotherwasdead,itwasherfather's.Pullingafurblanketoverhershouldersheclosedhergrayeyesforsleep;contentwithRykashtheretoprotecther.----- ------ ------Hereyesfollowedthegirlassheenteredherownlittleroom.Sheturnedbacktowardsherownandenteredintothedoorwaywhereshestoppedtomeetthefaceofherparentsinaphotonexttoherbedpilings.Angerfilledher,causinghersnatchtheframefromtherockandthrowitoutoftheroom.ShecouldhearMyakingrowlatthenowsmashedpictureframenexttothewaterfall'spool.Hisclawsclickedacrossthesolidgroundashemadewaytowardsthepicture."Justremember,newfamilyandnewfriends,Syrai."hewhisperedasheturnedtowardshisgirl'sroom.Hisnailsclickedagainstthefloorsomemoreashestoppedinherdoorway.Hefoundhersittingonherpilingsoffurwithherfaceinherpalms.“Theyhaveturnedeveryoneagainstyou,notyou.Turnthisaroundforyouandagainstthem."Hisvoicewascalmandsoothing,shortlyafterhemet

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