Adventures of Elsa Jade ~ Chapter 3 ~ Fáfnir

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As I stood beside Fire and Ice, gazing out over the new land we had discovered, I saw something moving beneath the largest group of trees. I jumped on her back, and we glided silently down to the adjoining clearing. As I watched, a young horse stepped out from the shadows. It was black and sleek, and seemed more curious than afraid. He trotted a few steps forward, then snorted playfully and charged us. Fire and Ice was startled and snapped at the horse. “No, Fire – “ It would be too late to stop her. But as her jaws closed on where the horse should have been, a black Night Fury with glowing markings raced past us overhead, and Fire and Ice bit air.

My mind was racing. A Night Fury? No one had ever gotten this close to a Night Fury and lived, as far as I knew. But it couldn’t have been the Night Fury we’d seen attacking Berk, because that one hadn’t been glowing. And this dragon had shape shifted into a horse… and hadn’t seemed overly afraid or threatening. Clearly it wasn’t used to strangers, either hunting or being hunted. I told Fire and Ice to stay there. Grabbing my shield just in case, I followed the Night Fury on foot. This had to be investigated.

I followed the strange dragon into another stand of trees, where I found him playfully chasing squirrels. I stopped and watched, amazed. I had never seen a dragon playing before, except when I played with Fire and Ice. This was a wild predator, almost playing tag with squirrels. He was lithe and graceful, and his blue and green markings glowed whenever he ran through a dark shadow. Suddenly, he noticed me watching him and stopped, turning toward me. He looked me over, sniffing the air and clearly trying to decide if I was trustworthy or not. I wasn’t sure how to tell him I meant no harm, so I just stood there. The Night Fury cocked his head and gazed into my eyes. Suddenly he darted straight at me. My dragon-hunter reflexes took over and I dove to the side, rolling and coming up with a dagger in one hand and shield in the other. The dragon made another lunge at me, and I jumped straight up, twisting in the air and landing on his back. He froze for an instant, apparently startled, and gave a twisting jump of his own. I managed to push off him and land clear of his flailing wings and tail – right on top of a small rock that twisted my ankle. I went down on one knee and barely had time to grab my dagger before he was on me again. I jabbed at his leg. He shrieked and bit me, then suddenly retreated.

Why had he retreated instead of finishing me off? He stood off to the side; head drooped between his limp wings. He gave a soft, nonthreatening growl and looked at me with big, sad eyes. Then I understood. He hadn’t been attacking me; he’d been playing. And I had hurt him. I limped toward him, murmuring gently. “I’m sorry, buddy. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I was afraid and didn’t know you were trying to play. It’s okay.” He pushed his head out toward me, and I stroked his nose. I worked my way down to his injured leg. Good; it wasn’t a very deep wound. I pulled a strip of fabric out of my pouch and wrapped it gently around the dragon’s leg. “You’ll be okay.”

He still seemed sad, and nudged my leg gently. “It’s all right; you didn’t bite me very hard. I should me fine too.” But even as I talked to him, I felt the pain growing worse. My vision blurred, and the ground seemed to be rolling like ocean waves. I swayed and fell against the dragon’s side. My last waking thought: the dragon’s bite must have been poison.

It was dark when I woke up. My leg felt cold and numb. I could vaguely see the two dragons near me. The Night Fury nudged my shoulder and I struggled to sit up. Fire and Ice held my leg gently in her jaws, using her chilling breath to keep my leg cold enough so the poison wouldn’t spread through my body. My thoughts were a little clearer now. Apparently the Night Fury’s teeth had ejected poison when he bit me. I had heard of dragons with poison, although never a Night Fury. But in my days as a dragon hunter, I had learned everything I could from the experts. Apparently most dragon poisons had a similar chemical base, which could be counteracted with a rare serum I always carried. I rummaged through my bag, found the bottle, and took a couple gulps. If I was still alive in a few hours, it would mean the antidote had worked.

The Night Fury spent those hours next to me, growling softly and nudging my shoulder apologetically. I petted him and assured him it was okay. I could feel the pain in my leg lessening, and I knew I would live. Sometime in the early dawn, he nuzzled me, got up, and shape shifted back into a horse; this time a dappled gray colt. He whinnied and galloped off to the hilly meadow.

I was reminded of a different gray horse, in a smaller, rockier meadow, long ago. Fáfnir, the horse that my brother and I had spent countless hours riding bareback, in a happier time before either of us was old enough to join the dragon war. Before my brother had been carried off by the dragons, and I had become a dragon hunter to avenge his death.

No matter what those dragons had done, I knew this Night Fury would never intentionally harm me. He was my friend, like Fire and Ice, like that gray horse from long ago. Fáfnir. It was a good name for a Night Fury.

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The Adventures of Elsa Jade!

 

My name is Elsa Jade (otherwise known as SefarWarrior). The Adventures of Elsa Jade tells the stories of how I became a dragon tamer and met these dragons...

Chapter 1          Chapter 2          Chapter 3          Chapter 4 (part 1)          Chapter 4 (part 2)

Chapter 5          Chapter 6          Chapter 7          Chapter 8                        Chapter 9

Chapter 10        Chapter 11       Chapter 12        Chapter 13

The first dragon I tamed was a female Chilling Horror...

 (all 3 pics by goldenfury360 (aka Hyrith))

 

She chose me as her rider, and that's when I became a dragon trainer.

 

This is Fáfnir (adopted from nevealpar). He is young, energetic, and loves playing with furry animals. He has poison in his teeth and can shape shift into any horse. I met him on a secret island I discovered, and we became friends for life... after I almost died...

(above drawing by DuskDaybreak)

 

Meet Enigma and his little sister Stellar! Enigma is a highly intelligent dragon who loves music and solving riddles. Although he isn't normally very social, he loves Stellar and would do anything to protect her. Stellar is a feisty, lovable dragon who enjoys showing off her glowing spikes, drawing pictures, and dressing up (her tail isn't actually injured; the prosthetic is her Toothless costume) :)

                          Stellar by Autumn5467                                                      Enigma     by Reiraku

Fire and Ice as a Frost Fury, by StellaMontague

Ingo, my Paranoid Sandskitter from NightmareRebuff

Peacock, my Windsong from goldenfury360 (aka Hyrith)

 

Luminara, adopted from no6nialovec12345
 

The next addition to my dragon friends was Faramir. I was helping Stellar practice her night flying, when we were attacked by a wild Boneknapper and had to crash land in the forest. Stellar was uninjured, but we could hear the dragon looking for us. We knew it would find us soon unless we found a place to hide. That was when Stellar seemed to sense something else in the forest. She gave a low purring growl - a plea for help, I thought - and gradually, through the dark mist of the forest, I saw another Night Fury approaching. He was dark green, and the dark green mist he created around himself was perfect camouflage. He led us to his secret lair, a forest cave hidden behind a waterfall, where we stayed hidden until it was safe. He and Stellar became such good friends that when it was time to leave, Stellar refused to go unless her new friend came with us. He and I were both happy to agree, and the three of us flew back home. I named him Faramir because of his hidden cave (which is now our secret hideout), and also because he was so brave and selfless.

 by SoulStereo

Faramir & Stellar by DuskDaybreak

 

This is Nod, the Woodland Sprite I adopted from DuskDaybreak. He lives in Faramir's forest cave, where he can stay close to his natural habitat while I train him. He is lively, imaginative, and has a great sense of humor. Although he sometimes tends to be a little sarcastic, he usually is trying to be funny rather than insulting. He's very independent and loves exploring the forest. His reckless antics are a constant source of worry for the less impulsive Faramir.

 

 (free lineart base found here, the rest is by me)

 

 by me

(made by me with the Night Fury Maker)

Paradox, adopted from mesaprncss

RNF(RoboticNightFury), adopted from Kowwa                         by OwlyDragons

 

(made by me with the Night Fury Maker)

Toothless: left blinkie by DuskDaybreak, right blinkie by NightmareRebuff :)

Sefarva blinkie by DuskDaybreak

Sefarva by Chocolate24

This awesome picture (above) is by httyyd!

I'm not a psycopath; I'm a high-functioning sociopath.

With your number.  ;)

- Sherlock Holmes

(I found this pic of Mara Jade online, and added Dreamworks images of the dragons.)

 

I am a

 

 

"To defeat the darkness out there, you must defeat the darkness inside yourself."

- Coriakin, Voyage of the Dawn Treader

 

This is because I have a Whispering Death named Thrawn. Because, let's be honest, if Thrawn were a dragon he'd probably be a Whispering Death. The dragon is a Dreamworks image; the pic of Thrawn is from the cover art of Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn.

 

Note: All glitter text is by puppyllover. Unless otherwise stated, all photomanipulations by me.

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cool!

If you want to know which character to use for me, its Axtar Algenson with Sparklebolt the Skrill. (Axtar knows Hyrith)

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OK thanks!

I was going to ask if you wanted in as Cazi or Axtar. I'm going to meet you and probably Hyrith in the next chapter!