Adventures of Elsa Jade ~ Chapter 4 ~ Dragon Riders (Part 1)

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This chapter turned out about twice as long as Chapter 1 (which I'm using as my goal for length) but the story is definitely a single chapter so I'm splitting it up. Releasing the 2 parts at the same time, though, so you don't have to read half a story :)

CHAPTER 4 (part 1)

I spent the next several weeks exploring the island, which I named Rúndalr (meaning “secret valley”). I found no signs that humans had ever lived here, but I knew there were large wild animals – possibly other dragons. Sometimes I caught glimpses of their moving shadows in the rocky caves high up on the valley wall. They never attacked me, though, and I was content to leave them alone. I did find a lookout post which I could reach by flying most of the way, followed by a short climb. I checked there at least twice a day to make sure no Vikings sailed too near the island. As a native of Berk, I was an enemy of the many outcast rogues wandering through the wilderness. As a dragon trainer, I was an enemy of the dragon hunters I once called friends. Needless to say, I couldn’t allow my new refuge to take the edge off my alertness and fighting skill.

Most of my time, however, was spent developing my bond with both the dragons. Flying the Night Fury was much different than flying the Chilling Horror, and required more skill since Fáfnir was smaller and relied more on my shifting weight to guide him. I made sure to always fly lower than the top of the cliffs, so no one would see us from the outside.

It was a gorgeous day. The sky was bright blue and completely cloudless, and the soft breeze carried a salty tang from the ocean. I approached Fáfnir, who was in dragon form, and stroked his head until he stood still. Still petting him, I worked my way around his side and slid onto his back. He shifted around and raised his head, clearly ready to take off. His tail flicked back and forth as I secured my rope around his body as a makeshift saddle – ironically, the same rope I had used in my fight with Fire and Ice, the night we almost killed each other. I made Fáfnir stand still a few more seconds; then I gripped the rope, leaned forward, and squeezed my legs against his sides. He took off with a slightly terrifying jolt, and by the time I caught my breath we were almost to the top of the rocky cliffs. I forced myself to relax and leaned right, trying to get Fáfnir to pitch and turn. He veered a little, but we were still headed up. I reached forward with my left hand and nudged his head in the direction I wanted to go. He snorted and complied. At least I thought he was going to. Apparently I had pushed too hard, because Fáfnir clearly thought I wanted him to spin. I looked up – sky, ground, cliff, sky, cliff… I straightened into an almost-standing position, pulling back on the rope. We spun a little slower, but the ground was still approaching too fast. I was preparing to crash-land when Fáfnir abruptly spread his wings, jerking us out of the spin into a nice slow glide. I leaned forward shakily and petted him. “Thanks, pal. I wasn’t really looking forward to landing on the rocks with you on top of me.” He glanced back, and I could imagine him rolling his eyes at the strange human who had told him to spin into the ground.

I eased us into a gradual turn, and we practiced more basic flight skills. In spite of today’s adrenaline-pumping start, we were getting better at working together to fly with control. I wanted us to become skilled enough to handle combat as soon as possible, but I knew that rushing Fáfnir’s training too quickly would do more harm than good.

Suddenly Fáfnir sniffed the air and growled softly, staring off to the right. I turned and saw them. A group of dragons was flying toward our island. And they were carrying… riders? For some reason, the possibility of other dragon-riding humans had never occurred to me. But even if there were other people who had discovered that dragons could be trained, wouldn’t they be random and isolated like I was? There had to be at least twenty headed toward us. And they were coming fast. I signaled Fáfnir, and he dived toward the ground, where Fire and Ice was waiting for us. I had no idea who these people were, but if they wanted a fight, they would get a Chilling Horror.

I mentally ran through my options. They had probably already seen me flying Fáfnir, but they would have no idea that Fire and Ice was here as well. She was a Chilling Horror, one of those dragons whose strong point is its stealth. Better to have her hidden in the trees, ready to attack the riders from behind if need be. Fáfnir and I would stand somewhere a little more obvious, so the riders would see us and land with their backs to Fire and Ice.

The Night Fury and I stood ready, our backs to the rocky valley wall, as the dragon riders approached. I normally disliked having my back to a wall in a fight, but I would also rather not be surrounded by dragon riders. As they drew nearer, I saw many kinds of dragons: Nadder, Zippleback, Gronckle, Monstrous Nightmare, Scauldron, Skrill… even another Night Fury. This should be interesting. And their riders… surely I wasn’t mistaken at this distance. They were all teenagers. Most of them looked a year or two younger than I was. They spotted us, and made a slow, cautious landing on the grassy hill in front of where I stood. Perfect – Fire and Ice was directly behind them. Their masked leader dismounted his Night Fury and stepped forward.

The sonic cry reached us an instant before the plasma bolt exploded in the strangers’ midst. I caught a glimpse of black and glowing blue flashing by, and opened my mouth to call Fáfnir back – but he was standing right beside me. Some of the strangers’ dragons roared, and one of the riders swung his axe over his head with a battle cry. This could quickly get out of hand. “Hold on,” I tried to speak reassuringly, “I had nothing to do with – “ We were all silenced momentarily by Fire and Ice’s eerie, deafening screech. Most of the Vikings turned to face her just in time to be blinded by her chilling breath. Some managed to avoid it by pure luck, but one actually dodged to the side and covered his eyes. We heard the sonic cry again, and the rogue Night Fury sent another plasma bolt at us. The Vikings remounted their dragons and took off, trying to escape the apparent ambush and regroup. I called Fire and Ice to me and jumped on. Fáfnir flew beside us. We had to take out that rogue Night Fury before I could convince the dragon riders I wasn’t trying to kill them.

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CLIFFHANGER!!! But don't worry, I posted Part 2 :)

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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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very cool

VVery cool!  (Can I call you Elsa?)

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