Much as Fred regretted to leave a lady behind unprotected--
especially one as attractive as Amy--she was clearly off her gourd
and would have posed a serious danger to Fred later. He should
have suspected that she was crazy from the moment she told him
that story about people being ground up into skin cream.  Still,
Fred couldn't help but feel a tinge of regret--she certainly seemed to
be interested in him, and Fred had never been very confident or
successful with women. Well, never mind. His knigthly duty came
first, and there would always be other women to rescue.
Fred was so distracted that he didn't notice the indentation until the had fallen into it. He stumbled, and before he could do anything he hit the soil of the island. After a few seconds (his heavy armor could be a bit of a disadvantage in situations like this), he was able to pull himself up and take stock of what exactly he had fallen into.
It was a footprint, fairly shallow but about as long as he was tall. It was clearly the footprint of a Dragon. It couldn't have been the Dragon of the Southern Caves, of course, because Fred had killed it and was now on a mission to find the King's mistress.  But it was still a Dragon, and Fred knew from experience how dangerous Dragons could be. It seemed odd that there would be one here, where there had been no reports of Dragon activity whatsoever. Perhaps the Dragon had even caused the King's mistress to vanish.
At any rate, Fred decided that the best idea was to follow the Dragon's footprints. He set off to the east, where they led. After several hours of walking through the deceptively lovely forests of the island, he came to a clearing. In the center of this clearing, to his surprise, was a beautiful woman tied to a stone pillar. She wasn't naked, though. Fred immediately recognized her as
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