“Let’s wait it out and wait until we talk to the Governor.”
"Sounds good to me," Fred replied. "Hey, by the way, I'm really sorry about this whole mess. Geez...I shouldn't have quaffed that potion on the beach..."
"Wow, do ya think!?" Astra added sarcastically. "No, seriously, do you!?"
"I must admit I really don't follow current events as well as one in my position probably should, either. But you see, I'm a dragonslayer, not a diplomat...""It seems you're neither," Astra quipped. "You hardly begin your quest and then you give up!? We wouldn't be in this mess if you had any backbone!"
Fred shrugged. "I know from the outside I must look like a valiant warrior - but inside I'm really a delicate flower. Beneath this armor there is a frightened, quivering little bunny, longing to run away to fairer meadows..."Astra made a face. "A 'frightened little bunny'!?"
"It's my secret shame," Fred confided, " I've never told anyone until now. The only reason I attempted to undertake the Quest mandated by King Emry was to make my father and the good people of Suffex happy. Not to mention I was appointed to that post by political enemies who wanted me dead. Duke Zular of Trescent would bully me around, and the only way I could get rid of him was to accept his recomendation that I be granted the mantle of "Dragonslayer". He always wanted me dead! You have no idea of the pressure one is constantly under being a nobleman in Allaria - especially a D'Honaire. We have been the protectors of Suffex, and indeed the entire Kingdom, for generations! I felt I had to follow in the footsteps of my forefathers. My real passion, you see, is traveling abroad in search of romance..."
"You've got to be kidding me...""...the lure of distant lands and the love that I might find there is an ever present torment to my soul. When I came across the necromancer Belboz, I just knew he could whisk me away from my miserable masquerade in Allaria and send me somewhere where I could express my soul freely. A journey of self discovery, of..." Astra burst into a fit of wild laughter, muttering something under her breath in Aqualarian. "Excuse me," she finally managed to say. "Please, do go on."
"What's so funny?""Oh, nothing..."
"Oh. Ok. Well, as I was saying...""A-AHEMWeirdo!"Astra coughed. "I'm sorry?"
"Hmm? Oh, nothing... it's this air...very dry here. I'm used to a much more humid climate. It's bad on the throat..."
"Ah, yes. The air. Anyway, I feel like I've already known you my whole life, Princess! And, if you don't mind me being so bold, I'm actually glad you're here with me! I get so lonely..."They were interrupted then by the sound of approaching footsteps...
11/6/2002 12:29:13 AM
The Never Ending Quest Home
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