This is a continuation of one of the story lines in Kerri Cuevas’s Year of the Dragon Blog Hop. Click on the badge to start your adventure. You’re here because you chose to Dedicate Yourself to the Dragon’s Cause!
You dedicate yourself to the dragon’s cause.
“R-r-relic?” you stammer. “Okay. Could you, uh, put me down first?”
The chuckle grows deeper, but the beast lowers you back to the earth. “I was once like you,” he goes on. “So young and eager to please the Sensai. He woos young minds with tales of courage and honor and loyalty to the dojo above all.”
“You were like me?” you echo, disbelieving. “But you’re a DRAGON!”
“All is not as it seems.” The creature’s laughter has disappeared, replaced by a hard edge of anger. “I am not truly a dragon. And Sensai is not truly human.”
You blink up at the blinding sun again, wondering if the heat is making you see things. You’ve been practicing so hard lately. Sensai warned of a mysterious test approaching. This test, he said, would be like none other, and you wanted to be prepared.
Maybe you’ve been overdoing it.
The dragon roars. The sulfur stink of rotten eggs billows around you. “Listen to me! We haven’t much time. He keeps this relic hidden, and it will only be within your grasp for the next twelve hours. He’ll have it somewhere in the dojo, but not on his person. You must find it–and destroy it.”
You shake your head, liking this less and less by the minute. He’s asking you to betray your Sensai. “Why should I help you? Sensai must have imprisoned you for a reason.”
“He did,” the dragon answers. “He imprisoned me in this body–in his body–to take over mine. And you should help me because I believe he plans to do the same to you.”
Or do you: run to tell Sensai about the dragon instead?