This is part of the first chapter and Yes Ashia is still alive. I know some of you were worried that I killed her off but she is alive and well, full of secrets in fine dragon style. This is her attempt to reconnect with Ililsaya's aka Karah"s brother...yes I said brother.
“Come out mother, I know you are there.”My voice bounced and grated of the rocks and I watched in silence as a dragon emerged from behind an edifice of rocks. She was small compared to most dragons but what she lacked in size she made up for in power, at least that is before she became mortal. Her golden, bronze and red scales where muted in the deep of night but I knew that when the light graced her body she was as beautiful as the dawn.
She kept her head high as she approached me, with her twin platinum horns twisting together, pointing to the sky. They matched my horns but that was where the resemblance stopped. Ashia came to stand beside me and together we stared back out across the sea. When she chose to speak, it was mentally.
“Hello Ashny, it has been a long time”
I kept my contempt in check as I tried to decide what she wanted. I faced my birth mother and stared into her eyes.
“Yes I suppose it has. Please don’t pretend that you care with your feeble mortal emotions. Say what you came to say and leave me be.”
Ashias golden eyes flared with magic but in the end, all she did was drop her head in shame. The display of mortal emotion was sickening and I was already losing interest in this reunion. Ashias voice once again invaded my mind.
“I know what I have done, you can never forgive me for, but that is not why I chose to find you. I can help you.”
I snorted blowing steam into the chilly night air. My voice carried through the night and I didn’t care who heard me.
“Help me? How? Last I checked it was you that needed help! You chose a mortal soul over your own flesh and blood. You abandoned me to the wrath of my father and let him take away what was most precious to all dragons…my magic! Now after all these centuries you want to help me? Why should I trust you or even care what you have to say?”
I managed to leap out of the way as my mother came at me teeth and claws flashing in the moonlight. I pulled my lips back in a snarl and prepared for the attack but it never came. Ashia regained her composure and I was disappointed to see her bury her natural dragon emotions. For a moment, I almost believed she was my mother again.
“What I did, I did to protect Ililsaya. You know this, and you also know that it was not my choice to loose everything that I was, including my memories of you. You may never understand but I’m not here to reopen old wounds. I have discovered something that you may be interested in.”
I faced my mother with hatred in my amber eyes.
“And what is that my dear mother?”
“I have found your magic essence…and I believe I know how to get it back.”