Chapter 7 - Renn
Adri opened her eyes. There was a strangely familiar lizard sitting on her nose.
Its tiny white claws dug into her skin. Green scales brushed with silver covered its whole body. It had a long, slender tail that moved from side to side periodically. The head was almost horse-like, with flat nostrils and oval shaped ears. Out of its mouth came a bright red, forked tongue that almost seemed like was tasting the air. It's huge eyes were black, with swirls of deep red, the two colours blending and mixing, turning around and around, as if it was trying to tell her something.
Suddenly, enormous, bat-like wings spread from its body, breaking the trance. Adri squeaked in surprise, and, startled, it flew away. Adri's breath hitched in her throat, and she looked over to Will, still loudly snoring. Adri breathed a sigh of relief. Still, she frowned.
"But... didn't I see that wyvern back in... Wildwoods?"
Having dismissed her experience early in the morning as a dream, Adri was obediently grooming a horse for one of the lords to have an evening ride, along with Will and Evan. Her head felt unusually heavy, but she assumed that it was because of the tangled knots she had forgotten to brush that morning, sleeping in yet again. She had been a stable "boy" for quite a few weeks now, but she still couldn't get the hang of the sleeping schedule. Thankfully, Will was always there to watch her back, and she had never gotten in trouble. Of course, there had been quite a few close shaves.
"Oi, Adrian, can you hand me a brush?" Will shouted from another stall.
Adri rolled her eyes, and threw the brush in his general direction. She heard a pronounced ow, but its tone was a lot higher than Adri expected.
"I said hand, not throw. Besides, you hit Evan." Will grumbled.
"Does it look like I care?" Adri stifled a laugh.
"Who was the one who woke you up today?" Will asked.
Adri sighed, and walked over to Evan to take the brush. When he saw her, Evan raised his eyebrows with a judgemental expression. Adri scowled and grabbed the brush out of his hands, attributing the gesture to his usual crankiness.
"Here's your stupid brush." Adri held out the object.
Will walked around the horse. "Thanks, Ad - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
"What?" Adri snapped.
After quite a few tries, Will paused his obnoxious guffawing. "There's a - a - LIZARD ON YOUR HEAD!" He collapsed into helpless laughter once again.
Adri huffed. She took the creature in her hands, and slowly lifted it off her head. Holding it in her hands, she examined it closely.
"I swear..." she mumbled. Sighing, she let it go, watching it fly up to the rafters. A yell from Will got her attention.
"Aargh! What the hell was that?!" He shouted, pointing to the roof.
"You don't know what a wyvern is?" Adri asked, confused.
"I was born in this city. What's a bloody wyvern? And why does it have wings?" Will stared up after it.
Adri shrugged. "It's kind of like a lizard, but has wings. It's a species of dragon, the most common actually, not to mention the smallest. There are quite a few legends about them. Some say they can breathe fire, read thoughts, shapeshift. Most think those are old wives' tales."
Will looked at her closely. "Do you?"
"Y - yes, of course." Flustered, Adri handed him the brush roughly and walked quickly away.
Once he was out of earshot, Adri muttered, "At least, that's what I used to think."