Katrien & Alain
Katrien sat down on the blanket she
had carefully arranged under the big weeping willow. She had put some
candles a few feet away so they would have some light while they ate, after
that they wouldn't need more than the light the stars and moon provided.
Speaking of the moon... it couldn't have been more romantic. It wasn't
really white or yellow like on so many other night, but a frail kind of porcelain
blue. The stars were white dots alongside it and there was still
some red at the horizon.
Katrien heard the gate open and jumped up. She ran toward it, her heart
thumping in her chest. She reached the corner the same time he did. He of
course was Alain, her lover. Boyfriend sounded so inadequate for their
relationship. It was the most romantic she had ever known. They didn't
constantly exchange gifts or something, but they could talk for hours
discussing the most silly things. Her friends had all said her relationship
wouldn't last long, but they had been wrong. Katrien knew Alain was the one
for her. She was 23, it was about time she chose someone to spend the rest
of her life with anyway...
She jumped up and landed happily in her arms.
"How did you know I was coming?" she asked.
"Silly, you sounded like a giraffe running from a forest fire trying to safe
her favourite trees." he joked.
"Don't you think they are graceful creatures?"
"I'm graceful?" she asked.
"I don't know if running giraffes are graceful. Maybe they are clumsy."
They could go on like this for hours and it never bored her. She had seen
people turn away in disgust at all the mushy stuff, but she loved it.
Alain followed Katrien to the weeping
willow. She must have had a lot of work to make it look like this. He was
surprised. The wondered how long it would have taken her to light all the
candles. Shame they would blow them out so soon for tonight's project.
"What are we going to do tonight?" Katrien asked, "You were so secretive
about the whole thing."
"Not yet, first I have to eat, it's been from this morning and I just wasn't
built to last that long on 2 slices of bread, even if they had cheese
between them, which they had not, it was honey this morning."
"I think honey's better than cheese." Katrien said.
"That's because you are a girl. It's so sweet and gooey, cheese on the other
hand is very nutritious."
"Honey contains a lot of sugar..."
"Sweetheart, you're all the honey I need, I don't like the taste of the
other kind." Alain said and kissed her.
"I like it."
"I know, sometimes I can taste it, ugh!" he cried out as if in pain.
Katrien let herself fall upon him.
"If I ever want to get those answers out of you I'll have to torture you!"
"Nooo! Everything but that!"
"Yes, I will stay on you and eat honey every time we have a date!"
"Eep! I give up!"
"So what are we going to do?"
"Watch the stars."
"Is that all?"
"Well, i can sing a song if you like, kind of like a private Valentine
"I would like that." Katrien said as she blew out the last candles.
Alain started with one of his favourites he knew she liked too:
Let us stay young or let us live
We don't have the power, but we never say never
Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?
Katrien joined in.
I want to be Forever Young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever, you'll never
I want to be Forever Young
Do you really want to live forever?
"Wouldn't you just wish you were up
there with the stars?" Katrien asked, laying in his arms.
"Yes, the wonders we'd see and all we'd need would be each other." Alain
smiled at Katrien who was still looking at the stars.
"Well, they do say in Love everything is possible. Let's close our eyes and
make a wish."
"Why not?" Alain shrugged and closed his eyes.
As both lovers sat under the stars,
wishing, a star flew by. Maybe someone on it saw them and granted their
wish. Or maybe some unknown god smiled and winked as he transported them to
the place that needed them most... in any case Cy dragonstake would be glad
to have them.
Katrien was standing next to Alain,
not quite noticing that they weren’t alone anymore. They had come to the
sands early that morning to look at the eggs and now more candidates were
"Today was perfect." Katrien said.
"I agree." Alain said and kissed her, "Nothing, safe from a
hatching could make it any better."
"The eggs!! They're rocking!!" a girl suddenly screamed.
"You were saying?" Katrien asked.
Alain grinned, "Maybe I should stop wishing things..."
"That wouldn't be like you."
Katrien and Alain turned to the sands and waited for all the candidates to
file in and the eggs to hatch. The first to hatch drew all the attention
toward him of course. That would change later when several eggs would hatch
at once. But now this first egg came into a world that was holding it's
breath. The small dragon went to his chosen and the bond was established
Alain poked Katrien and smiled as they watched the boy walk off the
"I wish we impress soon." Alain said and winked.
"Not me, dear," Katrien quickly said, "I don't want to miss a
thing from this hatching."
The next egg revealed a foot. A very pink foot, crashing out his egg. The
dragon was a very beautiful swirled pink, with colours that caught the
light. The dragon hesitated for a moment, but was then reassured by his
"Alain, my name is Isori and I think I would
make a much better companion for you than her." the dragon
sounded in his head. Alain smiled and watched Katrien as she heard the
little pink dragon snort at her.
"What's he saying?" she asked and giggled.
"He's saying you are the most beautiful creature he has ever
Isori only snorted this time and pulled Alain away from Katrien. He was
Katrien smiled as she saw her lover leave with his new bond and then turned
her eyes back to the eggs. This was too exciting to miss. Not one of the
dragons that hatched were alike. Like none of the candidates were alike. She
was very happy to see that one dragon bond to another. It must be hard not
having a bond when you so sorely needed one.
Another 4 eggs cracked and she relayed her attention again. One of them, a
small cream came her way. The little dragon was still clumsy on her feet or
tripped over some shells because she suddenly fell and gave out a squeak of
pain. Katrien could feel the pain in her leg and rushed over, somehow
getting that this was her dragon and hers alone and that she was needed.
"Don't worry Eraerla! I'll help you!" she shouted and nearly fell
down beside her.
Katrien stopped her fall with her arms and hastily looked at Eraerla's leg.
It looked ok, though she had never seen a dragon-leg from this close by.
"Are you ok?" she tried.
"I will if I get food."
"Can you stand?" Katrien asked, trying to support her little
dragon as good as possible.
"I can." Eraerla said, rubbing
her head against Katrien's arm.
Continue to their flight
Lyrics taken from Forever Young by Alphaville
Forever Young is also what's playing :) I got it