The song this month was another one I hadn’t heard before. It’s called “Towers Fall into the Sea” by Clocks and Clouds. I really like it and, as soon as I heard it, all I could think of was dragon flight. Here is Raisa (you met her in the song flash from March 2018) and her dragon. Hope you enjoy.
Raisa staggered back as Cynfael stood and stretched. He was enormous. He was also beautiful. Black scales shimmered with a million colors danced in the light as he spread his wings. Tears gathered in her eyes as she looked at him. No creature should be this beautiful. Ever. No creature should also never inspire equal parts awe and total absolute fear.
“Come, we will fly.”
Raisa glanced around, wondering who he was speaking to. When she didn’t see anyone, she looked up to find him watching her. If she didn’t know any better she would think he was laughing at her as he raised one brow.
“I can’t fly,” she finally managed.
He lowered his head until they were eye to eye. Or as eye to eye as anyone could be with an enormous freaking dragon.
“I will fly. You will ride. I need to think on your request and flying helps me clear my mind.”
Equal parts fear and excitement welled up as goose bumps spread over her body. This magnificent being wanted to take her flying? What if it was a trick and he was going to drop her? And, really, if he wanted to kill her he would have already done so. He didn’t need to drop her from the air, hell he could have just eaten her.
She nodded, not quite trusting her voice. She twisted her hands nervously as he lay next to her and motioned for her to climb up. Or, at least, that’s what she thought he wanted.
“I don’t want to hurt you,” she said, realizing it sounded stupid as soon as she said it.
“Grab ahold of the plate next to my arm and pull yourself up,” he directed. “Sit right behind my neck and lean against the first spine.”
She carefully followed his directions until she was sitting where he told her. Two horns grew out of the side of his head and curved back so that if she reached out she could just touch one. She gripped the plate in front of her as he slowly rose to his feet. Raisa closed her eyes and concentrated on breathing and not how far away the ground was.
“Are you well?”
She shuddered at the vibration of his voice going through his body since it hit her where she straddled his neck. Shit, this could not be happening. She couldn’t be turned on. Could she?
“Answer me,” he said.
Yep, she was turned on.
“I’m fine.” Her voice came out husky and she cleared her throat to try again. “I’m fine. Just getting used to the height.”
He made a noncommittal sound as he moved toward one of the huge walls of the cavern. The wall didn’t look any different than any of the others, but she held on since this was his home. He began to move quickly and spread his wings as they neared the impenetrable stone. Gasping, she closed her eyes. When she opened them, they were airborne.
The wind raced by and she leaned low to gain as much cover as she could from the scale she sat behind. Raisa kept her eyes trained on Cynfael’s head not wanting to take the chance of looking down. She’d never been bothered by heights before, but then again, she’d never been this high before.
He moved his wings easily and she found herself beginning to relax. This was amazing. The night sky was lit with stars and she took the opportunity to look up. The city didn’t afford her this view, due to all the ambient light, so she studied the billions and billions of stars spread out before her.
Crossing her arms over the top of Cynfael’s scale, she rested her chin on her folded hands and just enjoyed the ride. She knew she was one of the few humans that had ever been allowed on a dragon’s back. She was one of the few humans to actually have any kind of interaction at all with a dragon. Usually, when a human and dragon met, it didn’t end well for the human. Shit, it could still end badly, but she refused to think about that now. Not when she was flying.
She didn’t know how long they flew, but the sun was just touching the horizon when Cynfael headed right for the sheer face of a mountain. In the blink of an eye, they were through the rock and he had landed right back where they started.
Raisa slid off his back and walked stiffly to stand in front of him. Looking up at him, she smiled.
“That was amazing. Thank you so much.”
He inclined his head.
“I have decided to help you.”
“Wow. Thank you.”
“You’re quite welcome. Now disrobe.”