The large orange sun slowly sank behind a mountain of hills in the distance. As it set beyond the horizon its heat leaving with it the once hot brown sand takes on a cold feeling to it as the heat leaves the small grains. Small lizards scurry across the small grains of sand trying to escape the crisp night air.
A young dragonet sat by the window of his wooden house waiting for he's father to come back. He's mother was sitting on a long brown mat, her thing tail swaying in the air. Her large, sandy, yellow wings closely tucked to her sides. Her dark black eyes glances up at him and she smiled her large teeth catching the moons glow.
Her gaze never left his. Her warm eyes soon turned into concern. She slowly got to her feet and walked over to him. Her large talons not making a sound as she walked over the sand. His mother sat down next to him and looked down at him. She scanned him up and down frowning.
“Viper what’s the matter?” she asked in a gently soothing voice. She placed a large wing along his back bringing his small scaled body closer to her.
Viper looked up at her then back out along the sand dunes outside. “When will father be back? Has something happened to him did he get eaten?”
His mother sighed. “Oh, Viper, I’m sure his fine. The chief wouldn’t keep him there to long!”
Viper nodded his head. His black eyes scanning the sand once again. His small wings tucked along his sides. ‘What if something really did happen? What if his hurt and he need our help? What if the chief is trying to kill him?’ he though.
His mother looked out the window and smiled. “It’s a lovely night.” she sighed, she stood up and walked over to the mat she was lying on a second ago. “Your father is fine Viper!” Then his mother went back to the book she was reading.
Viper turned away from the window and walked over to his bed. He lay down feeling sleep start to take over him. Then all was black.
Viper woke up to the sound of talking. The moons light shining into the dark room and bouncing off of the walls of the room. Viper looked over to where he could hear his mother and father talking joy filled him knowing his father was safe..
“Already? But he's to young!” his mother protested.
“We don’t have a choice Grain,” His father said.
“Yes we do Quake! His our son!” Grain whisper yelled.
Quake sighed. “I know. But if we don’t do this he will take him by force and kill us, and I don’t want that! I’ll at least be able to teach him!” Quake explained.
“But his only five!” Grain sobbed. Her frame shaking as she cried. Her tears falling to the sand.
Quake hugged her. “We have to be strong for him. There is nothing I can do about this! At least make it easier for him!” Quake said in a soothing voice trying to stop her crying.
Grain nodded her head looking up at Quake the last of her tears falling to the floor. “Will I be able to see him again?” She looked to where Viper was sleeping a look of hope crossing her face.
Viper ducked into the darkness, not wanting to be seen by his mother and father.
Quake’s hull body stiffened. “I’m afraid not. After a while I won’t even be able to see him!”
A new river of tears rushed down Grains face her wings shacking. “How long?” she asked wiping her tears with her talons looking back at Quake.
“Tomorrow I’m afraid,” Quake said wrapping his wings around her.
“Oh,” was all Grain could say before she let out another river of tears.
Viper gasped. ‘Is mama DYING?’ a horrified look came upon his face. He jumped out of his bed and ran over to his parents. “Don’t die Mama!” small tears falling down his face. He wrapped his talons around his mother’s leg not letting go.
Grain looked down at Viper and smiled. “Oh I’m going anywhere dear. I will be right hear when you need me!” Grain smiled down at Viper as he cried into her dark yellow leg.
Quake gave Viper a small kiss on the head, “Everything will be fine okay! We will always be here know matter what.”
Viper nodded his head. “So Mama isn’t going to die?”
Grain smiled. “No dear.” Grain leaned down and liked his face clean.
“Now go back to sleep. We will see you in the morning!” His father said quickly.
Viper looked over to his bed then back at his mother and father. “Could you sleep with me?”
His mother and father smiled and walked over to the bed and lay down. Viper ran over to them and snuggled into the warmth of their body’s. He slowly fell asleep next to them not knowing what the next day would hold.