Vestige of Credence: Chapter 3
Part 21: Eyes Wandered…
Shortly after their exploration, the team all decided to take a brief nap before departing for the trench. After their bodies were rested, their belongings were packed, and the Dragile was prepared for flight, it was time for them to set forth on their journey. The Dragile flight was an entirely new experience. Ellara managed to enjoy herself, but Kadden did not react well to the feeling of flying. His stomach seemed to be turning in circles, and the feeling reminded him of sickness after eating old food. For the beginning of the trip, he kept his eyes closed and occasionally jerked his hand to his mouth, fearful he might heave.
They sat in a typical Dragile carrier attached to Mij’s back, like the Graphine always did. Mij was the fastest flyer of the Dragile species. He always had been pleased to deliver messages between the Graphine and to offer his speed as service in any way possible. Flying the group and being asked to join the mission was a great honor to him. Dragile were not capable of speaking, but they could communicate. Through Graphine teaching, the Dragile had actually learned to write. In fact they loved writing (or in their case etching with their sharp claws) and drawing so much that they often decorated the tunnel walls for a pastime. Mij was not particularly gifted with writing or drawing, but some of his species had developed the most famous artwork known to the underground world.
As they neared the trench, their minds were all focusing on different things.
Observing the emotion in Ellara’s eyes, Kadden inquired, “Are you thinking of Eva?”
She dropped her him sluggishly to her side and let out an unintentional sigh, “Like usual.”
He nodded his head and let his eyes drift away. Sometimes words weren’t as meaningful as silence. The silence lingered on embracing Ellara for a brief rest.
Kadden’s eyes had wandered to Lailie. He made an effort not to think of her, but was not succeeding. He found her divine and wise, but he did not want her to know how often he thought of her, yet it was difficult to hide. Meanwhile, Lailie tried not to read anyone’s thoughts, but was sometimes aware of their minds, and she felt her cheeks blush red when Kadden thought of her. Lailie thought he seemed like a nice man, but it was so strange encountering a new species face to face. Though she, too, thought of him often, she tried to focus on the mission.
Anvid was still trying to sort out his feelings and opinions about all the information Kadden and Ellara had provided. He was astonished at the magnitude of the trials facing them, but his darker side relished the adventure before them. There had always been a small part of him longing for more than just a life of training Dragile and he wanted to see what challenges the world might hold for him.
Vestige of Credence © Emilyann Girdner 2016
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