Gift-Fic: Let’s See How Far We’ve Come
Flaming Trails

“Remember when we first came here?”

Victor chuckled softly. “How could I forget? I still dream about it sometimes.” He waved his hand through the air. “The way the world suddenly broke apart around me, the familiar vanishing into a glowing multicolored void…the feeling of tumbling wildly while somehow standing perfectly still…and then landing on soft green grass with men in robes all around me, someone shouting for a healer while I did my best not to vomit…” He grinned slyly at her. “And then a scream as poor Chancellor Julius found himself with a knife to his neck, courtesy of another new arrival.”

“One can’t blame me for being frightened,” Alice replied, though she blushed in embarrassment. “I was beyond disoriented – even with all those drops down the rabbit hole to prepare me. I did apologize to the Chancellor.”

“After someone restrained you with a vine.”

“Yes, well, I can’t blame them for being frightened either.” Alice leaned on her hand. “Those first two or three days were no fun at all, I have to say. Learning I was now the permanent guest of a floating continent in the sky was – disconcerting, to say the least.”

“The very least,” Victor agreed. “And then Chancellor Julius suggested we raise dragons – all I could think was ‘Seriously? You want to trust me with dragons?’ ”

Alice laughed. “Oh yes – I considered it the maddest idea anyone had ever offered up to me.”

Victor took her arm and gestured to the hovering archipelago before them, filled from edge to edge with dragons of all shapes, sizes, and colors. “Do you still think that?”

“Well, yes,” Alice said, before kissing his cheek. “But just because it’s mad doesn’t mean it’s not wonderful.”

The End