A Gift From Aika

I could see her getting queasy as she laid down on the bed…

I arrived home from the lab one night to find my obedient pet waiting at the door for me.

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There was obviously something on her mind as she asked to speak freely but then didn’t have much to say.

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She led me inside…

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down stairs…

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and eventually to the bed room.

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We sat on the bed for a while and talked about her relationship with us, more specifically her relationship with me.  I had no cause for concern nor did she.

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But then she did something…

She unrolled a towel and on the towel was a hook shaped blade.  One I had seen before. My eyes got big. “Aika….” I had no words.  She looked at me as a tear ran from her eye.  The tear only made me tear up as well.  I knew now why she had brought me there, why we had talked, why…..she had the tool.  I clasped my hands over my mouth as she slid the tip of the blade under one of the scales on her thigh.

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The pain must have been incredible.  With one swift pull, she cut through the flesh connecting the scale to her body.  She dropped the knife and reeled over in pain.  She bit her lip, trying to be strong and quiet.  I could see her getting queasy as she laid down on the bed.

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I held a piece of the towel over the wound, stopping the bleeding.  She laid on the bed panting, conscious but in a lot of pain.  You see, every scale on a dragon’s body has a nerve that runs into it.  To remove a scale is to sever that nerve and cause a great deal of pain.

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After some time, she sat back up.  I moved in closer to her and wiped her tears.  With a shaky hand she picked up the beautiful scale and placed it in my hand.  My heart was pounding in my chest, tears running from my own eyes.  I trembled as a piece of Aika’s spirit was willingly placed into my hand.

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A dragon scale is the most sacred gift an Au Ra can bestow upon someone.  It is not just a part of their bodies but a spiritual part as well.  Legend has it that an Au Ra’s spirit resides in their scales.  To remove their scales leaves them empty.  In my hand I held a piece of Aika’s spirit.  Typically an Au Ra will only give out one or two scales in their entire lifetime.  It is special and sacred beyond words.

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Yet there in my hand was my pet’s scale.  It was dark black and shimmered with the metallic colors of the rainbow and beyond.  As i gazed upon it with watery eyes, I would have sword i saw an image of the heavens upon it.  I wept as I looked upon the scale.  Holding it tightly in my hand, I wrapped my arms around Aika and held her.

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Time stopped.  I held the beautiful creature in my arms promising her over and over again that I would never let her spirit go.

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I love you Aika.  You are an amazing Au Ra, a beautiful and obedient pet and an incredible friend.  I love you.

Author: Annimae

I was raised in the village of Forgotten Springs, just along the western edge of the Sagolii Desert. My parents were shop keeps in town. I worked with them until I was of age, at whence time I set out on my own to take up the life of an adventurer. Its been 3 years now and I've experienced some wonderful things. Participated in the Dragonsong Wars, and freed Ala Mhigo.

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