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Nine (And A Thousand) Years Old
Hide in the shadows.
With careful steps, I stalk my prey through the empty tunnels under the Bulwark Mountains. A stale and coppery smell fills the air. Around me, the rock walls glisten with condensation. Humidity presses against my skin. A single question repeats in my head.
Is an orcneas here?
My pulse beats so hard, I feel it in my throat. The metallic scent grows stronger. This time, the smell is undercut with the foul edge of brimstone. A bead of sweat rolls down my back.
The monster is close.
A series of low hisses snap through the air. Up ahead, a lanky humanoid lumbers into a pool of pale light. Instead of skin, this creature is covered in exposed red muscle. A cowl of bone loops around its head and stretches down its back. I suck in a shaky breath.
That’s my target. An orcneas.
You wouldn’t think I stand a chance against this thing. Sure, I’m a glass dragon shifter, but I’m only nine years old. Orcneas claws can easily tear through my leather body armor. There’s nothing about my dark eyes, brown hair, or strong bone structure that could help in a fight. I do have a tail in both my human and dragon forms, yet that won’t cause much damage against an orcneas. Not much does.
This monster should be able destroy me, no problem.
Only I’m not so easy to kill.
I’m the last of my family line, the Beaumonts. As such, I inherited memories from my ancestors. It’s a special kind of magic called transference. I think of it as the last chance for a dragon shifter family to keep their history. Essentially, I was born with an ancient mind inside a baby’s body. You’d be surprised how often it comes in handy, though. The orcneas should fear me, not the other way around.
Up ahead, the monster speeds around another corner. I rush forward as well.
Sadly, I don’t get too far.
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