Ragel wants to live a quiet life with his mate, Saah, and their four dragonlings in the sheltered valley he had previously claimed as his own. King Thorn believes dragons are mere animals and refuses to accept Ragel's prior claim to the valley, especially after the greedy king discovers gold there.
Thorn plots to regain the valley after Ragel destroys the mining camp, but is temporarily thwarted by weather and attacks along his kingdom’s borders by other dragons.
Meanwhile, Ragel is teaching his four dragonlings about the world and their history until his most troublesome daughter brings home a young two-leg (human) as a pet. When the pet learns the dragon language and teaches her own tongue to the dragonlings, Ragel is forced to confront his own prejudices about creatures he has viewed as nothing but prey.
When summer comes, tension between the greedy human king and the protective dragon father grows until the conflict erupts in fire and steel. Who will survive?
This middle-grade (for ages 8-13) short story is told from the point-of-view of both the dragon, Ragel, and the human, King Thorn. It is broken up into nine chapters and is just over 10,000 words with a Lexile rating of 830L. The next part, Naahla's Pet, will be coming out soon.
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Naahla is a young dragonling in Ragel’s brood. She is unique because she has adopted a human girl named Jure as a pet. Dragons see humans, who they call two-legs, as prey. Humans see dragons as mindless beasts. That begins to change when Naahla and Jure teach each other their languages.
After the events in Ragel’s Brood, this story begins as the other human kings rise up when the dragons destroy the kingdom of the greedy King Thorn. Fear and anger prompt the development of new weapons that are powerful enough to bring down dragons. The first attack brings down a group of dragons, but then they all seem to disappear.
Each fall, all dragons in the same extended family gather for a broodmeet. When Ragel’s brood shows up at their broodmeet with a pet two-leg, the other dragons are enraged. The recent war with King Thorn and the new attacks by other two-legs spark a conflict that races toward full blown war.
Only one creature in the world can speak both languages and bring an end to the bloodshed: Naahla’s Pet.
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