Excerpt #2-from Return

Alister

Opening my eyes I was surprised to see a field of flowers instead of the camp where I fell asleep. Taking a deep breath I was overwhelmed by the scents coming from the flowers. I tried to categorize what I was smelling and discovered these were scents I had never smelled before. There were also colors I couldn’t identify, and each flower seemed to glow with a life of its own. I stood, stretched my wings and looked around to see if I could figure out where I was. There weren’t any trees and the field of flowers seemed to go on forever in every direction. I sat on my haunches when I realized this was a dream. At least it was a different dream than the one I had been having every night for weeks.

All my anxiety faded away as I was cocooned in peace. I started to lay down again to enjoy the warmth of the sun on my back when there was a faint sound behind me. Standing again, I turned and saw a lion coming towards me. Even though he was still quite some distance from me I could tell he was huge and could feel the ground tremble slightly with each step he took. His beautiful, golden fur softly reflected the sunlight and I could hear the rumble of a purr coming from his chest. I stood transfixed as he approached, his eyes twinkling with humor.

I was shocked when I realized he was larger than me. I looked down at myself to make sure I was still in my dragon form, because the lion made me feel so small. The lion laughed and the sound vibrated through my entire body with the deep richness of his voice. The laughter swelled outward from where he stood and it seemed as though the flowers were basking in the sound emanating from this magnificent beast.

“Are you Aslan?” I asked, surprised that the question came from my mouth rather than from my thoughts.

The lion smiled at me as he answered, “I am the First, I am the One, I am the Creator—but, Aslan works fine if that’s easier for you.” He winked at me.

“Where am I?” I asked.

“You are still where you were when you went to sleep,” the lion grinned, “but you are dreaming of a location in my kingdom.”

I looked at everything around me in amazement. “This is unbelievable,” I breathed.

Once again the lion laughed and this time I found myself laughing with him. “Oh, Alister, I do appreciate the way you make me laugh. When you were back on Earth, you would have thought it unbelievable that you were a dragon and King of Theria. How easily you’ve adjusted to that idea. This is just one more thing you will learn to accept in time.”

I nodded in acceptance, “It is nice to dream about something different than I have been, but why am I here?”

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