Excerpt #3 from Return-Dragonborn Book #2

Battle Plans

“I’ll take care of distracting Dimitri until King Alister is able to join me,” Aileene spoke up.

“That might not be the best idea, my dear,” Lord Moss answered, “it is possible that Dimitri was able to create weapons from the bodies of the former King and Queen. If he has weapons made from the remains of Royal Dragons, you could be injured or killed.”

The room sobered as we considered this possibility. I was still hopeful that my parents were alive but had to seriously consider what Moss suggested.

“I don’t care,” Aileene said defiantly. “I’m the only one who can do this. The rest of you are needed to keep the soldiers alive, King Alister’s power is needed to keep the shifters in their human forms and I’m nearly indestructible.”

“Unless you are wounded by a weapon made from the bones or scales of my parents,” I added sadly.

I can’t ask you to risk yourself that way. You are too precious. If something happens to me, it will be up to you to keep all of Theria safe, I sent to her.

Aileene turned towards me and her eyes blazed with anger. “You aren’t asking me, I’m telling you that I’m going to help and you can either work me into your battle plans, or you will have to fight me to stop me. I will do this for you, for all of us.” Aileene was breathing hard as if she had just finished a race and was searching my face to see if I accepted what she just told me.

Please, she added in my mind.

Looking into her fierce eyes I knew I wanted her by my side in this battle, and beyond that as well.

“Very well, my Lady, but if you’re going to fight, you will need more training than you already have. Gustav will work with you in your human form, and I will work with you in your dragon form—it won’t be pleasant,” I cautioned.

Aileene lifted her chin and replied, “I’m ready.”

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