“Fiona! Callum! Elspet! You’re back!” Julian was
the first to see them.
“You’re back! How exciting. Did you have a grand
time?” Mairi ran to hug her daughter. She noticed their dirty clothes. “What
happened to you?”
“We ate a pomegranate,” Elspet said. “It was
good, but messy.”
“Your mother isn’t going to be too pleased,”
“Where did you go this time?” Angus had the book
open to see who would be the next man to arrive through the time portal.
“We went to Jordan,” Callum said.
“Jordan? That means Buntabi will be arriving
soon,” Johnny said.
Angus scanned the book. “You’re right, Johnny.
It will be Buntabi. What name do you have picked out for your um, brother?”
“Jason. Buntabi will be called Jason.” Johnny
picked Callum up and swung him about. “Did you have a great time, Callum?”
“You’re making me dizzy. Stop,” Callum said.
Johnny put him down. He held onto the wall for a few moments. “It was fun.
Wait until we tell you who we met.”
When Callum finished telling them of their
experiences in Jordan, Elspet opened Fiona’s pack and took out her
sketchpad. “Look. Here’s a picture I drew of Hakim.” She showed it to them.
“Hakim looks like an interesting character,”
“He gave us presents too,” Callum said. “He gave
me this gold coin and let me keep the lamp. It’s not magic anymore.” He
pulled the lamp out of his pocket.
“It’s got Arabic writing around the bottom. May
I look at this for a while,” Jimmy said. Callum handed it to him. “Thanks.”
“I’d like to look at the coin, if you don’t
mind,” Jesse said. Callum put it in his hand and sat down.
“Hakim gave me a statue of a mouse. It’s cute,”
Elspet said, showing Angus.
“It is at that. And what did he give you,
Fiona?” Angus looked at his niece.
“This necklace,” she said, pulling it out from
inside her shirt. “He told me not to open it until I got home.”
“You’re home now. Open it up,” Mairi said. Fiona
opened the star-shaped locket. “That must be Hakim.”
The smiling face seemed alive. Hakim winked at
Fiona. She put her hand to her mouth and giggled, winking back, and then she
“I think Fiona needs to give us the ruby so we
can put it in the orb now,” Johnny said.
“Oops, I forgot,” Fiona said. She dug into her
pocket and pulled it out. “It’s got sand on it, from the sandstorm.”
Johnny took it from her hand. “Magnificent.
There’s the dragon inside.”
Angus put the orb down and took the ruby from
Johnny. He put it in its spot. It lit up, as did the other gems. The room
filled with colorful lights. Dragons danced on the croft walls. “It seems
that the more gems we put in, the more powerful and bright the colors are.”
Silence filled the room as they stood silent and in awe, watching the
display of luminescence around them.
* * *
Drayton peered in the window. When the ruby was
placed in the orb, the red light on his star necklace lit up. “These things
are getting brighter.” He crept into the woods. “That’s six of them now.
We’re half way there. I can only imagine the power behind that orb after
seeing the way it lights up. I’d better go and tell Phelan.” Fearful and
hesitant, he headed for the castle.
* * *
“Johnny, why are there dragons in the stones?
What’s the story behind that?” Callum’s curiosity was contagious.
“Tell us, Johnny. I want to know too,” Fiona
Johnny looked at the others. “All right. I’ll
tell you about the dragons. Gather around my chair.” Mairi joined the group.
Even though the six men knew the story, they sat and listened as Johnny told
the story. “Zerahemna told me this story a long time ago. In Xilia, where
the wizards live, there are dragons too. They all live together. They even
have Dragon School where wizard children can go to learn about the dragons
first hand. When a wizard child turns ten years old, about your age,” Johnny
said, looking at Callum, Elspet and Fiona, “they are given their very own
“That would be so cool!” Callum changed from
sitting position to kneeling.
“Lehimna, King Rolfin’s wizard, had his own
dragon. Its name was Cloudwaltzer.”
“What color was it?” Elspet thought about having
her own dragon and giggled.
“She was black.”
Callum remembered, “We saw a black dragon, in
Johnny nodded. “Cloudwaltzer and Lehimna bonded
quickly. They did everything together. While Lehimna practiced his spells
and magic, Cloudwaltzer practiced flying, making fire, and other dragon
“Did they love each other?” Fiona took a deep
breath and sighed.
“Yes, as much as a wizard and dragon can. That’s
what made Lehimna’s decision so difficult.”
“What decision?” Fiona’s eyes grew big and wide.
“As Lehimna grew older and wiser, he realized
that he didn’t want to stay in Xilia. He wanted to live with humans and
serve them. He wanted to be King Rolfin’s wizard. It nearly broke his wizard
heart to leave Cloudwaltzer behind.”
“What happened to the dragon then?” Callum
shifted from knee to knee. “Did it die?”
“No, Callum. Cloudwaltzer loved Lehimna enough
to let him go. You see, when you really love someone, you want them to be
happy and will sacrifice your own happiness for them. Cloudwaltzer knew that
Lehimna wanted to live with the humans and that he couldn’t go with him.”
“That’s sad,” Elspet said.
“It’s not sad. It’s wonderful. Lehimna became
King Rolfin’s wizard and together they ruled Burill in righteousness and
love. King Rolfin was badly injured in battle and Lehimna left to gather
the jewels for the orb. That was going to be his gift to the king. He
traveled our earth and with each jewel, he thought of Cloudwaltzer back in
Xilia, so he etched her picture into the jewels.”
“What happened to Cloudwaltzer? You never told
us yet,” Elspet said.
“Cloudwaltzer went to live with Lehimna’s son,
Zerahemna,” Johnny said.
“The wizard, Zerahemna was Lehimna’s son? I
didn’t know that,” Elspet said.
“That isn’t possible. You said that there was 45
generations between King Rolfin and King Kegan. That’s probably about 700
years,” Callum said, feeling confused.
“Wizards don’t age the same as humans. They live
for a thousand years, wizard time,” Johnny explained.
“Oh. That makes sense then.” Callum relaxed and
sat back down.
Fiona looked at the dragon pictures shining on
the walls. “Wow! So that’s Cloudwaltzer! Is Cloudwaltzer the dragon that
saved us from the Hydra monster in Greece?”
“I would have to say yes, it probably was,”
Johnny said. “The wizards have powers we don’t yet understand. Zerahemna, or
his son, Lephimah, must have sent it.”
“How do you know Zerahemna had a son?” Callum stood up and walked over to
“You’re forgetting, Callum, that I lived in the days of Zerahemna. I knew
him well. We all knew him well,” Johnny said, waving his hand across the
room in front of the other men.
“So Cloudwaltzer is alive and living with Lephimah now. It must have been
hard for Zerahemna to leave the dragon too,” Fiona said.
“It was. He also left his son, as did Lehimna, but that is the way wizards
do things in Xilia.”
“That’s a cool story. Lephimah will probably leave Xilia and live with
humans too, since his father and grandfather did. The jewels mean more to me
now, Johnny, now that I know the story of the dragons and the wizards.
Thanks for telling us,” Fiona said.
“You’re welcome. I think it’s time to get Elspet and Callum home. Their
mum’s will be holding supper,” Johnny said.
“Why don’t you come to our house for supper? Dad’s been wanting to have you
over and Mum’s anxious to meet all your brothers,” Callum said.
Johnny looked at the others. “That would be grand. We can’t all come though.
Someone’s got to stay with the books and the orb.”
“I’ll stay this time,” Julian said.
“I’ll stay with Julian,” Jack offered. “You go with them, Angus. It’s time
you got away for a while. We’ll be fine here. Besides that, Buntabi should
be coming along soon.”
“Fiona, you and your mum can come too. Elspet, if your mum says you can, you
can come too,” Callum said.
“I’d better go home. I’ve not been much help to Mum lately. I’m sure she
needs me, but thanks for asking,” Elspet said.
“It’s settled. I’ll take Elspet home and then we’ll meet at Callum’s. I hope
your mum doesn’t mind this big crowd showing up out of the blue,” Johnny
“She won’t. She loves cooking for others.” Callum opened the door. “Come on
Angus put the orb in the closet near the front door. He picked up the two
books and put them on top of it. “Guard these with your lives,” he cautioned
Jack and Julian and followed the others out.