To these words, Mezza fell asleep. But Amanda couldn’t sleep. She knew what had happened to Salamander and, even more important, what would happen the next morning. Frankly speaking, she had always wondered what this character in her book looked like, even considered that he might be beautiful; never had she dreamt that he would be as handsome as he now was. She knew that she had fallen for him and by reading the book she knew that he had feelings for her as well.
That was what spurred her to make a decision. She had to make sure that Salamander was able to survive the act in the morning. Therefore, she rose and carefully crawled out of Mezza’s warm embrace, standing a safe distance away before she dared contacting her with her mind.
The golden dragon came to life at once, scrambling up to her feet. Amanda thanked herself for being cautious.
“What’s wrong?” Mezza asked. “Are there Meradan around?”
Amanda shook her head.
“It’s Ebañy”, she said. “He’s in danger.”
“Da’s with him”, Mezza said.
“No, magical danger”, Amanda quickly responded. “Please, Mezza, can you take me to him? It will take us a few hours, but please, I need to help him.”
Mezza considered this for a few moments.
“You love him, don’t you?” she said and flashed her pointed teeth in a grin. Amanda blushed.
“I don’t know”, she managed to send back. “I really, really care about him.”
Mezza laughed a silent, rumbling laugh as to not wake her siblings in the cave.
“Climb onto my back, we’ll find them.”