I find I am not at all reluctant this time to take up a pen and scratch out the details that our esteemed leader so humbly passed over in his account of our latest adventure.
I’m not sure whether it was the bravery or the desperation of Gibley that catapulted Meribabell and me down into that treasure vault. (He still won’t talk about it). All I do know was that we could not let the little fellow face the danger alone.
I admit I did not stop to think of consequences as I jumped feet first into that yawning crevice and slid down that slope of shining gold. I kept on my feet as long as I could and thankfully Meribabell caught me up and flew me over before the worst of it – the horrible sights and smells of bits of dwarf still smoking where they came to rest in the low points.
How Gibley was able to dash around them without being tripped up is a mystery. We should have overtaken him easily.
And when I realized that we must climb out of the trough, no doubt created by the dragon, my despair grew.
My fairy friend set me down to regain his strength. And from this lower position I almost gave up hope as it seemed impossibly steep. But the sight of the scrambling goblin ahead of us spurred me on.
We came upon more dwarf corpses mingled with spent fire plants and thus knew how they met their fate. How was the goblin not affected?
Tiny rivulets of molten gold trickling down the sides of the heaped metals prepared us for the sight of the lake of gold as we gained the crest.
What a sight!
At that very moment we witnessed the dragon itself break out in flame from within. It was curled around the egg whose shell was already cracking and breaking loose.
And right there was our goblin brushing aside the crumbling shell pieces to grasp the dragon hatchling and pull him out.
With more of the metals melting and flowing into the lake, we knew we had to get out of the vault as soon as possible.
I insisted that Meribabell scoop up the goblin and his hatchling and fly them out of the vault. Even then it was gripping to watch the fairy struggle to bare them aloft over that great gap to safety.
I pressed downwards as fast as I could and thereby Meribabell did not have as far to fly when he retrieved me.
And thus ends this my account – giving credit for the help lent me by my friend and walking dictionary Rumbletwist.