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  1. #41
    When Irinka returned Sapphire was waiting for her, and keen to find out more. She knew the dwarves had a reason for inviting her - and was interested in knowing how she could assist them - she couldn't work in stone.

    Irinka explained that she would like to show Sapphire the 'Elemental Room' and that Kris would explain further once she had seen that. Sapphire agreed, and they left together.

    The Elemental Room was spectacular. Sapphire's breath caught as she took in the sight before her. The room - well, gallery might be a better word, extended as far as she comfortably see, and was sectioned off into areas, each dedicated to a particular element. Some sort of stasis spell must be in effect, she decided, for the fire section was contained, and she was able to admire and appreciate the colours and movements of the fire inside without feeling the prickle of heat.

    Rippling colours of orange, yellow, red and blue flared and subsided like a forestfire captured in a bubble, for Sapphire noted the flames didn't break free. She found herself watching a tongue of flame, tipped with orange, and with a heart of purple flickering as it curled forward, flared and then died back. She realised there was some sort of barrier - stepping back she looked again. Ah yes! The fire roiled within a shape, a shape she recognised - the shape of a dragon rearing on hind legs, wings half outstretched, ready to take flight and roaring fire. The flame endlessly burned and undulated within the frame.

    'How . .?' she breathed, fascinated at the play of colour, finding it hard to believe there was no heat and no fuel needed.

    Irinka smiled, and explained 'It's a technology from the 'Real World' apparently. It is 'projected' I think is the word. Look' and she pointed out a phenomenon Sapphire had missed - a trail of light motes leading to a small black box on a ledge. 'The image comes from here, and provided this box is switched on then the image remains.'

    'Amazing!'

    'Indeed. And there's more . . .'
    And indeed there was . . .

    The next alcove seemed to hold nothing but darkness. Sapphire stilled and looked carefully. Yes, it was dark, but some areas were blacker than dark . . .as her eyes adjusted she realised that there were different shades of darkness . . .like staring at the night sky, starless and moonless - it's a deep velvety darkest blue . . like staring into the space between - that's darkest shadow . . this alcove contains all the different hues of darkness. And in the middle the dark was staring back at her . . .she shuddered; closed her eyes and determinedly turned her head.

    'You saw?' enquired Irinka

    'Sapphire nodded. She would not be able to unsee that - fathomless dark eyes staring right back at her . . .

    'It's not actually there . . the eyes . . they are created by the spectator . . ' explained Irinka. 'It's your subconscious that does that. What sort of eyes did you see?'

    'Black . . .'

    Irinka smiled. 'I saw red ones the first time I looked into the darkness. Come, this one is less disturbing'
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  2. #42
    Sapphire heard water before she saw it - the music of raindrops dancing drew her - and she saw a lake, still, save for in the middle where ripples ran out to the edge from a statue that was erected there. A blue dragon, wings outspread and with water cascading over back and wings to fall in a constant movement into the pond. She watched, mesmerised, as the ripples chased each other to reach the edge.

    'Fire, darkness, water - so what's left? Earth? Air?'

    'Yes, and an empty alcove.'

    'Empty?'

    'Yes. That's what we are hoping you will remedy'

    Sapphire looked at her without speaking for a moment.

    'Ice?' she said at last

    Irinka nodded. 'Yes. We would like you to create the ice display'

    'How will you keep it always frozen?'

    'A stasis spell.'

    Sapphire nodded; her mind already coming up with different possibilities.

    'Does it have to have a dragon in it?'

    'We would prefer it'

    Sapphire nodded again. 'Will you show me the space?'

    'Yes - it's along here.'

    The empty alcove was a simple curved space with nothing in it. The walls were an off white, like the inside of a shell.
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  3. #43
    For two days Sapphire stayed in her guest lair. She spent the time thinking, creating, and planning. When Irinka came calling she kept her away from the area that she had thought of as the darkroom, for that was where her prototypes were being kept.

    Then came the moment,

    'Irinka, would you please ask Kris and Ivan to come along at sunset time please? I have something to show them.'

    Irinka looked puzzled, but acquiesced. 'Of course.' She smiled, and asked as always if there was anything Sapphire needed. This time she was given a short list of items. Looking slightly puzzled she said the items would be there within the hour. Sapphire thanked her and Irinka left.

    Sunset arrived, and bathed the guest lair with pinks and orange warmth, and Sapphire smiled. Yes, the rainbows worked. A slight adjustment and she was ready for her audience.

    Just in time the three dwarves arrived, and stopped short.

    'Sapphire! That is . . awesome!' breathed Ivan.

    Kris said nothing, just stepped forward and investigated. 'I think that needs moving . .yes, just there . . ' he nodded in satisfaction, 'yes, yes, that is good, it captures ice . . just so'. He turned to Sapphire and bowed' Thank you. Does it have to be sunset light?'

    Sapphire considered. 'No', she said slowly, 'dawn light should work too - but my lair faces to the sunset.' Kris, nodded, consideringly. 'Yes, I think we can do that . . .that window . . here' he pointed at her installation 'that can be placed so natural light comes in, yes?'

    Sapphire nodded. 'Yes, that should work.'

    Kris nodded again, all business like now.

    'Come', he said to the other two, 'we need to make plans' and totally focussed now on the mission at hand he swept out of the guest lair followed apologetically by Irinka and Ivan who mumbled apologies before Kris bellowed for them to 'hurry up!'
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  4. #44
    It took several days for the installation to be exactly right. First, the ice was too blue, and the effect was too claustrophobic; then the spell didn't catch the delicate traceries until they had started to melt, but eventually Sapphire and Kris declared themselves satisfied. Invitations went out, works of art themselves; each had a snowflake imprinted on them, each one unique, and somehow embedded in the actual parchment like a watermark.

    Sapphire returned to the village once the season was over, and found it reassuring to be able to fly around without finding sand between her scales, or in her lair. She breathed a sigh of relief - the guest lair was lovely; the view fantastic, the courtesy incomparable but . . it wasn't home.

    The replies to the invites went to Kris, so Sapphire had no idea how many people would be there for the grand unveiling. She knew a few would be there - they had come to visit her, and told her they would be coming - Nut and Minnie were so excited!

    'What should I bring?' Nut asked Sapphire; 'What do I need?'
    'Just yourselves, ' Sapphire replied, every time, even when asked for the twentieth time.
    'What about some jellybeans?'
    'No,' said Sapphire, 'that's not necessary - dwarves don't really enjoy sugary treats'
    'Oh . . should I do sausage rolls then . ..?'
    'Nuthatch, I would love some of your sausage rolls, but I don't think they are quite what is needed for this. It's not really a food occasion.'
    'Oh . . .' muttering to herself Nut left the lair. And an hour later, a plate of freshly cooked sausage rolls appeared at Sapphire's entrance. With a note:
    'Do let me know if these are suitable for the Unveiling'
    Sapphire shook her head, sighed, and ate the sausage rolls. Delicious! But how to convince Nut that this wasn't really what was needed? She decided she needed help, and went to visit Karl and Ina.

    They did laugh when she explained the predicament! Sapphire, sighed, to begin with, and then caught the laugh herself. Now when dragons laugh it involves a lot of teeth . . a lot! And the sound rumbles deep within, very similar to the sound a dragon makes before they flame, or flare . . .

    It was Ina that came up with the solution:
    'Why not ask Nuthatch to bring some sparkling raspberry juice?'

    And so that is what Sapphire did. Nuthatch beamed from ear to ear and immediately set off to brew bottles of the blue coloured sparkling juice. 'Tart and refreshing to the palate; excellent idea!' she exclaimed as she bustled away. Mentally Sapphire apologised to Minnie who just laughed and said it was fine.

    And indeed it was.

    Then it was time. Sapphire had gone back to the dwarf home the night before so she could be ready and make a final check of the installation. She watched the sunset from the Hall and felt a warm sense of satisfaction as the effect was just as she had hoped it would be.

    It was difficult to get some sleep that night, but she dozed, waking occasionally. During those occasions she uncurled enough to stare out at the night sky, admiring the slow dance of the stars and the crescent moon hanging in the velvet dark sky.

    Now guests were arriving. Sapphire greeted the guests alongside Kris in the great audience forum, delighted to see Nuthatch and Minnie, Cyan and Aquamarina, (Moon) and Sir Sneezealot . . Abellio and Alfredo, karinblood and eriko . . along with many other dignitaries she did not know. Occasionally a familiar face smiled at her and she smiled back, acknowledging and thanking them for coming. names came more slowly - oh yes, that was Mirella! There were Emma and the Sorceror! And over there - dragonholt!

    Kris declared the time was right, and the group moved towards the Elemental Hall. Slowly, distracted by the elemental displays already installed, the group congregated near the curtained off section. Ina came in, whispered something to Kris, and he nodded. Dwarves filed out carrying trays, with glasses of a blue fizzy liquid.

    Kris cleared his throat
    'Thank you for coming, and welcome! This is an auspicious occasion: not only are we here to see Sapphire's installation we are also privileged to raise a glass of Nuthatch's fizzy raspberry juice. Ladies, gentlemen, dragons, gentle beings, I give you: Ice!'

    The curtains drew back and a gasp of astonishment greeted the sight that was before them.
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  5. #45
    In front of them was a tableau that sparkled and glittered, shapes and shadows hinting at movement even though it was a still display.

    And then the sunlight touched the right point and light flooded into the display. Light blazed, and reflected, rays fractured and bounced from one surface to another, creating a coruscation of colour, dancing rainbows leading the eye to the centrepiece . . a dragon in flight, made entirely of snowflakes, a delicate lace that looked both exquisite and intricate. The landscape below the flying ice dragon was built up of stalagmites as columns, while sheets of the palest blue ice were suspended between them, through which the sunset light broke and separated into the rainbows . . . magical.
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  6. #46
    'Yoohoo! Sapphy!'

    Sapphire was in her dark room, watching her photos develop when that familiar voice made her very aware that she had been there for hours and she had a tickle at the base of her left wing; as well as her hind leg feeling all cramped. Time for a break she decided, and went outside to greet her friend Aquamarina. Today she was in her Shape of Grace version, and she looked excited,

    'Aqua! How lovely you look today!'
    She preened, 'Thank you! This is one of my favourites.'

    Together they found a sunny spot in the village - behind the Tent - and settled down for a chat and to soak up the sun.

    Aqua talked about Cyan's latest exploits with the prank spells - apparently, two had got mixed up and a poor miramagician ended up with a fluffy tail and a halo! Sapphire told her friend about the view from the guest lair, and they agreed that they both had to have a sleepover in the mountains one night. They both talked about the Unveiling; Sapphire describing how tricky it was to get the ice sheets just so; and Aqua saying how much she thought it was beautiful.

    Time passed, and they had moved on to gossip about the latest news when a sudden crash and a cry startled them. they looked around - what had happened?

    'No!' came a shout, 'It will not do! No!'

    and from out of the tent came Colin the Bailiff and the tent lady, the seer.
    'No, I tell you - I want another crystal ball - this - this pathetic excuse for a scrying pool will simply . . not . . do!' Each pause was punctuated by a thumping sound. 'Get it out of here!'
    'What am I supposed to do with it?' rumbled Colin
    'I don't . . care! Just get it - out - of - here!'

    Colin emerged from the tent , red faced, and struggling with a very bulky something in his arms. They watched as he looked around quickly,and then laid his burden down on the grass to the side of the tent.
    'And not there!' came the screech from inside the tent
    'Dear lady, I will move it! It just needs to stay there for a moment while I arrange the return. It will be gone!'
    'By nightfall!' insisted the tent hag.
    'By nightfall', agreed Colin.

    He mopped his face with a large white handkerchief and strode away, following the path to the City, his staff making a dull noise against the path.

    When he was out of sight, and the tent witch had returned behind her curtained door, the two young dragons crept cautiously to investigate the item Colin had discarded.

    'What is it?' whispered Aqua. Sapphire looked more closely.
    'It's - it's a pond - with coloured crystals round the edge.'
    'What did she call it - a crying pool?'
    'Scrying. What is 'scrying?'
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