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Half-Breed: Ch. 1 and 21
"It was many years ago that the elves, dragons, and humans were able to live in peace. Elves crafted the world; dragons ruled the skies and humans gathered the gifts for life. Upon a high mountain, known as Taliea, the great draconic rulers of this world watched over all.
"Darkness stirred in their hearts, however, and many humans saw the corruption of the scaled beasts. They knew how the dragons were letting the humans die, the scaled beings not giving a care to our race.
"One human stood strong above the rest. It was he who knew how to conquer this cruelty. When our ancestors looked to our kin who controlled the elements for help, they were called foolish and shortsighted. To the humans' horror, the users of magic joined these corrupted creatures. It was then the war began. All lost count of how long the battles lasted. Years, decades, a century. The sun rose from the forest and set behind the mountains many times before the last of the dragons were driven out of
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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