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The crimson dragon hovered over the water, pumping its powerful wings. After a moment, it spotted her sitting on the cliff. She froze as it began winging over to her, unsure of what she should do. She wasn’t able to make a decision before it reached the land, perching gracefully on the very tip of the ledge. Now that the creature was close to her, she could see that it was a male. She instantly blushed; he must have thought she was such a creeper for staring at him like that. She fumbled for words as he gazed at her inquisitively. “U-um, I’m sorry I was staring at you… I don’t know what I was doing. I-it was rude, I truly hope you’re not offended…” 

There was silence for a moment as her heart raced in embarrassment. Then, suddenly, the red dragon chuckled. “No, no, please don’t apologize. I’m actually happy to find someone else out here.” He smiled as she looked at him curiously. “I don’t find many others out at night. Or even out here at all. I figured I was the only one who enjoyed being outside at night.” His claws scratched at the grass. “What is it that you came out to this cliff side for?” She smiled gently. “Oh, I… I just enjoy the forest and the ocean at night. The stars are my favourite, though.” She glanced up at the sparkling sky, and the dragon followed her gaze. “…Aren’t they just so amazing…? I mean, don’t you just feel so small underneath them?” 

He was silent for a bit and she felt scared that she’d said something wrong. “Yes, quite,” he said, breaking the silence and relieving her tension. “Honestly, I love the stars. I understand the beauty you see in them.” She breathed a sigh of relief. “Really…?” “Yes, of course. That is mainly why I come out here, too. I love flying underneath them. And when I fly over the ocean with their reflection on the surface, I feel like I’m in space. I think it’s truly amazing.” 
Their eyes both drifted back to the marble sky above. “It’s nice to not have to be alone out here, you know?” she whispered after a moment. She felt him look at her curiously as she continued. “I mean, I always come out here to escape the insanity of my work, and the town altogether. It’s the only place I have to simply be alone with just my thoughts. All I’m saying is… I guess I’m surprised that I appreciate your company. You’re different than all them.” The crimson dragon studied her she caught him smiling gently. “Heh,” he breathed. “I could say the same to you. It’s not often that I find someone who shares my love.”

~The Nocturnal Muser ©