Adrienne also interviewed another character.  This is what she had to say.

Character Interview with Elena Watkins

Adrienne: Elena, welcome, tell us a bit about yourself.

Elena: (Slooks at the carpet, a bit nervous.) What can I say, I’m 16, have moved around more times in my life that I can count on my fingers and toes, and as much as dragons frighten me, I sort of dig them.

(both laugh nervously)

Adrienne: I know exactly what you mean. How did you land in the world with all its dragons and riders?

Elena: (eyes start to tear up, but she sniffs, and wipes a strand of blonde hair from her face) My dad used to tell me stories about them when I was little. For some reason I can’t remember all the details, but I do remember that it was a special world hidden from the human realm where dragons and magic are real, like you are in front of me. We used to run away every three months. I never knew from what until that night. (looks at the carpet) It wasn’t an easy life, and as much as I hated every single time we fled, I would gladly do it again if it meant having my dad back.

Adrienne: (throat tightens) You mean that your dad is no longer with us anymore?

Elena: (She shakes her head.) He died the night five dragons attacked us on Interstate 40.

Adrienne (feeling emotional): Is that how you ended up in Paegeia?

Elena: (nods). I didn’t know the ins and outs of how I got to the infirmary in Dragonia Academy, only that a guy, or should I say a dragon, named Matt rescued me and took me to Paegeia because of my dark mark.

Adrienne: So you have the mark of the riders too?

Elena: Yeah, it’s not so great knowing that soon you’ll have to fight a dragon that is twenty times your size, but how can I share my fear with my two best friends? One is part of a dent, something that is way out of this world. I mean her dragon, George, used to hate her, but after she claimed him, he started to hang on to every word that crossed her lips as if it was the last thing she would ever say. The dent thing is still a bit confusing, but they say it’s rare, and a bond like that can never be broken. My other friend, Sammy, is a Fire – Tail. A dragon that can incinerate your butt on the spot. I don’t think she would do it though.

Adrienne (smiling): So you don’t want to be a dragon rider?

Elena: Would you like to claim something that can breathe fire, or acid. Not to mention flying on one. I did it once, not so cool. I thought I was going to die.

Adrienne: You flew on a dragon?

Elena: Yes, it was a dumb thing to do, and I will never do it again. I will die if my friends find out that I’m afraid of heights.

Adrienne: (laughs) I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to laugh.

Elena: (laughs) You understand now why I don’t want to be a Dragonian. (She sighs.) I’ve got no choice though. My mark is very dark. They’ve say they never seen one this dark, although plenty of the board members of Dragonia Academy think I don’t belong inside their school because of what my father was; a dragon. I’m the first offspring of a dragon that’s been born with the dragon rider’s mark.

Adrienne (face growing in terror): Your father was a dragon? (Looks at her charts, surprised.) Are you a dragon?

Elena: (giggles) No, although my father’s one, a human and dragon offspring doesn’t have a dragon form. I’m human. As far as my father being a dragon, I guess I should’ve seen that one, but I never did. He was really good hiding it. He was one of the Metallic Dragons, the good type, and they say that the Metallics can go years without their dragon form. So I guess that’s what Dad did.

Adrienne: Okay, let’s move over to the lighter side. Do you have a special someone?

Elena: (gives sentimental smile) Yes, but he’s royalty and I’m just a commoner. I’m sure they used to hang people like me in the old days.

Adrienne: Is his name Lucian?

Elena: Have you met him? (seeming to be a totally different person. Her face lights up and her smile would go all the way around her head, if it wasn’t for her ears.)

Adrienne: I had the pleasure. He is a true gentleman.

Elena: He is.

Adrienne: Well, Elena. I guess that was it. I would love to chat more with you and how you feel about everything but our time is up. So I guess I just have to find out more about you in Firebolt. Thank you so much for joining me today and I wish you all the luck with riding on dragons.

Elena: Me riding on dragons that will never happen again, but thanks for having me here. It was nice talking to someone normal.

(both laugh and Elena gets up, giving a wave as she exits and vanishes)

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