Chapter Twenty Six: The Plan

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It almost felt as if the winter stone being taken was a thing of the past

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It almost felt as if the winter stone being taken was a thing of the past. There was no longer much room for its mystery to clog my thoughts, anyway. Not with the castle being flipped upside down over the day's horrors. What scared everyone most was not knowing whether the dragon was alone or if it had been accompanied by someone.

"It had to have a rider," Titus said during supper. The dragon discussion had been nonstop since the moment we all sat down. "Some of the guards had returned and found no traces of fire or burnt trees. A riderless dragon would've left a trail of existence. With a rider, the dragon could've flown north with few stops in between."

"How could it have flown here and not been seen? The Southern Tribe should've spotted it the moment it passed over the boarder!" Cora chimed in. "Maybe there really are traitors in the south."

"The South doesn't birth traitors," I argued, defending my tribe. "If anything, we are the most loyal."

"Then explain how a dragon could pass right over the boarder without your people even seeing it?" Cora asked, and she had a valid point. I sighed, picturing the world in my head, trying to figure out how it could be possible.

 I sighed, picturing the world in my head, trying to figure out how it could be possible

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The earth had once been a relatively stable planet. That was, until humans overpopulated the earth, causing a great imbalance.

When humans took over the earth, we killed too many species, causing a ripple effect of mass extinction and destruction. Animals aided in regulating nature died, and without them, rainforests began to die until half the world was barren. Those dry deserts met with the warming sun and caused the ground to heat up. Multiple earthquakes split the land, causing magma from the earth's core to rise up and flood parts of their land.

On the other half of the earth, irregular weather caused super tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes to kill half of the world's population. The other half of men took to the Mountains and found refuge within them, hoping the weather would return to normal. And then one day a blizzard came, and this ten year storm cooled our half of the earth.

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