“No, Xavy. Just get on Hornbeck, Xavy,” she begged in earnest. Xavier shook his head. Something in him was calling to the corner of the room, where again a startling sound escaped.
This time, Xavier thought, it sounded like a growl of some kind. Closing his eyes, he projected himself into the darkness, something he’d never done. When he opened his eyes in his astral form, he still couldn’t see anything. Closing his eyes again, he focused on seeing in the dark, willing himself the ability and he was pleased to open his eyes to the vision of a magnificent beast, chained in three collars, one for each of its heads. He shook his head, carefully walking around the sleeping giant. The wings were at least twice as long as Xavier was tall and they were tucked up inside. The tail, just one, was long with spines sticking out but the heads were all sound asleep, each facing a different direction.
Just as he was about to walk around the creature he realized was a dragon, he blinked and fell back into his body, jerked by an angry Arya, who had him by both shoulders, shaking him furiously. Her power prickled at his skin as her terror grew.
“XAVY! Where are you?! Come back!” She whisper yelled. Her panic reverberated through his body and without hesitation, he embraced her in a tight hug, using his power to soothe her at once.
“It’s okay, Ya. Just a dragon,” he whispered into her ear, still holding her. “I think we’re where we meant to be, we just… we just ended up in the wrong part.” As her shaking and power eased, he released her. Looking into his sister’s deep green eyes, he pulled her flaming red hair out of her face and smiled. “Don’t worry, I think we can figure this out.”
“Where did you go?” She finally whispered, calm.
“I’m sorry, Ya. I forgot you’ve never seen me project before. I was just trying to figure out what made that noise.” He laughed softly, patting Hornbeck’s neck. “You’ll never believe it! There’s a dragon here! With three heads!” Instead of excitement, Arya’s face paled as her knowledge of mythology came to her mind.