Please introduce yourself.
My name is Reecah. I come from a small fishing village on the west coast of the Great Kingdom. My father died before I was born and my mother died shortly afterward. I was raised by my grandparents.
Interesting. What was life like for you as child?
It was okay, I guess. I used to live in a little hut on top of a hill overlooking Fishmonger Bay and the Niad Ocean. I didn’t have many friends, so I basically wandered the mountainside on my own, dreaming up adventures as I went. Whenever Grammy and Poppa took me into town to fetch supplies, more often than not, I ended up in trouble for giving someone a fat lip. Apparently, I have a short temper.
By Poppa, I assume you’re talking about your grandfather. When you say you want to follow your dreams, what adventures have you had to that end?
Yes, Poppa was my grandfather. He was also my best friend. As far as chasing my dreams, I once tried to enlist in the dragon hunt, but that didn’t end well. I’ve also been the subject of a witch’s experiment, and although terrifying at the time, it helped me realize who I really am. I’ve also snuck into the Dragon Temple, deep inside an active volcano, and lived to talk about it.
That sounds incredible. Is there a special someone in your life?
That’s a tough one. I’ve been an outcast and loner my entire life so forming a bond with people doesn’t come easy for me. There is someone who makes me all tingly inside, but his family and mine don’t get along, so I doubt anything will come of it.
That’s a shame, but I’m sure you’ll find someone someday. Until then, what do you do to occupy your time?
I’m on a personal quest to save the dragons from extinction. I hope to gain an audience with High King J’kaar to enlighten him about the damage his dragon campaign is having on our world. Unfortunately, getting an audience with the high king is really just a pipe dream for someone of my social class.
That’s a big goal. Have you thought of attending the weekly petition?
I’ve never heard of that. Being from Fishmonger Bay, I don’t know much about the real world. Besides, I don’t think I could find the king’s castle. I guess I could ask my dragon friends.
Dragon friends? You actually hang around the beasts?
Of course! They aren’t bad once you get past their arrogant side and get to know them. Over the last little while, I’ve befriended four dragons—well, four dragonlings. They keep me company as I attempt to learn about my mysterious heritage. I also travel with an elf, a dwarf, and my best friend, Raver. He’s a raven.
That’s amazing. Speaking of companions, who do you look up to the most?
That would be my Poppa. But he’s dead now. He encouraged me to follow my dreams, despite everyone telling me they were stupid.
If you could, what is the one thing about yourself that you would change?
My temper, for sure. I acquired the bad habit of breaking the noses of the village brats who used to tease me as a child.
That’s too bad you had to go through that. Now that you’re grown, is there still someone who you’d like to break their nose?
That’s a tough one. Because of his attitude toward dragons, High King J’kaar is definitely up there. But, if I have to choose just one, it would definitely be the dark heir, Prince J’kwaad. He leads the main dragon hunt. His magic makes him a formidable foe that no one wishes to go up against. Not even cabin-sized, fire-breathing dragons.
He sounds nasty. Thank you for your time, Reecah. One last question. What are your plans going forward?
I’d like to venture into the bigger world and discover if it is as twisted as the villagers claim. Being from a small town, I can only imagine the goings-on in the big cities will be a real eye opener. I aim to become more confident when dealing with those personalities who are inevitably larger than life. That being said, my temper will always cause me problems, but hey, that’s who I am.
Richard began writing circa 1974, a bored child looking for something to do. As his reading horizons broadened, so did his writing.
A trip to a local bookstore saw the proprietor introduce him to Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson. His writing life was forever changed.
He worked in a warehouse for 22 years, supporting his family, before re-attending school to complete his education. Graduating with honours, he joined the local Police Service.
In 2017, he resigned from the Police Service to pursue writing full-time. With the support of his family, he has finally realized his boyhood dream.
There’s something strange about the woman living on top of the hill and the people of Fishmonger Bay leave her alone. At least until the day she visits the village witch.
Bound by a legacy she didn’t know existed, Reecah must decide whether to slay the dragon or risk becoming a victim of her people.
Can Reecah find the key to unlock her family heritage, or will she fall prey to the secret so many have died to protect?
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