Laurent sighed as he fell back into his chair, exhausted from another long day of hard work. It didn’t help much that as each day passed, it became harder and harder to move. Of course, the mass drooping down his knees in front of him might have had something to do with that!
“Something wrong, dear?” A soft voice asked. Laurent turned to the owner, a shorter, pleasantly plump blue dragoness. She walked in, her voluptuous hips giving her a rather seductive look to her.
“No, no…” Laruent started. The huge red dragon let out another tired sigh. “It’s just a long day is all.”
“…You’re worried about him.” His wife said.
Well, Laurent couldn’t argue with that. He nodded glumly. “A village to the north called Jorhaven was looking for some adventurers to help out with an issue they were having. Rumors were one of them was a hefty white male dragon with a gold mane.”
“You think our boy is there?”
“Can you think of anyone other than Selen who matches that description?” Laurent posed. “Ever since I’ve heard that…I haven’t stopped worrying for him.”
“I can tell,” The dragoness said, giving Laurent’s massive belly a pat. “You’ve lost a bit of weight, actually.”
“Adia, this is no time…Selen isn’t a warrior. He wasn’t meant to be an adventurer.”
“Didn’t your dad say the same thing?”
Laurent ignored his wife’s question, continuing on with his assessment. “His magic is sub-par and he can only use it for cooking. He belongs here, helping at the restaurant, or out there, finding his own mate. His dreams of being a hero…I don’t know if he’ll achieve them…”
Aida waited while her husband continued his bellyaching. “Are you done? Because I have something quite interesting.” Aida smiled mischievously before holding out a piece of parchment. Laurent raised an eye-ridge as he took the note and began to read it.
“There were a lot of parties that went down.” Adia stated. “But only one came out. The party consited of a wolf, a fox, a mouse, a crocodile…and two dragons. One of them was white with a golden mane.”
Laurent’s eyes shot up upon the mention of the dragon. It couldn’t be, could it?
The note had the manes of the heroes. Milo Doren was the mouse, Magnolia Maxzille was the crocodile, Mira Lewyn was the fox, Jessica…huh curious. The wolf’s last name was omitted. Gemma Tempirus was the name of a green dragon…
Selen Mathis. His name. It was there!
“My boy…” Laurent said softly. A huge smile crossed his face as he laughed out loud. “MY BOY! I DON’T BELIEVE IT!” Laurent stood up quickly, a whole new burst of energy coming to his body as he started into a little jig, involving a lot of jiggling from his flabby body. It was almost like his massive weight didn’t even slow him down. And in a way, it didn’t! Laurent was over the moon, he felt like spewing mountains of fire in pure joy! “HE’S A HERO! MY BOY IS A HERO!”
Finally Laurent calmed down and sat down, this time happy and relaxed. Adia smiled as she snuggled up to her husband’s soft apron of a belly, enjoying the warmth against her cool scales. She smiles as she looked into Laurent’s deep crimson eyes.
“You raised him well, you know.” Adia said. Laurent leaned into her as much as he could, giving her a peck on the snout.
“WE raised him well.” Lauremt corrected. His eyes look faraway as he thinks for a moment.
“How big do you think he is now?”