The Thief of Ashlon: The Guardian and the Thief
Published by Tabatha Ellis at Smashwords
Copyright 2012 Tabatha Ellis
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She gained height with each beat of her feathered wings, lungs burning in the thin, high air, too desperate to notice its chill. Ashlon spread before her, rivers like blue silken threads cutting through the countryside. The great city straddled the banks of one river, Tashmar, the capital; by turns both chaos and order; a grid pattern of wide boulevards and tangles of lesser streets and alleyways, crowded marketplaces and quiet neighbourhoods, busy docks and dingy slums. People were everywhere, out on the streets, on the river, in the large city square. They did not know. It was an ordinary day, people were going about their business, it was nothing unusual. But it wasn’t. If any of the people had looked up, they might have seen the dark speck she made against the deep blue sky. If they were long-sighted, they might have distinguished what she was. The Queen’s dragon in flight.