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The remainder of the week whizzed by much too quickly as far as Sabrina was concerned. She and Juniper spent every spare moment working on telepathic communication. At first nothing worked, but after a couple of days they succeeded in chatting telepathically as long as they were near each other. The only good thing about that was that they could talk all through the school day and not get into trouble for it. By the weekend, they were really comfortable with being in each other’s head.
“But what happens if I leave,” said Sabrina, who was still trying to decide.
“Betsy says it will work,” said Juniper. “We have to trust her.”
Saturday morning dawned bright and clear. Sabrina and Juniper were up early helping with the preparations to fly to the village across the river. Sabrina would be riding on Earthstone and Juniper on her dad.
“I sure wish I could fly,” said Juniper, turning her head to look at her bent wing.
“I know,” said Sabrina. “It must be really tough.”
“Maybe when I’m full grown. The doctors say there is a chance,” said Juniper. “Anyway, it is a beautiful day and we’ll get to see Georgette and Henrietta and Harriet and everyone!”
The flight over the river was uneventful and Sabrina thought, as she looked down from the back of Earthstone, that she’d never seen such a large, wide river! They landed at the edge of the village where they were met by Betsy and Tom.
“Georgette is in the village organizing everything. I am happy to report that the majority of the villagers seem really glad that the mayor, his family, and his cronies are leaving. I think things will be much more pleasant here once they are out on their island. And who knows, maybe they will one day have a change of heart,” said Betsy.
“What’s the plan?” asked Earthstone.
“There are twenty-two people to be taken to the island. And let’s see, there are nine dragons here,” said Betsy after doing a quick count. “If you could divide up the people between you, do you think you could get them all there in one trip?”
Alfred looked at the others and then said, “I’d think so. A few of us will have to take three, but there are children among the group, so yes, that should be fine.”
“Great! That will give them time to look over their new home while we then bring over their supplies. Come on, then. Let’s let the villagers see you.”
Betsy led the dragons into the village square and Sabrina noticed how quiet everything got. Then the major said, “I’m not getting on one of those horrible things.”
Georgette glared at him and after a moment said, “Yes, you will. If you don’t go willingly, we’ll bind and gag you and tie you on.”
After much grumbling and a lot of hateful comments, the mayor was seated on Alfred, with his oldest son behind him. The others were much less trouble and soon all nine dragons had passengers.
“OK, Alfred, you’re free to take off. We’ll be ready for you when you return,” said Georgette.
As soon as the dragons were out of sight, Georgette called the remaining villagers together.
“We need you to help us organize the supplies that will be going off to the mayor to sustain them through the winter. Once we have them set up, we’ll be back to bring you plenty of food to replace what you lost,” said Georgette.
“When will we get to see Roger and the others who left for your side of the river?” asked one woman.
“Don’t worry. Once we have the mayor and his bunch settled, we’ll work out all the details and we’ll also show you the tunnel that goes under the river so that we can have regular visits between the groups. I know you were raised to think that animals aren’t intelligent, and are only good for food. I know you have some trust issues about your own safety. But let me reassure you yet again. No one is going to hurt you and we believe in working together so everyone has what they need,” finished Georgette.
It took the dragons two hours to fly to the island and another two hours to get back again after which they needed to rest. By the time the dragons were ready to go, all the supplies had been packed. Betsy was the biggest help loading the packs onto the dragons, but Sabrina noticed that a number of the villagers, once they became a bit more comfortable around the dragons, also helped.
Sabrina notice one woman talking with Earthstone. “So you have schools and everything?” the woman asked.
Earthstone said, “Yes, and our schools are open to all. Both Sabrina and Juniper go to classes together. Sabrina has yet to decide if she is staying in our world or returning to her own, but the school has many different species and they all learn together.”
“Amazing,” said the woman as she finished tying down the last of Earthstone’s packs.
Earthstone looked at Sabrina and Juniper. “You two help Betsy and enjoy your day here. Maybe you could talk to the villagers and let them know what life is like on our side of the river. It will be late by the time we get back. And, Sabrina, once we are back, we’ll fly straight home. Remember, tomorrow is the day that you have to make your decision about whether to stay in our world or return to your own.”
The girls nodded and Sabrina said very glumly, “Yes, I know.”
Betsy came over and put a paw on each of their shoulders. “Don’t worry, Earthstone. I’ll be working with these two today so that Sabrina can make an informed decision.”
With that, the dragons took off again. As Sabrina watched them flying high she wondered, Will I ever see dragons fly again?