The ground shakes beneath my feet and I stumble toward a tree to steady myself.
My eyes search for the source. The air shudders as it carries a piercing screech through the sky.
I watch as the horizon begins to blaze with orange and red.
Horses gallop past me, their eyes wide in terror.
The dust from their hooves blurs the fiery sky briefly.
Birds fly frantically past, desperate to escape whatever is coming.
I cling to the trunk of the tree, the rough bark tears at my skin, and a great wind rushes toward me.
The gale pulses as I am engulfed in its power.
Another shrill bellow rings out and I try hopelessly to block the noise.
The violent wind multiplies, and a massive beast rises in the distance.
I shade my eyes, afraid of what I might see. It emits a discordant howl.
My eyes are now drawn to the dreadful sight.
The beast’s great wings sound like thunder with each maneuver and it is soon hovering above me.
Its immense neck stretches before it and writhes as it frantically searches the earth below.
I remain unmoving and pray I remain unseen.
Suddenly, the great dragon rears back its head as it sucks in the air around it.
When it exhales an effusion of flames shoot across the sky, the heat burns my skin and I crouch at the base of the tree I have turned to for shelter.
The dragon hesitates for another moment before its body flattens and it darts into the distance.
I watch it disappear into the mountains beyond and am in awe of its magnificence.