Gabriel And Ptero-Rainey

In the thirteenth century A.D., there lived a Welsh princess named Ptero-Rainey. She was kidnapped by pirates, who rode on the backs of dragons. They allowed her to take her coat of arms, a symbol of a lion and a dragon holding up a large shield with a cross on it.

The dragons flew her to the pirate ship, the Sea Dragon. It was a fortress built on the back of a Liopleurodon, a very large sea dinosaur.

A seventeen year old boy walked into the room where they had put her and stared at her and said, “So you’re the newcomer, huh? Captain Gabriel, at your service.”

“The captain?” Ptero-Rainey asked in surprise.

“My father was the original captain,” Gabriel said. “But then he fell ill from exhaustion. We had to leave him behind in the hospital at a nearby island.”

Ptero-Rainey said, “'The authorities said my father had a mental disorder that led to his eventual suicide.”

“Do you think that’s what it really was?” said Gabriel.

“One person close to the King told me that the King had him poisoned, when my father listening to my pleas, refused to give me over in marriage to his cruel and rude son.”

“Is that why you are are here?” asked Gabriel. “Running away from the King’s eldest son?”

“I’m here because your pirates abducted me,” said Ptero-Rainey.

“I told them to get me the Princess of Wales,” said Gabriel. That is wife of the crowned Prince of England.”

“The crowned prince is not married because I refused to marry him,” said Ptero-Rainey. “I am, however, a Welsh princess, not to be confused with the Princess of Wales, which is the formal title given to the wife of the crowned Prince of England.”

“So we took you by mistake?” asked Gabriel.

“Actually,” said Ptero-Rainey, “I’m quite glad you did. The King’s army was bearing down on my castle in Wales. If your dragon’s hadn’t taken me when they did, I might now be forced into marriage.”

“Sounds like I did you a favor,” said Gabriel. “But my real intention was to use you as a bargaining chip to get the King to release some of my captured dragons. Now that I know the true situation, I fear I will never see them again.”

“Perhaps we could just go get them back ourselves,” said Ptero-Rainey.

“But how?” said Gabriel. “The King’s castle is a mighty fortress on a large hill. The dragons are held deep underground, surrounded by hundreds of guards.”

The King, of course, knew how important the dragons were to Gabriel. The King dared not killed the dragons, for he knew of the ancient curse that would befall anyone who killed a dragon in cold blood. Killing one in self-defense or in battle was one thing, but deep underground, the three dragons were quite powerless to defend themselves.

On the other hand, Gabriel wanted to defeat the King because his ancestors, the rightful rulers, had their rule usurped by the ancestors of the present ruthless King. Gabriel hoped to one day lead an army of dragons to defeat the evil King, but he need another person with Dragon power who could help him command the army.

“I think the two of us should sneak into the underground prison where the dragons are,” said Ptero-Rainey. “We could release the barriers that keep the dragons captive.”

“That’s asking a lot of just the two of us,” said Gabriel. “What if we’re captured?”

“Nothing worthwhile is without risk,” said Ptero-Rainey. “But I believe that once we’re in the underground prison, we can convince the dragons themselves to help us to help them.”

“You sound like someone who has experience talking to dragons,” said Gabriel. “I thought I was the only one around here who could do that.”

“I do not speak of this lightly or often,” said Ptero-Rainey. “But I have dragon power. It is not something I want widely known about.”

“I too have dragon power,” said Gabriel. “But I choose to make it widely known so that the King may understand the seriousness of my threat.”

“Perhaps, together, we can defeat him,” said Ptero-Rainey.

Gabriel commanded the sea monster to take them to the mouth of the Thames river. Then Gabriel and Ptero-Rainey left the pirate ship disguised as poor people in rags and snuck behind the walls of the castle and made their way into a deep cavern.

So they snuck up besides the sleeping dragons and gave them their plan. Within a few moments, Gabriel and Ptero-Rainey set in place some sticks of dynamite and lit them. Then the dragons slowly slipped away down a long corridor while the guards were dealing with the confusion of many explosions. By the time the guards realized what was going on, the dragons flew through a an opening with their two rescuers on their backs.

Ptero-Rainey and Gabriel sent out a call to all dragons loyal to him. The dragons flew around to recruit other dragons and told them of his captivity and the brutality of the King. Riding on the backs of the largest male and largest female, Gabriel and Ptero-Rainey, dragon powers and all, led a mighty force against the King of England to restore Gabriel’s rightful place on the throne.

The attack was swift. The King’s forces were numerous but no match for hundreds of fire breathing dragons. When the pirate forces came in on the ground, most of the King’s troops were already dead. Pirate troops grabbed the King and his Crowned Prince and dragged them before Gabriel.

Gabriel stared at him. “You and your pathetic son will now learn what my dragons experienced in your dungeon. Take them away,” Gabriel shouted. The King and his son were forced to work deep underground, in the same place the King forced the dragons to live.

Gabriel assumed the throne to many cheers and celebration broke out across all Britain. Soon after, Gabriel and Ptero-Rainey were married in a large cathedral. Ptero-Rainey became Queen to Gabriel’s King. And this began to golden age of human-dragon relations.

Eric Samuel Olson