Hydra Nightmares

The tent was spacious enough, but somehow Dekana always ended up huddled as close as possible to Degana (Degana and Dekana) as she slept. It made her feel safe to be near him. But this night, she did not sleep soundly. She tossed and turned, until she sat upright, nearly screaming out in terror…the image of the monster, the horror, the horror…

She turned and saw Degana awake, looking at her, and she saw the rage in his eyes. Not an anger directed at her, but at the beast he knew was responsible for keeping his beloved Dekana awake at night, the horror responsible for killing The Knower, the Hydra…

Degana wrapped his huge arms around Dekana, and held her closely, and she began to weep, tears of sadness, and of terror. There was something about this beast that struck her to her very soul, that left her with a chill. She remembered clearly the fight…it burst from the ground like some horrible underworld creature, and it breathed fire, flames that she still could feel…their heat burning her, while not warming her at all. She shivered anew.

At first, they thought it easy prey, as Degana’s club and Aldirg’s axe seemed to make short work of the beast. But this was no normal animal, no, it was more. Much more. As the first head perished, the beast lived on, and two more heads appeared. And then more heads, and more heads….the beast was unstoppable. And the heads bit and flamed, driving off the noble warriors, nearly killing them all, and…oh. She stopped, her heart skipping a beat, as she remembered the horror of the poor Knower, rushing to help in any way she could, but too vulnerable she was, the beast nearly trampled her, and then two heads began to rip her apart, consuming her whole…

Dekana sobbed again, and Degana held her closer. And he looked past her, to the mountains. Dekana knew he would keep strong, for her and for the clan. But she also could see the anger in his heart, and knew that one day there would be a reckoning between him and the Hydra. And she feared that day, for she was not sure of the outcome of that inevitability…

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Hydra Nightmares

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