Chapter 3- Toward the Horizon
That night in Dyne's house, dinner was a lively affair. Dyne
listened in amazement as Ghaleon told stories of his worldly
travels. Even Mycroft and Saria were absorbed by Ghaleon's tales
about the places he had seen, strange people he had met, and
the adventures he had been on. It was almost midnight by the
time Ghaleon was finished.
"And now, with your permission," he said as he rose from his
chair, "I think I'll be going to bed."
"Sure, sure," said Mycroft. "I'm afraid you're gonna have
to sleep in the barn, but we don't have space anywhere else."
"Don't worry. I've slept in much worse places."
"All right, then," said Mycroft. "The barn's out back. Sleep
"You too. And thanks again for a wonderful evening."
"You're welcome," muttered Mycroft, his gaze still fixated
on Ghaleon's satchel. Yeah, sleep well, freak. I'm gonna
make sure you're sleeping for a very long time!
# # #
In the barn, Ghaleon lay on a bed of straw, using his cloak
as a blanket. But he was not sleeping. He was expecting a visitor
and could not afford to be caught napping, so to speak, when
He heard the barn door creak open slowly. Hello, Mycroft,
he thought. I didn't think you'd be here so soon.
"Ghaleon?" a voice whispered in the darkness.
"Dyne?" said Ghaleon, an orb of magic light appearing in his
hands. The orb shed a dim light through the barn. "What are
you doing here? Why aren't you asleep?"
"After everything that's happened today? Meeting the White
Dragon, getting his Ring, and hearing your stories? I'll be
lucky if I can sleep for the rest of the week!"
"I see what you mean," said Ghaleon. "But you shouldn't be
"Why? Because of my grandpa?"
Ghaleon nodded. "He probably thinks an experienced traveler
like myself probably has money, or valuable souvenirs of some
sort that he would just love to get his hands on. Plus, he may
be angry at you for sneaking out."
"He'd be angry at me anyway. He always is. Anyway, why do
you care what happens to some kid from Burg?"
At this point, Ghaleon looked very stern. "I have always believed
that all people need a guardian. Those with power must use it
to help those without it. Just as the people of the world need
the goddess Althena. Everybody needs to have someone look out
"If I became a hero, would I be helping others who couldn't
"Of course. That's what a hero is."
Dyne paused as he considered this. "My mother once told me
that a hero is somebody who serves a cause greater than themselves,
and puts the needs of others above his own."
Ghaleon's eyes seemed to look right into Dyne's very soul.
"Do you truly believe that, with all your heart and spirit?"
Dyne nodded solemnly.
Ghaleon smiled. "Then you will definitely become the hero
you wish to be. Only be careful with your emotions. Guide them
carefully, or else you may one day destroy everything you have
fought so hard to protect."
Dyne grinned, filled with pride at Ghaleon's praise. Then
he noticed the magical orb that Ghaleon had created. "Whoa,
you know magic too?"
Ghaleon shrugged, apparently not wishing to sound like he
was bragging about his many skills. "In my many travels, I've
learned many things. I've studied magic, healing, horsemanship,
All of a sudden, he leaped up with blinding speed, his fist
lashing out in the darkness. There was a loud thud, and Mycroft
stumbled to the floor unconscious, a knife stumbling from his
Dyne stared in amazement, first at Mycroft, then at Ghaleon.
Ghaleon sat back down and continued speaking as if nothing
had happened. "...Martial arts, music..."
Dyne looked once more at Mycroft. "Is he dead?"
"No, although Althena knows he'd deserve it. He will sleep
late into the morning, however."
"So, now what?"
Ghaleon yawned. "Now, I need to get some sleep. I wasn't lying
when I said I was on my way to Saith. I'll need my energy to
fight against the monsters of the Weird Woods."
Dyne turned to go, then turned back to Ghaleon. "Can I go
"Please. There's nothing for me here now. Here, I have no
future, and Grandpa will tear me apart for what you did to him."
Ghaleon said nothing, wondering what to do. "You're... a little
young to be wandering the world, don't you think?" he said lamely,
for want of something to say.
Dyne sighed. "When I met Quark, he told me that I should travel
around the world, and learn all that I could. I can't wait any
longer. You told me yourself that you wanted to see all you
could while you were alive. So do I, and this may be my only
chance to do it. It's what I've always dreamed of, and it's
what I feel I am destined to do."
Ghaleon's mind raced, searching for a reason why he had to
say "no" to Dyne. But none could be found. He couldn't abandon
this boy to the mercy of his cruel grandparents. His own solitude
was beginning to be a burden on his soul, and he wouldn't mind
the company. Besides, Dyne was right when he said that his destiny
could not be denied. Ghaleon looked in his eyes, and was amazed
at what he saw. Dyne wasn't begging Ghaleon to say "yes". He
was challenging him to say "no".
"All right," he said, smiling. "You may come. But for now,
get some sleep."
Dyne raced back to his room, and scrambled into bed. But he
couldn't sleep. Too much had happened today, and more was on
# # #
The next morning, as Ghaleon and Dyne prepared to leave, Dyne
heard a familiar voice calling after him. Dyne looked back,
and saw his friend Noah.
"Dyne! What's up? And who's this guy?"
Dyne grinned. "This is Ghaleon. I'm going on an adventure
with him! Think of it! I'm actually gonna see the world!" Remembering
his manners, he said, "Ghaleon, this is my friend Noah. He went
with me to the White Dragon Cave."
Noah and Ghaleon shook hands. "Where are you headed?" asked
"Saith," said Ghaleon. "And from there, who knows?"
"Wanna come with us?" asked Dyne.
Before Ghaleon could object, Noah shook his head. "No."
"What? Noah, you wanted this too! How many times have you
wished you could go on fantastic adventures! Now here's a chance!
Why won't you come?"
Noah sighed. "I'd only hold you back. I was almost killed
yesterday in the White Dragon Cave. I don't want you to always
have to be watching my back when you need to watch your own.
Besides, this is your destiny. Mine has yet to be fulfilled,
Dyne looked at Ghaleon for help. Ghaleon whispered to him,
"He has made his choice. It's not for you or me to force him
to change his mind. He has chosen to stay here, and you must
Dyne looked at Noah sadly. "Well Noah, you take care of yourself."
"Thanks, I will. And wipe that frown of your face. I'm sure
we'll see each other again someday.
Dyne smiled, encouraged by his friend's words. "See you around,
"Yeah, you too."
# # #
With Ghaleon's magic and Dyne's swordsmanship, the two adventurers
were through the Weird Woods within a couple of hours. It was
early afternoon by the time they reached Saith. After lunch
in the local pub, Ghaleon hired a ship to take them around.
It was Dyne's first time on a ship, and he raced to the bow,
gazing at the beautiful sight of the Meribian Sea. He felt his
pulse quicken in anticipation as the sails were lowered, and
the ship set sail. He stood immobilized as the ship glided through
Ghaleon soon walked up besides him. He too smiled at the beauty
of the ocean, the sunshine reflected in the water like a river
of gold, the wind in his face.
"So where are we going?" asked Dyne.
Ghaleon's voice was distant as he looked ahead. "Toward the
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