Without wasting an instant Ham ran to his cottage, grabbed his largest sword, mounted his horse and took off after the dragon. He followed the great worm until he could no longer see it. At the next village, he stopped and questioned the villagers.
He questioned everyone he met about where the dragon’s lair might be hidden. None knew, but they all pointed toward the west. After an exhausted, but restless sleep, Ham purchased a few supplies and set off west to find Olivia.
He traveled for days and days, hardly resting. He passed through farms, towns and villages and asked everyone he met where the dragon slept. No one could tell him, but they all pointed him even further west. At the foot of a tall mountain reaching up almost into the clouds, he set his horse free, for there was no way the horse could climb this height.
He climbed over two smaller mountains which sat at the foot of the great mountain and when he had finally scaled the summit of the highest peak, he rested and looked out over the valley below just in time to see the green scaly back of Kliban as he left his lair. The dragon’s lair lay hidden in a crevice on the other side of the mountain. It was situated up high enough that climbing up from the valley below would have been impossible. For unlike the side of the mountain Ham had clambered up, this side was a sharp, jagged cliff face. Stay tuned for the continuation of The Swordsmith and the Dragon...