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Of Water and Dragons

Of Water and Dragons by Kelley Heckart
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They were destined to meet, but were they destined to be together?

Though her heart wanted something different, Nemu knew what had to be done. There was much more at stake than her own suffering or the life of one man. The encroaching Romans threatened many innocent lives. Watching the dark storm clouds gather over the mountains, she thought how odd it was that nature often reflected ones feelings. Would the sun ever appear for her again? She saw herself as a tree battered by the wind and sleet, her heart a frozen knot of roots being ripped out by the damaging winds. There was nothing she could do to escape. She would have to stay strong and hope the storm would lose its strength, leaving her heart intact and Ambiorix safe.

“Of Water and Dragons” takes place on the mystical island of Britannia from the dark enchanted lochs of Scotland to the grand bathhouses of Roman Britain.

The battle of Mons Graupius in AD 84 is one of the most profound battles in history when the Romans, though greatly outnumbered, defeat the Celtic tribes of ancient Scotland and furthered the expansion of the Roman Empire. Here, in this untamed land the Romans call Caledonia, lives Nemu (Nay-Moo), a half-human, half-water faery woman. Soon after the battle ends, she finds a wounded Roman soldier named Ambiorix. Despite her distrust of humans, she takes him in and heals his wounds. Though they are from different worlds, they are mysteriously drawn to each other, but unforeseen forces keep them apart until their worlds collide in a fury of fire, blood and darkness.

Of Water and Dragons weaves together the Roman history and Celtic lore of ancient Britain to create an unforgettable story of love and sacrifice.

Awe-Struck Publishing; May 2006
198 pages; ISBN 9781587495663
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Title: Of Water and Dragons
Author: Kelley Heckart
 
Excerpt
Nemu now kept her distance from him, choosing to walk instead of riding behind him on the horse. She also stopped speaking to him except for a few meaningless words here and there. After a day of forced silence, he couldn’t take it anymore. He pulled on the reins, halting the horse. Nemu turned around when she realized he wasn’t following her anymore. “Why are you stopping?” He dismounted. “We need to talk.” “Why? What is there to talk about?” “I know we have to keep our hands off each other, but why can’t we still talk to each other? Why can’t we still be friends?” He immediately regretted saying the last sentence. Suddenly, she was right up in his face, her eyes blazing like a wild forest creature. “Friends? You want to be friends? You beast!” Tears glittered in her eyes. He tried to reach for her, to give her comfort, but she backed away. “I didn’t mean it that way. I…I just can’ t stand it that you won’t even talk to me. I miss your company. I promise not to touch you anymore, but please don’t shut me out completely.” She wiped at her eyes. “You don’t know how hard this is for me. I want to be near you, but I can’t. And the thought of you marrying someone else rips my heart out. The closer I get to you the harder it is for me to accept. And it doesn’t help that all you do is joke about it! How would you like it if I were to marry another?” He reached for her again and this time she allowed him to hold her. “I am so sorry that I hurt you.” He gently kissed the top of her head. “I couldn’t stand the thought of you marrying another. We will be together soon. I promise you that. And I promise to keep my hands off you if you will promise to talk to me.” She looked up, a faint smile on her lips. “I promise to talk to you. If you keep your promise, I will keep mine.” But there was still a haunted look in her eyes and Ambiorix new that she still kept something from him. He decided now wasn’t the time to pressure her for information. Holding her in his arms, he gently turned her around to face the mountain. He stood behind her with his arms still wrapped around her, gazing at the awesome scene. “Isn’t it beautiful?” she exclaimed, resting her head against his chest.