TITLE: Dragon Within
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
Ling had been hunting dragons her entire life. Each dragon unique. How many had she hunted? Dozens? Hundreds? Maybe a thousand. Yes, at one time there were thousands of dragons, now perhaps a handful were left. At one time she hid from the dragons. Now they hid from her.
It had been years since she encountered a dragon. Her quarry sat a few feet away in the Ex Libris Cafe, radiating magic. Inexperience or overconfidence, she wasn’t sure which. He sipped some frothy espresso drink, blending in with the other college students perfectly. They always blended in. It was one of their talents. Well, it was also something Ling had mastered. She approached, confident the backpack and University of Chicago t-shirt were appropriate for the location.
“Hi, you’re in my physics class aren’t you?” She dropped her backpack on the floor and sat in the chair next to him.
“Professor Johnson’s class?”
She nodded. “Can I ask you a favor?”
“I guess so.”
Good, he didn’t recognize her for what she was. She leaned forward. Not too much, dragons were territorial and she needed his trust. “I missed a couple classes and was wondering if I could copy your notes.”
“Sure.” He leaned down and unzipped his backpack, brushing against her arm as he did.
Magic poured into her. Ling cut off the flow immediately, but the damage was done. It had been so long since she encountered a dragon. She should have shielded herself better. Young dragons like this one leaked magic, but his magic should have been weak. Only a trained dragon should have been able to break through her shield. Or a natural born dragon.
He scooted back, bumping into the chair behind him. “Who are you? What do you want?”
Damn. He was going to make this hard.