Rowena wiped her forehead and exhaled heavily as she finished her final chores of the day on the family's farm, her attempts to cool herself down were pointless with the summer sun beating down on her. It felt like the day was never going to end, but it always felt like that when she knew afterward she and Odo would be taking to the skies to do their daily rounds to make sure all was well. With that in mind, her lips curled upward and she was quick to put the farming tools away before rushing inside with a call to her father to say she was finished. If she could, she would be a Dragon Rider all day, every day. She would work on her skills in the air and have herself and Odo perfect their teamwork together. They had been together for two years now and from what she learned, her dragon still had a few more stages to go through. He wasn't yet able to breath full streams of fire, but he was getting there. His wings were still powerful and strong, as were his legs and his scales may as well be armor. Being a woman, there were many things expected of Rowena and being a Dragon Rider was definitely not one of them. She should have been married by now, perhaps half-way through a second pregnancy. That was certainly the case with her sister. Yet...here she was, still living on her family's farm without a husband in sight. Her brother and his wife were ready to take over the farm, a little one on the way and her sister had literally moved on, having gone to another village. At least that made trading good. Wiping a cloth over her face to rid it of sweat and dirt, Rowena eagerly escaped to the forestry that was close to the hut they all lived within. Odo, she spoke through the link they shared, Are you ready for some flying? A soft grumble echoed through her mind as the trees around her began to quiver, I'm always ready. --------- In the sky was were Rowena felt freest. There were no restrictions or limitations. She was able to scream, shout and say whatever she pleased without being judged. Well...without being judged by humans anyways. The setting evening sun hit Odo's dark green scales and the light wind tangled and teased at her hair as Rowena closed her eyes with a soft sigh. She was aware of Odo turning his head slightly to look at her as he carried them around the boarder of their village before turning back to face the way they were flying. Rowena...there's a problem. There's...there's other dragons. Immediately her eyes opened and Rowena was alert to Odo's warnings, leaning forward were she sat on his back to scan the horizon before locking onto the suspicious cluster in the distance. "They're coming in fast..." She mused and she cleared her throat, attempting not to panic. Odo was the first dragon herself and her village had seen in years. A group of dragons that large...that just smelt of trouble. "We should go warn the elders." --------- They never reached the elders. The Dragons reached them first. Destruction. Fire. Rage. Burning. Rowena had no idea where to focus first. Her family were missing, she had no idea where they were. People were running, screaming, seeking any kind of shelter. But as soon as they entered their houses...flames engulfed them. She and Odo tried to protect them all as best as possible, but there were too many and it was too late. "Rowena!" A voice yelled for her in the smoke and her heart leaped, hoping it to be someone belonging to her family but upon Odo lowering to the ground...it wasn't, it was Jonathon. One of the elders. "You need to go! Warn the other villages! This could be coming down on them soon enough! Go, now! Don't waste any time! Go!" "But the villa-" "It's too late for the village! You must go! Now!" Jonathon gave her a shove to keep her on Odo's back before slapping the flank of her dragon. Tears filled her eyes and it wasn't from the exposure to the smoke. Go, Odo. Quickly. Her voice was barely a whisper in his mind and soon they were flying high above the attack after fighting their way through. The sounds of death and the crackle of fire fading behind them as they raced for the next village...but Rowena knew that what happened would haunt her forever.