By Mykela



Dipher is a hatchling that Mi’atsha hatches.  He is golden and very intellectual.  His egg is in the reject area and the adult dragons don’t know what to do.  Their communities don’t have a lot of space to expand and therefore they don’t have room for unproductive dragons.  Mi’atsha assures them that Dipher is smart.  In fact, she knows she needs him to help her read the volumes of books that she needs to read.  Mi’atsha tells the dragons that the young dragon’s problem is that he is not socially inclined, but Mi’atsha also is not socially inclined and doesn’t see that as a problem.

One of the early books that Dipher reads is ‘Dunhimp and the Golden Beast’.  He reads this book three times to try and grasp its meaning.  ‘Dunhimp and the Golden Beast’ is a story within the story.  Some people in the story believe it tells the origin of the dragons; some believe it tells the very purpose of dragons and that purpose is to be the conscience of the human who hatched them and the conscience of humans around them in general.  At such a young age Dipher doesn’t really understand all the rights and wrongs to do, much less why humans might choose them.

Dipher does love to read and throughout the story he seems to know which person needs to read which book.  Flying however his not his desire, much less his forte, so Mi’atsha teaches him a broom spell to use and convinces him to use it to get to her citadel to read more books.

Because Dipher uses the broom spell, many dragons have to get used to flying beside him as he doesn’t flap his wings, nor does he create updrafts.

Everyone loves Dipher and they accept him, and they take the books he hands them as they resign themselves to reading the book.  At the same time, they ponder, just how it is that Dipher knows what he knows.

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