The Inner Dragon
By Colin J Platt
Copyright Colin J Platt 2015
Derek Weston: bully from school days
Anna Godfrey: friend
Kyle Simonson: friend
Mr. Thomson: next door neighbor
Alec Mac Nee: Detective Inspector
John Watkins: Detective sergeant
Jenkins: Police constable
Grunwald Magnusson was always a lonely person, ever since childhood where he struggled to understand people. People were his antagonists. People were always interfering in his life. Why did his father give him this ridiculous name and leave him when he was only five years old? Only his father could tell him what to do with his life. He left him a coded message which took Grun months to decipher. The message was locked in a cabinet under the mirror which Grun was always frightened to look into. It had runic symbols running around it. His mother had given Grun the key when he turned twenty one. Grun had found another key in the cabinet and a letter. The letter was from his father. It said he must begin the quest? After much work Grun finally managed to find the hidden box. Why didn’t his mother know anything about it, or anything relevant about his father? All she said was she was told by Grun’s father never to sell the house and to give him the key.
Grun was on the threshold of something which would alter his life forever. The box which was buried in the outhouse under the floor contained an assortment of things. It would take Grun three years to even begin to understand them. The main thing was the book.
After another three months of decoding he found the second letter hidden behind the fitted bookshelf. The letter said that he should stand in front of the mirror at a certain time and he would be given certain powers!
The time was the spring equinox. Grun stood in front of the mirror at twelve o clock. He meditated for several minutes with his eyes closed. When he opened them he could see a man writing a message on the inside of the mirror. He knew this man to be his father.
Grun had copied the message which remained for ten minutes after his father disappeared. Grun was disappointed at not being able to talk with his father but he knew that his father had Grun’s welfare at heart. Grun started to practice the exercises which were given him. The details are too secret to reveal here.
Scene one: the Mall
Grun:( sitting at a table in the cafe where he goes to be alone)
Derek: (standing over the table and smirking)
Well look who it is, the loneliest kid in town. What are you doing here?
Grun: (doesn’t speak)
What’s the matter? Did you finally lose your voice after I shoved your head down the toilet at school?
Grun: (still doesn’t say anything)
Well, it’s been crappy to see you. Maybe we’ll meet again in thirty years’ time. I will certainly look forward to staying away from your funeral. Ha.
(Thinking to himself) One of these day’s I will get even with that bastard. At least I don’t have to worry about money. I would hate to have to work with people like him, dad left us OK as far as the financial things go.
Anna: (walking by) Grun! Is that you?
What have you been doing with yourself? I haven’t seen you in ages.
I have been rather busy working.
What do you do?
Grun (thinking what to say)
Anna 😦 knowing Grun didn’t need to work)
It’s alright, Grun, you don’t need to tell me, I don’t mean to pry.
No, it’s not that I don’t want to tell you, Anna, but it is sort of a secret.
Really? May I sit down?
I’m so sorry, Anna. Please sit.
Anna: (looking serious)
Grun, I have to say I find this meeting very coincidental. I have had a series of dreams about you and your father.
Grun; (becoming tense)
Why? What happened?
It finally came to a head a few weeks ago when your father said I should meet up with you and discuss plans for the future. I wasn’t going to take any notice of it, but now I meet you here!
I am a little overwhelmed by this. My life seems to be one long coded, fateful part of something bigger than myself.
What happened to your father?
He disappeared when I was five years old, that’s all I know.
What does your mum say about it?
Not much, she hardly ever speaks of him. I get the impression she was scared of him but respected him also. It’s as if he married her just to have me.
Tell me about the dreams. What did they tell you?
They said I should help you to access the central library. You know I work there.
What? How can you risk that?
I know but I feel we have to do it. It is something I can’t help. There is a certain relic there which is supposed to have great power. The dream said that we should steal it!
Yes, I read about it. It has come from Egypt. This is the first time it has ever been out of a strong room. This is fantastic stuff. How could we pull it off?
We will have to plan it properly. What am I saying? I can’t think straight.
Let us calm down a bit. Things are happening so fast. I knew something of great importance was going to happen but I didn’t know when.
I feel scared. I don’t know why I came here. Maybe I should go. I feel as though this is a dream also.
I want you to go home and rest. Please don’t worry. Things will be OK, but I want to see you again in a few days. Don’t discuss this with anyone, is that understood?
Anna: Grun, I feel something is about to happen that will put you in danger. I’m sorry I came here, forget me. I won’t see you again. (Anna gets up and leaves)
Anna, please try to understand.
Derek: (walking by again)
Anna, please understand.
That is the first time you have spoken to me in ages. Does this mean we are to be buddies? Why don’t you come here and kiss my rear end?
Grun: (jumps up and grabs Derek by the throat. Derek starts to choke and is unconscious after a few seconds)
My God I should control myself. I knew this would happen. Please God don’t let him die.
What happened here?
I only touched him and he collapsed.
I saw you with your hand on his throat.
Yes, but I didn’t squeeze.
He is starting to come round. Give him some air and help me lift him into a chair.
This young man grabbed you by the throat and you collapsed.
I don’t believe it. He couldn’t hurt a fly.
Do you want to press charges? I will get the police.
You must be joking. I just slipped. Give me a few seconds and I will be out of here, and as for you, Grun the scum, I will deal with you later.
Scene two: home
Mum, I want a word with you about Dad.
Please, Grun, not again.
It is important. I feel I am going insane with these things that are happening to me.
My God, please don’t say that your father’s legacy is still here.
It is more than here, it is starting to take effect.
What do you mean?
I have to go somewhere and do something that is illegal.
Just tell me what you know of about the relic that Dad was always talking to you about.
It was something that he said was his and that he was going to wait no matter how long it took to get back.
I knew it. It is the same thing. Mum, I am worried about you.
Mum: (looking anxious) Grun, I have been having some dreams about your father. He says I am to go with him shortly.
Grun: (looking worried)
I know something about it, Mum.
I know you know more than you are letting on. I have always said you are the most talented person I have ever known, and I still feel it. Whatever your destiny is, Grun, I feel you will succeed. I, though, am ready to move on. I didn’t tell you about the hospital visits I have been taking. I didn’t want to worry you. I am dying. Your father knows this and is going to be here to help me across.
Grun: (looking at the floor with tears in his eyes)
Mum, I want you to go to my room and look into the mirror at six o clock. Dad has told me to tell you that he wants to speak to you.
Really? I knew you could understand all the stuff he was working on. My word, it is a quarter to six now, I better get ready. I will put on my best dress. He always liked it, you know that.
Grun; (knowing that this would be the last time he would see his mum in the physical realm, he was in tears, he also knew that Derek Weston was going to attempt arson on his home at three o clock in the morning.)
The power that Grun had built up slowly over the years was now starting to take effect. He knew certain things would happen at specific times. He knew also this power was known as the Inner Dragon. His father had left him a great responsibility. He knew he had to keep his mind in check at all times or risk releasing this awesome force.
To be continued in The Inner Dragon book two.
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