1. Even this far from home, the dragons insist on keeping the memory of their planet alive.
2. “You have to dress the part,” his father always insisted as they strapped him into layers of decorum. “No one takes a king seriously without a crown.” But he was a prince, not a king, and the silk bindings of state felt as heavy as gold.
3. Flames flare and die in the Nightmare’s hoofprints as walks across the lawn.
4. The virus is a neural EMP that overloads communication channels in a hot white blast of information, burning itself into flesh memory to escape the net.
5. They re-dig the riverbed in preparation for the ice melt, dredging the meandering banks of silt and debris and churning down until they hit bedrock.