Crach Ffinnant – Volume III – Ravens and Dragons

written by Lazarus Carpenter

“As the Cock crowed”
“Essex stepped towards Edmund, his fist raised in anger and frustration.  Instinctively Edmund stepped back three paces, his right hand moving to grip his sword.” 
“I asked him to stand on the pontoon and net some fish.” The Abbot stated.  “He must have fallen in by being over-balanced, judging by the sight of the net so heavily laden.” 
“I am afraid, my old friends, from the account I heard, it seems it was stressed by their spy that a dwarf and a shepherd were overheard whispering about dragons in a smoky corner of a hostelry.
“The face armour of the horses changing their appearance considerably to one of a most evil presence.  Some were like gargoyles, others hideous deformities of what would once have been a recognisable and beautiful creature.”
” Henry stabbed the dagger into the table with a thud and left it shaking in situ as he banged his fist down to reinforce the royal command.”
Owain leaned back in his chair and toasted his feet in front of the fire.
“What, in heaven’s name, will happen next, dear Crach? Everything moves with the speed of breath.”
” Merlina looked so small next to the large mare.  The top of her head did not even reach the mare’s neck.  Crow poured oats into a nosebag and hooked it over Merlina’s head.  She wasted no time in filling her empty tummy.  There they stood, both horse and pony, resting, relaxed and eating, which was just what they both deserved.”
“As Edmund and his companions returned down the stairs, Sam was rubbing his greasy hands on the apron which was strapped tightly around his large paunch.”
“I finally let Merlina retire to the paddock at Syncharth. I now rode the warhorse and had named her Cwtch. She was a very solid mare and when riding her, I felt two major things. One, I was a long way from the ground and two, it was a long way to fall!”
“A tear appeared in the corner of the great dragon’s golden eye.” 
Lifting my legs, Emrys effortlessly slipped on my boots.  “There we are, Sir.  Boots on.” 
“A dwarf with an enormous belly and large purple nose, picked up the sacred horn and blew three long deep blasts that echoed throughout the chamber. “
“Erasmus slumped over the table, putting his head onto his arms.  He avoided sleep because it was invaded by nightmares as, indeed, were his waking hours.  He tried to think of something to warm his thoughts and heart and let his mind drift to Glastonbury.”
” Henry ripped a leg from a chicken and proceeded to devour it to the bone.  The royal wolfhounds would eat well this night. “
” Coming to the end of the valley, I could see the outline of the Abbey silhouetted in the distance against the afternoon sun.  We could be there in less than half an hour.
” I sat on a mound of straw with my back against the stable wall and did something I have not done in a long while, I lit my pipe and had a long relaxing smoke of wormwood. 
“One of you will continue to ride to London with your despatches, except you will go alone this time.”