"Dreth is new to us. We will record his lore as we see him more. A dragon in our waters!" She clapped her hands in front of her and smiled. "This is truly an exciting time! However, we do have other legends that I want to tell you about, Obsidian Wraith." She looked at Obsi and waited. Obsi nodded, then she continued. "First, I shall tell you of the legend of Meglok."
"Meglok has patrolled the waters of the Island Nations for longer than anyone can remember. My grandmother used to tell tales of how her grandmother once caught a glimpse of Meglok. That is six generations back! It is said that he blends with the seaweed and kelp in the ocean, which is why he is almost never seen...unless he wants to be seen."
Maiara paused to take a sip of fruit juice. "Meglok is a fierce warrior. Bodies of gigantic sharks that wash up on the beaches are said to have been slain by Meglok. No creature alive can best him in combat! Unlike Scorpa, however, there is no known report of Meglok ever harming a human."
"Why is that?" Obsi asked, extremely intrigued by this tale.
"Because," Maiara said, leaning forward and lowering her voice to a whisper, "Meglok is the true ruler of the Island Nations." She glanced at Ano, then back at Obsi.
Ano sighed and rolled his eyes, feigning annoyance. "Everyone knows Meglok is the true ruler. However, until he decides to come live here, I will rule this Nation." He locked eyes with Maiara, who sat straight again. They stared at each other, narrowing their eyes simultaneously. After a few moments, Ano erupted in laughter.
Maiara smiled. "See, I get you with that one every time!"
Ano rose, walked over to the older woman and kissed the top of her head. "Yes, yes you do Mother. Now if you both will excuse me, I have to oversee the fruit harvest for today." He bowed to both of them, his green hair falling over his shoulders, then went off in the direction of the forest.
After she was sure Ano was out of hearing range, Maiara said, "So, do you think Meglok could be a dragon?" in an excited voice.
Obsi chuckled a bit at the Elder's enthusiasm. "Well, from what you described, he certainly fits the profile of a dragon. But, until Dreth, I'd never heard of a dragon living totally under the water."
Maiara clapped her hands and giggled. "I have always dreamed of dragons! And to think, they may have been living right under my nose all the time!! I would love to listen to your tales of your dragons, but I believe you are wanted elsewhere." Her eyes lifted and Obsi turned her head to see Leilani approaching. She smiled, bowed to both of them and gave her grandmother a quick hug.
"I came to see if maybe Obsidian Wraith wanted to join me on patrol for a bit?"
"She would love to!" Maiara answered with a wink. She rose with a quick bow and walked off in the same direction as Ano.
Obsi followed Leilani back to the beach. They walked slowly along, scanning both the water and the beach for anything unusual.
"So, what did you think of Grandmother?" Leilani asked after a few moments.
Obsi smiled. "She is wonderful! Exactly how I pictured my grandmothers. I never knew either of them. They lived far away from us. They both passed during the Blackblood Wars. But I will tell you about that another time," she said, hoping Leilani wouldn't press her further on the subject. She did not.
"What tale did she tell you?"
"Meglok. Have you ever seen him?"
Leilani shook her head. "I hope to every day, but have not as of yet. They consider it an honor to see him, but also a blessing if he is not seen. It is said that if he is seen too often it is because he is unhappy. This is why we leave a third of our catch alive and return it to the ocean, no matter how big or small that catch is. This is so Meglok knows we are not taking more than we need to survive." Obsi nodded and they walked along, chatting about the things they saw along the way.
Nearby and unseen, a ripple of water followed the pair. The creature under the ripple listened, until his name was not spoken any more and he got bored. Meglok dove deeper under the water, showing just the tiniest bit of his leaf-like fins.