Here is the second part of The Adventurous Alphabet Path story. I will be back soon with the pictures, booklist, and more of the story. If you've decided to travel the alphabet path with us this year, I'd love to hear from you!
Russell left the castle in the early morning as the sun was just peeking out above the treetops. He followed the path that led up the mountain. He knew that if he followed this path, he would come to a hidden door. And behind that door was another path that would shorten his journey. But before he could get to the door, he had to pass the dragon’s cave. At first, he walked along in confidence, but as he got closer to the cave, Russell began to feel more and more nervous. He had heard terrible things about the dragon. How would he get past the dragon safely?
He stopped for a moment to rest. As he sat drinking some water, he felt the satchel at his side and inside it he felt the golden key. All at once, he remembered the angel and began to sing, “Angel, Angel, spread your wings right here. Angel, Angel send away my fear.”
And then, there was the angel. Russell could see her as plain as the rock upon which he sat.
“Yes, Russell? How can I help you?” asked the Angel.
“I am afraid,” said Russell. “To continue on my journey, I have to face the dragon in the cave. I am not brave like everyone thinks I am.”
“Russell, being brave does not mean you are not afraid. It simply means that you do your best even when you are afraid.”
Russell thought about this for a moment.
“I see, Angel. Thank you,” he said. “Please stay with me as I travel on.”
“I am always here,” said the angel sweetly.
And so, Russell gathered his things and walked on. It wasn’t long before he came to the dragon’s cave. As he came upon it, he could hear the great fiery breath of the dragon as it lay in its lair. Russell tiptoed to the mouth of the cave and peeked inside. The dragon, sensing that someone was near his cave, opened his eyes and let out a fiery roar. Russell was so scared but he remembered what the angel had said. Quickly, he looked around the cave wondering what to do. Again, the dragon let out a fiery roar. In the light of the dragon’s fire, Russell saw that the dragon’s feet were bound with a thick vine. Just then, an eagle flew overhead. Russell stepped back from the dragon and shading his eyes from the sun’s bright rays, he looked up at the eagle. He could see the eagle’s nest full of eggs balanced high up on the rocky ledge and he could see that the eagle held something shining in his talons. Circling back around, the eagle opened his talons and down fell a golden key and one of the eagle’s feathers. Russell picked up the key and examining it, saw that it had the letter E etched into it. Looking at the feather, he noticed that it shimmered in the sunlight and on the quill of it were the tiny words, “Give me to the dragon.”
And so, Russell placed the key into his satchel and stepped forward into the dragon’s cave.
“This feather is from the eagle,” Russell said.
The dragon bowed its head and Russell placed the feather into the dragon’s tied paw. All at once, the vines untwisted and the dragon was free.
“Thank you,” said the dragon in his raspy voice.
“But I did nothing,” said Russell.
“Oh, but you did,” replied the dragon. “You came into my cave. You brought me the feather of the eagle. Many others have come this way, but out of fear, they have all turned back. But you faced your fear and set me free. Thank you!”
“You are welcome,” said Russell. “Now I must continue on. Can you tell me? How much further to the hidden door?”
“It is just beyond the bend in the path up ahead.”
“Thank you,” Russell said, and he hurried on.
Just as the dragon had said, Russell found the door. He stood before it anxious about what may lie behind it, but knowing that his angel was with him, he lifted the latch and opened the door.