The undisclosed story Arigae had stolen from generations, the story of a star keeper bound by the love of a unicorn, came forth. The story of a compass, designed with purpose, lost from his [Drystan’s] hands, the hands of the universe, and how stars had aligned paths for its return. How the Birth was part of an intended plan, with a message for a rising heir. How the legend, the myths that’d become truths, turned and allotted a chapter just for him. A blank page, and at the same time, not so very blank with destiny’s calligraphy penned in permanent ink. And how magic had revealed magic, a grafted code forged by the dream of a dragon.Excerpt taken from M. Wednesday’s “Moon Reign – A Fallen Star” chapter 40
This series couldn’t end appropriately without concluding it with the star of this debut. A seven-part series – kindness, patience, bravery, steadfastness, compassion, confidence – I couldn’t fit the entire book’s cast and their cardinal attributes, but I also couldn’t wrap this up without crowning it with the attribute of Loyalty.
Drystan rightfully wears that crown. Because, as the author, I know that every action he takes and every motive that comes from his heart is based on the solid foundation of loyalty.
Moon Reign’s story has a rough start with Drystan and his father, Hamond. The tension is obvious. If it weren’t for Hamond’s decisions in rehoming Soren to Aledonia, there’d be no tension. (There also wouldn’t be a story, either, but…) Their relationship would have been a normal father-son-relationship, as it had been ever since Hamond was given a son to raise. But such a decision wedged a , strained, cold-shouldered and agitated thorn between them, and rightly so. I mean, I’d be really pissed at my parent too if they up and sold my pet, especially if it was a dragon. But Drystan, just like everyone else in Moon Reign’s cast, has his own lot of imperfections, and these bare their fangs during this stressed period with Hamond.
Underneath all the blatant reasons he has to harbor enmity, loyal love maintains respect, consideration, and concern for his father.
“Phaedra, father’s dying. If nothing is fixing him, then –”“Moon Reign – A Fallen Star” chapter 7
“Listen. Hunting for star magic… is not… You’re going up against a rough breed of people if you go after it. You do realize that, yes? Hamond did not raise you to kill for such purposes.” She stared, perplexed and troubled.
“But I’m not doing this for a decoration on my wall. I don’t even have any intent on killing it.”
“Then the love of a unicorn will be yours to possess?”
“There’s only one way to answer that,” he said softly. “And maybe I am. What if I am? Is it not worth a try to save his life?”
Loyalty to his father was the solid basis for ever wanting to go after the unicorn in the first place. Love played a part in this, obviously, as did the fear of losing him. But even after all the emotional duress Hamond put him through with Soren, the loyalty was still able to shine through that storm. It’s too easy to shrug someone out of our lives after they’ve wronged us, that’s just human nature. Loyalty won’t allow that as an immediate reaction. Setting aside transgressions is an act of forgiveness. Situations where forgivenessis a direct result ofloyalty shows that the mistakes made are less important than the value of the relationship.
“Even if I’m not there. And even though you can’t hear me? I’ll be right here. I’m not going anywhere. You’re mine.”Drystan to Soren “Moon Reign – A Fallen Star” chapter 2
And the value of a relationship will not be broken easily. Soren was leaving – for good – but, Drystan had no intentions of replacing him or filling the hole in his heart with another dragon, and the stables allowed plenty of hatchlings for him to give his heart to again. His love for Soren was true. It wasn’t convenient, selfish, or shallow because his loyalty wasn’t going to allow time, distance, or circumstance sever that.
Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the bond between friends will sever to show where it is you truly stand in the relationship. But loyalty will not forget the love between you and a truefriend – It will pick up right where it left off after the distance has been reconnected.
And then there’s the unbreakable loyalty, the special kind that you vow to give to one person every day for the rest of your life.
“I love you! More than anything in this world!” (…) “So many times I’ve died wanting to show you how much you mean to me! What I have with you? I don’t want with anyone else!”Drystan to Nessa “Moon Reign – A Fallen Star” chapter 40
The kind of loyalty that doesn’t have eyes for anyone else. Twelve years of growing up with her, his friendship with Nessa bloomed into something deeper. Twelve years and you get to know a person pretty well. You see all of them for who they are – the good and bad habits, the sad and angry tears, the temper and the laughter. True love chooses to accept a person for who they are. Loyalty is what keeps that love faithful. Nessa was his best friend, his partner in everything, and he understood that being loyal to her included every aspect of their relationship.
I found it interesting that some of the previous attributes in this series all begin with a the brickwork of loyalty.
Loyalty is kindness. Your partner should be your best friend; you’re on each other’s team.
Loyalty is patience. Realizing that you both are flawed, that you both make mistakes, can give you the patience to listen to your partner and can help read between the unspoken lines.
Loyalty is steadfastness; knowing you can rely on each other through the good times and the bad.
But what about being loyal to yourself?
“Know yourself, be yourself, be true to yourself” –positive affirmations we see scrolled with pretty fonts on Pinterest, things we hear that give us that extra boost of encouragement. Well, what if you don’t know yourself yet? What if you’re still growing into who the universe is making you to be?
“Who says you’re to have it all figured out? Maybe no one ever truly will. But that’s not a purpose in life, is it? Striving to figure out the unknown twists and turns, that’s not purposeful. That’s living in fear. Fear of the unknown. You know? Maybe life is meant to be about learning to surrender. To let go and trust that, in time, the things you need that’ll grow you into the person you needto be, will be revealed.”Osric to Drystan “Moon Reign – A Fallen Star” chapter 49
Drystan, in some aspects, is wise beyond his years. There are some decisions he’s made that most nineteen-year-olds don’t make, and some that show he’s still got some growing up to do. And one of those decisions proved that there’s still an entire human he’s yet to grow into.
At 19, I felt pretty confident in what I was, thought I was all grown up and that this was who I’d be for the rest of my life.
Then I turned 20.
21 came and went and showed me what it was like to be an adult. At 22, I was lost as to who I was and what I was supposed to be, how to act, how to be my age, or what to like to be liked. 23 somewhat straightened things out. I have no idea where 24 went.
And now I’m 25, turning 26 this November, and I still don’t know myself all the way.
My point is, is that we will never stop growing. We will never stop learning the little things about ourselves because it’ll all happen in time. And really…Who says we’re to have ourselves all figured out?
One thing I’ve come to understand about myself is, as a writer – when you find who you’re supposed to be as a writer – don’t let that person go.
You found your voice? Great. Shout it out for the world to hear. You know how to break the rules correctly? Be a talented rebel. You made a decision on indie or traditional? Good, now push your dreams to the max. Do not stray from the decisions you’ve made as the writer you’ve become. Be loyal to yourself as a writer.
The goal of this series was not only to prepare you for my book, but was also to bring a ray of motivational sunshine to your day, as a person or a writer.
I’ve been writing Drystan’s story for the past five years and I know I’ll be writing it for years to come. He’s helped me grow, but that doesn’t mean I’m done growing. Neither of us are.
The lesson learned through Drystan: Loyalty is a special quality with facets of forgiveness, faithfulness and devotion. Be true to the very best that is in you and live your life consistently with a loyal spirit.
Lyrical inspiration for Drystanhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS5GfL9F7L4