Chapter 38. Spring Quarter Begins
Kolo walked slowly with Jona and talked about why she left.
“My family had to move, the Csu are in the area.”
“The chew?” Jona asked.
“Csu, C-S-U, no one knows where they came from, but they are a human-like kind of creature, but aggressive, hateful. They have drawn upon something that no one wishes to believe.” She shuddered. “Gorgons.”
“You are speaking in riddles.” He looked sideways at his friend.
“Paying attention in next years classes on dragon and human relationships will help. But for now, I’ll explain it is a kind of religion. The Csu follow a book, interpreted by the High-Priestess and their queen.”
“And what are gorgons?” They mounted the curving steps to the emerald level, to the dorms of their level.
“Gorgons are dragons that have fallen under the spell of the Csu, they have an anger that is corrupts their bodies, humans are favorite target, but an attack by a gorgon the humans view as an attack by a dragon. Dragons come in all shapes and sizes, like humans.” She held his hand. “We have hearts and skin, each of us are as different as two humans. Gorgons cannot be spotted from dragons, humans then hunt every single dragon to pay the price of the few malevolent creatures.”
“Do we have those here in school?”
“Oh no!” She shook her head. “Professors and even the Green Wizard have a sense about that, dragons and humans that are too dangerous to live with each other are not brought here. They go to a different school.”
“What kind of school?” Jona asked, still learning about the nuances about the university. “Like a school for dunces?”
“More like how to teach peace. Humans and Dragons do not associate at that school.”
“Where is it?”
“Other side of the world. It would take the fastest flier almost a day to get there.” Her slid around his waist and pulled him close to her as they topped the stairs and walked down the hallway. “I have missed you.”
Jona smiled, color rising to his cheeks.
“Oh, I forgot, you are sensitive to that.” She laughed softly. “Humans don’t touch like dragons.”
“I think you just like to touch me.” He grinned at her.
“Well, you smell good, especially after you have showered. You use that cedar oil soap. There is only one other I like more, but I don’t want you to try it.”
“What scent is that?”
“Fish.” She winked. “Specifically, salmon.”
“Um, yeah. No.” He laughed.
“Well, I’m thirsty. I am going to get some tea and study. I will tell you more about the Csu when I sit down.”
Jona shook his head.
“I just finished flying with Eva, I need to shower, if she gets in before me, she uses all the hot water.”
Kolo laughed and nodded.
“I’ll be on a cushion when you come out. I have studying to do, come sit with me.” She looked at him sideways. “You do still like to sit with me?”
“Oh, of course!”
“Summer enjoyed herself. You should invite her here sometime and come cuddle.” She smiled. “She would like that. Her clan are known cuddlers and raise families with humans.”
“Maybe later, right now? A shower.” Jona shook his head.
“Use that cedar soap.” She laughed and called after the human that tickled her heart.
She sat there with a large cup of steaming tea when Kola came and sat next to her.
“Did you tell the professors what happened at home?”
His sister shook her head.
“I have had enough trouble telling Jona. If the Csu have moved into the swimmer clan’s area, they are moving everywhere, the school would know before I told them.”
“Tell us what?”
It was Professor Vale, he walked on soft, cat-like feet when he wanted to. He walked to the golden tea-pot and turned the handle at the bottom, filling a cup with the fragrant steaming brew.
“Sir, the Csu forced my clan to move. They imposed their kind of law and it is a horrid version of law, worse than anything archaic humans have ever thought up.” Kolo looked down and went quiet.
Kola spoke up.
“Professor, they are using Gorgons.”
The tea-cup stopped in mid-air between the saucer and the Professor’s lips for a count of five before he took a sip.
“Gorgon.” He muttered as he took a sip while looking straight at Kola. “Are you sure?”
“They have the markings, carved into their scales.” Kola said.
“Professor.” Jona walked in wearing a thick, brushed cotton robe, his hair wet. “What is a gorgon?”
“They are a group of dragons that the Csu twisted and corrupted within and without by the magic of Csu.” Professor Vale started slowly. “They submit with free will, or captured and forced to convert, either way, they change.” He shook his head, sipped his tea, took a breath and continued. “The heart of the dragon is resilient and the scales of a dragon reflect what is in the heart. This is why you see dragons here as you do. Even those that are…”
Professor Vale trailed off and sipped his tea.
“Sorry, I lost the word.” He paused. “Bully. That’s it. Their heart reflects the violent fear that is in the core of their heart. They feel that it is the only way for them to achieve salvation and all that stand in their way they destroy. Human, dragon, young, old, statue, memories. And they will destroy all history to make way for only one leader and religion.”
“The Csu.” Jona said.
“Very good, I do not know where you have been doing your social studies, but you have been paying attention.” The Professor said.
“The serious threat that the Csu have for the world, where they raid, they use a scorched earth policy in society and physically. Humans are wiped out, dragons join or die.”
“Dragons do not submit.” Kola said.
“No, that means for a severe battle when swimmers, runners and flyers band together and fight against a creeping evil that is the insanity named Csu.” Vale shook his head. “Csu must be nearly two-thousand winter’s old by now.”
“Who is Csu?” Jona asked, his blue eyes locked on Vales gold.
“Csu was a student here, but dropped out when a judge caught her cheating during a race. The school transferred her to the segregated school for humans to learn peace and acceptance of dragons.” Vale took another swallow of tea. “She nearly killed a human boy. I do not know all the circumstances, but she used an object that she keeps with her. An antler of an animal.”
“She wrote a book about that time, claiming that it was the word of the Dragon Lord, Gamon.” Vale’s voice was soft as he thought. “Gamon has not been spoken of before, no one knows where it came from. But she gathered followers of like-minded dragons. She might be half-dragon herself, no one knows for sure, but her appearance has changed. Perhaps reflecting her heart and soul, buy in any way you wish to look at it, the group she has started has taken on her name. She is Csu, they are the Csu.”
“Corruption of the inside, corrupts the outside?” Jona asked.
“Not entirely accurate, but essentially, yes.” Vale nodded. “Dragons when angered over a long time, their bodies prepare for battles, claws get longer, scales get coarser and thicker. In mixed races with humans, elves and others, the effect is still observable.”
“So she builds a following. How can the world stop this?” Kola asked.
“Dragons, by and large, are peaceful with given exceptions.” Vale was still pondering. “My suggestion to you students, do not seek anything out on this. Stay within the range of the school.”
Jona looked around wide-eyed.
“I don’t think I want to leave the house.”
“Do not stress young human, we have protocols in place.” Vale tried to smile.
“Nothing can happen.”