Dragon's LibraryA Rainbow in the Dark
by David Pontier

This is a novel-length story about the childhood of Jarlaxle and Zaknafein.

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Part I: Just a Male Part II: The Academy
Part III: The Surface Part IV: Chaos

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Almost three months ago, I was driving down the road on my way to see a movie (I think it was Pearl Harbor) trying to think of a title for this story. I knew it would take me a couple months to write, but I wanted to be able to get feedback on it while I wrote it. This meant I would have to post it in sections. This also meant I would have to think of a title before I finished it, something I rarely did.

As I was thinking about how this stupid SUV had just cut me off, a song came on the radio and my mind came to a screeching halt. It was "Rainbow in the Dark" by Dio. Here are the lyrics if you are unfamiliar with the song.

When there's lightning - it always brings me down
Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
I cry for magic - I feel it dancing in the light
But it was cold - I lost my hold
To the shadows of the night.

There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a Rainbow in the Dark

Do your demons - do they ever let you go
When you've tried - do they hide - deep inside
Is it someone that you know
You're a picture - just an image caught in time
We're a lie - you and I
We're words without a rhyme.

There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a Rainbow in the Dark

When there's lightning - it always brings me down
Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
Feel the magic - feel it dancing in the air
But it's fear - and you'll hear
It calling you beware.

There's no sign of the morning coming
There's no sight of the day
You've been left on your own
Like a Rainbow in the Dark

I nearly exploded with excitement at the fact that now I had a great title for the story. It also helped to shape the motivation for Zak and Jarl.

Even though he'll never read this, I want to thank RAS for creating these characters so I could play with them for a couple months. I have no immediate plans for any more FR stories. I have one or two in my head, but nothing that I will likely write within the next month. For all of you that made it this far, I would like to thank you as well.

Dave

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