She stumbled as her name pierced through her mind with the force of a thrown spear, shattering her thoughts. The young priestess nearly submerged fully into the cold water before catching hold of a nearby pillar. Steadying herself, she searched the room, but could still only see the dancing shadows cast from the magically lit candles high on the walls.
But she could feel its presence. Closer... Eager...
Something erupted from the pool towards her with great speed! Her hands shot out and magical words escaped her lips in defense.
"Noooo!" A sudden flash of blinding light told her the wards were useless and something crashed into her chest. In a panic, Tiavara quickly got hold of its body and held it out, but there was no struggle.
Carefully, the priestess opened her eyes, still adjusting from the magical flash. What she saw was impossible! A sparkle of sapphire eyes greeted her warmly from a lizard-like head. Tiny blue and gray scales glistened over it's body and tail, and