Holiday Newsletter by Luci Adams

Well, here we are, another year gone by. It’s Chanukah, Christmas,Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Yule time, again. (Did I cover them all?)

This year I’ve decided to write a Holiday Newsletter (‘holiday’ because I don’t want to have to list all of them separately again).

What a great year it has been. Let me tell you all about it.

First of all, back in January, my friends Snagglepuss the Red and Purple; Gryff the Green and Lavender; and Fafner the Green and Gold; decided to take a journey with me to visit our Frost Dragon friends—Spitz, Marta,Thule and their clan—for the year.

We started with our friends at their clan home in the Arctic, January and February being the time when the eggs are hatched and the chicks are raised. The eggs are either white or blue with silver markings. When they are laid (usually 2 at a time), they are incubated immediately at well below zero. Upon occasion, a mother may blast the eggs with a frosty breath if she thinks the nest is becoming too warm.

The clan hunts polar bear, reindeer, and elk to feed on. Sometimes they supplement their diet with sub-aquatic species, so there is always plenty to eat. On occasion they frost-freeze their prey for later consumption. (This is so the prey doesn’t run away; there is no need to worry about anything spoiling from too much heat in the Arctic.)  Chicks have a tendency to grow quickly, so by March they start the migration southward.

From March to May we followed them on their long trek—more than 11,000 miles—to the Antarctic. The chicks fly with their mothers (they stay in the middle for protection) and up to 16 or so males. They fly together, either in an inverted V format or single file. Feeding during migration time is not a problem; our friends are good divers and great swimmers underwater; they hunt orcas, dolphins, giant squid and walrus.

We found that the juveniles would sometimes wander. There could be several reasons for this including: their curiosity to see what the world is like, inexperience, or they could be seeking out gemstones to help protect their underbellies.

Upon arrival in the Antarctic in June, our friends build or repair lairs from the previous year. After the finish of repairing or building the lairs, it is a time of mating for the Frost Dragon. And, did you know that Frost Dragons grow fur on their chests at this time? They do. Scientists think that is impossible, but we saw it happen. By August, the fur molts and blows out to sea; that’s why scientists think it is impossible to have scales and fur at the same time. (Scientists just don’t get these other-realm happenings.)

Wintering in the Antarctic can be a real challenge though; feeding can be a lean experience – they are often reduced to feeding on penguins or leopard seals. Whaling fleets have done a number on the large aquatic animals that are available.

A little aside if you will; I bet you didn’t know the male frost dragons don’t build a lair to attract a mate as the European dragons do, they use their frosty blasts to create intricate ice sculptures to attract a mate.

Now back to the story. From September through November, there is a migration northward again. Some of the expectant females do one or two stopovers on the way. They are looking for a special food source to provide particular nutrients—gotta keep well to have healthy babies, don’t you know.

Now we are back from a very busy year, but let me fill you in on some of the particulars of our year with the Frost Dragons. You may wonder why they migrate twice a year. It is because they prefer winter darkness, so they go between the poles to enjoy most of their year where it is cold and dark.

And, you ask, how did I live all this time? Well, I built an igloo in both the Arctic and Antarctic. They really are surprisingly warm even though they are built of blocks of snow. I also had one right next door to me for Snagglepuss, Gryff and Fafner. What did I eat? I’ll not go into detail but, let it suffice that I don’t want much gefelte fish any more. Unh.

And lest I forget… these beasties grow up to 40 feet long, 12 to 15 feet high and have muscular, stocky bodies with a ridge of spikes from head to tail. Large males often have chest and leg spikes as well. Some also develop a mane and fur on the neck and chest as already mentioned. The head has a spiked frill, as does the chin and they also have horns. They have four legs and v-e-r-y powerful wings. As far as color is concerned, they are usually white or white tinged with blue or pink and their scales have an iridescent sheen to them.

A word of advice: don’t irritate a frost dragon and don’t steal an egg, or the mother will hunt you down and freeze-blast you on sight.  It is not easy befriending a Frost Dragon. They are intelligent, but don’t usually learn to speak the human language. I know I had a hard time getting to know them; it took my friends and me several years. Thank goodness I had a HUGE stash of diamonds from one of my treasure hunting forays years ago. (That is a story for another time.)

We had a lot of experiences during the year, too many to tell here, so I’ll close for now and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a year with many blessings of peace, good health and prosperity in 2012.

Ciao my friends…..until next year and our next adventure. Oh, and if any of you would like to come with us, we would be glad for the company.

As ever,                  Luci

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