Elia cradled Aegon to her chest as she watched Rhaenys play with two wooden dragons. This room was once her husband’s solar, but it had been abandoned for some time now, when he had abandoned them.
Rhaenys giggled in delight as she played with her toys, but Elia never shared the fondness her innocent daughter possessed.
As a child, she had fever dreams, many of which included grotesque nightmares of dragons. They would never harm her, no, but they surrounded her, controlled her, scared her half to death.
By some twist of fate, Elia grew up to become the wife of a dragon, a mother of two dragons, and now, as she sat with her children, as guards stood at the door outside, Elia had now become the prisoner of one, too. Her husband had been kind - when he was present, at least - and her children were beautiful, but Aerys Targaryen was neither kind nor beautiful. He was deranged and angry, and those were two very dangerous things to be, when one possessed the power that he did.
When one of her ladies-in-waiting came and told her that her uncle was marching towards the Trident with a host of Dornishmen at his back, she realised her role in this game. She was security. She was insurance, and little more.
Her nightmares returned that night.
Grotesque dragons flanked her, surrounded her, and Elia swore she could feel the heat of their flames licking her skin. But suddenly, a mountainous shadow swallowed them whole, and in the end, it was not the dragons’ flames that consumed her; instead, a rabid, fierce lion appeared, and she awoke with a jolt as it sank its teeth into her flesh.
Wife of a Dragon, Mother of Dragons, Prisoner of a Dragon
also starring Alexander Siddig as Lewyn Martell
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