Photography and Article by Rory Autumnwood
After a bloody bride appeared, and a dragon skull was found in Brighton Bay the story continues as rumbles, shook up tourists on boardwalk, the evening of August 25th.
As Muggles sent out alerts of an earthquake, the Magical folk in Brighton Bay searched for the source of the rumbles. Grouping together, the pieced together the past events of the summer. Many brought up the ghost bride’s warning of “They’re coming.”
A discovered article from the Daily Prophet, dating 1912, gave a good indication of who ‘They’ were, as well as the massive skull of a dragon that laid on the beach near the boardwalk after the ocean threatened to wash Brighton Bay away.
Another strong rumble shook the beach causing a rock slide near the skull. Tourists rushed towards the area with wands ready. As the dust cleared, a mine shaft was found.
“Well it was the last rumble when Essa saw the mine entrance and ran inside, I guess a lot of girls just wanted to make sure she was ok so they ran in after her. I went in because curiosity, I don’t exactly know what I expected to find. But I didn’t expect what happened.” said Jade Troll, a Seventh Year Slytherin.
As the group of girls had entered the mine, they were immediately shrouded in darkness and fog. It took several minutes to get sorted and wands lit. And then the screaming started and a note was found.
“We entered the cave and found a note. I read it aloud to the group, and it indicated that there was possible treasure to be found deep in the cave. I think we all learned the hard way that there was no treasure.” Ava Abbot, First Year Slytherin, had to say.
Deciding to venture deeper into the cave not only for said treasure, but also to investigate the screaming, the girls filed down the passageway until they reached a collapsed bridge. On the bridge was a skeleton suspected to belong to a former ministry witch or wizard.
On the skeleton another note was found. It was read aloud by one of the girls, but with more rumbling and a stampede of biting rats, unfortunately all that anyone can remember is, “…only one left…”
Jumping or falling, the girls managed to find their way into the bottom of the cavern, which some say made them feel like they were walking upside down until they found a pool of water. On the far side of that pool what would be found but a nest full of dragon eggs.
Some tried to swim to, what was later discovered to be, the nest, but the water fought against them. At least four girls were drug down into its murky depths before they were able to turn around and make it back to shore but not without deep, bloody scratches down their legs. Swimming to the other side was clearly out of the question. Perhaps a spell would work instead.
It seemed that no sooner had a student levitated the nest to the other side of the water, then a dragon appeared and blocked their way out. It seemed to be blind though as it raged and roared, shooting flames through the air in the direction of the group but not directly at them.
Some managed to escape the flames, while others were singed and burnt. It was decided that it was time to end the adventure and get out of the mine alive while they still could. Waiting for the Blind Dragon, the girls formed a plan to sneak out to the bridge two by two and climb their way back up the other side.
It was almost a smooth plan until the dragon seemed to sense their movements especially after a spell to stun it failed. Freezing, the girls again waited for the dragon to still and when it did, they hurriedly helped each other to the top of the bridge and escape back out of the mine.
The girls regrouped and healed on the beach. Many choosing to leave from the place quickly. However a few were still on the beach resting when the dragon burst from the mine shaft. It flew in a few circles above the boardwalk until disappearing in the distance.
It is know that three eggs were taken from the nest by Jade, Gryphon and Priscilla. Some tourists are concerned that the dragon will seek out these eggs. Will it wreak havoc on Brighton like a dragon did in 1912? Or have they seen the last of this Blind Dragon?