Suzie excused herself from the dinner table and quietly made her way to the loo. As soon as she closed the bathroom door a strange sensation came over her. She suddenly found herself in an unfamiliar landscape sitting on a boulder overlooking a broad valley, with a sparkling ribbon of a river meandering through it.
Large eagles soared above her and the towers of a cold grey castle could just be made out in the distance.
Suddenly the eagles made deliberate flight to the eastwards, and a huge shadow passed over her from the west. She looked up to see the form of a sapphire hued dragon descending into a meadow to her left.
Though she hadn’t noticed the meadow at first, her attention being drawn to the valley, it now was clearly the point of her focus, along with the beautiful blue beast which now was settling next to a clear pond for a drink. Shimmering dragonflies darted around the noble creatures brow as it drank, and . . .
There was suddenly a startling rap upon the door.
“Did you fall in?” Gary asked through the woodwork.
“No, I’m okay,” she replied, closing her book and hiding it back under the stacked towels again.