CHAPTER 12: The Comfort of Children
The South Spire Mountain continued spewing forth the smoke coming from Grumblebog. It got thicker and closer to Everfree with every passing day. None of the soldier ponies in the valley below dared enter the cave, though they would send some troops up every now and then to check the cave entrance for any signs that the dragon may have finally left. One morning, two soldiers walked cautiously up the mountainside path to the top of the cliff to make their rounds.
“I can already hear the snoring.” said the first guard, sighing.
“Yes, and wouldn’t you know, more smoke.” the other said sarcastically.
They continued walking just to be sure and looked hard into the entrance just as they got to the top. Not only was it dark inside, the smoke was starting to get so thick it made it hard to see the reflection of light on the gold.
“Well, there’s definitely a dragon in there,” said th