"What is the Baroness hiding I wonder?" thought Snoop. Just having left her tea parlor, Snoop wasted no time in starting his ‘snooping’. "Maybe if I visit Atian he can see what clues I might be missing.
"We shall see… We shall see...” he thought. "After all, he is a fellow council member and the Village Historian and I am going to need help solving this mystery of what the Baroness is hiding."
As Snoop starts his walk to Atian's hut, Atian already has a visitor, Granny Flare. She yells out the front door as he is sitting in his favorite reading spot, the oversize mushroom in his yard.
"What else do you have on dragon's?" Granny asks. "Since you are the Historian, you might as well be the Librarian. You are the only one in the whole village with a decent collection of books." Not waiting for Atian to respond, she continues, "Do you have anything on the care and maintenance of a baby dragon?"
"Atian, I am going to borrow a few of these books and will return them to you later in the week. Is that is okay with you?" Again, not waiting for Atian to answer, Granny sneaks out the backdoor of the hut with the books in tow.
"Good morning Atian, my old friend," greets Snoop.
Before looking up from his book, Atian mumbles to himself, "My day started so much quieter before all my friends started dropping in".
As Atian peers over the top of his book he replies, "Hello, Augustus (aka Snoop). I predicted from the way Granny Flare was just here that you would also be showing up soon."
"How would you know that?" responds a startled Snoop.
"It is all in seeing the patterns of history. That is my specialty after all. Now, how can I help you? You usually have some bee in your bonnet (or top hat) when you come to see me."
"I just finished having tea with the Baroness and I know that she is hiding something. She was twitching, nervous, and appeared like she was trying not to tell me something."
As he listens to Snoop's theories, Atian starts putting together recent events and some of the things that Granny Flare said while she was hunting through his books. Ideas started floating around in his head. Crazy ideas they were indeed!!!
"Did she say anything more?" asked Snoop.
"Granny did say she was being left in charge, but as to what, she wasn't sharing those details. Could this have something to do with the books she was asking about regarding baby Dragons? We all know about the Dragons leaving the Village and how that brought down the decline of the Village, but you are wanting to know more... Am I correct? There is a pattern here that the two of you are weaving regarding the need to know about Dragons."