I released the first book in my fantasy dragon series, He Walks with Dragons in April 2013. Most of the books take place in Europe in the past. For those of you who have read my books, you will remember that Draig went deep into the Earth to meet with his magic trainers. When he met with Master Condatis, he was standing at the edge of a subterranean lake feeding pieces of bread to blind fish. The other day, I learned that scientists have found cave fish in Europe for the first time ever. According to the article, scientists believed it was impossible for cave fish to exist in Europe, even though I wrote a book 4 years ago, where I detailed there were cave fish thousands of years ago. Does this make me a prophet? Will people one day compare my book to books like 1984, where parts of the fiction become fact? I don’t know, but here’s your chance to decide.
Here is the article:
Text from He Walks with Dragons, page 43:
One morning, as I entered the cavern to practice, Berecyntia was waiting there for me. As I approached, I could see that she was holding an orb of stone in her hand. When I reached her, she turned and tossed the orb against the cavern wall. There was a great rumbling and the rock that made up the wall began to crumble. As the rocks crumbled away, a great passage became exposed.
Berecyntia pointed to the passage, “New lessons await you; however, you cannot learn them here. You must follow that passage to learn them. Go now, and seek the new knowledge.”
I followed the new passage as it sloped downward into the distance and eventually opened into a huge cavern. Two thirds of the cavern was occupied by a large subterranean lake. Standing at the edge of the lake was a lone figure. He was tall and slender. His hair was bluish gray and his eyes were like sapphires. He was wearing a flowing blue robe with a white rope tied about the waist. He held a staff tipped with a large sapphire.
He spoke softly, “I am Condatis, master of the magic of the element of water. I will teach you the spells that deal with water.”
As I strolled up to the edge of the lake and stood next to Condatis, I saw that he was dropping bread crumbs in the water. There were several fish swimming near the shore and eating the crumbs that Condatis was dropping in the water. At closer examination, I noticed that they had no eyes. I had never seen fish with no eyes, so my curiosity was piqued.
I asked, “Master Condatis, I could not help but notice, why do these fish have no eyes?”
Condatis shrugged his shoulders, “These fish have lived here in this lake, deep beneath the earth, for more generations than I care to remember. There is only light in this cavern when we are here. Their ancestors had eyes once upon a time, but they have long since lost their eyes. Living in perpetual darkness there is no need for eyes. Do you understand?”
I stared at the fish for a few moments, “Yes, Master Condatis, I think I understand what you mean.”