A Dance with Dragons-Chapter 52

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A Dance with Dragons chapter
POV Daenerys
Page {{{page}}} UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Theon I  ← {{{current}}} →  Jon XI


Daenerys bathes in preparation for her visit with her husband to Meereen's fighting pits. Ser Barristan Selmy tells her after that the girl Meris who they set free said that the Windblown were willing to join her cause, if Dany gave the Tattered Prince Pentos. Although the trustworthy of this deal is assumed dubious at best. Dany cannot agree to pay this as Illyrio is from that city and has helped her more than any, her obligations are to him first.

She then departs with her husband and they arrive at the pits, there Strong Belwas eats a bowl of fried locusts. Hizdahr tells his wife that they are tasty as well, but she declines as Dany is not interested in the spicy food. There are twenty thousand spectators in the pit, as Hizdahr announces the fights, they chant her name, though they say it in the Ghis tongue as Mother because they cannot pronounce her Westerosi name. Dany thinks to herself that it is not her they love, but the fighting.

The first fight begins with a victory for the Spotted Cat, more fights of the day continued. Following this the first follies of the day begin with two dwarfs jousting, one on a pig, the other on a dog. The one dwarf had his shield painted in the colours of House Lannister, this amuses Daenerys. The one falls of the pig and as chased by the other on the dog when Hizdahr tells Dany that they are about to loose the lions. She tells him this was not in their agreement, that the dwarfs did not consent to this like the other fighters who died did, thus Hizdahr consents and says no to the lions slaughter of the dwarfs.

Up next was a bout between Barsena Blackhair and a boar, the fight goes well until the boar's tusks rips her open from the knee to the crotch. The boar then jumped on her goring her open and pulling out her entrails, all to the displeasure of the crowd. At this Daenerys insists on leaving as she no longer wants any part in this, she insists they will all die inevitably, disgusted. Strong Belwas then becomes sick from his locusts, saying that he needs to drink milk.

It is then that Drogon appears, his attention drawn by the blood and screams. His fires seared the boar, before he eats first it and then Barsena. A man then runs to try to kill the dragon, jabbing a spear into Drogon's neck before the dragon kills him. Hizdahr commands the rest of his spearmen to go kill the dragon. Drogon roasts two spearmen, breaks the pitmaster in two with a swipe of his tail and tears out the innards of another spearman. Just then as Strong Belwas is puking Dany runs into the fighting pit in a mad state, hearing footsteps behind her. When she gets close she fears the dragon does not recognize her and will kill her. As he blows fire at her she rolls under the flames, and she whips at him until, finally he allows her to mount him. and leaps onto his back, pulling out the spear. As whips at him he takes flight, she yells at him to go higher, watching as Meereen grows smaller below.