It's a Dragon's World
Pt. 13 The Fifth Dragon
From inside my cell, I could hear Ben's screams. Those weren't normal screams from what I could tell.
I could also hear the voices of two other people. I assumed it was his parents.
"Behind us is Titus, as well as some baby dragons." They explained.
I could hear footsteps: It was Sarah! I tried to run towards her but chocked a little. I remembered I was still chained by my neck to the wall. I struggled a little as I clawed at the air. I look at Sarah while I struggled. She looked shocked at what she was seeing.
"Why...why would you do this?" I heard her ask.
"Why should we tell a little girl why we do what we do?" Ben's mom asked. I couldn't believe that this was how Ben's parents really were like. They were so nice to me when I was younger. Was that all just a lie?
I heard two more footsteps: It was Ben and Lucas this time! I never thought I'd be so happy to see them.
"Ben! Lucas! Sarah!" I exclaimed.
Ben grabbed hold of the door handle and pulled on it. It didn't budge.
"Dammit! OPEN!" He shouted.
"That's no good, Ben." His mom said. "To open the cell, you need one of the keys."
"Well then, will you give the key to us, or do I have to force you to?" Ben said.
Ben's dad jumped at him and pinned him to the ground. He seized hold of Ben's neck.
"DON'T YOU THREATEN US! WE GAVE YOU YOUR LIFE AND WE CAN ALSO TAKE IT AWAY!" Ben's dad shouted at him.
I could hear Ben struggling to breathe. I clawed at the air some more. I didn't want to see Ben get hurt.
Just then, I heard a roar outside. Ben's dad let Ben's neck go and got up to see what it was. I heard the wall start to break. The impact from the destruction sent me flying halfway across the room. It was Angela! She landed in the opening she made. I got up and ran over to her. The chain that held me to the wall was still fastened aroung my neck but at least now I was free. I ran up to Angela. She lowered her head and I nuzzled up against her.
"This is bad!" Ben's mom said.
"We gotta let the leader know." Ben's dad finished.
Ben's parents ran towards the entrance. Angela walked over to the cell door and knocked it back with her tail. I dashed out and reunited with my friends. I was overjoyed to see them again.
"Are you alright, Titus?" Lucas asked.
"Yeah. I'll be fine. What about Ben?"
"I'll be okay. I'm just glad you're fine." Ben said.
"Okay, now let's get out of here!" Sarah exclaimed.
"Not yet." I said. "I can't leave these little dragons in this place. Angela, we'll go on ahead. Could you free these little guys?" I asked.
"Yeah. If we're going to save you, we should save the others imprisoned here." Angela replied.
"Thanks." I said.
As we made our way for the front door, we heard someone call out to us. At the upper section of the entrance was Ben's parents and a mysterious man. They had Jessie, Kyle, and Jackie as their hostages!
"Ben!" Jessie yelled out.
"Help us, daddy!" The kids screamed.
"Let them GO!" Ben shouted at the mysterious man.
The man got on one of the railings at the top and jumped off it. I was amazed when he landed. He didn't appear to be hurt. And especially after jumping off what must have been a two story drop.
"So you're the dragon, Doulstraz. The baby dragon who thirteen years ago, managed to, with the help of his parents, escape to this world." He said, with a wicked smile.
"Who are you?!" I asked.
When I looked into his eyes, it felt like I was looking into an eternal blackness. Yet, it felt like what I saw was not the real thing. Almost like there was more to him.
This man had the most penetrating eyes. They probably could make a grown man quake in his boots. He had redish brown hair that was slit back and he had two sets of nose piercings.
"I guess I should introduce myself." He said. "I..am Saulstrance. I am the one who is in charge of this organization. I am the one who organized that the baby dragons of the Dragon Realm be kidnapped and that their parents be killed." The man, now known as Saulstrance explained.
"But why would you do something so horrible?" I asked.
Saulstrance looked at me with a cold look. Then walked over to me. He grabbed me by my horns and held me above his head.
"Horrible is what you and your friends have done, little dragon. Barging into my organization, attacking my guards, destroying parts of my organization. I should punish you right NOW!" He shouted.
"Let Titus GO!" Sarah exclaimed.
Saulstrance looked obver at her. "Don't you EVER command me again, you filthy human!"
Saulstrance threw me at a wall. I landed with a thud.
"Titus!" My friends exclaimed, rushing over to me.
"Doulstraz, do you know that a dragon's blood can do more than just extend the lifespan of the average human?" Saulstrance asked.
With the snap of his fingers, some of Saulstrance's henchmen brought in a captured Angela. They had her tied to the ground. One of the other henchmen brought what appeared to be a sword to Saulstrance.
"Let me show you what I mean!" Saulstrance shouted.
He ran for Angela with his sword in his hands. He lodged his sword into Angela's heart.
As I bear witness to what just happened, I was at a loss for words. Angela coughed up some blood and her head lowered to the ground. As her blood spilled onto the ground, Saulstrance put his hands next the open wound and let the blood flow out into his cupped hands. He brought his hands to his face and drank the blood.
"When a dragon loses blood from its heart, that blood can even so much as break curses." Saulstrance explained.
Tears flowed down my face. Sarah's hands covered her mouth in shock. Lucas and Ben also seemed to be close to tears.
I walked towards Angela.
"Ti....tus." Angela said, she really sounded like she was going to die.
"Please Angela, don't talk." I pleaded.
"Ti...tus. I'm...so glad...that your....parents....let me...look after you."
I gasped as my tears traveled down my face.
"Do you...want to know...the secret...of your...tail?" She asked.
"My tail?" I asked back.
"When...you were...just beggin...ing your...transformation...your tail...had a mind of...its own...do you...know why?" Angela asked.
I nodded. I didn't.
"It...was...because of...me." She explained.
"But how?" I asked quietly.
Angela gave a fiant chuckle. "When...you've been...around...as long as...I have...you tend to...learn...things like that."
I shut my eyes and cried. "Angela."
"Doulstraz. No...Titus, please...become...a good dragon. Don't...turn out...like Saulstrance." And with that, Angela shut her eyes.
"Angela, wake up!" I pleaded. "ANGELA!"
I nudged at her. Nothing. Everyone else cried and tried to hold back their tears.
"Titus..." Ben said, sadly. "She...she's dead."
"No." I thought to myself.
"NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" I screamed in pain and sadness.
Just then I heard screams from Saulstrance. We turned our attention to him and noticed that he was transforming. He was turning into a dragon! But how? I wondered. I remembered that he said something about the blood of a dragon's heart being able to cure curses. But did that mean...that he was a dragon himself?
We watched as his transformation came to an end. He let out a mighty roar and looked himself over.
"I'm finally myself again." He said, licking his muzzle. "I guess I should thank that dragon though. Allowing me to kill her so that her heart's blood would be the catalyst to restoring me back to my true self. How foolish." He said arrogantly.
I growled in anger and sadness. I had heard enough of this jerk. I'd never forgive him for killing Angela, but to even insult her in DEATH made me furious.
I walked towards him and stopped after five steps.
"What? You want to challenge me or something, little dragon?" Saulstrance asked.
"No." I said, quietly. "I want to kill you!" I glared at him with a stern, serious look. I was NOT going to let him get away with killing one of my closest friends.
I rushed for Saulstrance.
"I'M GONNA KILL YOU!!!"